- Release Date 2008-10-12
- Label Echospace [Detroit]
- Catalog ECHOSPACEDETROITINT1
Brendon Moeller's Beat Pharmacy Dub steps up the Jamaican influence even further, deploying ghost horns, organ stabs, and expertly phased and echoed percussion while upping the tempo slightly and adding a welcome bass kick over effects, including a nifty backwards rhythm track that adds to the otherworldly feel. More percussive and active than the original, Moeller's dub would make King Tubby proud. Hitchell's Phase90 moniker does the honors on the final version, submerging the whole formula in a vat of fizzing acid and playing back the half-dissolved track over the most uptempo beat yet and that rock-steady bass line; too tough to die, it survives the dunking and adapts to the quicker pace as if it always belonged there.
While dub techno may be an especially "trendy" style in 2008, "Tswana Dub" easily elevates itself over most everything else in the genre, with all three cuts representing the best the genre has on offer. Ignore the hype (and impending backlash) and embrace this as the very special record that it is. 5/5 -Resident Advisor