It’s a Mash of the Titans, Sydney’s DESERT ROCK power trio No Mandate connect with Canberra’s own Agency Dub Collective to go back to back in this struggle for life as we know it. Expect HEAVY atmospheric DUB scapes with emphasis on urgent electrified guitar riffs and charging rhythmic energy all night when these behemoth powerhouses join forces to take down the powermongers! No dub on a dead planet!
The Master (Jason Belzer) Pub Funk Amped up by Melbourne-based turntable and pyrotechnic genius The Master on the wheels of steel, it is sure to be a huge night of multi-genre, interstate cooperation. The Master has been holding it down on the decks since the Golden Era and is known throughout the land for his funky, prolific approach to mixing and second-to-none scratches. A killer lyricist too, who will rock any audience.
No Mandate – Dub Rock A Sydney-based trio combining sparse dub grooves with heavy desert riffs and short bursts of angular punk. “Closing the gap between King Crimson and King Tubby since 2019”
Agency Dub Collective – Dub Reggae Agency Dub Collective began playing live dub in Australia at the turn of the millennium. Their music is steeped in classic dubwise sounds and heavyweight rhythms, awash with spacious atmospherics and ever-heretical lyrics. From roots-vibe dup-hop to desert-surf instrumentals, their music is, above all, great to dance to.
Forging their own path with a DIY ethos, Agency Dub Collective have provided an original voice on the Australian live music scene for over a decade, paving the way for a new distinctly Australian style of live dub, echoing the landscape of the island continent from the central desert to the rugged coastline.
Mundi is known to rock flows from Bendigo to the Yarra.
Castlemaine emcee Rex Mundi has been penning bars for years now, yet he took his time to put anything on record, perfecting his lyrical craft and excavating the prime production. For years Rex Mundi has sailed under the radar, his golden-era flow revealing truth-bomb delivery that uncovers the layers of human history while attacking corrupt structures. All in a tight, no-nonsense package to stock your decks: every track is like banging philosophy. His debut album Jewel in the Sun dropped in 2018 and so far has garnered staunch support from local heads and abroad. It comes in downloadable format as well as tape and CD, order here.
Mundi’s debut show in the ACT will be at Smith’s Alternative on Friday night January 17th 2020. Supported by 3oB and coolio Desgracias on decks, mpc and vocals. 9.00 kick off.
Reggae Rampage is back – at Transit. Capitol Roots Corporation and Branch Stack Records team up with Cultura Clandestino to bring you the hottest original live band reggae vibes in the ACT. It guarantees to be a great night of grooves.
Action starts early with doors at 7.30. Then at 8.20 live music will commence as Kopasetic get things kicked off with their fresh brand of original reggae meets folk/roots.
Stalwart Canberra Ska/Rocksteady massive The Kingstons then take to the stage led by the powerhouse front man (and poster artist) Brett Olzen. Heading up the evening is Agency Dub Collective, whose signature spacey jams and relentless rubadub feels have rumbled Canberra’s limestone caves for 2 decades. FACT: This is their twentieth year in dub. FACT: This is Dubby Xmas.
Special guest Nicholas Combe will feature heavily on tenor sax on the night!
The vibes continue til midnight for the stayers as Mick Dagger delivers classics reggae bangers from Jamaica and the Diaspora. Bound to be a great event – tickets selling now through moshtix
Friday August 9 was another cracking Cultura Clandestino production at Polish White Eagle Club.
Headliners Midnight tea Party (Sydney) took Canberra next level on some extended, eclectic original grooves and melodies, with plenty of power for the heaving dancefloor.
Basically they rocked it and represented the sunny city with fun and fire.
Los Chavos are always a delight and didn’t disappoint at this informal mash of titans. great to hear more of the rap style vocals coming in from the guitarist to bounce off the soaring, soulful lyrics.
Dub Militia opened with a scorching assault of mpc-driven rubadub and vocals by the ACT’s newest and oldest recruits mc Tomaski and 3ocloc Bogey respectively. Coolio Desgracias added some highly spacey guitar fx that really brought out the dubbership connection.
shout outs to Agency Dub Collective, Rondo, Brain, Pat Kilby, Sam Young (the beggars battalion), Dub Ninja – los maestros.
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The debut track and video from Melbourne Hiphop duo The Ombudsmen is produced by international dub legend John Green (Old Skool Johnny).
This track was conceived by John and The Master, written and recorded in Melbourne and Austria – Get High was developed over seas and forged through interstate travel back in Oz.
We were so happy with the lyrics and beat vibes that a video became necessary. This low-fi, single shot clip (filmed by DJ Elev8 and featuring local Melbourne legend China Sky) was filmed in a session while 3oB was en route home to the ACT (via Tathra NSW). Lets just say whether it’s old-growth or saplings – this track definitely has trees in its DNA.