Song: Dub At Hurricane Hotel
The Vienna-based collective known as Dubblestandart has been meshing traditional dub and reggae motifs with electronica since the late 80s. Their core membership has enjoyed a rich association with a loose posse of DJs, producers and topnotch players. In various incarnations they’ve put out countless singles and full albums; at their best they forge compelling and original music which, in default mode, favours spacious instrumental excursions. The use lush keyboard sounds & textures in striking counterpoint to the precise guitar chop and bass burble of deep dish dub. Their flavour of dub is often dark, even ominous; Dub at Hurricane Hotel is no exception.
From the band’s 2006 release Are You Experienced, Hurricane begins by quietly sounding a sour, even petulant synth phrase, hinting at a bleak disposition. When the bass and drums drop the thing takes on the kind of momentum which speaks of nasty inevitability; the hurricane is indeed coming. Like a stain with a life of its own the piece spreads out in billowing waves. With the fat, low-register warmth of the keyboards and the shambling, monolithic bass & drums all over the bottom end, in tandem with the skank of the riddim guitar and arcing strings doing their thing at the top, this instrumental has its sonic bases covered; throw in the odd siren and the piece is nicely over the edge. It would make a great score for some dire road flick. Check it on Grooveshark.