Last yearâ€™s Dubkasm Meets Solo Banton 7â€ triple pack was a worldwide hit, packed with lyrical vibes and immense production that paid respect to the boombastic 90â€™s digi-roots style of labels such as Xterminator and Two Friends. Powered by the breakout â€œMy Music,â€ alongside Bristol grime MC Buggsy, the awesome set was missing only two things - crucial dubs of My Music itself, and the equally wicked â€œNever Let I Down.â€
ZamZam had already been in conversation with Dubkasm about working together, when the labelâ€™s selector E3 realized that in recent sets heâ€™d been following My Music with an Xterminator B-side only because there was no My Music dub availableâ€¦ yet. Tracy/Polygon Press forwarded the idea of a "double dub." Both crews were immediately thrilled with the prospect of crowning the original My Music set with two mighty versions that also stand alone brilliantly.
"My Music (Version)" opens with a heavy piano lead and rock-hard kick-led riddim. Sparks fly from flint & steel hi hat, an addictive, powerhouse bassline, and Solo Banton floating in and out of dubspace. Bantonâ€™s voice bursts forth again, with declarations of faith in â€œCrowned In Dub,â€ the version to â€œNever Let I Down.â€ The tune rocks with another serious bassline and neck-snapping riddim, but is perhaps most defined by the unforgettable percussive steel pan melody, and masterful control of atmosphere, keeping the warm Caribbean roots alive in a dark, cavernous hall of reverb and echo.
Dubkasm (composed of Digistep & DJ Stryda) is one of the anchors of the worldwide roots, dub & sound system movement. Active since 1994, the Bristol institution tours constantly and has numerous essential vinyl releases on Peng Sound, Bristol Archive and most especially their own Sufferahâ€™s Choice and Dubkasm imprints.
Released the first week of November 2015. Limited to 700 copies. No digital. No repress. Design & 2-color screen print by Polygon Press.
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