The fourth annual Dub Champions Festival returns to New York City to celebrate the influential style known as dub, from the reggae roots to the future of electronic bass music, featuring one of a kind performances, educational workshops, and art openings by the legendary artists from Jamaica who invented dub as well as the latest innovators from around the globe who have continued to push the influential style forward in electronic music and beyond. NYC label Subatomic Sound began the mission four years ago developing a week long festival here in the city that has included NYC, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston, as well as expanded to Europe over the past two years and debuted this year on the West Coast in California. Artists, events, and info below the cut…
“Jah is Coming” is a bass charging 140BPM rootical dubwise UK steppers style cut inspired by classic Roots Radics and Scientist production in Jamaica in the late 70s. NYC’s Subatomic Sound System & Washington DC’s Thomas Blondet recreated the vibes for 2014 using a balance of analog and digital production that keeps DJs and global sound system culture in mind, inspired by the high energy spiritual steppers reflips of reggae anthems popularized by conscious sound legends like Jah Shaka. The tune has been a staple dubplate in Subatomic Sound System DJ sets on tours worldwide over the past two years and is sound system tested with subsonic sine wave bass and peak time jackhammer drums guaranteed to smash the dancehall. Though heavy on the reggae, the tempo makes it DJ friendly for roots minded dubstep selectors to easily flip into their sets as well.
“Dubbing on the Moon” on the B side is a pulsing roots dub driven by a thunderous bassline built on Subatomic Sound System’s original reggae rockers riddim “Our Father, Our King” produced and dubbed in a Jamaican style that nods heavily to the masterful Scientist “Curse of the Vampires” era dubs from Channel One Studio. The riddim is the basis for several Subatomic Sound System tunes including “Our Father, Our King (Middle East dub)” (based on the traditional tune Avinu Malkeinu) and their relick of the big tune by The Police “Walking on The Moon”, both of which are incorporated in this version. Amon of Analog Players Society is on percussion & Rhiannon on vocals.
LA, Friday, July 11 new date & venue for Dub Champions Festival finale: Jahdan, Subatomic Sound, Roommate, Babylon System, Dub Siren HiFi, & more
LA, we deya! Dub Champions Festival final event has been rescheduled to Friday July 11 at a new and improved venue, Fais Do Do Ballroom. Check the event on Facebook for details. Come early, stay late! Free workshop 8-9pm and party runs until afters hours 4am. Limited discount advance tickets available here. Click below for full lineup and details.
SUBATOMIC SOUND PRESENTS
DUB CHAMPIONS FESTIVAL WEST COAST DEBUT
June 18, 19, 22 and July 5, 2014
Los Angeles & San Francisco
MUSIC PERFORMANCES & EDUCATION EVENTS FROM THE REGGAE ROOTS TO THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC BASS MUSIC WITH LEGENDARY DUB MASTERS AND SOUND REVOLUTIONARIES
This June & July, Subatomic Sound launches the first annual Dub Champions Festival on the west coast in Los Angeles & San Francisco. The events begin June 18 and end July 5. In LA, the festival includes performances at the legendary Dub Club @ Echoplex and at Los Globos with the Dub Siren HiFi custom built 16,000 watt Jamaican style sound system plus educational music workshops at the new Dubspot music production and DJ school opening this June in Hollywood. In San Francisco the festival includes a performance and workshop at the longest running dub event in the world, Dub Mission @ Elbo Room.
After three years in New York City and the North East and two years in Europe, Subatomic Sound is proud to present the 1st Annual Dub Champions Festival on the West Coast in cooperation with Dub Club @ The EchoPlex, Dub Siren Hi Fi, the new Dubspot music school in LA plus Dub Mission in San Francisco. The festival is several day journey into the international musical phenomenon known as “dub”, a musical style characterized by heavy bass, drums, and copious use of effects, where the producers become the artists and the mixing board becomes an instrument. The festival will include performances and educational workshops to exhibit how the music is created and how it has evolved from its roots in ‘70s Jamaica to become a cornerstone of electronic bass music. Dub is a major inspiration to artists across many genres including rap, rock, punk and dance music. Dub Champions Festival was founded in New York City by Emch of Subatomic Sound System and is dedicated to featuring the world’s greatest dub pioneers from Jamaica as well as current innovators on every continent. The festival has taken place in New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Vienna, Amsterdam, and now debuts in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
LIVE PERFORMANCES: SCIENTIST – ADRIAN SHERWOOD – MAD PROFESSOR – SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM – JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE – ROOMMATE – THE LIONS – TOM CHASTEEN – DJ SEP – DUB SIREN HIFI SELECTAS – JEREMY SOLE – LOST CITY – GENERAL JAH MIKEY – ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM – BOSS HARMONY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
JUNE 18 DUB CLUB PARTY @ ECHOPLEX, LOS ANGELES
JUNE 19 MUSIC PRODUCTION WORKSHOP @ DUBSPOT, LOS ANGELES
JUNE 22 DUB MISSION PARTY @ ELBO ROOM, SAN FRANCISCO
JULY 5 SOUND SYSTEM EDITION @ LOS GLOBOS, LOS ANGELES
Subatomic Sound System joins Adrian Sherwood, Daddy Freddy, & Ital Horns on Saturday at Shanty Town, UK
Vibes were off the hook when Emch from Subatomic Sound System (NYC) joined Adrian Sherwood, Daddy Freddy, and Ital Horns @ the new On-U Sound hideout known as Shanty Town on the coast of England, a secret location in underground WWII train & ammunition tunnels. Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9pm-2am.
