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16. Ožujak 2015

AMJ meets RSD - "Heartbeat 12” Vinyl EP

Pripreme su bile kao za neki veliki projekt ili album.

Ovamo tri vokala, tamo puhačka sekcija s dodatnom flautom, pored nje gudačka s cellom, violinom i violom, malo dalje su dvije gitare, harpa, klavir i orgulje, a pored bubnjeva tu su i razne latino-američke perkusije, te Gaita, jedna vrsta španjolskih gajdi i južnoamerička frula po imenu Quena. Snimanje je se odvijalo na tri lokacije - u Bristolu, Pentrychu i dalekoj Havani, a sve to je smiksao nitko drugi do Rob Smith, čuveni virtuoz duba i reggaea, koji je i u dubstepu poznat po inicijalima RSD.

Nema sumnje da je upravo angažman nekoga kao što je Rob Smith, kojemu mu je ovo poslije sedam inča "Depth Drop" drugo po redu izdanje, za AMJ Collective veliki korak naprijed. Ova malu tročlanu organizaciju čine bubnjar Andy Clarke, basist Mark Spence i producent John Hollis, a ova ekipa je izravno sudjelovala na realizaciji i ovog 12 inčnog izdanja s naslovom "Heartbeat".

Sav ovaj trud samo za jednu kratku 12 inčnu ploču s ukupno svega četiri trake? Zar je se za to trebalo ići čak do na Kubu i angažirati sve te muzičare s egzotičnim instrumentima, te na kraju postaviti čitavu malu filharmoniju? I kakve to do najposlije ima veze s modernim dubom? Ili još više, s reggaeom? Pa ima ako ste perfekcionist i uvijek u potrazi za novim zvučnim dimenzijama, kao što su ova trojica iz AMJ Collectiva. Ili Rob Smith, koji još od osamdesetih piše svoju priču eksperimenata u dubu, kao ono kad je remiksao album za Dub Syndicate ("Overdubbed" 2007.), ili njegovi prije spomenuti izleti u dubstep.

Iako su aranžmani ove dvije vokalne i dvije dub verzije organični i "pravi", Smithov miks i produkcija Johna Hollisa prati trenutne postulate, a ono što ih izdvaja od ostalih srodnih izdanja je čitavo to bogatstvo na detaljima. Trake se postepeno izgrađuju, gdje se pojedini instrumenti tečno pridružuju jedan drugom, uspinjući se na plesnim ritmovima do klimaksa harmoničnog suzvučja. U naslovnoj "Heartbeat" se uz lepršavu flautu priključuju himnični duhači, dok se u "Blue Mountain", nakon početnih samplova tropske prašume i snene akustične gitare, pojavljuju harmonični gudači, razigrani klavir i mistična Quena uz snažne steppers ritmove i dubstep baseve.

Kao da ionako to sve ne bi bilo dovoljno za dobru ploču, Smithov tipično lucidni miks izvrće sve još jednom naglavačke. Gitare i bubnjevi se ponavljaju u i odjekuju u bezgraničnim kolutanjima prema savršenom vrtlogu soničnog vira. Premda cijela magija traje svega dvadesetak minuta, prekratko rekli bi neki, ipak postaje kristalno jasno da se u dubu ima još puno toga za otkriti i novoga za isprobati - AMJ Collective i Rob Smith nam to na ovako veličanstven način demonstriraju.


Translated
The preparations were like for a big project or album. Here, three vocals , there, brass section with flute and a cello, violin and viola next to it. A little further away are two guitars, a harp, piano and organ. Except the drums , there are various Latin American percussion, „gaita“, a kind of Spanish bagpipes and South American flute named „quena“. Recording was made at three locations; in Bristol, Pentrychu and distant Havana, and all is mixed by none other than Rob Smith, a famous dub, reggae and dubstep virtuoso, known by the initials RSD.

There is no doubt that the involvement of someone like Rob Smith , who had seven inches "Depth Drop", second consecutive edition, is for AMJ Collective a major step forward. This small, three-member organization is consisting of drummer Andy Clarke, bassist Mark Spence and producer John Hollis, a team directly involved in the realization of this 12 inch release titled "Heartbeat".

All this effort just for a short 12-inch vinyl with a total of only four tracks? Was it for this should go as far as to Cuba and engage all the artists with exotic instruments, and finally set up the entire small philharmonic? And what does this have to do with the modern dub? Or even more, with reggae? It does, if you are a perfectionist and always looking for new sound dimensions, such as the three men from AMJ Collective. Or Rob Smith , who since the eighties writes his story experiments in dub, like when he remixed the album for Dub Syndicate ("Overdubbed" 2007.) , or his aforementioned excursions in dubstep. Although these two vocal arrangements and two dub versions; organic and  "real", Smith's mix and production of John Hollis tracks current postulates, and what distinguishes them from other related issue is that whole fortune of the details. Tapes can gradually build up, where individual instruments fluently join to each other , climbing on the dance rhythms to climax with harmonic resonance. In the title " Heartbeat“, the „airy“ flute  connects with the hymn- like windy instruments, while in "Blue Mountain", after the initial samples in tropical rainforests and dreamy acoustic guitar, appears harmonious strings, playful piano and mystical „quena“ with powerful steppers rhythms and dubstep basses.

As if all that anyway would not be enough for a good record, Smith's typically lucid mix twists everything upside down once again. Guitars and drums are repeated in and resonate in limitless rolling toward the ultimate sonic maelstrom. Although the whole magic lasts about twenty minutes , too short some might say, however, it becomes crystal clear that in dub has
a lot to discover and new to try, because AMJ Collective and Rob Smith are demonstrating it in such a magnificent way.

Prevela: Lovorka Ibrić

 

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