Soon The Darkness is the newest project by San Francisco based multi-Instrumentalist/ producer, Dub Gabriel. The result is a mesmerizing sonic assault touching on doom, shoegaze, and drone while making a voice that is uniquely his.
2017 marks the return of Dub Gabriel with his 5th full-length solo album entitled “ADSR DUB”. After his critically acclaimed 2013 album, Raggabass Resistance, Gabriel locked himself away in the studio and went into complete isolation in what Gabriel refers to as “one of the most prolific times of his 20 year career ”. Mixing his love for classic dub productions with vintage analog tape echoes, spring reverbs and tubes with his love of krautrock and his collection of Moog, Arp and Korg analog synthesizers to give us one of the most original albums to come out in recent time.
Featuring guest performances by Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Augustus Pablo. Ranking Joe, who rose to prominence in the 1970’s on such legendary labels as Studio 1 as well as his collaborations with King Tubby. And, The Spaceape, who became the voice of U.K. Dubstep through his groundbreaking work with Burial, Kode 9 & The Bug. Recorded in San Francisco at d/a/c laboratory for research & development, mastered by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe at Sound Masters in the U.K. and cover art by acclaimed French illustrator, Olivier Bonhomme.
Limited Edition of 500 Hand Numbered 7” Vinyl & Digital
B. Kulture (DUBMATIX Rub-A-Dub Revival)
Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem was formed in 1997 by Dr. Israel and
received critical acclaim for there debut album, Next Step as well as
the follow up, Black Rose Liberation (2001). Mixing Reggae, Dub,
Jungle and Hip-Hop it was a sound that was uniquely Brooklyn. After
the first two album’s Dr. Israel joined forces with Bill Laswell with Bill’s
Praxis project as well as is the front man of Laswell related projects
Blood of Hero's & Method of Defiance.
2014 we finally see the return of the Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem
with their first new material in 13 years. This time the good Doctor
teams up with Dub Gabriel in the studio to bring the revolution with
their new single "Kulture". Also featured is the great Kaia Brown (N.O.H.A.)
on back up vocals and an amazing remix by Canada’s premier Dub producer, Dubmatix. Mastered in London by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe and pressed on thick hi quality 7” vinyl, this is a ltd. edition, hand
numbered & stamped series of 500.
Limited Edition of 500 Hand Numbered 7” Vinyl & Digital
A. Freedom Fighter
B. Freedom Fighter (RSD Roller Dub Mix)
Dub Gabriel returns with his 3rd release of his 7” vinyl series, this
time with a true reggae legend, Ranking Joe! With over a 40-year
career, he has solidified his legacy in the history of reggae working
with such giants as Studio One, Sly & Robbie, Greensleeves, King
Tubby, Trojan and many others.
We are also honored to have another legend on the Dub Remix B side,
none other then the great RSD (Rob Smith from Smith & Mighty). His
work through the years has defined the sound of Bristol and beyond and
continues to redefine the sound of Raggabass to future generations.
Mastered in London by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe and pressed on
thick hi quality 7” vinyl, this is a ltd. edition, hand numbered &
stamped series of 500 and will also be available digitally.
Artist:: Dub Gabriel
Album: Raggabass Resistance
Release Date: 4/20/13
Label: Destroy All Concepts
Raggabass Resistance is the groundbreaking 4th album release from critically acclaimed ragga/dubstep pioneer, Dub Gabriel. Three years in the making and spanning multiple continents, he has been on an epic bass-fueled journey that saw him enlist the support of an incredible crew of collaborators - U-Roy, Warrior Queen, The Spaceape (Kode9/Burial), Brother Culture (On-U/Mungo's Hi Fi), Jahdan Blakkamoore (Major Lazer/Snoop Lion), Dr. Israel, MC Zulu, Juakali, PJ Higgins (Temple of Sound), David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Pedro Erazo (Gogol Bordelo), and Mark Pistel (Hercules & Love Affair) - they all come together in an electro-organic stew of future reggae sounds to create Dub Gabriel's most realized and ambitious album to date.
