The evolution of dub takes another step forward with the release of Kush Arora's The Dread Bass Chronicles. Influenced by the European "digi-dub" sound--a minimalist, post-dancehall style which preceded dubstep by a good ten years--as well as the exotic cultural flavor of Southeast Asian bhangra, the SF-based producer, remixer, and member in good standing of the Surya Dub massive has assembled a bunch of killer tracks with wickedly murderous emcees. Guests on the album include Warrior Queen (the Bug), as well as MC Zulu, Bongo Chilli, Wiseproof, and longtime spars N4SA and Jukali.
What's especially fresh about The Dread Bass Chronicles--Kush's fourth studio album--is its unrelenting emphasis on an original, futuristic sound which creates an innovative new template while still maintaining a connection to cultural roots. Kush has already attracted notice from Pitchfork (who called him a "laptop musician extraordinaire who's pioneering the digital bhangra sound"), and the release of The Dread Bass Chronicles can only bring more recognition to SF's emerging coterie of dub-influenced producers, who are beginning to give their counterparts in London, Paris and Vienna a run for their money. The Dread Bass Chronicles' official release date is April 21, and a record release party happens April 26 at the Elbo Room's Dub Mission party. Listen to an MP3 of "Come From Yard" here, or watch a YouTube video of Kush and Jukali performing live here.