3 DAY’S / 5 ARENA’S OF DUB, REGGAE, ROOTS & BASS MUSIC
Subatomic Sound System is proud to be invited to the United Nations… of DUB! March 28-30. Lineup is gigantic! 5 arenas of dub & bass music including icons like Jah Shaka Sound System, Adrian Sherwood, Alpha & Omega, Aba Shanti Ites, Iration Steppas Official, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Twilight Circus, O.B.F Sound System, Blackboard Jungle and tons more. Join event and find ticket info on Facebook
This Thursday March 20, Subatomic Sound System will be in Patty Boom Boom on U street in Washington DC performing live with Emch on the dub mix, the legendary Larry McDonald on percussion, Troy Mobius’s Dub Select Horns with special guests, and DJ sets by Emch all night for a special Lee Scratch Perry Birthday party event celebrating the music and legacy of one of Jamaica’s (and the world’s) most influential music creators. Link up on Facebook. Check some videos of Subatomic Sound System & Lee Scratch Perry performing at Coachella during our 2013 tour.
Skarob “Police, Preachers, & Politicians” full length album out now! Cop it now on BEATPORT, JUNO, ITUNES, BOOMKAT, and more. Subatomic Sound only puts out music on our label that we love by people we love. This is no exception. Get it. Love it. Take a trip with it.
THE ARTISTS: Skarob is a collision of bass music and dub reggae from the duo of veteran Brooklyn rasta Doctah X and Eastern European expatriate Rekloos transplanted to the unlikely heartland of America. The project features a variety of collaborators and remixers including Dr. Israel, Subatomic Sound System, Abba Blade, and more, stacked with numerous selections packing dancefloor firepower for electronic DJs and reggae selectors as well as others for certified headphone head bobbing, from dancehall bangers to dubstep smashers to deep, rootical dub grooves to sunny, psychedelic, atmospheric journeys. Recorded by Skarob. Mixed and arranged by Rekloos in Columbus, Ohio. Mastered by Emch at Subatomic Sound in New York City. Both members of Skarob write and produce, but unlike many of today’s electronic production duos, Doctah X also performs vocals and guitar, drawing on his decades past history growing up in Kentucky as a blues guitarist, touring and recording with Cream’s Ginger Baker, playing with legends John Lee Hooker and Albert King, as well as work with The Last Poets’ Umar Bin Hussein.
For the Amsterdam debut of Dub Champions Festival 8 Feb 2014, True Soldiers Productions hosted a takeover of Red Light Radio broadcasting live from a former sex worker’s booth in the Red Light district featuring festival artists Twilight Circus, Emch of Subatomic Sound System (NYC festival founder), MC Brother Culture (UK), and Process Rebel. Tons of big tunes, interview with Twilight Circus about Mykal Rose, live improvised rub-a-dub by Subatomic & Culture at 1 hour 15 minutes, and track debuts from Process Rebel at 1 hour 37 min. The workshop and performance later that night featured all these artists plus Goth-Trad (Deep Medi, Tokyo) for a capacity crowd blowout at OT301.
2 cities, 3 days, 20+ artists, and tons of dub echoes and bass! 6-8 Feb, Dub Champions Festival Europe returns in 2014 to Vienna 2/6 @ Fluc and 2/7 @ WUK and debuts in Amsterdam, Saturday, 8 Feb. Click here to view the full full festival program. Performances and educational events from the reggae roots of dub to the future of electronic bass music featuring legendary dub masters and sound revolutionaries.
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