The tracks in this record are named quite well because they are literally given a number. A number 1 to 13, in fact. I kind of wish more bands would do this because it certainly makes it easier. Anyway, Dub Surgeon has released The Lost Future and it brings us 'an authentic dub experience'. Released on Ark to Ashes and available on vinyl LP.
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The initial pressing of this record sold out before I got a chance to scribble a few words about it. Thankfully, Dubai based label Ark to Ashes have repressed it - so here I am waffling on…
There’s an interesting bit of history to this album - I’m not entirely sure whether its fact or fiction, but the story goes that around twenty years ago, Dub Surgeon recorded the music to 2-inch tape at the former Amsterdam Film Academy with Ricardo Villalobos working as the recording engineer. The pair mixed the tracks through vintage mixers but a storm (apparently?!?!?) caused a fire that wrecked the studio and the master was thought to have been destroyed. Fast forward a decade and a half and Dub Surgeon mysteriously received a demo of the album. Sounds like an elaborate bit of myth building inspired by Lee Perry’s burning of the Black Ark Studio, but whatever… here’s the album - mastered for wax by Rashad Becker, and it’s pretty great.
The thirteen untitled dubs that comprise the 2LP are a smokers delight - ranging from stepping digi-dub heaviness to more spaced out ambient/electronic dub, some weirder slightly glitchy parts and even dubby techno/house moments. If you dig the whole electronic dub axis e.g early Pole stuff, Rhythm & Sound, Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, echospace [detroit] stuff or even more straight up trad Jamaican dub gear, this album is well worth spending some time with, and effortless to get immersed and lost inside. Highly recommended.
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