- Jan. 28, 2019
-- When you think of dub music, old-school artists like King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry may come to mind. Labels such as Trojan Records and Fire & Ice capture that tell-tale dub sound that is legendary. As the years progress, newer artists are adding their own style, expanding the boundaries of what is "dub" music.
Devon Kurzweil first started listening to what some call "Dub-Drum'n'Bass"
in the mid-2000's, about the same time he began surfing. A reggae channel on satellite radio featured a DJ who spun drum'n'bass electronica tracks over old-school dub reggae. Kurzweil was always a big fan of reggae, especially dub music, and this was something really cool that he had never heard before.
Living in Colorado he would travel to various surf destinations around the world to ride waves, which is where the idea of "Dubtronica"
slowly emerged. "Every surf break has its own vibe, its own style and its own wave that is different from the others," states Kurzweil; "each destination has its own story as does each tune on the Dubtronica albums." For example, Costa Azul Dub
is the musical picture of a party-surf location near San Jose del Cabo. Zurriola Dub
is the product of the charming Basque vibe that returned with him from spending time in San Sebastian, Spain. Rub a Dub Dub
references a legendary break from Rincon, PR.
The mashed up double-time/
half-time tempos seem to perfectly match the juxtaposition of the slow and fast rhythms of surfing. Kurzweil adds, "Sometimes you are sitting endlessly waiting for the next set; other times you catch a great wave and are cruising into the beach; still others require intense paddling just to make it out past the break. The natural poly-rhythms that occur between waves, paddling, riding and sitting tend to weave their way into the music, not to mention the intense colors, sounds and feelings that soak into one's psyche. Dubtronica, Vol. 2 is my attempt at sharing these vibes with you."
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