ECHO CHAMBER

It's a Worldwide DUB Affair Baby!

Join Dr. StrangeDub and DJ Baby Swiss (aka Capt. 2much FreeTime) in the Echo Chamber your worldwide dub club. With the heaviest dubs, the most conscious roots, and the funkiest club beats, all chilled and mixed into a subsonic stew, the Echo Chamber is the hippest place to be every Wednesday morning from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m.

A typical show features a heavy dose of modern roots dub reggae and a potent shot of old school roots and dub. But dub just lays the foundation and holds the trip together: the DJ dub doctors cover the entire reggae rainbow, and they pull in the heaviest chilled beats from clubs around the world. For most shows, Dr. StrangeDub is at the controls for the first 2 hours, while DJ Baby Swiss "runs tings" in the second half of the show.

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Recent Playlists

4/23/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Echo Chamber presented the annual “WORD BEAT I POWA” dub poetry/poetry/spoken word special last night. Special items include a street poet (Vernon Patterson) reciting a poem on the street; a special dubplate from our friend Eggblood; and Dr. StrangeDub’s own “monkey-ized” mix of Mutabaruka’s “The Monkey (Speaks His Mind)”.

4/16/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

Kicked off tonight’s show with some hardcore porn… That is, we started with “Linda Love Dub” from Dubzilla’s “Dub Naturalis” album – which includes some graphic soundbytes from the movie “Deep Throat”. From there we moved into some choice new releases from: Apocalypse Dub Faction (“Jah Never Fail I” album on Dubkey); Alpha & Omega (“The Half That’s Never Been Told” on Steppas); Secret Archives of the Vatican (“Storytellers” on Broken Drum); Bass Defender; Masia One x Suns of Dub; Beats Antique; Dubmatix & Prince Blanco; Tasonia; Rara Avis; Dom La Nena (remixed by Joey Altruda); Ce’Cile (feat. JaRae); sUb_modU; The Skints; Don Goliath; Djemetta; and N-Tone Dub. Another new release was the cool “Blue Moon” compilation (compiled by Johnny Blue) on MikelaBella. Also tonight: Easy Star All Stars “The Great Gig in the Sky” with a cool radio-ID intro featuring Kirsty Rock; a nice long Jah Wobble set; plus tracks from Twilight Archive, The Mighty Diamonds, Rebelution, Phil Pratt, Yulduz, Shpongle, Linval Thompson, Rootsteppa, Caravan Palace, and more…

4/9/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

Tonight, as part of KFAI’s spring pledge drive, the Echo Chamber presented our annual “Free the Marijuana” special. It was a crazy kind of night….in a cloud of ganja smoke… Alright, OK…so there wasn’t really any ganja smoke in the studio (too bad), just plenty of ganja-inspired reggae and dub, with some great soundbytes from “Reefer Madness”. A special part of tonight’s program was the The Groove Thief’s “Stepping Between Reggae and Dub Vol. 4” ganja-filled mix (which we played most of).

4/2/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

A heavy dubwise show…with tons of new releases, and great mix from Addis Pablo (son of Augustus Pablo). The new releases included “The Global Dream LP” from N-Tone Dub; “The Closet Is Open” from Maverick Mista Majah P; “Short Change EP” from The Skints; “Libation” from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars; “The Nairobian Riddim” album (featuring “Me A Feel It” from Asante Amen); “Jericho / Weep Not EP” from Don Fe; “Circles EP” from sUb_modU; “The Remixes” from Boddhi Satva; plus an unreleased single from E.R.S., and the new single “D-Stress” from Rebelution. On top of all this new stuff, we featured music from Desmond “Faada” Johnson, Scratchylus, Mikey Dread, The Breadwinners, New Age Steppers, The Orb, John Brown’s Body, Easy Star All Stars, The Scientist/Ted Sirota, Ranking Ann, The Selecter, Shiina Ringo, Mpls. Dub Ensemble, and more…

