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Dub Gabriel: Bass Jihad

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Primarily written, performed, and produced by Dub Gabriel, Bass Jihad spans and touches all four corners of the world—if "all four corners means Jamaica, India, the Middle East, and Brooklyn.

Gabriel begins this mystical electrical journey alongside Ahad Nazarzadeh-Saaz with "War in the Poppy Fields, a panic of Middle Eastern wind and percussion instruments that drops down into—then yanks the beat back from—spacious reggae chords and echo effects.

All Gabriel's influences—sitar, electronics, percussion, loops, and scratches—come together in "Saaz Remains the Same, crashing waves of different musics combining in one cogent piece that is electric and fast-paced like modern life, but also echoes ancient Arabian and African, even Caribbean tribal cultures. "Rumi Go Through Me constructs from percolating percussion, chirping electronics, sitar, and melodica another evocative soundscape typical of this set.

Along with these exotic electric combinations, Gabriel allows different individual threads to shine through, too. "Musique de L'ame builds nimble African percussion rhythms into a soft, ambient, almost tender, trance mood. "Dis Song, featuring Kerac and Dave Hill, Jr., is a turntablist's dream shredded through with scratches and loops and thumped from underneath by congas and other acoustic percussion.

Bass is the Place and "Zooklyn rock hard, even with their odd-time instrumental breaks and spirited vocal incantations. More funk music than world music, their coiled and thumping beats move slow and lazy but powerfully—like a panther can move. Tough stuff.


Track Listing: War in the Poppy Fields; Zooklyn; Musique de l'Ame; Tales of One Man's Trials; Saaz Remains the Same; Dis Song; Bass is the Place; Garden of Light in the Shade of Grey; Rumi Go Through Me; History; Second Coming of the Urban Mystic.

Personnel: Dub Gabriel: compositions, arrangement, production.

Title: Bass Jihad | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Azra Records


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