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ARTIST
TITLE
Transform I
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DUBK 001CD DUBK 001CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/15/2009

Dubkasm is a UK and Brazil-based roots reggae/dub outfit from Bristol, England. Formed by producer Digistep and DJ Stryda in 1994 during the emergence period of the UK "digital dub" sound, their debut release in 1996 was Chemical Reaction Dub. Since then they have released nine records on their own Sufferah's Choice Recordings label (named after DJ Stryda's well-established Bristol radio show) and received consistent radio and soundsystem play, most notably by the legendary Jah Shaka. Meanwhile, their live shows, fronted by veteran mic-man Afrikan Simba combine exclusive dubplates, live saxophone and improvised sound effects -- guaranteed to move any crowd. Transform I is the result of many years of work carried out between the two musical hubs of Bristol and Brazil. A heavy, authentic blend of roots and dub reggae, Dubkasm's sound varies from militant digital steppas to acoustic vocal tracks, with Brazilian rhythms and samba instrumentation occasionally woven into the mix. Atmospherics and percussion recorded in Brazil reflect the journey of producer Digistep tracing his Brazilian roots, as instruments such as berimbau, zabumba, cavaquinho and cuica are called into play, while his Bristolian counterpart DJ Stryda captures some of the finest vocalists from the UK's reggae and dub scene, promoting the material worldwide. The album's conscious Rasta messages are conveyed over lovingly-crafted roots rhythms. Amidst the more traditional dub styles, nyahbinghi drumming bonds with samba, capoeira percussion rides one-drop rhythms, and the first album to mix UK dub with Brazilian influences is born. CD version includes bonus audiovisual content.