Porter Ricks

Nautical Dub

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Over the course of their previous two releases on Chain Reaction, Porter Ricks had slowly moved away from the traditional style of techno associated with the Detroit techno popularized by labels such as Underground Resistance. Instead, they look to Berlin for influence on this record, particularly to the work of Basic Channel. On this record's two tracks -- "Nautical Dub" and "Port Gentil" -- the pummeling Roland 909 bass kicks of Jeff Mills have been replaced by the intangible dub basslines of Maurizio, creating an almost invisible sense of underlying rhythm. The many assembled sounds and rhythms swirl, eclipse, accentuate, and enhance one another like one large pulsing montage of propulsive ambience.