Mikey Dub meets Devon Khemis - Against The Wall

Mikey Dub meets Devon Khemis - Against The Wall / Dubophonic (c) (p) 2023
Portland musician and producer Mikey Dub returns in 2024 with a new single. After his EP Triumphant Riddim released in 2023, his collaboration with Debbie Defire on Thank You, and the collaboration with Jamaican born vocalist Don Hartley on Causeless Shall Not Come, he releases his new single Against The Wall featuring Devon Khemis on the Vocals. 

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Devon Khemis found his musical calling through church choir performances and the vibrant sounds of Jamaican sound systems like "King Tubby" and "Black Starliner." Influenced by reggae icons such as Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown, and The Abyssinians, Khemis began crafting songs at a tender age, his soulful voice echoing the rhythms of his homeland. His early years in music were shaped by collaborations with his uncle Desmond McLean, owner of "Macatak Muzik," where he released his debut album "Pure Khemistry" in 2007. Upon immigrating to the US at 14, Khemis continued to refine his musical talents while residing in Mt. Vernon, NY, under the mentorship of Ras Pablo, owner of a local print shop. It was in this vibrant musical community that Khemis cultivated his artistry before relocating to Portland, Oregon, where he collaborates with luminaries like Mikey Dub. Khemis's collaboration with Mikey Dub produced tracks like "First and the Last" and "Against The Wall," showcasing his versatile talent. Recently, Khemis released "Showers in the Rain," on Macatak Music, demonstrating his ongoing impact on the music scene. It is the first time, that he is releasing his vibes on Dubophonic Records.

Against the Wall is presented as usual in two versions: the vocal and the dub version. Featured on the tune is also Texas born Joby Tijerina (aka. Joby T.) on the Trumpet and Sax and Andrew Deetz on the keyboards.

 

Dub Idren - Public Enemy

Dub Idren - Public Enemy / Dubophonic (c) (p) 2024
Colombian artist Dub Idren and Mixcave Mastering meet on this new tune entitled Public Enemy, a musical reference to a famous speech Richard Nixon gave back in June 1971 about drug use. Amidst rising public concern, Nixon delivered a pivotal speech declaring "America's public enemy number one" to be "drug abuse." This marked the beginning of the "War on Drugs."

Nixon's rhetoric was strong, calling for a "new, all-out offensive" to combat the issue. He emphasized the need for a multi-pronged approach, targeting both drug supply and demand. The speech reflected Nixon's desire to project a strong image on law and order, a key theme of his presidency. He aimed to rally public support and resources for a national campaign against drugs.

Critics argue that Nixon's speech focused more on punishment than on treatment and prevention. It disproportionately affected minority communities, leading to mass incarceration. Nixon's rhetoric and policies had lasting consequences. The "war" metaphor fueled a militaristic approach, prioritizing law enforcement over treatment and prevention, with long-lasting consequences. Additionally, the focus on stopping supply disproportionately impacted minority communities, leading to mass incarceration. While the "War on Drugs" had initial support, its effectiveness remains debated.

Today, the conversation around drugs, particularly cannabis, has shifted dramatically. Many US states have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use, a stark contrast to Nixon's all-out war. This change reflects growing public support for legalization, citing potential benefits like tax revenue, reduced crime, and the ability to regulate and control the substance.

Munay Ki Dub - Take Your Time

Munay Ki Dub - Take Your Time / Dubophonic (c) (p) 2024

Hailing from the mountains of central Argentina, Munay Ki Dub combines live instruments such as violin, melodica, percussion, bass and guitar with programming, effects and digital instruments. Their new uplifting song is entitled Take your Time

Munay Ki Dub are Rebecca Clements (vocals, violin, melodica, keyboard and percussion), Alejo González (programming, keyboard, bass, effects and vocals) and Roby Torcello (guitar).

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The Business meets Dub Siren - Dub Down To Business

Dub Siren is a Dub-inspired electronic music composer, producer and remixer, a Cypriot from London now based in West Sussex. Home studio is a shed filled synthesizers, analogue hardware and old-school mixing desks.

The Dub Down To Business EP includes four remixes by Dub Siren on four tracks written by the London-Brazilian production trio The Business. The Business serve up irresistible dancefloor-ready electronic music drenched in analogue soul, groovin' basslines, vintage synths and recycled 70s vocals that will have you jackin’ your body and pumpin’ your fists to the high heavens.

The original tracks are included in their debut album ‘Get Down To Business’ - a heady mix of 80s-influenced groove, electro, disco and funk, all brought together by their clever knack of sampling, cutting & reshaping it all into something brand new.

On the remix EP Dub Down To Business, Dub Siren brings his Tubby-inspired trippy soundscapes to the party and transforms the band’s retro-dancefloor grooves into deep, dubby explorations of space and time.
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