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Finnish dub maverick Sasu Ripatti scrambles and sloshes Sly & Robbie’s rhythms in patented style for Sub Rosa
Fucking with distinctions between Jamaican dub proper and the spiralling matrices of its globalised spin-offs, ‘500 Push Up’ is a proper avant-dancehall rinse out full of scurrying organic detail and sweltering pressure. It leads on from Delay’s involvement in the 2018 LP ‘Nordub’, which also featured Nils Petter Molvær and Eivind Aarset, but leaves behind the jazz fusion elements to go hard and ruthless in the dubbing, until every element is fizzing and bouncing in a proper swill.
“In January 2019, Vladislav Delay went to Kingston and spent some days at The Anchor studios, to record drums and bass with S&R, some voice takes and a series of atmospheric field recordings. Back to Finland, Delay started to experiment with this precious material, mixing and overdubbing, in the comfort and quiet of his studio, based on the island of Hailuoto, Baltic Sea, Northern Finland, giving another feeling to the Jamaican trip. This became a tribute to the 'dub spirit', but in a very personal way, far beyond any influence or "the obvious". 500-PUSH-UP is two worlds collapsing, merging, also showing some intriguing approach of the Jamaican groove, used as a filigree, like the echo or the ghost of reggae, converging and conversing with a post-industrial and experimental approach. To file beside experiments - for instance - such as Lee Perry's 'Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires' or the On U-Sound productions.”