Kufic Dub b​/​w Dub Is Not Easy

by Alter Echo & E3

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Deadly, utterly unique dubware from the brand new collaborative project of Alter Echo and E3. Combining orthodox dub techniques and esoteric studio science with an Eastern sensibility and a love of vinyl archaeology, AE & E3 create tracks of extraordinary sonic detail and power, evoking Jamaica, North Africa, and deep space all at once.

Kufic Dub combines a storming, martial riddim and Middle Eastern strings with disorienting samples and echo chamber mayhem to create something entirely new and devastating for the dance and the headphones.

Anchored by a powerhouse steppers riddim, Dub Is Not Easy reels in the desert vibes and casts out a ghostly net that snares desert flute, rasta voice, binghi drums, haunted keys, tape rewinds and spectral effects that fuse to create something utterly transporting.

Alter Echo AKA Josh Derry, has spent the last decade and a half working as a dub scientist of the highest order. Through his collaborations with DJ Spooky, Lee Perry, Mad Professor, Scientist, Twilight Circus and countless others, he has often worked as the Hidden Hand, perfecting and alloying disparate materials into wholly new dub forms. Alongside E3, he was one of the founders of BSI Records, and has released on labels including M Records, Six Degrees, Thirsty Ear, Sub Rosa, and Bangarang. E3 (AKA Ezra E. Ereckson) is a founding member of agit-dub band Systemwide, was the head of BSI, and now runs ZamZam Sounds alongside T Harrison. E3 has been a vinyl archaeologist for 25 years.


released February 28, 2013

Artwork by Tracy Harrison aka Polygon Press.



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Alter Echo & E3 Portland, Oregon

Alter Echo & E3 is a duo to watch in the underground dub/post-dubstep scene, with three vinyl releases on ZamZam Sounds that shine bright in the label's catalog. Their “Nubian Dub” 45 on ZamZam was championed by selectors worldwide—from Dub War to Joe Nice, Alpha Steppa to The Bug—and received a glowing 9 out of 10 in Mixmag among much other positive press. ... more

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