Boomkat Product Review:
The stalwart Echocord crew mark 20 years of dub techno vibrations with exclusive cuts by Babe Roots, Fluxion, Deadbeat, Forest Drive West, Luke Hess, Idealist, Mikkel Metal and more
Copenhagen's ever reliable dub techno label showcase the sound’s depth and breadth with 12 cuts and nearly 90 minutes of meditative steppers pressure. The Ur-dub techno spirit of Rhythm & Sound looms large over proceedings, patently inspiring Babe Roots’ lilting skank and Another Channel’s uncanny channelling of Paul St. Hilaire in ‘Gunman’, while Chain Reaction alum Fluxion does his smoky deep techno thing on ‘Slide’, and Joachim Nordwall’s dub guise Idealist takes the opportunity to hammer out his hardest dub styles in the pounding momentum of and teasing filters of ‘Ride’.
London’s Forest Drive West meanwhile shows how the OG sound has irrevocably infiltrated UK styles with the sloshing, post-D&b rolige of ‘Signals’, and Mikkel Metal saddles up for a dusty, dusky trip to acid-dub-country on ‘Lakma’. Siblings Luke & Jeff Hess return a driving Detroit variant shades away from the late, great Mike Huckaby’s seminal melds of Detroit/Berlin dub-techno, and Lithuania’s Grad_U holds to Basic Channel’s immersive, durational principles in the 11 minutes of ‘Pacific Lair’.