Within a couple hours of the ball dropping in Times Square, Dr. StrangeDub & DJ Baby Swiss were ringing in the new year in a dubwise stylee… Starting things off with the best version of “Auld Lang Syne” ever: the “Auld Lang Syne/Slaves Lament” masterpiece from Ghetto Priest. Followed this with the reggae instrumental version from The Drastics, and then the wigged-out “cosmic” version from Eban Schletter. A couple more versions of “Auld Lang Syne” in the program, plus a few more seasonal tunes – including the great “What a Wonderful World” from Louis Armstrong (as remixed by the Orb), plus Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell’s cool a capella version. But only going so far in the seasonal mode… We also filled the show with more great sounds from Dubblestandart (from the excellent “Woman in Dub” album), Gentleman’s Dub Club, Rootz Underground, Dub Gabriel ft. U-Roy, Josh Heinrichs & Friends, Serengety, Capital Letters, Lee Scratch Perry, Rico, E.R.S., Kukan Dub Lagan, Dub Architect/Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ticklah, and much more…
Quite a mix of new and old for the 2nd show of 2014… Kicking off with yet another new Dubophonic Records release – the excellent “Dub Ina Midlands” from Koncrete Roots. Two new choice releases from Dubmission also making their debut tonight: the cool “Dream Before You Sleep” EP from Quanta, and the sublimely beautiful “Maya” album from the Holiwater Band. More new material from Vibration Lab (on Reggae Roast), Tour de Force (on Dub-Stuy), Riverside Rockers (on Boom One), Norris Man (on Fox Fuse), Shunya, Jesse Royal, Doozer Dubby Doo, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub (recorded Live), and Kasm meets Seed Organization. The doctor also roped in some Dub Caravan, Dengue Dengue Dengue, John Brown’s Body, J Boog, Winston Edwards, and a nice chunk of Chicago Afrobeat Project (who played in Minneapolis on 1/11).
When Swiss took over in the middle, he bookended the second half with a couple of fine, chill Perfume tracks, one from their still fairly-new full-length Level 3, “Furikaeru to Iru Yo” and the earlier ’09 ‘b’-side “23:30” we’ve heard here before. Grooves by the likes of 60 Channels, Nitin Sawhney, Jon Hassell, Terminal Cheesecake, Jah Wobble and UB40 peppered the inbetween.
Another dubwise journey…with a couple of side-trips. In the new dub & roots department we featured the excellent Black Symbol album “Journey” (on Sugar Shack); the explosive new “Real Steel” single from See-I (on Fort Knox); the conscious “Kushites – Big Way Different” from Scratchylus & Empress Reggae (and featuring Errol Dunkley); and a tasty new dub (.38 Special Dub) from our pal Doozer Dubby Doo. More new and recent rootical stuff from Greencross & OnDubGround, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Malasorti, Koncrete Roots, Sista Aude meets MatDTSound (from “Dub Tentacles – V.5” on Fresh Poulp), Dub Terminator & High Freequency, Bryan Art, and more. Our side-trips included the beautiful new Fado album “Quinto” (on World Village) from Antonio Zambujo, and back-to-back clubby beats from Beats Antique and Ill:esha (who were on the same bill last Halloween in Minneapolis). Also making its debut tonight was the just realeased “Fall – Remixes” from All India Radio and featuring the fantastic voice of Leona Gray.
In the second half, Swiss spent the whole two hours pouring dubbles as he likes to do from time to time, including 2 by the post-Marley Wailers (with the Wailers coming to town on 1/26).
Tonight The Echo Chamber commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. – featuring the “I Have A Dream” speech as well as parts of several other speeches. But of course, it was the great music which fit the theme and really made the show… This included tracks like KnowledgeBorn07’s “Overcome”, Black Roots’ “Struggle Dub”, Daddy Roots’ “We Shall Overcome”, “Makers of Africa” from M.L.K., Human Digital’s “Trouble Ahead”, Black Symbol’s “Nothing for the Poor”, DJ Spooky’s “Freedom Reign”, Louie Kulcha’s “How Long Dub”, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, and tracks from the “MLK Dub” album on the Xterminator label. Also tonight, recent releases from Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline, Talisman, and Super Hi-Fi, plus more great tunes from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Clinton Fearon, Josh Heinrichs, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Aston “Familyman” Barrett, Cheb i Sabbah, Jah Wobble & Deep Space, Scientist/Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub, and many more…
Such a mix tonight…from great oldies, to a bunch of great new selections. Started the journey with Pale Rider’s cool new “Post Dub” album, followed by the incredible Mo Kalamity & the Wizards with their “Freedom of the Soul” album. Also, excellent new releases from Mighty Mystic (“Concrete World”); See-I (“Real Steel” single on Fort Knox); Black Symbol (“Journey” album on Sugar Shack); Eljai (with his “Isaacs Medley – Tribute to the Cool Ruler”); Quanta (“Dream Before You Sleep” on Dubmission); and even some fado from Antonio Zambujo. The good doctor also mixed in some King Tubby (celebrating Tubby’s birthday on the 28th), Citizen Sound/Seed Organization, Burnett Town Sound, KingRat, J Boog, Herbata, Madtone, Kevin Purdy (with an exclusive new demo), and more.
DJ Baby Swiss kept things eclectic in his half of the program… Some classic dubs from Dub Syndicate, King Tubby, Blackbeard (Dennis Bovell), and Jamaica Super Dub Session (from Wackies). Some Scientist dubbing up some dubstep. And everything from Jon Hassel and Perfume, to Kona Triangle and DubXanne, with some Toots and Horace Andy filling things out roots wise.
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