Side A comes courtesy of Bristol resident Phaeleh. Opening as a straightforward digital steppas, the master of cinematic atmosphere flawlessly integrates Dubkasm’s live instrumentation and his own electronics to reimagine ‘Missao’ as a richly detailed futuristic odyssey while staying true to the tune’s roots style. Crisp handclaps replace the snares of the original, and cellos soar, as the piece layers and evolves with timbale fills and syndrum-like risers, before a monumental sub-bass kicks in.
Sam Binga’s offering is straight-up dubwise, hurling the original into a ravine, to emerge with the bassline flipped and anchored to the drums, and on-the-fly chops and fader sweeps that sound straight out of King Tubby’s studio. He supercharges the signal with analogue saturation, pushing the bass to seismic levels. Reverbed piano and the ghosts of horns echo in and out of a mix so deep it sounds like it’s fused together on an ancient master tape. Binga’s recent Conamara Fieldworks Project (a collaboration with Welfare) was mixed at the Dubkasm studio, and his rework of ‘Monte de Siao’ shows the same passion for sonic textures and deft cuts.
Mastered on to 1/2” tape at Stardelta Studios, this bass heavy slab of vinyl honours dub’s past, while taking the genre to the future. Paul Lee