Pushing the boundaries of dancehall, dubstep and global bass, and appearing on over 25 releases, Dub Gabriel has become one of the most in-demand and respected dub producers to come out of the US. A tireless innovator, he has collaborated with a truly diverse list of artists that include U-Roy,Warrior Queen, The Spaceape, Michael Stipe (REM), Balkan Beat Box, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Brother Culture, Mark Pistel (Hercules & Love Affair), Jahdan Blakkamoore (Snoop Lion/Major Lazer) and many more. With his latest solo album titled “Raggabass Resistance”, Dub Gabriel has created a powerful musical statement that blazes a trajectory to the furthest reaches of dubstep, dancehall and beyond.
When not in the studio, Dub Gabriel travels the globe laying down all-vinyl sets that honor the roots of Jamaican sound system culture while pushing the outer limits of deep dubstep - taking the dance floor on an uplifting journey of Jah and bass. His trailblazing style has created much demand on the international club and festival circuits, which has seen him play a headlining slot at Germany’s legendary Fusion Festival, 2 tours of China, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and a ongoing series of high-intensity club shows that include slamming sets at ICON Berlin, Hamburg’s Golden Pudel and regular guest spots at François K’s “Deep Space” night at Cielo in NYC.
Dub Gabriel, who’s spent a career fusing subterranean bass to sun-baked rhythms and modern dub technique, sure has a wide range of friends. Anarchy & Alchemy features guest turns from Yo! Majesty, Hanoi Rocks bassist Sami Yaffan and R.E.M. mumbler Michael Stipe, the latter singing on a relatively faithful cover of Suicide’s 1977 synth lullaby “Cheree.” That track’s somewhat of an anomaly on an album that, elsewhere, melds the stark soundscapes of dubstep with the lushness of world-fusion beats. From the tabla-heavy, grimy rhythms of “Mash Out” to the hypnotically bubbling “La Vie s’Envole,” Gabriel proves as adept at the genre-smashing game as anyone around.
-Time Out New York
Relocation from NYC to SF has brought a degree of clarity about the things of value to be retained on this new album, Dub Gabriel's most realised and best so far, a move away from the explorations of 2005's Bass Jihad and more towards what has become a wider mainstream in the intervening years. No instrumentals here and not so much dubbing these days either, but the preoccupation with bass still dominates; opening the set is JahDan (Blakkamoore) fresh from the We Are Raiders E.P. with Matt Shadetek and DJ/Rupture in upscale smooth bashment style on"Chasing the Paper" followed by Karen Gibson Roc spat spoetics on "Spirit Made Flesh" which, to my ears, utilises a direct and intelligent lift of a Scratch produced female vocal scat from Superape days on a Black Ark style shifting shuffle rhythm – perhaps the highlight of the set if it weren't for the presence of REM's Michael Stipe on a reverential reading of Suicide's "Cheree" – with an string arrangement that at time evokes an early Velvet's dissonance. Juakali's jump-up "Mashup" has an urgency that makes an understanding of the lyric unnecessary whilst the centrepiece of the set, Judith Juileratt's "La Vie Senvole" has minimally undulating electric keys straight out of a Martin Rev tutuorial but with the nouveaux doo wop styling replaced by a dolorously whispered tale in French. All these are enough for the memory of the weaker, some might say 'iller', tracks to evaporate by the album's end. - Wire Magazine U.K.
Formerly the creator of an extremely dense Middle Eastern dub sound with a strong dose of illbience, Dub Gabriel has sharpened up his sound. At times, he achieves results that rank with some of the best dance music of this year. Kicking off with a menacing bass presence and Jahdan's rich raga tenor, atypical rhythm programming offsets the immovable foundation. The contrast of the vocal flow and post-Timbaland beats, neither of which fully resolves on beat one, creates some very serpentine rhythms. The tracks get better and better over the first half-dozen selections with abrasive lyrics and elegant deliveries enlivening these focused and brutal rhythms. The high point is Dr. Israel's hypnotic singjay style on "Battle of the Righteous Man." From then on, there are a few misfires. Yo Majesty bring the horniness to "Pony Girl," which is burdened with an annoying synth hook and an all too familiar hodgepodge of contemporary club sounds, though the tablas are a nice touch. A version of Suicide's "Cheree" with Michael Stipe is full of rock bluster that seems disconnected from the rest of the disc. Nevertheless, this album rocks more than two-thirds of the time and is without a doubt Dub Gabriel's best ever. - Exclaim (Canada)
(Dub Gabriel) creates music that is worthy of worship! -Okay Player (USA)
Huge and Bowie-esque and stunning! Reminiscent of a more straightforward Aphex Twin! - Reax Magazine (USA)
One of this years total surprises that mangers through most of it's running time to be fresh, inventive, slick and sonically clever. - Musique Machine (U.K.)
