Boomkat Product Review:
Racking up 90 minutes of prime ’70s/‘80s pressure, plus a smattering of later, related cuts, ‘Caverns Of Dub’ is Twitch’s definitive deep dive into Jamaican music, following from excursions into post-punk, goth, ambient, and myriad other subgenera of late 20th century culture. Twitch acknowledges dub as a common denominator across the spectrum of styles he DJs, with foundational traces of its DNA found everywhere from ambient to post punk and industrial musicks.
Trust he’s really gone to town on the selections and the mixing, fundamentally focussing on the dub aspect but also cuing up plenty of vocal versions for good measure, all with judicious use of FX and immaculate blends. From digi to rootsy, steppers to skankers; he offers a clued-up outsider’s take on the style which extraordinarily punches above its relative weight (Jamaica has half the population of Scotland, and an inversely disproportionate influence on global trends), smartly spelling out links between the island node and its diasporic offshoots.
Expect everything from thunderous proto-techno templates to Rhythm & Sound inspirations via nuff melodicas, sufferation vocals, nyabinghi drums and the weightiest bass.