ltd 2019 repress - sprung up from his much-fêted clubnight of the same name, bradley zero has enlisted fellow peckham local al dobson jr to inaugurate rhythm section international with this: rye lane volume 1, an 11 track mini-lp stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. the importance of location on rye lane volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (peru, grenada, cameroon, columbia, peckhams rye lane), but dobson jr does his best to melt these heterogeneous influences down into something definably his own
2018 repress , with the debut release selling out in a matter of days and a repress already flying off the shelves, rhythm section international present their second offering in the form of a remix ep, with reworks of al dobson jr. by polish rising stars ptaki and manchester mainstay ruf dug. eschewing the typical notions of a remix package, rhythm section international offers up 2 new tracks that didn’t appear on rye lane volume one, accompanied by 2 strikingly imaginative remixes. on the a side the polish duo of jaromir kamiń,ski & bartosz kruczynski take al dobson jr’s tribal tom-tom rhythm and extend it into a sprawling disco epic, adding catchy keys and sensuous vocals that aim to tease the most reluctant of movers onto the dance-floor. ruf dug’s rework, named “ ruffy’s 3am canavan’s special” takes inspiration from one of many hazy late night sessions at the infamous peckham pool hall that is home to rhythm section. ruf dug, a rhythm section favourite and huge admirer of dobson’s beats, takes the gentle guitar strokes of the original and morphs them into metallic stabs, layered over an aggressive squelchy bass sound and sharp phasing hi-hats. this mantra is built upon in an effortless style typical of the mancunian producer and is as catchy as it is hypnotic.
after numerous parties, concerts and one year of running a local record shop in leipzig, the vary crew releases its first vinyl release.
the record features long time friends al dobson jr, tito wun, salomo, repeat pattern, hubert daviz, strange u and esgar.
al dobson jr. returns to rhythm section international with his debut full length lp. spread over 28 tracks and clocking in at just under one hour, this body of work provides a glimpse into the mind of one of the uks most talented, enigmatic producers. al dobsons debut mini album marked the inauguration of bradley zeros fledgling label back in 2014, proving to be a breath of fresh air to the london scene with its loose, undefinable sound and unique approach to production. as a newcomer, al dobson jr.s music didnt remain a secret for long, with major global tastemakers such as gilles peterson, theo parrish, dego, alex nut and osunlade being early adopters. as with other key releases on 22a and izwid, it didnt take long for rye lane volume 1 to go from obscure debut to cult classic, propelling the artist and the label onto the international platform. at once a continuation and evolution of the sound, rye lane volumes ii & iii offers a deeper exploration into the al dobson jr universe, moving with ease through tempos and textures but never losing that effortless magic that makes adj stand out from the crowd.
repress. the third instalment on kutmah s experimental izwid imprint, south london dj and producer al dobson jr. creates a 15 track deep, exploration of soulful, tribal drums and abstract musical curation. otherworldly and nuanced beats re-imagine the score of the sampledelic funk tale. one that s non-geographical but rather lost in loops, journeying through the time and space that exists within your headphones. alternating between cosmic vocal rips and a myriad of loose, soul-infused beat tape-style sketches with its digital flourishes, sounds from the village vol. 1 sees the sunrise and sunset over a bohemian musical vista