Basic

The timer keeps edging upwards this week- after yesterday’s thirteen minutes plus existential dub disco from AMOR today I give you twenty minutes of dub techno heaven from Berlin. Released on Basic Channel’s own label in 1994 Quadrant Dub I and II together are a/the definitive piece of mid 90s Berlin machine music, split over two sides of a 12″ single, one mix fifteen minutes long and the other twenty. This record has the ability to suspend time. And space. It is twenty three years old and still sounds like it is the future.

Quadrant Dub II

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Yes Partial


Sifting through my cds the other night I came across this- Rhythm And Sound. I don’t know why it caught my attention because the cardboard digi-sleeve is black and grey, with grey text, not remotely eye-catching. I’m glad it did though because I’d forgotten how good it is. Rhythm And Sound is the name of the dub/reggae output of Berlin’s Basic Channel, who as Basic Channel defined minimal German dub-techno in the 1990s with a series of 12″ records. The Rhythm And Sound reggae and dub oriented stuff was compiled on one cd, released in 2001 with a new track as opener- No Partial. This is high quality modern dub- deep, dark, digital dub, a little unsettling, with plenty of hiss and massive bass. Not much point listening to this on that little cd player or docking bay you keep in the kitchen for doing the washing up to- this needs to be played on the big stereo in the front room, or on headphones where it might keep you awake for a while.