Texas-based producer and multi-instrumentalist McPullish has over the past years put out some experimental heavy as lead dub-infused reggae, both with acclaimed vocalists such as General Smiley, Sylford Walker, Luciano, Lutan Fyah and Mark Wonder, as well as largely instrumental sets.
His latest album effort is the strangely titled Black Metal White Reggae, a soundtrack to a dystopian world recorded during the hottest three months ever experienced in Texas and all of the U.S.
The press release accompanying the album states that these sweaty months were an ominous and frustrating time for McPullish and his family. And that’s evident when listening to these dark and frightening sounds. It’s electronic, haunting and brutal. Like getting punched by an iron fist.
The eight tracks, of which two are less than a minute, are unpredictable and just when you thought you had the song structure all figured out, McPullish breaks it apart, bends it backwards, strips it and adds new instruments and sounds to explore new sonic territories.
Black Metal White Reggae – available on limited edition vinyl and on digital platforms – is not for the faint-hearted and might have more in common with European experimental techno than conventional Jamaican dub from masters such as King Tubby, Prince Jammy and Scientist. They should however be proud, since dub is all about experimenting and making bold audio decisions.