Available: 5th March 2021
The 30th release on Dubkasm Records, following up killer works since that first record, a Jah Shaka favourite, ‘Every Lion’ with Lidj Xylon came out in 2003, and was followed by a steady flux of high grade music over the last 17 years or so, with many milestone releases including collaborations with Iration, Aba Shanti-I, Mala, Lidj Xylon, Mad Professor and more –
Anyway – here comes ‘Kings Music’, the most prized and deadliest dubplate from the vaults of the Dubkasm studio in recent years, pressed up on a heavyweight 12″, hand-stamped, and cut with four wicked dub mixes –
Each one hits nice in it’s own way – from the first cut, which lets the synthline sprawl out and introduces the full structure, through to 2nd and 3rd dubwise cuts focusing on the percussive details and rhythm foundations, and of course the fourth cut, the raw dub to explore the depths of this ruff & tuff stepper.
Each cut comes straight off the mixing desk, live & direct with Digistep on the board, sliding faders, running the fx red-hot into endless trails of reverb and delay, heavyweight dub style – play one cut after the next and zone into the hypnotic rhythm and dread bass.
There’s a real cosmic kind of feel to the tracks too, swirling synthesizers and full-focus percussive elements drifting ever-forward and outward like some kind of lift off into outer-space dubwise, anchored to earth only by that thunderous combination of bass, and drum – the kind of bass and drum that you KNOW will drop, very very heavy on a big sound.
These tracks have all been tested on the big soundsystem – previously only on dubplate by Dubkasm and the likes of Iration Steppas – but we’re 100% sure these’ll be lighting up many dances over the next years to come, the perfect tune to celebrate that time that will inevitably come, when we can finally string up those speakerboxes again and rally round. In the meantime…. Turn this one up extra loud and enjoy the vibes.
Cut loud & heavy, by Lewis at Stardelta Mastering.
Hand-stamped edition, 180g heavyweight disc, vinyl-only.
a1. Kings Music (Cut 1)
a2. Kings Music (Cut 2)
b1. Kings Music (Cut 3)
b2. Kings Music (Cut 4)
Released 14th October 2016
This heavyweight double EP is Dubkasm's typically forward-thinking tribute to soundsystem dub, and the hardware that shaped it. Named after the Soundtracs CM4400 console in the duo's Bristol studio sides A & B are deep, brooding synth instrumentals, showcased at the Deep Medi Boiler Room set, and reminiscent of greats like Dread & Fred and Sound Iration. Sides C & D feature very special remixes by Leeds digital legends Iration Steppas, with an extra remix of Dubkasm's killer 10" No Retreat. The second 12" is unmistakably the work of Mark Iration: filled with growling filter bass and siren-like keyboards, Year 3000 style! These tunes are already soundsystem killers.
a1. Dubkasm - Destination
a2. Dubkasm - Inner Realm
b1. Dubkasm - Progression
b2. Dubkasm - Outer Realm
c1. Iration Steppas - Destination Highrise
c2. Iration Steppas - No Surrender
d1. Iration Steppas - Progression 3000
d2. Iration Steppas - Higher Realm
Available: 12th February 2021
Brrrrrrand new and good for you! Straight outta the Dubkasm & Ariwa Studios, with Rider Shafique at his most rootical, inna LKJ style.
This time Digistep and Stryda went the extra mile (or shall we say ‘miles’) and rode up the M32 to take this into the legendary ARIWA studio, for an exclusive Mad Professor dub version excursion!
In discomix style, this disc runs from vocal to dubwise with no interruption, letting Rider Shafique’s word sound play to full effect, running across spring reverbed, filtered snare rolls and that almighty, signature ‘Dubkasm’ rumbling bassline which carries a 1000tonnes of weight, locked and loaded for the soundsystem.
Flipside, the Mad Proff works his magic in top quality style and fashion. It’s a pleasure to hear his trademark style injected on this Bristolian Dubkasm production.
A righteous, heartfelt message on a deep roots vibration.
Dubkasm, Rider Shafique and Mad Professor excellence right here!
Edition of 1000.
Served with special sleeve design by Studio Tape-Echo.
Mastered & cut to the very highest quality, by Lewis at Stardelta.
a1. Enter The Gates (Discomix)
b2. Enter The Gates (Mad Professor Mix)