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Meat Beat Manifesto

"In Dub" CD / 5.1 Surround Sound DVD audio 

Lakeshore Records / :/run recordings

Genres: dub, electronica

Lakeshore Records
5555 Melrose Ave
Gloria Swanson Building #209
Los Angeles, CA

Jan 26 - Feb 1 2004

Jack Dangers is no stranger to experimentation.  You need only look back on Meat Beat Manifesto's massive discography to confirm this.  In Dub is his newest project, a full-length disc featuring dub remixes and reworkings of the tracks from his 2002 R.U.O.K.? album.  And it seems as if he's gone full-out for this record, even enlisting the talents of DJ Collage on vocals to add to the album's Jamaican influence.

The results of this dub experiment are certainly successful, but may not be appreciated by everyone.  Those allergic to what pretty much amounts to straightforward electro dub will not be impressed, but those who can dig it will definitely enjoy themselves.  Much of this album is pretty homogenous; though there are variations upon the theme, for the most part MBM keeps things consistent.  Songs like "Caramel Dub" and "Happiness Supreme Dub" are fine examples of the album's instrumental content - laidback, groovy melodies are laid over simple rhythms and smooth, squiggly basslines.  "Echo In Space Dub" and "Super Soul Dub," meanwhile, represent some of DJ Collage's contributions.  The former is exemplary of his fantastic voice, which adds a successful accessibility to the song's funky, bass-heavy structure.

In Dub is not for everyone.  What can you expect?  Jack Dangers has never been afraid to try new things, even if it risks alienating a few of his fans.  Most MBM diehards will see the assets in this album, and in the meantime Dangers should find himself a whole new crowd of dub-heads to please.  MBM proves once again that you can't get anywhere if you don't try new things.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]