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Album Review

Featuring a cast of characters that includes Nils Petter Molvær, Hamid Drake, Amina Claudine Myers, Sly Dunbar, Aiyb Deng, Nicky Skopelitis, Graham Haynes, Karsh Kale, and vocalist Gigi Shibabbaw, this collaboration between bassists Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble is many things, but it is not a dub album. The music found here is a far cry from the stripped-down, spooky reggae created by the economically strapped Lee Perry and King Tubby. What is here is some gobbledy-g**k mishmash of world musics and groove jazz. And as such it works very well. From the dubby spirits evoked in "Subcode" and "Orion," to the vocal wonders expressed amid heavily textured instrumentation by Gig on "Anselma Dub" and "Alam Dub," to the wondrous effects these two layer together — like Skopelitis' slide guitar amid bubbling echo and both basses playing half a beat apart on the same notes — this is a mind journey of an album that does, at its best, extend the time-space continuum, or at least gives the illusion it does. Also, Haynes' cornet solo on "Orion" is among the most beautifully stated and restrained he's ever recorded. The true identity of the disc can be found on "6th Chamber," with its loopy organ figures (courtesy of Myers) and the percussive weave in the center of the mix that is colored with a gentle, grooved-out soul melody in margins. All of it is smoothed over, edgeless and beautifully understated. This may not be the heavy-duty dub blowout expected by some fans of this pair, but it is an elegant, thoughtful, and very tasteful record, assembling a plethora of melodies, textures, instruments, and rhythms with taste and attention to detail. It would have been easy to wreck such beautiful mind music (in headphones this would be Valhalla) — God knows Laswell's done it before.

Customer Reviews

Great album for... chillin', writing, cooking, driving or nothing at all!

I am a big fan of Gigi's music and Bill's arrangment of her albums. This was a treat to find. It reminds me of Dreams of Freedom (the Laswell remix of Bob Marley songs). 6th chamber is a beautiful mix of rythm, horns and Gigi's voice. Virus B is a little odd, but Alsema Dub is one of my all time favorite songs.

A Strawberry

This was part of a CD collection at the Strawberry Hills Villas in Kingston, JA. You can't imagine the feeling this album extrudes while sitting on your porch looking over downtown Kingston. After I got it home, I liked it just as much. Not sure why it is listed as "rock". It is actually "new world age" music with just the perfect amount of electronica.

Radioaxiom- A Dub Transmission

If you are going to create music this is the way it should be done. Some of the best sounds I've heard in a long time. Man I dont even do drugs. Who needs them after listing to this... Latin61


Born: February 12, 1955 in Salem, IL

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A longtime linchpin of the New York City underground music scene, Bill Laswell has been among the most prolific artists in contemporary music; as a performer, producer, and label chief, his imprint is on literally hundreds of albums, the majority of them characterized by a signature sound fusing the energy of punk with the bone-rattling rhythms of funk. Born on February 12, 1955, in Salem, IL, he initially played guitar, but soon switched to bass; raised primarily in the Detroit area, he honed his...
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Radioaxiom - A Dub Transmission, Bill Laswell
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 18, 2001

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