The influence of the technique of overdubs, or, more precise, of dubbing out that Jamaican producers revolutionized in the 1970s seems to have been growing in influence ever since. What started as an economical way of producing remixes and alternative versions of songs has evolved into a sound it’s impossible to imagine modern electronic music without. And it is not only the obvious style, dub step, we have in mind here, but rather a diverse range of house and techno varieties. We bring together Shigeto, Helena Hauff and A Band Of Crickets to take a closer look at dub in electronic music.
Shigeto Tide Pools
Shigeto is Japanese for “growing bigger” and that’s exactly what Michigan born and raised producer Zachary Saginaw does with every new release. While his first endeavours were audibly influenced by hip hop beats, he later experimented with a broader range of rhythms and sound textures. Our free download of “Tide Pools” is taken from the compilation “Ghostly Swim 2”, a collaboration between record label Ghostly International and the cable TV network Adult Swim. The shuffled beat and heavy use of reverb make for an unsettling atmosphere, despite the track’s tempo and instrumentation being more reminiscent of ambient.
A Band Of Crickets “Drop Out”
These two boys and girls from A Band Of Crickets from Potsdam in Germany celebrate the art of reduction and create similarly unsettling soundscapes to Shigeto. They too rely on deep bass and slow, minimal beats as well as delay and reverb effects in their music. The result resembles a modern reinterpretation of trip hop, complete with catchy vocals reminiscent of Massive Attack or Portishead in their heyday. The band recently released its debut album “Inter Larvas”, with “Drop Out” being one of its darkest corners.
Helena Hauff The First Time He Thought, He Died
We close this selection with a track by DJ and producer Helena Hauff from Hamburg, Germany. Since the release of her critically acclaimed EP “Actio Reactio” in 2013, she has established her reputation as one of the most innovative talents on the current dance music scene. Created mostly using vintage equipment, her music has an undeniable acid house influence, paired with rarely heard dark nihilism. Her latest EP “Lex Tertia” was released on the Ninja Tune sub-label Werk Discs and our free download The First Time He Thought, He Died is its closing track. It is one of her most reduced productions, owing as much to Chicago house as it does to dub.