Cold Summer Dubs

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Que No?
Not Androids 02:13
Cannons 01:44


Somewhere around the end of 2014/early 2015 I shut down. I had been in some kind of depressive funk for a few years and it finally came to a crescendo. I had pretty much stopped making music and kind of given up on life in general. I took a job teaching children, unfollowed the world on social media.... I wanted to take a large step back and re-evaluate my relationship with sound so I even stopped listening to music for a while.

This was my cold summer. Cold in the sense that, while I've never been good at maintaining relationships with other people, the one relationship I had maintained so strong my entire life (my relationship with sound) was now damaged. Summer was a bit more of a stretch...there was nothing obviously summery about the situation but I suppose the bit that came afterwards has a bit of a summer love kind of vibe to it.

Anyhow while I was teaching I randomly got it into my head that i knew virtually nothing about dub reggae* and if I considered myself to be an "electronic musician" I should probably educate myself on some fundamentals. I had some reference points in a few Oxossi mixes I had listened to and I was familiar with a few artists like Scientist and Mad Professor. I grew a deep appreciation for the minimalism and the focus on groove rather than razor sharp perfection. It forced me to dig deep and ultimately come the conclusion that I was making music that I really wasn't into and in doing so I was not being faithful to myself or sound. My last night of teaching was followed abruptly by a 6 a.m. flight to Ohio for a festival with friends where I played music I wanted to hear and the people danced. I was in love again, but not like honeymoon love this time it was real for who has to take the trash out love.

anyhow these songs were all made around that period and all kind of have a dub-type vibe/aesthetic. They aren't dub reggae by any means but they all are much like this story; heavy hearted with dub references.

Jah Bless

*I still know virtually nothing about dub, wikipedia really ain't helpin' either but if you know something i should know lay it on me


released April 20, 2016

I made this album with synthesizers and samples, the bendy bass breakdown in cannons was the result of a cat jumping on my nord while I was recording so S/O kitty for the sick riffage


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