Boomkat Product Review:
Sublime, inverted dub trips from Jay Glass Dubs, an artist who stealthily infiltrated our playlists over the last 12 months with a series of class tape and vinyl excursions for Bokeh Versions, Seagrave and THRHDRRDSVNTNN.
His debut for The Tapeworm, Dislocated Folklore is one of Dubs’ dustiest and diffuse transmission; like John T. Gast and Muslimgauze smoked-up and exhaled by Mad Professor in effect, but perfused with an intangible soul of it’s own imagination that’s key to its allure.
Dislocated Folklore, as the title suggests, is a play on the simultaneously detached yet sincerely faithful nature of music made by “metropolitan musicologists” with no tangible connection to its roots or religious background, and likewise the tendency for things to become misinterpreted or lost-in-translation in that process of sampling and appropriation.
Using 3 second samples of the intros to ‘90s ragga records, combined with recordings of a recitation off Turkish TV and dissolved within the prism of Glass’ hybrid software/hardware array, the results are some of the most extreme and curious additions to the modern dub sphere in recent memory. For a start we can hardly detect any bass, which is possibly by design or due to the tape recording, but either way it lends itself to the very upper registers of perception, seemingly in perpetual escape to the borderlands between and above the eyes where his evaporating rhythms and hyaline thizz meet the ferric hiss of the recording format.
It’s an enveloping listen to say the least, and one both best suited to, and only available on tape...