In this special DUB edition of IRIE, we re-introduce you to three extraordinary DUB rebels who have taken a unique path to share their love for DUB and the beauty of what truly is DUB!
Jesse King, aka Dubmatix, is Canada’s premier Dub & Reggae artist, producer, and JUNO Award Winner covering dub, reggae, roots, electro, dancehall, drum, and bass. The Toronto-born Canadian composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and seven-time JUNO Award winner and nominee has carved out a massive following on the international stage where he is King.
Dubmatix is a recording machine; from his debut release Champion Sound Clash in 2004 to his latest Dub release, Dubmatix meets Future Dub Orchestra (featured in the RESPECT section). The ten-track album is a hybrid of “Cinematic Electronica” and “Leftfield Chill” deeply rooted in Dub, merging into lush vibes, low-end love, and atmospheric layers.
Dubmatix has gone on to produce and record over 500 releases (Albums, EPs, Dubs, Remixes).
Dubmatix is considered “One of the world’s leading producers” by FUTURE MUSIC Magazine. His contribution to the DUB community alone is endless. His label, Renegade Audio, offers some of the highest-rated reggae loop packs for aspiring dub artists and musicians.
The focus of Renegade Audio is heavy groove – reggae, dub, jungle, funk, afro-funk, hip-hop, and beyond. He creates timeless and fluid sonic landscapes that can be used across the spectrum of music to add a touch of vibe or create entire tracks composed of them. Dubmatix’s packs are curated with an eye for flexibility and usability.
What do you do when you love your job but are frustrated by the constant differences of opinion with management? You do exactly what Nicolai Beverungen did in 1994 when he decided to go his own way and take the step of self-employment in creating the ECHO BEACH Label.
For over 25 years now, ECHO BEACH has dedicated itself to the dissemination, maintenance, and development of that exquisite secret science called “Dub” since King Tubby’s days. A niche product in the highly competitive sound carrier market, but one that has been stimulating the market without competition since then. “On the one hand, niche, so small – on the other hand, it is clearly laid out and quite effective. We, the little independent ones, are the connoisseurs who have our noses in the right place. I really can’t make big jumps, but I’m happy with what I’m doing.”
Nicolai Beverungen has given ECHO BEACH a personality. In doing so, he represents a particular type of music that he believes in and wants to inspire people. The beginning of his company’s history shows that he has succeeded successfully. In cooperation with the legendary music magazine “Spex,” ECHO BEACH presented the sounds of the British “Digidub” scene with “King Size Dub 1”. King Size Dub developed into a cult series with a total of over 14 episodes. ECHO BEACH also acted as a marketing consultant for Blood & Fire, the re-issue label from Manchester, financed by Simply Red, which saved the rare pearls of the roots reggae of the 70s from being forgotten. In addition, ECHO BEACH, in cooperation with Warner Brothers, paved the career path of the Berlin dancehall phenomenon SEEED and received gold and platinum for this first major signing.
ECHO BEACH’s latest release is KING SIZE DUB 25, from the Dub series that has been causing a sensation for years and has been since the release of “KING SIZE DUB 1” (back then in cooperation with the cult magazine SPEX) in 1994! In the series, there were always trips to obscure counting (Vol.69) and specials about certain regions (Dub In Germany), labels (ON-U Sound Records from London), or bands (Dubmatix from Toronto)! So it’s wonderful that with KSD 25, another compilation in the series, presents Dub as a multi-layered art of sound mixing. In this edition, Echo Beach friends old and new Dub each other or offer their versions of pop and reggae hits by the likes of the Ramones, Bob Marley, Blondie, Robert Palmer, and David Bowie.
Andrei Bucureci aka Lil OBeah
Transylvanian artist Lil Obeah launched his first electronic dub music album, a true sound collage with contributions by music professionals: producer Marius Costache from Bucharest; from Studio148 to international stars such as Nick Dubulah known as Dub Colossus; and Tim Whelan and Hamid Mantu, meaning Transglobal Underground.
On the album, Lil Obeah from Transylvania, artists, and musicians from Great Britain and Romania contributed: Horseman aka Winston Williams, Nick Page aka Count Dubulah, Hamid Mantu & Tim Whelan, the main duo from the Transglobal Underground collective, Marian Șerban Fieraru from the Corina Sîrghi Taraf, Adi Stoenescu and Laura Benedek from Jam Circle, Leon Lotoțchi, Michael Acker and Mihai Moldoveanu and last, but not least the artist Cristiana Bucureci.
Obeah proudly presents his second album, Lil Obeah in Dub, a collaboration with veteran professionals in the music business, Marius Costache of Studio148, Count Dubulah aka Dub Colossus, Tim Whelan & Hamid Mantu aka Transglobal Underground, Horseman, and Marian Șerban. The brand new album features 11 instrumental dub songs envisioned as a horror film soundtrack from both communist folk Romania and eighties Jamaica. Take a ride into another dimension: The Shape of Dub to Come! This is a Transylvanian duppy dub transmission from the heart of Romania.