Peaking Lights: Top Five Dub Albums

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Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights, the Not Not Fun darlings who generated a whole new fan base with their dubbed-up tape splicing and one man and his shed synth collection.

Specialising in home-made synthesizers and tape loops constructed out of salvaged consumer electronics such as analogue radios. The music is both pseudo-science and political commentary, a Pataphysics for the bourgeois punk scene. It points to the absurdity that what many view as technological detritus others see as a cog in our analogue futures.

‘936’ was cleaner than previous outings. Marking a transition away from the distorted depths that reigned during their earlier recordings. If you imagine that the sound is produced through the endless tweaking of resisters and knackered DIY gear it seems incredible that the group could arrive at such sonic purity.

It was this that projected them across the web and across the pond. 'Lucifer' continued their journey into deeper dub, a journey that arrived in its crusty, smokey dub tape apex with 'Lucifer In Dub', a Sonic Boom mastered rework of their record (and handy reminder to music hacks compiling end of year lists, in the same vein of '936 Remixed' last year).

For their songs are a collagist construction of sound created, manipulated, then recorded - it is truly astonishing that the result is anything but a sea of distortion. Tracks flow with grace, light and uptempo, a clean move away from any hedonistic tendencies they suggested on Imaginary Falcons or their frightening 7” ‘Space Primitive’ released last year.

Intrigued by their musical journey we asked the duo to pick their top 5 dub tracks. "We went mainly for stuff that was historical rather than the later dub stuff," says Aaron of the group, "basically because for us its this warmth and production values of these earlier records that really inspire us in our own recordings."

Fair play. Here's the 5:  

HENRY CHIN LOY- AQUARIUS DUB  

This is a really early dub record it's very sparse in comparison to later dubs as the genre got more work going in to it, but that's why I like it theres a nice warmth to it and some what of a flatness the riddims are still great!  

JOE GIBBS - DUB SERIAL  

Just a great record with some serious bounce and heavy heavy! There are quite a few classics on this a lot of the songs deffinitly are set up for  DJ's to do toasting over which is great they turn up a lot of other places.  

JIMMY RADWAY & THE FE ME TIME ALL STARS  




Heavy 70's dub again it's so loud, direct and to point!!!  Tripped out to the max! Just listen :)  

MORWELLS UNLIMITED MEET KING TUBBY - DUB ME  




The cover of 'Lucifer In Dub' is a serious nod to this record! Classic raw dub! Think it was recorded between Black Ark and Channel 1... heavy vibes.  

PHILL PRATT - DIAL M FOR MURDER IN DUB STYLE  




Great record, just a huge fan of phill pratt had to throw  somethin in the mix :) but coulda been Star Wars Dub too see here.

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