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FC APATRIDE UTD – “Dub Worldism” (2019)

Written by Nenad Pekez

FC APATRIDE UTD
“Dub Worldism”
Earth Works Outernational
2019

… simply overwhelming sound from all sides – bass lines at the first place, vocals, sharp effects, immense vibrations… worth of every sound system play.

A wise man once said: Dubbin’ is a must. Not only the saying has had almost zero effect on dub scene in Serbia, but this genre here is literally on verge of existence. Basically, from ever since. There are some encouraging news though. Heavyweight and underground music of Belgrade-based crew FC APATRIDE UTD has always been just a step away from relentless dub universe, the potential which is finally fully capitalized. The only “capital” reached here though, is the one that comes from great deeps of meditative bass lines, smooth and fearless harmonies and messages that make Babylon cornerstones tremble.

Making a dub album requests creative and talented producers as well as quality equipment which opens up quite of options for making dubs both heavy and overwhelming in sound. Local dub scene mostly lacks of both producers and equipment, so the opportunity which showed up for Apatrides to record and produce an album at a recognized analog roots studio Earth Works in Amsterdam with appreciated producers such as Jah Rej and Ben King was too good not to be accepted. Album “Third Worldism” as a first result of this collaboration speaks for itself, whereas dub companion released at the very end of 2019 is a perfect follow-up which opens up the whole new dimension of the original album. Exactly what dub is supposed to be used for.

Producers involved in “Dub Worldism” include both Jah Rej and Ben King (Kingsway) as studio hosts and local ones such as Echomer – also responsible for Django Hi-Fi, other active dub project in Serbia – and Slovenian producer Countryman. The crew which knows dub techniques inside out. Only small details reveal differences between dub styles as the most tracks are dubbed in a quite compatible manner achieving simply overwhelming sound from all sides – bass lines at the first place, vocals, sharp effects, immense vibrations… worth of every sound system play. Analog recording techniques do make an obvious difference in sound comparing to previous Apatride albums and fabolous rhythm section of “Third Worldism” and Apatride music in general is therefore emphasized in a rightly manner.

Outside help is always welcome. In case of dub in Serbia, it is more than so. “Dub Worldism” is indeed first fully dub album played by a band based in Serbia and produced in collaboration with both local and international producers. No doubt that this is a great step for a local dub scene. However, it’s just a starting point, far from what the scene could be capable of. Small peek in neighborhood (read Croatia) reveals the potential that could be reached in dub happenings, sound systems and productions. Until we hear heavyweight vibrations of “Ah Dub”, “Dub Against Empire”, “Camarines Dub” and other ruff and tuff tracks on local sound systems, quality home audio or at least headphones are a must for a somewhat complete comprehension of “Dub Worldism” sound.

Tracklist:

Side A:
01. Ah Dub (feat. Countryman)
02. Dub ’em Out (feat. Jah Rej)
03. Parasite Dub (feat. Kingsway)
04. Camarines Dub (feat. Echomer)
05. Belly Dub Button (feat. Kingsway)

Side B:
01. Ferguson Dub (feat. Echomer)
02. Dub Against Empire (feat. Kingsway)
03. Naxalites Dub (feat. Kingsway)
04. In My Dubbing Time (feat. Echomer)
05. Dub Ye (feat. Contryman)

4.5

… simply overwhelming sound from all sides – bass lines at the first place, vocals, sharp effects, immense vibrations… worth of every sound system play.

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