Propulsive cross Jamaican time, plus avant cum dubstep! - ExBerliner (Germany)
Bass-playing producer/DJ Dub Gabriel is a Chicago native whose well-documented love of reggae may well constitute the seedbed of his creativity. But as "Bass Jihad" makes obvious, he is way beyond any single influence. His tracks variously bring to mind moments of Trans-Global Underground, Trilok Gurtu, Tabla Beat Science, Thievery Corporation, Bill Laswell, Brian Eno and the more chilled elements of Asian Underground. But "Bass Jihad" overlays these influences with Gabriel's distinctive flair. Drawing freely from ambient, lounge, minimalism, dub reggae and aggressive electronica, his ideas are as unpredictable as they are seductive.
*CRITICS PICK! - Billboard Magazine
The droning seven minutes of "Musique de Lame" are so hypnotically tranquil one wouldn‘t dream the effervescent chaos of the mizmar-blaring "War in the Poppy Fields" came from the same record. Such is the maddened mind of Brooklyn-based bassist/producer Dub Gabriel. On Bass Jihad, his follow-up to the excellent Ascend, Gabriel revisits Arabic strings and horns while dubbing down the low-end with true Rasta artistry. "Zooklyn" showcases Middle Eastern percussion with heady electronica while proving his penchant for inventive song naming. The cross-cultural fusion is a philosophical masterpiece you don‘t have to think too hard about. Simply lay back and enjoy the ride. -XLR8R
Educated in the Laswellian school of bass-heavy deconstruction, Brooklyn-based producer/DJ/four-stringer Dub Gabriel returns with another exploration of Arabic-leaning landscapes tuned to the sound of his namesake. A confluence of warlike rhythms (hence the album title) are ingeniously layered by an analog flurry of percussion, mizmar(reed pipe) and ney (Turkish flute). The 11-track record plays like a Kubrickian soundtrack for future societies where all the world's instruments are thrown into one circle and the orgy is conducted by none other than the archangel Gabriel himself. -Paste Magazine
Many different things. Electronica can be harsh, confrontational, abrasive, and in your face; that's true of techno, which often feels like electronica's answer to death metal, free jazz, metalcore, or gangsta rap. But electronica can also be lush, sleek, ethereal, and dreamy; plenty of chillout and downtempo recordings fit that description. Or it can be something as hypnotic as producer Dub Gabriel's work. Bass Jihad is an ironic title for this 2005 release, because Gabriel's material doesn't sound anything like a "jihad," which means "holy war" in Arabic. One could easily make a case that techno is an "electronic jihad," but Bass Jihad is far from techno. An ambient disc with a strong world music influence, Bass Jihad is all about hypnotizing the listener and putting him/her in a trancelike state. But Gabriel doesn't hypnotize in a totally predictable way; this isn't one of those electronica albums where you have pretty much heard it all after the first few minutes. Gabriel is fairly unpredictable, incorporating a variety of world music; you never know if he's going to incorporate Arabic, Indian, Asian, or African elements, which is part of the fun. Gabriel maintains a trance-inducing ambience from start to finish -- there is a certain continuity throughout the 68-minute CD -- but for Gabriel, creating and maintaining a certain type of atmosphere doesn't mean that every track sounds the same. None of the material on this album has a standard verse/chorus/verse/chorus format, and despite the use of some background vocals, Bass Jihad is essentially an instrumental album. It is also a successful demonstration of how electronica and world music can work together with enjoyable, intriguing results. -All Music Guide
Besides being a top producer in the electronica scene, Dub Gabriel also finds time to mix on his own time. For his debut album, he combines the urban feel of his hometown, New York City, with music from the areas of India, Africa and the Middle East. He lays down ten tracks in which to lose oneself as the beats are more akin to drum and bass but the background atmosphere is very ambient. With that being the case, the listener can either sit back and use this as eclectic background music, or focus on the upfront bottom end that Dub Gabriel produces. Either way, it's a pretty nice ride for fans of electronica.