Boomkat Product Review:
Tapes, Surgeon, Nadia Struiwigh, V.I.V.E.K., Amy Kisnorbo and more sign up to tweak out Om Unit’s acclaimed Acid Dub Studies.
Across two volumes of ‘Acid Dub Studies’ and corresponding ‘Versions’ since 2021, Om Unit and pals have gone deep on a strain of acid dub music that’s percolated the waters since ‘80s digi-dub classic ’Sleng Teng’ and Bobby Konders’ early ‘90s joints, and found in classic works like the ‘Acid Hall’ riddim and a series of aces by The Bug. ‘Acid Dub Versions II’ sees Om Unit originals tweaked out in forms ranging from dub, proper, to its offshoots in dubstep, UKG, acid techno and ambient with often ace results.
The Tapes remix of ‘Acid Tempo’, itself a version of Black Roots Players’ ‘Tempo Dub’ (Wackies, 1985), is a big one, and we’re also partial to Nadia Striuwigh’s weightless ambient rendering of ‘Electrospringwater’, and the stylistic purism of Frenk Dublin’s duppied acid dub version to ‘Ghosts’. Surgeon smartly takes the opportunity to ping off at uptempo angles with his springheeled modular reshod of ‘Tapped’, and V.I.V.E.K.’s is built for the biggest rigs.