Boomkat Product Review:
Earth-shattering, warm-charming dub pressure from the mighty TNT Roots, dished up as a special debut LP proper following a run of 12”s and dubs you’ll never see but might hear in Aba Shanti or Iration Steppers sets
An original, pivotal member of the Earthquake crew, whose militant digidub steppers have fuelled so many UK dances since 1993, TNT Roots brings a foundational knowledge of that curiously UK-prized and retro-futuristic mutation of Jamaican music to his deadly, driving productions, all sifted by the Bokeh bossman from stacks of TNT CDs self-issued on his Lion Musik label between 2005-2018.
Rightly pointed out as the sound that’s underlined or paralleled everything from bleep techno (Iration Steppers used to be SoYo bleep dons Ital Rockers!), to hardcore, jungle, grime, and even doomcore, ‘Raw Dub Creator’ is basically badass darkside dance music with ounces of bounce and mature levels of darkside/mysticism that never strays into silliness. It’s built in a long and well tested tradition of charged drum machine rhythms and exaggerated, synthetic subs that can’t help but carry the dance with it.
However you might need to take our word for it as the conditions for this sound - big sound systems in big rooms with everyone smoking zoots indoors - have really altered since the 2007 smoking ban at least, often leaving it with fewer and fewer places to exercise the culture properly. Maybe we need to hunt one down, but big dub dances seemed a more regular thing in Manchester and Leeds at start of this century, and we only feel sympathy for anyone who can’t experience a full night of this stuff as it’s meant to be done. It fucking rearranges your atoms and leaves you still waffling about that time decades later (out to SubDub and Leeds West Indian centre!).
Basically those who know will be all over this LP like the last rizla in the dance, but if you’re new to it, or below the age of 25 and like it, do yourself a favour and go check your nearest big dub dance, pronto!!!