Dubtribe Sound System

Archive, Vol. 1: Rare and Deleted

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This double-disc set compiles most of the early to mid-'90s tracks that made Dubtribe Sound System such a widely acknowledged group in the North American electronic dance music scene. While the group may be more recognized for their remarkable live performances, tracks such as "Mother Earth" and "Sunshine's Theme" make a strong argument that their productions were just as vital to their popularity. Relative to their highly organic later '90s work on Bryant Street, these recordings retain a certain degree of nostalgic sound to them, utilizing fairly traditional percussive rhythms with accentuating synth melodies modeled after the timeless 303 acid riff. Fortunately, their sounds are warmer than acid techno, often incorporating small spoken word mantras and plenty of catchy melodies. Since this album also compiles several remixes on the second disc, it's arguably the best place to discover this group's sound, even if later albums featured a much more evolved sound.

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