Winter is here now, and it’s time once again to get used to the frigid cold, the absence of color, and the serenity of silence. But for eyes and ears looking to perceive the beauty of winter, there is plenty to be found. These images, by Croatian photographer Vladimir Zivkovic provide a perfect visual companion to these choice cuts of dub techno I’ve recovered from the blizzard.
Boozoo Bajou – Same Sun (Quantec Remake)
Quantec did this incredible remake for Boozoo Bajou, an entirely unlikely inclusion on an indie dance/nu-disco single that was released by !K7. The temperature of this track is like the kind of cold that makes your skin feel like its burning, or the kind of heat that makes you feel cold, it’s almost impossible to tell. The dubbed out stab resonates like heat lines, while the subs echo cavernously against frigid highs. One of the coolest dub tracks I’ve heard in a long time.
Deepchord – Grandbend (Remastered Mix)
Deepchord takes a much more subtle approach in this track, Grandbend, with a windy chill a bit more akin to exploring a wintry lake or river. I think this tune might have a time altering effect on the real world, at 12 minutes long, it seems to speed time up…can’t really explain it. Leave a comment if it has a similar effect on you! I stated in an earlier dub post that I needed to check out more from Deepchord, and man oh man, am I glad I did!
The Echologist – Hustle (Ambient Mix)
I have been a big fan of Beat Pharmacy for a few years now, and I’m absolutely loving the stuff New York based South African, Brendon Moeller has been putting out as Echologist. There is a markedly tropical quality to the drums of this song, but make no mistake, a closer listen and you will notice gusts of wind, and the sounds of cars driving by in what sounds like slush. Definitely a good track for the winter time.
Brock Van Wey – Forever A Stranger (Intrusion Shape III)
One of my all time favorite dub tracks is from Bvdub, who is San Fransisco-based Brock Van Wey. This past fall, he released White Clouds Drift On And On, a really ethereal ambient release that stands in unique contrast with his Bvdub material. Well, they also released the LP with interpretations by Intrusion, one of the aliases of Stephen Hitchell (who, along with Deepchord comprises Echospace). If this sounds overly complicated, then stop reading immediately and enjoy the cold, by now you should finally have gotten used to it.