3/26/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

All kinds of new music…and new artists inna Echo Chamber tonight. First up was the sublimely beautiful “The Girl from India” track from Dub Suppliaz, followed by the equally sublime “Bohemia Junction (Bombay Dub’s Old School Dub)” from Bombay Dub Orchestra. More new releases included: the title track “Fly Rasta” from Ziggy Marley’s new album; the cool “Dub 2 Babylon” release from Digid (on MindStep); All India Radio’s latest free compilation “Ghost Songs”; Dubamix’s fine “Pour Qui Sonne Le Dub” album; the self-titled EP from Foresta (on Urban Tree); plus more tracks from Vibration Lab (also on MindStep), Masia One & Dubtonic Kru (unreleased), Red Star Martyrs (unreleased), Patatattak, BassDefender (feat. Oli Olinga), Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Mr. Mamadou the PiArt, and Ammoye. Rounding out the mix we played stuff from Patra, Mighty Diamonds, Dubblestandart, VersionXcursion, Josh Heinrichs, The Revolutionaries, Caravan Palace, Shiina Ringo, Shpongle, The Unlimiters, and more…

3/19/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

Knocking down the house with dub….tons of dub. First up was the heavy new “Rootsstep to the World Vol. 18” from Don Goliath. This was followed by Adam Prescott’s excellent “The Mystic EP” (on MindStep); the Horace Andy re-release “Get Wise” (Pressure Sounds); Luciano with the Mad Professor on “Deliverance”; Ashley’s latest rootical dub “Babylon Institution” (on Dubkey); G-Corp meet Big Heartz “Grow EP”; Skarob’s self-titled release on Subatomic Sound; Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars’ great new “Libation” (Cumbancha); and the hard to categorize “Static/In” release from Ash Is. Also tonight we played a chunk of the great mix “Stepping Between Reggae & Dub Vol. IV” from the Groove Thief, plus another early pre-Uhuru single from Michael Rose (courtesy of Eric “Blowtorch” Beaumont). On top of all this were more great tracks from Les Nubians, Marina P, Papa Sambor, Jennifer Paulos & Mystic Selekta, Daily Bread Dub, Dubchek, Cornerstone Dub, Blue King Brown, Ott, The Pietasters, Shigeto, and more…

3/12/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

Two real exciting new releases tonight in Dub Spencer & Trance Hill’s “Burroughs In Dub” (Echo Beach), and the self-titled “Prince Fatty vs. Mungo’s Hi-Fi” (Mr. Bongo). The excitement continued with the debut of Papa Sambor’s “Mystic Garden” (Dubopionic), plus Rod Anton & the Ligerians’ upcoming release “WEvolution” (Wall On Stage). But we weren’t done there: more excellent releases including: Ashley’s “Babylon Institution” on Dubkey; Digid’s “Dub 2 Babylon” (on MindStep); Oli Olinga’s “Love Me or Leave Me” single on CrudoBilbao; and Daleth Karl’s “People” single on Sugar Shack (mixed by RSD). Coming from the archives, we had the pleasure of airing one of a boatload of digitally remastered early Michael Rose singles – which good friend Eric Blowtorch has made his passion – plus the new 20th Anniversary re-release of the 1994 ethno-electronic classic“Maya” album from Banco de Gaia (on Disco Gecko), and the re-released “Good Life” album from the incomparable Heptones. On top of all these new releases, we continued to celebrate the ladies as part of National Women’s History Month, including: Hollie Cook, The Angel, Suphala, Sinead O’Connor, L&S SymfHoney, Likkle Mai, Kirsty Rock (with Trumysic), Ari Up & the Slits, J.C. Lodge, Pauline Black (with The Selecter), Blood Sisters, Little Annie, Lisa Shaw, Jean Binta Breeze, Catherine Howe, Ill:Esha, and Jagha (of Ragana).

