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Dub techno time! Here's the latest from Fluxion on the legendary Echocord imprint, and it sees K. Soublis collaborating with Jamaican vocalist Teddy Selassie for a concoction which harks back to the roots of dub and reggae whilst still having a distinctly chilly modern techno aesthetic.
It makes for an enjoyable listen. 'Change' mixes a reggae lollop with skittish, unpredictable echoing percussive details and quite a soulful vocal with almost robotic-sounding processed harmonies, despite the subtle electronic edge that Fluxion brings it's a languid and likeable piece. 'Everyday' is similarly clever in its assimilation of classic dub tropes into his clinical modern sound.
Elsewhere it's the ambient techno aspects which take the fore. 'Celestia' is a lovely bit of on-beat drift, 'For You' is a drone-centric little head-nodder with blurry spiritual crooning, and 'The Steps' pairs a pumping kick and hi-hat and womby bassline with a strange two-note echoed loop that sits clumsily in the fore. Ultimately it's a pretty varied collection; an open-minded meeting of classic dub and ambient dub techno with more hits than misses.
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