• dubkasm & rider shafique Enter the Gates (180g vinyl 12", £10.95)

    Meditative and off-kilter, this Dubkasm 12” is, unsurprisingly, completely unlike any other tune out there, and pays tribute to a too-frequently overlooked part of reggae tradition: dub poetry. Originating in a collaboration between Dubkasm and their long-time friend, Norway-dwelling heavyweight bass guitarist, Bajan Steppa, Enter the Gates is a disco mix built on a tuff bass line, skittering drums and retro synths, and features reflective, courageous lyrics about the enduring power of Black liberation movements and consciousness, from Gloucester vocalist Rider Shafique. The B-side contains an upfront instrumental cut, followed, in true Dubkasm style, by a collaboration with a musical titan. Mad Professor’s incredible dub flips the original into a propulsive soundsystem killer, retaining the tune’s heart and spirit, but driving and percussive where the original is deep and soulful. (Paul Lee) Mastered on to 1/2” tape at Stardelta Studios. Sleeve design by Studio Tape-Echo. TRACKLIST: 1. Enter the Gates – ft Rider Shafique (Discomix), 2. Instrumental, 3. Enter the Dub (Mad Professor Mix)

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