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ARTIST
TITLE
Chalice
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
LODUBS 8005EP LODUBS 8005EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/5/2008

"DZ (Ottawa-based producer Sean Harten) seems to be gradually checking off a classic release each within all spectrums of this sound popularly known as dubstep. From ear-grabbing, head-bobbing wobblers via 2007's 'Slums Dub' (released by Hot Flush) to jumpin', hip-hop infused numbers like 'Leviathan on Black Acre,' and the soon-to-be released collaboration with XI entitled 'Guns At Dawn' on LoDubs, not much territory in the canon of styles remains untouched by a truly evocative tune from the man in discussion. To that list, we add 'Chalice Dub', DZ's contribution to the traditional reggae side of the movement. It is a not-so-widely known fact that much like New York City, many cities in eastern Canada have long been home to individuals with roots in the West Indies, with the famed keyboard player of Studio One, Jackie Mittoo even setting up shop in Toronto in the '70s. 'Chalice Dub' was built with a heavy emphasis on this heritage, both through its soundsystem-themed chord progression, and its inclusion of vocal talent plucked from amongst that culture, courtesy of the one known only as Awaken Lion. A feature, and frequently reloaded peak-point track within the circles of the club night Various in Portland and practically every night on Streamizm radio will finally see the light, and we expect the reaction will be exponential to what has already been witnessed via each aforementioned events respective rinseout. As for the B-side, That 'Bongo Dub' feels as if a culture a world away worked with the aim of a tune akin to 'Chalice Dub,' but via vastly different elements ultimately created a different beast all together. However, of the two things that make this piece distinctively DZ (the other being its immediately catchy, hook-laden bass line) one would be its subtle, yet driving way of infusing small and unobtrusive rhythms akin to drum and bass and 4 beat musics, just a little at a time, to create something that is incredibly driving, yet still dubstep to its core."