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ARTIST
TITLE
Grounded
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STRIKE 058CD STRIKE 058CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/21/2005

A technoid album for the dub and reggae freaks. This is the long-awaited debut album from Berlin-based Lars Fenin, the man who symbiotically fuses techno and dub for Shitkatapult. After founding his own reggae band in Berlin called Tribal Notes, he quickly became familiarized and directly involved with the early burgeoning electronic music from Berlin's expanding club and music scene. His first 12" titled Herr Pitzelberger appeared in 2000 on Shitkatapult, and since then he has been at the core of the label. He followed with releases on Echochord, Meteosound, and Textone. Fenin's productions have little to do with what is generally understood to be dub-techno or techno dub: rather than minimal techno tracks overloaded with effects, Fenin crafts old school, grounded productions that emerge from studio handiwork involving classic overdub techniques created live on a mixing board. The term "dub" thus derives from a much earlier incarnation and understanding of reggae. On Grounded, the musical spectrum is set pretty wide from technoid pieces like the deep "South" to the old school dub piece "Interlude"all the way to pure reggae songs like "No C.I.A." or "Thrill." The strength of the album is located where techno, dub, and reggae are brought closer together successfully.