• Arkology - In The Valley Dub
  • Arkology - In The Valley Dub

Arkology - In The Valley Dub

Ace Tone

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More rare Arkology / Aba Shanti-I cuts from the vaults, taken from the hard-to-find 1995 'Blueprint Dubs' LP - now pressed up on a nice 45' for the first time via Berlin's Ace Tone Records.

On a mission to re-present the lesser-known early adaptions and versions of steppers / uk dub, digital dancehall and down tempo dubwise from London's Arkology project to a new generation of listeners, Ace Tone have done a nice thing here pressing two very precious, and timeless cuts - including soundsystem veteran Aba Shanti-I on the mix - from an otherwise hard to obtain, and very rare Arkology LP. 

On the A side, we have a heartfelt, heavyweight piece of deep dubwise, kicking off with a dreader-than-dread, lightning & thunder style vocal intro and phased out chords, before the rumbling and tumbling bassline tremors below the drums as the tune kicks in, ready to put pressure on your hifi performance and light up your amplifiers red hot. Big, big tune this one. Meditative. mysterious. mighty.

Flip it, and we find a different tune, taken from the same Blueprint Dubs album -.
This one is equally wicked, and counters the A side with a more upbeat vibe. Repatriation Dub is an uplifting digital stepper that nicely reminds us of early Dred & Fred and Blood Shanti / Aba, but still holds it's own sonic style within the fairly loose UK dub frame of the 90s.
Yamaha DX7 style synth tones and pitch modulated delays scale across a snappy, stepping drum machine rhythm, with the bassline bubbling below.

A tip top 7" for all heads hungry for that authentic JA / UK dub sound, from a time when the sound was finding new pathways lead by innovation in electronics as much as the traditions of Jamaican soundsystem, in the UK.


Arkology - In The Valley Dub

Arkology - Repatriation Dub