The debut album of Zasky & Smith, producers of New Blade Runners Of Dub.
Built on the legacy of Zasky’ s internationally known Dub Reggae Band Dubblestandart, New Blade Runners Of Dub blend Jed Smith’s, LA native, composer/producer’s new school visions of sound & Zasky’s European shaped Dub Reggae background in a unique way. Call it Europe & America in a unity reconfiguring rhythm driven music for new generations.
Jed Smith - composer and producer has worked for and with notable cinematic and musical talents as diverse as Macy Gray, Paul Oakenfold, Ladytron, Amp Fiddler, Electronic Arts, High Voltage, JunkieXL, Wim Wenders ao. His work has been in Hollywood films such as The Bank Job, The Mist, Pledge This! and Tomb Raider, Deadpool & Terminator. Television series such as Daredevil, Grey's Anatomy, Windfall and Reno 911!, featured in independent films, screened at Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. He is an award-winning multi talent, who also designed custom-made instruments and performance sound installations featured at Soundwalk, the 2nd City Council art gallery, Redcat or the performing arts space for the Disney Concert Hall, LA.
Paul Zasky & his band Dubblestandart have been touring Europe since the early 90’s, promoting their High Energy Dub style. Their critically acclaimed Return From Planet Dub album with Grammy winning Lee Scratch Perry, Film director David Lynch & Ari Up from the Slits marked a peak in their career, collaborating with stars of the Dub & Reggae scene such as Marica Griffiths, Carol Wheeler(Soul2Soul),Ken Boothe, Mikey Dread, Dillinger, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood, Rob Smith, Dreadzone, Sounds From The Ground and countless others. Dubblestandart played Summerstage concert NYC Central Park 2009, Moscow-Russia 2017, Goa-India 2013 and toured Canada 2003 & 2008. Zasky played bass for Lee Perry on all his North American Live dates 2009 – 2017 as part of Subatomic Sound System, including 2 Coachella appearances 201
The New Blade Runners Of Dub are a Los Angeles based music group, combining cutting edge rhythm productions and up 2 the time sonic visions. It is a collaboration of international known musicians from the US, Europe, England & Jamaica. Altered concepts for new generations who identify through a new understanding of art, communication and therefor ultimately for the politics, that will shape their world.
This is music for the 21st century. Decoding what lays ahead.
The first King Size Dub compilation was intended as a conclusion. Back then, in 1994, Nicolai Beverungen worked for EFA as On-U Sound / Crammed Discs label manager and had the fluffy idea to put together a compilation with bands like the Disciples, Zion Train, among other things, that he had cared for at the time for distribution . In the Mid-90s there was a moderate boom in terms of NeoDub and also by the support of the Spex met the sampler the nerve of time and sold well. Thus, from what should be a conclusion, curiously a start, Nicolai says, looking back. The spectrum of artists, one of which is now already published titles, ranging from Seeed, Tackhead feat. Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Simply Red, Nick Manasseh, Templeroy, The Clash, KLF, Stereo MC's, Apollo 440, about Mad Professor, Lee Perry, Horace Andy, Shabba Ranks, Augustus Pablo, to King Tubby and The Congos.
Unexpected encounters with eg the absolute beginners, Toten Hosen, Mick Jagger, Fanta 4 and Sharam are possible. This suggests the question of where in all the variety, the common denominator is? "The common denominator is reggae. This was always clear to me. The aforementioned people are either pure reggae or they have a taste for reggae, such as Mick Jagger. I find it interesting when people are not pure purists and create with their possibilities a crossover potential. This is the common line for me. And that's why I have to ask, no problem, Mick Jagger next to King Tubby. Since it has fallen, an often verschmähtes word crossover. The trailer hear the pure styles do not like, closed raise the index finger on the lookout for fixed categories and left the field to the more free-thinking minds of time. Good thing, because in the variety of styles, there is a lot to discover and complainers bother because only.
Another term that is often used to characterize his label program by Nicolai again and again is "Future Dub". What's the link in between Mick Jagger, Stereo MC's, Grace Jones, Simply Red, Massive Attack, The Clash, KLF, Die Toten Hosen, Sharam, Seeed and Fanta 4 on the one hand and Shabba Ranks King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Big Youth, Sly & Robbie, Horace Andy, Gregory Isaacs, Augustus Pablo, Glen Brown, I-Roy and The Congos? Exactly. HOWEVER, For Those of you with a quizzical squint in your eyes: All of the above have shown off Their artistic prowess on various releases by label group ECHO BEACH Themselves laying open to the label's motto: "In Dub We Trust."