bristol s roots reggae ambassadors dubkasm hand over remix duties to dub rocker and fellow bristolian rob smith for the fifth and final episode in their transform i limited vinyl remixes series. retaining the vintage grit and rastafarian message of tena stelin s original, he plants a bed of his expanding trademark bass work and slices off shards of echo into the void. this gem is now an anthem in his sets across the globe. side b was the missing piece in dubkasm s highly acclaimed transform i session. a bubbling reworking of christine miller s angelic tones takes us into a different space, anchored by cavernous lows and syncopated percussion. faithful to the reggae tradition, rob delivers a pure vocal followed by a minimal dub version offering a birds-eye view into the tracks deeper sonics.
the one we have been waiting for, peverelist and guidos transformations of dubkasm riddims. peverelist is in deep and meditaional form on >strictly ital<, putting ras adams dread drawl to great use over sumptuous subs and a sparingly used late 80s digital-style riff. his awareness of space, vibe and drive is just so on the money here! on the flip guido takes an more modern approach to >nyah keith<, reworking the track within his tougher plastic sound sphere to sound equally robust, but in a different, slightly less subtle manner. big tip for all rooted dubstep heads!
jakes steps up with gemmy, back to back in this lively first twelve inch pressing, first in a series of five incoming in the dubkasm remixed series. both sides have been receiving maximum rinseage, the jakes mix providing a notable transition moment in headhunters recent juke to dubstep dj excursions.
bristol meets brazil: transform i is the result of many years of work carried out between these two musical hubs. a heavy, authentic blend of roots and dub reggae, dubkasms sound varies from militant digital steppas to acoustic vocal tracks, with brazilian rhythms and samba instrumentation occasionally woven into the mix. atmospherics and percussion recorded in brazil reflect the journey of producer digistep tracing his brazilian roots, as instruments such as berimbau, zabumba, cavaquinho and cuica are called into play, while his bristolian counterpart dj stryda captures some of the finest vocalists from the uks reggae and dub scene and promotes the material worldwide. the album s conscious rasta messages are conveyed over lovingly crafted roots rhythms. amidst the more traditional dub styles, nyahbinghi drumming bonds with samba, capoeira percussion rides one drop rhythms, and the first album to mix uk dub with brazilian influences is born.