That these two patron saints of the subwoofer should meet was probably inevitable, though it is interesting that the bass timbres of both Bill Laswell and ex-PIL bassist Jah Wobble have come to resemb

That these two patron saints of the subwoofer should meet was probably inevitable, though it is interesting that the bass timbres of both Bill Laswell and ex-PIL bassist Jah Wobble have come to resemble one another so closely. Their earth-shaking duets form the spine of this latter-day digital dub effort, whose cavernous spaces and random shifts in dynamics successfully evoke the dark weirdness of Jamaican b-sides of the '70s. A dense rhythmic subtext adds spice to the ominous ambience, the result of Indian and African percussion added by, respectively, Karsh Kale (a veteran of Laswell's Tabla Beat Science project) and longtime Laswell cohort Ayib Dieng. The vocals of Ethiopian singer/songwriter Gigi (whose recent eponymous solo effort was also produced by Laswell) penetrate the mix like crepuscular shafts of sunlight. A shame that the late dub innovator King Tubby didn't live to witness the new century, as he would surely have found much to enjoy in these thunderous soundscapes.—RBH

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