This latest collection of piping-hot, fresh new techno focuses on dub—but dub as a technique more than a genre. If you want to keep up on the latest in this series, you can search for sndlgc in the podcast app of your choice, or you can manually add it by copying this link.
While dub was a reggae innovation, it amounted to more of a practice than a genre, or style. Studio engineers trying to wring ever more from already repurposed riddims invented tricks to make the old seem new again. Since the advent of electronic dance music, stretching back to the disco era, dub—as a technique—has gained a life of its own, beyond the genre that invented it.
By extension, dub is written into the fabric of electronica. From the nascent days of techno, the primacy of bass was unquestioned. Echo effects were essential to expanding the inherent minimalism at its heart. These too are key ingredients of dub. Toss in how dub treats the parts of the song merely as building blocks to be re-arranged at will and you have the basic elements of modern electronica.
Biscuits for… Dubble-Stuffers tries to find the dub lurking at the heart in a wide variety of electronic styles. Sometimes it’s in plain sight, like TNT Roots’ Chant Down Babylon. Even though more sublimated, it’s still there in the futuristic throb of Jeff Mills’ Helix Nebula. Some of these tracks are wall (and bowel) shaking floor anthems, while others steer toward gaseous and introspective ambient dub.
I started the Biscuits series explicitly to focus on new electronic music. To that end, almost all these tracks were released in the six months since the last biscuit dropped. It’s all chopped down to the barest essentials—most of the tracks barely stick around for more than two minutes. 36 songs in 80 minutes—double stuffed, indeed! If there’s anything you especially dig, follow the link, there’s plenty more to be had!
For now, turn it up, but mind yr bass bins.
Lowtec: Burnt Toast
Slim Media Player: Moutfeel
TNT Roots: Chant Down Babylon (Verse II)
Floating Points: Shark Chase
Roza Terenzi: Electronique
Jeff Mills: Helix Nebula
Demian Licht & Eomac: Algol
Christoph de Babalon: Endless Inside
Pearson Sound: Earwig
Kleft: Writhe, Squirm, Broken
Dayzero: Sunday on Spaceship
Lemzly Dale: Go Away
Parris: Puro Rosaceaes (KMOS mix)
Tilliander: Respect Existence
ST / NE: ME / WE
Klein Zage: She’s Out There (Local Artist Cult mix)
Norman Nodge: Tacit Knowing
Ron Morelli: FXK Ripper
Best Available Technology: Orbitiara
Sabla: Chant 35
Tapes: Ticker Tape
Pavel Milyakov: Bolotniy
Claudia Anderson: Momentum
Nekyia: Dream Within a Dream
Positive Centre: Exhibit Structures
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement: Bridgetown Dub
Phase90: Ango (Intrusion Metamorphose)
Not Glass: Ludicrum