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In Dub (Conducted by Dub Spencer & Trance Hill)

EB 100LP EB 100LP

Limited 2015 repress. Echo Beach presents the first vinyl edition of William S. Burroughs in Dub, originally released on CD in 2014 (EB 100CD). LP features eight tracks from the CD release, and includes the CD itself, with all 15 tracks. Since their 2006 debut album Nitro, the Swiss band Dub Spencer & Trance Hill have impressed press and audiences alike with their passion for playing, their sure instinct for sounds, their equally humorous and respectful dubification of popular hits (including Metallica's "Enter Sandman") and their immense technical skill. Riddim heard "a new soundsphere where typical fat, stoic dub beats contrast with hand-played instruments and experimental sounds." Jazzthetik praised the "fantastically tight band, formidable interior dynamic and supremely competent mixdowns." Jazzthing wrote that "their psychedelic dub sound, which is occasionally interspersed by Western guitar riffs and true rock solos, sounds wonderfully acoustic and analog." And The Wire had to admit that "it sounds cheesy and it shouldn't work, but it does." Their other work includes the Clash tribute album The Clashification of Dub (EB 081CD/LP), plus a live album and a remix compilation with selective dubs by Victor Rice from São Paulo, Brazil. This release celebrates William S. Burroughs and pays tribute to his 2014 centenary, marking a new pop-cultural highlight in their work. With the official support and assistance of the William S. Burroughs Foundation in the United States, the band has succeeded in creating a heavy, ambient masterpiece in 15 chapters. They roll through dub landscapes full of heavy reggae grooves and extraterrestrial electro sounds, carried by pumping basslines with hypnotic power that clears the pathway to the center and gently caresses the stomach. Above the dragging, instrumental reggae cut-ups that gently drift into psychedelic territory, the artfully diluted grooves, breaks, and virtuoso hints, and the majestic slowness of the two riddims, rises the voice of William S. Burroughs, groundbreaking novelist, wanderer between worlds, junky supreme, and counter-cultural icon. His distinctive voice meets craggy soundscapes, harsh guitar chords, and an acerbic Hammond organ that play off against each other in the mixing desk. Drenched in echo, the sounds on this dub treatment contravene the rules of space and time, leaving behind a wonderful feeling of confusion in which listeners can relax and respectfully accompany the soul of their traveling companion William S. Burroughs on the path to eternity -- a highly addictive sound experience.