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A truckload of dub on Capital Letters’ new album

CAPLETTERS DUB PackshotAfter the release of Capital Letters’ seminal Wolverhampton – their first album in 30 years – comes its dub companion Wolverhampton in Dub, a 17 track set – including three alternate versions – mixed by Dave “Oldwah” Sandford.

Wolverhampton received several positive reviews and Dave Sandford got a free card when mixing this new album, so the set comes with extra everything and he doesn’t pull any breaks when it comes to adding audio effects and sonic wizardry.

And dub is a great genre for such sonic adventures since there are no rules, no norms and no manuals. When Dave Sandford strips the song and handles the mixing desk details get major exposure and minor elements suddenly play a key part.

However, Wolverhampton in Dub is not an experimental dub album. It has the usual deep and heavy bass and drums along with several secondary instruments playing an integral part of the music. The keys on Wolf are one example, and the bass on Roots Music sounds like it has been in and out of the tumble dryer.

With its 17 cuts Wolverhampton in Dub provides you with a truckload of dub for your money.

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Talisman deconstructed

TALISMAN I-Surrection OLDWAHUK veteran reggae band Talisman reunited last year for the powerful and solid I-Surrection, a slice of roots reggae that sounded like it had been originally recorded more than 30 years ago.

This set has now been properly dubbed by David “Oldwah” Sandford. He has taken the original tracks and reshaped and rebuilt them to something new, but still very much vintage sounding.

This is not your slick and clean dub album. This is warm and easy. Most of the vocals is removed and the parts remaining have been thrown in the echo chamber.

The emphasis is of course on the drums and on the bass. The latter comes in a heavier dose compared to the original album. The guitar, organ and keyboard float on top with the singing dropping in, out and the in again.

Definitely a fine slice of authentic and vintage sounding dub that is currently only available as digital download.

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