Twilight Circus Dub Sound System
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Twilight Circus Dub Sound System is the solo dub project of veteran multi-instrumentalist Ryan Moore, who played bass for the Legendary Pink Dots, a Vancouver (Canada) native who relocated to Holland and has been around since 1981.

Moore's take on dub is, basically, a radical application of the ideology of dub pioneers King Tubby, Lee Perry and Augustus Pablo: his bass lines weigh tons, his atmospheres are cadaverous, his thick and deep arrangements are kaleidoscopic while looking inconspicuous. And his dub is fueled by real bass and drums, not by electronic gimmickry.

Moore debuted with In Dub Vol 1 (M Records, 1995) and proceeded to shake the foundations of dub with Other Worlds Of Dub (M Records, 1996), containing Indian, and with Bin Shaker Dub (M Records, 1997), that includes the 1996 hit UK Steppers, Killer and Shaka.

Horsie (M Records, 1999) added guitars to the mix and produced some of his most melodic tracks (Binshaker Dub, Kik, Dance).

Two collections of mostly old material ("special dubplate mixes") also feature excellent new tracks: Dub Plate Selection (M Records, 1998) has Filter 13 and Beneath The Valley Of Dub, Dub Plates Vol 2 (M Records, 1999) has Bord Plate and lots of rarities.

Dub Voyage (M Records, 2000) and Volcano Dub (M Records, 2001) could be his best albums.

The Essential Collection (M, 2002) is a career retrospective.

Ryan Moore began experimenting with (Jamaican) vocalists on the EPs What We Got To Do (M Records) and Love Is What We Need (M Records) partially repeated on Foundation Rockers (M, 2003).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Rachele Materassi)

Twilight Circus Dub Sound System è il progetto solista dub del veterano poliedrico strumentista Ryan Moore, bassista dei Legendary Pink Dots, nato a Vancouver (in Canada) e trasferitosi in Olanda, sulla scena dal 1981.

 

Il dub di Moore è, essenzialmente, un’applicazione radicale dell’idea portata avanti dai pionieri del dub King Tubby, Lee Perry e Augustus Pablo: bass line pesantissima, atmosfere lugubri, caleidoscopici arrangiamenti, corposi e profondi, che riescono allo stesso tempo a risultare impalpabili . E il suo dub è alimentato da basso e chitarra reali, non da trucchetti elettronici.

 

Moore ha esordito con l’album In Dub Vol. I (M Records, 1995) e ha continuato a scuotere le fondamenta del dub con Other Worlds Of Dub (M Records, 1996), che contiene il brano Indian, e con Bin Shaker Dub (M Records, 1997), che include le hit del 1996 UK Steppers, Killer e Shaka.

In Horsie (M Records, 1999) Moore ha introdotto le chitarre, dando vita ad alcune delle sue tracce più melodiche (Binshaker Dub, Kik, Dance).

In due raccolte di materiale vecchio ("special dubplate mixes") si trovano anche eccellenti piste nuove: Dub Plate Selection (M Records, 1998) contiene Filter 13 e Beneath The Valley Of Dub, mentre Dub Plates Vol 2 (M Records, 1999) ha Bord Plate e altri pezzi rari.

Dub Voyage (M Records, 2000) e Volcano Dub (M Records, 2001) possono essere considerati i suoi album migliori.

 

The Essential Collection (M, 2002) è una retrospettiva sul suo lavoro.

 

Ryan Moore ha iniziato una sperimentazione con vocalists giamaicani negli EP What We Got To Do (M Records) e Love Is What We Need (M Records), parzialmente ripetuta anche in  Foundation Rockers (M, 2003).

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