Various Artists â€“ Clan Analogue In Version: Dub Selections (Clan Analogue / Creative Vibes)
Itâ€™s been awhile since Clan Analogue turned their attentions to dub, since the release of the â€˜Jauntâ€™ compilations at the end of the nineties, in fact. This latest compilation release operates in a manner similar to Clanâ€™s recent â€˜Doppler Shiftâ€™ electro collection; rather than claiming to present a â€˜definitiveâ€™ examination of dub, it casts its net around the individual takes on the form being explored by the collectiveâ€™s members. While thereâ€™s a steady focus throughout on the defining elements of dub â€“ cavernous bass, heavy drums and echo-delay, the tracklisting overseen by executive producer Scott McPhee (Nerve Agent / X-Ray Sound System) takes in diverse terrain. Dsico offers one of this compilationâ€™s few vocal moments as well as a previously-unseen glimpse of his dub-selector skills with the woozily laconic â€˜Over And Out Dubâ€™, while conversely, Koshowko set the controls for the crashing heart of the echo-chamber on â€˜Promiseâ€™, stretching vocoders out over a treacherously-shifting rhythmic backdrop that sits somewhere between broken IDM and pulsating dub. Itâ€™s also worth moving swiftly for the limited extra CD, as it nicely caps off an already impressive compilation.