Lucifer In Dub is a stunning dub remix of Peaking Lights 3rd album, Lucifer, which was released earlier in the year. Paul Scott-Bates tells us why it’s a hypnotic re-imagining and not just a rehash.
I adore dub. I donât claim to be an expert on the genre, but when I hear a good dub track, I love it. It doesnât always have to be a dub version of a reggae track, though we have King Tubby and Lee âScratchâ Perry to thank for pioneering the form in the 60s, as long as it emphasises drum, bass and extended echo and reverb. Now and again, Iâm let down by a track claiming to be a âdub mixâ, but, with Lucifer In Dub there is no danger of that.
Lucifer In Dub is quite simply a triumph. A dub version of their third album Lucifer, released earlier this year, itâs an album that you want to completely chill out to. Lucifer had some dubbing along with the poppy/krautrock/analogue dance album, but this version is something else. In Dub contains 6 dubbed tracks, each one superb.
From the opening bassline of “Cosmick Dub”, the sound quality is superb â far better than Lucifer (which in some places sounded a little flat) – completely dreamy. Sumptuous echoed vocals and guitars. Itâs gorgeous. “Mt Heart Dubs 4 U” has some of Peaking Lightsâ characteristic far Eastern sounds mixed with Indra Duniâs vocals circling in and out and around and all over which increase and increase right to the end of the track.
Indraâs husband and second member of the group, Aaron Coyes, said that whilst they have always loved the challenge of approaching the music they make from a new angle, and although the dub aspect to the music made may be there in structure, this is the first time they have laid it down by playing as the engineers. “Beautiful Dub”, originally dedicated to their newly born son Mikko, is so lovely that itâs hard not to fall into an exhaled state of perfectly relaxed coma.
Thunder and storms and police sirens (dubbed of course!) start “Live Dub”, the latter making appearances throughout the track in an On U-Sound style, again the oriental sounding keyboards and maybe even an appearance from the aforementioned Mikko?Â Throbbing drums and sampled vocals create a space-dub type feel. Oh, and a ringing telephone to end.
If Lucifer was a slinkier, groovier version of previous album 936, then Lucifer In Dub is the slinkiest grooviest way to better it! Analogue rhythms and pulses and the dubbing is simply wonderful. “Lo Dub High Dub” has recurring doorbells and more of Mikko, and an infectious bassline line and percussion throughout. Indraâs vocals are angel-esque.
And so the album ends with “Midnight Dub”, more of the same – brilliant, just brilliant. If youâre after modern day dub sounds and arenât necessarily a fan of reggae, then this is a worthy introduction to the genre. A short album at around 40 minutes (I would have loved more of the original album tracks re-invented here), but full of amazing sounds. It might not be too late to add to that letter to Father Xmas.
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More writing by Paul on Louder Than War can be found here.