The dub techno community seems to inspire as much devotion as it does scorn, especially from critics who often complain of its sameness. A trawl through the eight tracks in this week’s Cabeza de Vaca show would suggest that they don’t sound the same even if many stick to the tried and true template. But what genre of electronica does not have its ground rules? This is indeed the framework of electronica and the dancefloor: it has to fit together, like Lego bricks and it doesn’t fit if the pieces are changed too much. Dub techno’s strength is in texture and ambience. Dancing is not necessary, neither is breathing or movement sometimes given the gaseous and will-o-wisp nature of so many tracks and that can only be a good thing.
The original idea of today’s show was to have a focus on some of the recent releases by Deepchord, who like some other dub techno artists, namely Quantec, My Cloudy and Bvdub (if you still consider him dub techno) release a lot. It soon became apparent that looking for some of the smaller and often more net-based labels was a more rewarding way to focus the show. The sad thing was there was also plenty of tracks that couldn’t fit in.
For a great round-up of dubtechno in 2012 head over to dub technology
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