3/5/2014 Echo Chamber

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and National Women’s History Month, the Echo Chamber presented its annual “Beautiful Sounds of Women…Around the World” special. And what a great list of women singers & players we had on this year’s show: Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Ari Up, PJ Higgins, The Angel (of 60 Channels), Marcia Aitken, Althea & Donna, Jennifer Paulos, Jazzmin Tutum, Manja, Mel Uye-Parker, Riognach Connolly, O. De Lanzac, Lali, Serani Poji, Andrea Parker, Nneka, Mo Kalamity, Jaqee, Hirie, Sister Audrey, Soom T, Natacha Atlas, Pauline Black (of the Selecter), Victoria Moralez, Makiko (and Killa Sista), Kaori Takeda, Eddi Reader (with Little Tempo), Shiina Ringo, MC Sultana, Anoushka Shankar, Mimi Maura, Delia Derbyshire, Grace Jones, Sena & Judi K., Candice Cannabis (with Up, Bustle, & Out), Almu Janeioro (of the Transilvanians), Bronagh Slevin, Skye Sweetnam, Janet Kay, Alice Russell, Sam “Mean Lil Mama” Payne, SXtheMadArtist, Céu (with Dubophonic), plus the ladies of Perfume, the Dreamlets, Macdonald Duck Eclair, and Coltemonikha.

2/26/2014 Echo Chamber

Another crazy installment of the Echo Chamber – filled with tons of new dubs, some classic roots, a tasty Latin set, and other fun bits. In the new dub and roots category were brand new tracks from Kanka (“Watch Your Step” album on Dubalistik), Bass Culture Players, Lali/Munky Lee, Relaxo meets The Technician (unreleased track), Afrokeys (unreleased track), Tony Dubshot & Jacky Ligon (from the “23” release on Dubbhism Deluxe). Red Star Martyrs (remixed by the Dubbstyle), Victor Essiet & the Mandators, and Tackhead (from the “For the Love of Money” album). The Latin tracks included a couple from Mexican Institute of Sound’s excellent “Politico” album, one from Arrebato Ensemble’s new “Absolucion” album, and two from the great self-titled release by Ondatropica. Also in the mix was the funky new “Curiosities” album from Lord Echo; the new “Redux” album of archived tracks from Keith & Tex; plus Sly & Robbie meet Mad Professor, Shigeto, UB40, Hot Rain, J Boog, Last Soul Descendents, Tokyo Jihen, Dub Majestic, and more…

2/12/2014 Echo Chamber

The good Doctor started the show in a Love Dub mode, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, while Swiss finished things off with part 2 of our annual birthday tribute to Bob Marley. Kicked things off with the excellent new Dubamix “Pour Qiu Sonne le Dub” album, playing the 1st track “Liberte I”. From there we got deep into love with “Love Letter Dub” from Katchafire (dubbed by Umberto Echo); “I Never Needed You More” from Victoria Moralez (ft. Mazwakhe Hlatshwayo); “Old Time Love” by Tour de Force; “Love Or An Illusion” from Mighty Mystic’s new “Concrete World” album; “Sea of Love” from Bandulu Dub vs. Isaac Maya; “Love Evahlastin’” from Dr. Echo & Solange St. Croix; and many more… Also, included a couple new tracks from City Cultured & The Breadwinners, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Koyate, Zebby Blax/Unitone Soundimentional, Asante Amen, and Aldubb (from the “Op’Ra Dub Style” album). Finally, StrangeDub played an excellent 9-track mix from Jah9 (and Rory StoneLove) called 9MM Message Music Vol.1

In the 2nd half Swiss concentrated on Bob Marley & the Wailers covers: “Three Little Birds” by Sean Na’auao; “Bus Dem Shut” by Marcia Griffiths; “I’m Still Waiting” from Delroy Wilson; “Dub Those Crazy Baldheads” from Lee Scratch Perry; “Soul Rebel” from UB40; and “Sun Is Shining” from The Selecter. More great stuff in Swiss’ mix from Bob Marley & the Wailers, I-Roy, Peter Tosh, The Skatalites/King Tubby, Jennifer Lara, Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, and a few more.