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Dub Colossus

Dub Me Tender Vol 1 + 2

(Worldisc; US: 2013)

Nick “Dubbalah” Page has been making remixes, working on old tracks from Dub Colossus albums with a few of the band’s unreleased pieces thrown in, dubbing them down, chilling them out, taking tiny bits of the songs (so tiny that I didn’t think of any of these tracks as, “A remix of song X from album Y” because the originals have been virtually erased—a few seconds of women singing for example, or a cold keyboard bump), and applying reverb, repeating, repeating, until the sample fades and a new sample rises from the grave to take its place, death and rebirth shivering in and out while further prolonged echoes tie the thing together with zoned-out reggae consistency, into a set of extreme extensions with punning titles—“It’s Friday, I’m in Dub”,  “Stop! in the Name of Dub”—which have almost nothing to do with the songs. Occasionally a voice will use a title as a lyric: that’s as far as relevance goes. No musical references to the Cure or the Supremes. Instead you have the pitiless infinite chill of an echo chamber filled with masenquo. Samuel Yirga’s piano brings a bit of warmth to the best track, “What Time is Dub?”

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