Dubspot Sound Selections 003: Black Chow, Four Tet, Daphini, Jori Hulkkonen, Melé +


Hiatus (featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson)
Three more riots, a changed neighborhood, and 30 years later, Linton Kwesi Johnson picks the mic up once more on “Insurrection” to recall the Brixton riots of 1981 that made such an impact on England. It’s maybe the first time in over a decade that Linton has recorded new music, and with this track he strikes a vibrant note with poignant subject matter over a reflective and emotional riddim by Hiatus. “Make the ruler dem understand/That we nah tek no more of the oppression,” he declares, pointing towards the heel that black people lived beneath during that time. And it’s not the first time he’s said it. Amidst soaring unemployment and the racist stop and frisks of Operation Swamp 81, anger was fermenting that spring. All it took was a spark, and the fire exploded throughout the city. Although many were injured and much property damaged, it led to the official acknowledgment of racial discrimination within police force’s ranks. The record drops April 11th. - MS

Four Tet – Pinnacles  (Text)
Two of the most influential producers in the the indie/electronic sphere come together this week for a seriously hot split 12″ that Giles Peterson featured on his BBC radio show recently. Kieran Hebdan (Four Tet) takes the ace with “Pinnacles,” a funky rumbling journey of a song – starting with a trip-hop feel and then cruising at good pace through 4/4 rhythms, cosmic bleeps, and a few stops for big piano chords that Peterson obviously loves. On the flip side Dan Snaith (Caribou) gets mysterious and deep under his new moniker, Daphne. “Ye Ye” starts with a sample-based abstract techno groove and lays some nice analog synth work into a patchwork of rhythms that will appeal to fans of the darker side of sound. Both tracks droped this week as a vinyl-only 12 inch on Snaith’s Text imprint. - MW


Jori Hulkkonen – Weaknesses (Turbo)
Montreal’s Turbo Recordings label has kept itself at the forefront of techno culture for over a decade now (despite accusations that owner/operator Tiga has gone commercial with his many remixes of pop songs.) The label has found its pace since inception in 1998 with a specific (Montreal) take on synthetic music that covers techno, electro and deep house with consistent quality and artists such as Jesper Dahlback, DMX Krew, Kenny Glasgow, Fred Everything, Boys Noize, Moby, Tiga, Sei A and Boy 8 Bit. The latest release (Turbo 91) comes from Finnish tech/house legend Jori Hulkkonen who also had an album on Turbo last year and has graced the label with some of its best mix compilations since inception. Of the four tracks on this ep “Weaknesses” is a repettitive, moody song that struck me with emotional depth that is heightened with the beak scenes in the above video (which I assume was shot in Stockholm from the look of it.) “Weaknesses” has it’s roots in Detroit but brings a modern technical (clean) feel to the mix with bleak chords and meandering filters along the way. Highly recommended piece of culture that could only come from very cold parts of the world. - MW


Melé – Trappin (Grizzly)
All the kids are doing it these days. 3ball that is. And the 18-year-old British Melé is just the latest international participant to put his spin on the Mexican sound, what with its triplet beats and dancefloor mindset. With a driving four to the floor beat and flanged ménage à trois, “Trappin’” eschews the popular ravey synths for a focus on deep steel hits. The digital buzz does build however with the feel of an electric kettle boiling and some vintage stabs. It’s a fairly simple composition, as much in this style is, but it cycles through a few sections which keeps it interesting enough. We imagine trappin at a party playing this would be lucrative. If you prefer something housier, New York’s Contakt flipped a free remix of the track. Cop the Grizzly release here though. - MS

Black Chow – Wonderland (Jahtari)
The mysterious SETI transmissions of Kiki Hitomi ripple leisurely through space, reaching out to a distant Wonderland, powered by the atomic bass of The Bug. Hitomi’s lyrics sound like they’re mostly in Japanese, rending them even more secretive to Western ears, allowing them to develop as mood alone. Every sound marinates in a black sea of echo and reverb with rim shots, erie keys, transporter synths, and distant vocal additions thoroughly soaked in the dub tradition. The song first came out last year on a Jahtari compilation, but was rereleased this week as the title track of Black Chow‘s new EP. Cop that. - MS

  • dubm
  • 3/13/2011

Black Chow is seriously good. get it.