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Dub Experimental Indie Rock Industrial Post Punk

Jäh Division – Dub Will Tear Us Apart… Again

Before hearing Jäh Division’s imaginative deconstructions of classic Joy Division songs, I suppose I was already primed to accept this kind of thing. Due to the success of artists like Easy Star All-Stars & their guest-heavy reinterpretations of classic albums like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, Radiohead’s OK Computer & Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I was already quite receptive to the idea of hearing some of my life’s cultural touchstones rendered in Dub.

The idea of Joy Division’s music rendered as Dub calls to mind something that cultural theorist/political philosopher Mark Fisher wrote about Post-Punk bands like The Fall and Joy Division. He observed how their bass-led songwriting & production provided a white equivalent to Dub Reggae. The salient point here being that it is a white equivalent rather than a white version. Young working class white kids working out their marginalisation in bass-heavy soundscapes in much the same way as the working class black kids, but yielding completely different results.

So before I even listen to it, Jäh Division has pretty big shoes to fill. Does it succeed? Maybe. I don’t know. It’s quite enjoyable as a Dub album but it’s debatable how well the original songs hold up during the transformation. Opening track Transmission is barely recognisable with the tempo reduced to a languid crawl, only the bass line bears any resemblance to the original. It exemplifies how different an element from a song can sound if taken out of its original context. I have similar feelings about Heart And Soul Isolation too. Enjoyable enough Dub, sure, but almost unrecognisable as the Joy Division song.

Transmission, for my money, is a little more successful. The reduction in tempo & energy isn’t quite enough to ground the dizzy heights scaled by the songs gorgeous melody synth. The dubby delays even seem to add buoyancy to these heroically soaring melodies. Love Will Tear Us Apart also works quite well here. No accident that it is their most accessible and radio friendly song. It could fit into almost any genre without diminishing its appeal.

The 2019 rerelease also features four bonus tracks which are actually original compositions rather than Joy Division covers. These are all fine, decent Dub tracks. I have no complaints but they don’t really stand out & they feel a trifle unnecessary so I won’t really dwell on them too much.

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Dub Reggae Song of the Day

Song of the Day (Chaotic Neutral): Culture – Lion Rock

Day 24.

Was listening to this excellent mix by The Chemical Brothers on Mixcloud and it finishes with this incredible song. I’ve been a fan of Culture, & this song in particular, since hearing it on a John Peel show sometime way back when. Excellent decolonisation message.

What a shame what a shame
For the day dat we where born
We never seen the right dollar here
Only the count of fear we a see oh!

Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Me say fe get back the money with the sign of the dragon money
Dat we no use him no no
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Me say fe get back the money with the sign of the dragon money

For we no waaaant
To hear no more about your great sir francis dread
Put us slave driver like wise
We no waaaant
To hear no more about your great long John Silver
Dat na have drop to use the sufferes dem
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Wat gone down can tell your friends dat i tell yu dat
I jus fe take back the money with the sign of the dragon money
Dats (?)even fe feed the hungry belly pickney dem me say yu
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money

Me no waaant
To hear no more about your great sir francis dread
The old slave driver
We no waaaant
To hear no more about your great long John Silver
Dat only help to colonialize our mind lord
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Lion dollars we want to see
Inna Jamdung
Take back the money with the sign of the dragon money
I am so tired to hear the sufferes dem a bawll
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
The Lion dollars can’t satisfy good wants and needs
Take back the money with the sign of the Dragon money
One sake one sake inna aluminum kind hehe!
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Clap me with the Lion but back way with the dragon
Me say Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Back way with the dragon inna dis ya time
The dragon must drop
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
For we no waaaant
To hear no more about your great sir francis dread
We no waaaant
To hear no more about your dreadlock John Silver… FADE…

Looking for some great music? Check the Song of the Day (Chaotic Neutral) Spotify playlist:

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