Vinyl-only instrumental and dub raw. You may need a special tool to carve a deeper groove in your turntable or jukebox in order to play this rhythm method by Dub Narcotic Sound System. Makes your nose bleed. On beyond stomp. Lopsided version galore.
The Rhythm Record Vol. One Echoes from the Scene Control Room [KLP045] album was recorded at many of the same 1994-'95 Dub Narcotic Studio sessions as the Dub Narcotic Sound System debut Boot Party [KLP049], with many of the same participants. It's an all-instrumental affair, heavily dominated by Calvin Johnson's trademark melodica (which is still being deployed throughout his contemporary Selector Dub Narcotic experiments). Featured players include members of Dub Narcotic Sound System and other K combos of the time like Wandering Lucy and Kicking Giant, augmented by Olympia residents and visitors from as far away as New York City and Tokyo, Japan.
This album was originally released in 1995; it has been unavailable since 1999. Recently remastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering it has a fresh, echoplasmic sheen of bass and drum beat rhyme. Although still vinyl-only, there will be a digital version of the album available for download or streaming through the usual suspects.
This tour/retail-only 12”features a photo of Chris Sutton.Packaged in plain sleeves with a dye cut hole in the center, one white, one black, with a sticker on the outside of the shrinkwrap explaining that they are special tour singles from the upcoming Dub Narcotic Sound System album
The A sides of each will be on the album, the B sides will not. Super-limited!
Degenerate Introduction is the much anticipated full-length album from Dub Narcotic Sound System. Drop the needle, pump it hardcore. An unsafe mix of radioactive garage soul sound sweeping the mining towns of the west; the subterranean dance floors of the east will recoil in anticipation. This is a 3-piece you just won’t want to miss featuring old school hip hop stylings, electron beats and instrumental reggae influences, all with the Dub Narcotic Sound System stripped down.
Calvin (vocals, guitar, melodica, percussion), co-founder of the fiercely influential punk band Beat Happening, continues to make exciting music with Chris Sutton (bass, drums, guitar, percussion, organ), who is also a member of K’s C.O.C.O; Heather Dunn (vocal, bass, sax, drums), alumni of Lois, Tiger Trap and current member of the No No’s and Liarbird is the secret ingredient. Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, WA by Adam Forkner of Yume Bitsu and Version fame. Forkner also makes a guest appearance, playing keyboards on "Fuck Me Up".
Classic Dub style shines through on tracks “Sounds Narcotic,” “Joint Joint” and “Dub Narcotic Groove”. “Fuck Me Up” features vocal stylings of Heather Dunn as a follow-up to her debut “Sabley Goodness”. “Code of the West” features old-school Dub style reminiscent of Augustus Pablo. Johnson yelps and howls over the funkiest of bass lines in “I Don’t Love.” “Blood Flow” is DNSS’s subtle call for us all to remain politically active.
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Dub Narcotic Sound System (DNSS) was born in the Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington. Founded by Calvin Johnson in 1993, the band is a loose combination of people trying out different musical ideas. DNSS has functioned as both a live touring band as well as a studio recording band. They have recorded several albums of their own as well as backing other artists for their work. DNSS borrows the Jamaican production techniques of reusing rhythms in a variety of contexts. The band has been on tour a total of 13 times across the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Canada. Dub Narcotic Sound System has toured with other bands such as Satisfact, The Bangs, Built to Spill, Unwound, The Microphones, D+, The Make-Up, Subdebs, Fugazi, John Spencer Blues Explosion, and many others. The long awaited upcoming release from DNSS is due in stores January 21, 2003. This consists of a 7" record with new songs from DNSS. We hope you enjoy the new 7" and the sound of Dub Narcotic Sound System.
If you saw them live and survived, you know the new sound of Dub Narcotic Sound System - it’s loud, propulsive and disturbed. For Out of Your Mind, the Dub Narcotic Sound System has been stripped down to the bone, R&B smeared raw, with Calvin Johnson (melodica, voice), Larry Butler (drums), Brian Weber (guitar, keyboards) carrying on, augmented by Chris Sutton (bass) and special guest vocalist Miranda July on the title song. The styles of playing are still diverse: bleeding ear rockin’ to blurbeat dub, all played edge-wise. It’s a graveyard smash.
It is Olympia Gone to Memphis Vol. Two: the result of the second Dub Narcotic Sound System session at the famed Royal Recording Studio. This ep was produced by Stax records alumnus Willie Mitchell. The song “Bass Hump” features horns by Memphians Ben Cauley a founding member of the BarKays, trumpet, Jack Hale formerly of the Memphis Horns, trombone, and Lannie McMillan, saxophone.
Dance and shake like an old mix cake! The players: Todd Ranslow, bass; Larry Butler, drums; Calvin Johnson, voice; Brian Weber, organ.
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This is the boot down. This train to nodville features the usual rhythm section of Todd Ranslow bass, Larry Butler drums, Brian Weber guitar, organ, and Calvin Johnson melodica joined by Lois Maffeo and Jen Smith on vocals, Lindi Coyne Wandering Lucy on guitar and DJ Sayeed Black Anger on the Turntables. They’re mixing up a batch of that demon’s head pudding. Zero, ignition...blast-off to Robotica.
Six song ep recorded at Royal Recording, Memphis, Tn., with William C. Brown III. Fifty-gallon drum. Organ and bass lock groove. Dance haul.