Sherwood & Pinch – Itchy Face

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Sherwood & Pinch are London-based dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Rob Ellis aka Pinch. This is the second collaboration from the duo that originally met at the Fabric London night club. “Having spent around five years working together, our work flow has developed and improved considerably, and we both feel that the music we’re making now is something neither of us could or would do alone,” says Ellis.

‘Itchy Face’ is one of the standout arrangements on the latest record
Man Vs. Sofa, trickling with their trademark bassline punches before stepping into soft touches of the piano. Meanwhile, ‘Roll Call’ and ‘Gun Law’ ring with murderous dread overtones.

“I’m really proud of Man Vs. Sofa – Pinch and I have developed a proper great sound together and this is a real step forward,” affirms Sherwood. A grand step forward from two heavyweight producers, indeed.

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Andy Mac – Horse Fly Dub

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Andy Mac is a Bristol-based electronic music producer. While his past solo projects focused on deep house and broken beat, his most recent release Diving Bird sees him pay respects to Bristol’s dub heritage.

‘Horse Fly Dub’ is one of the standout tracks, conjuring the hazy rhythms of island life at night.

As he told Stamp the Wax:

“And with Horse Fly there was a particular rhythm in the drums in some reggae that has always fascinated me because it doesn’t seem to run half time or it runs double time even and I think I was thinking about that a lot. You listen to some of these tracks and it almost sounds like country music, which I think was quite big in Jamaica. Poor and Clean by Gregory Isaacs would be an obvious example for me.”

Smooth sailing.

Abu Ama – Kufi Wood Art

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From the fringes of dub music, comes Abu AMA, an electronic producer from West Germany. The ambient textures on the track ‘Kufi Wood Art’ typify the kind of disorientating locked grooves that put you in an experimental place.

While released in August, the music couldn’t be more timely: “dedicated to all the refugees worldwide.”

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Andy Stott – Selfish

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Always pushing forward. That’s how you could describe Manchester electronic producer Andy Stott‘s music. He gave up making formulaic club tracks to focus on pionneering weirder “knackered house,” combining “sludgy tempos, grainy sounds, dense atmospheres.”

He continues exploring new sounds on his latest album Too Many Voices. Perhaps the most interesting track is ‘Selfish,’ where Stott shapeshifts between grime and a distorted dancehall beat. Pay extra attention to catch the noise in between.

King Sighter – High Rank Something

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King Sighter aka Master of All lost his eye in a factory accident when he was 24 years old. He also gained a reputation for wearing his pirate/king suit in appearances and live performances.

Trojan Records originally released the album The One Eyed Giant in 1978, before getting a reissue from London based dub label Burning Sounds. Pretty epic release.

Favorite tracks: I’m Allright, Rising Star, and High Rank Something which you can stream below.

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Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)

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Mark Ernestus is a German rhythm and dub sound producer, known for his work as Basic channel and more recently, The Rhythm and Sound’s ‘See Mi Yah.’ He also opened the reknown Hard Wax record store in Berlin in 1989 to celebrate dub and reggae imports.

On the Yermande EP, Ernestus takes his goal of merging African and European sound further. You might have heard Thom Yorke play the bouncy ‘Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)’ dub track on Benji B’s Radio 1 a couple weeks ago.

Learn more about the Ndagga Rhythm Force.


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