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Vibronics return with another earth-shaking set

The-Return-Of-VIBRONICSUK roots outfit Vibronics return with another no-nonsense roots and dub album collecting twelve brand new tracks – six vocal cuts and six dub versions. This time they have teamed up with legendary vocalists Michael Prophet and Macka B alongside more contemporary talents like Soom T, Danman, Madu Messenger and I-Mitri.

The Return of Vibronics is militant with intense energy. As usual with Vibronics one might add. The vocal cuts are haunting, dark and dread and the dub versions are crammed to capacity with bass heavy sound system flavour.

This is UK bass music culture of the highest order. Sometimes almost diabolical, like North & South, and sometimes a bit brighter, like Heartbeat, even though it has an apocalyptic bass line.

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Digital dub of the highest order from Brain Damage & Vibronics

Empire Soldiers - Brain Damage Meets VibronicsUK-based Vibronics and France-based Brain Damage have teamed up to pay tribute to the seldom recognized Caribbean and African soldiers fighting in World War 1. According to the liner notes of Empire Soldiers the majority of the West Indian troops served as members of labour battalions, being the backbone of the armies – moving supplies, digging trenches and building railway and communication lines.

Or as Sir Jean puts it in the exceptionally heavyweight and downright excellent Do U Remember “Ah me she one, World War One, two, World War Two, do u remember those African soldiers, who died for your freedom… Cuz when u big up de fallen soldiers, u nah name dem at all, me check out your wallets and monuments, me nah see dem at all, memorial days a come and u nah call dem at all, me check out your books of history, we nah see dem”.

Brain Damage & Vibronics have with Empire Soldiers unleashed a beast in terms of bass lines and pounding drums. The bass line in Dub Engine is almost frightening in its heaviness and forthrightness. It’s one of those bass lines that might appear in a nightmare.

Same goes for the dub version of Do U Remember titled Do U Dub. By the title it could be confused for a love song, but, well, it’s not. It doesn’t contain much lyrics. But the again none is needed since the bass line, the drums and the echoing horns are having a voodoo session.

The set comes as a double disc with a healthy 17 tracks with lyrical tales from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean told by Madu Messenger, Parvez, Sir Jean and Mohammed El Amraoui.

Empire Soldiers is an exciting, hypnotic and bass-boosted history lesson telling the story of the colonial troops in World War 1.

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Warrior-styled UK roots and dub from Weeding Dub

Weeding Dub - Inna Digital AgeFrance’s Weeding Dub combines UK-styled roots and dub-infused reggae with electronic music energy, quite similar to what Zion Train and Vibronics have been doing successfully for a number of years.

After numerous vinyl releases on several labels since 2004 this innovative and original producer from Lille has now put 15 brand new tracks on wax. He is accompanied by a diverse bunch of artists such as Little R, Echo Ranks, Fu Steps, Diana Levi and Inja.

Inna Digital Age is dark, mean and grim. It’s contemporary in terms of energy, but musically the album has its roots in early digital sounds originating from Jamaica and the UK roots scene that emerged in the early to mid 90s.

Definitely something for fans of monotonous and thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and blazing percussion mixed with beautiful horns. Inna Digital Age offers 15 sonic punches in the stomach. Like it or not.

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