|This is a unique project for Soul Jazz Records, featuring all-newly recorded exclusive tracks of Future Dub and Dubstep from key artists from the Dubstep scene. Featuring Skream, Burial,Scuba, Digital Mystikz, Kode 9, King Midas Sound and more.
After two killer Digital Mystikz singles on Soul Jazz Records last year and an amazing amount of publicity around the Dubstep movement, this album shows clearly the influence of original electronic dub pioneers such as King Tubby, Scientist and King Jammys on this new generation of artists and producers.
Emerging out of South London, Dubstep has grown from its roots in Grime and Drum and Bass scenes to create a new movement of artists – such as Digital Mystikz, Kode 9, Burial – influenced by sound system culture as well as technology.
With heavy bass-lines and complex drum patterns, Dubstep blazes trails for being both progressive and innovative.
Soul Jazz's long-awaited and much discussed "Box Of Dub" is at long last here, and it finds this most revered of labels finally making full-length space for a genre it's been dipping its toes into since last year's pair of Digital Mystikz twelves. First off - the lineup. Digital Mystikz, Skream, Burial, Scuba and Kode 9 all make appearances - as does Basic Channel luminary Paul St Hilaire (aka Tikiman) in collaboration with the Jay Haze / Michal Ho hook-up "Sub Version", King Midas Sound and Tayo. Whatsmore each and every one of these 12 tracks is exclusive to this release and its been pressed up on spacious triple-vinyl for the loudest cuts imaginable - showing much consideration to a community obsessed with volume and bass weight. Getting to the tunes - by far the most anticipated track here is Burial's incredible "Unite" - and true to form it's also the best thing on offer here by quite some distance. The two-step template is once again dusted off and rinsed here in a fabulously airy fashion, complete with a double-padded bassline that gave our woofers quite a run for their money; echo-drenched submerged vocals in a proto junglist stylee and a reflective arrangement of strings that's almost at odds with the skipping pace of the track. Immense stuff and, quite frankly, worthy of the price of admission alone. But, of course, it doesn't end there - you'll have already heard the Digital Mystikz and awesome Kode 9 cuts if you picked up the 12" sampler a couple of weeks back, so we'll head straight to the Sub Version hookups with Paul St Hilaire on two tracks "The Light" and "Rise Up". The former pushes Tikiman's vocal up as high as it will go into the mix, the spirit of all those classic Burial Mix 10"s resurfacing, surrounded by attentive percussive edits and, of course, the obligatory mindf*ck bassline that gives it all the weight necessary for admission. The latter is a shocking exercise in reduction, the sounds of machines malfunctioning soon turning into a Garage deconstruction that's as metallic as the finest Monolake production but with added urban swing that dictates the tone of much of this collection. It's truly next-level, pioneering material and props must go to Soul Jazz for stepping outside of the box here and delivering original content which will make even the most ardent, weary Dubsteppers sit up and take note. Skream's "Sub Island" is another textbook anthem from probably the most populist producer on board - memorable, addictive and righteous steppers-styles that work a treat, while Scuba's "Respirator" ends proceedings with a gnarly attack that's anything but cathartic - a statement of intent perhaps from the label just to make it clear that the party ain't over...it's just begun. BOOMKAT