I’ve collected together below a few of my favourite podcasts and mixes that have helped keep me sane during lockdown over the last couple of months. Big thank you to all the people who have put the time and effort into creating these and making them available.
Bass Culture: Dennis Bovell
This interview with Dennis Bovell is one of the many highlights in the excellent Bass Culture Research series of podcasts. As well as being an amazing musician, producer and engineer Mr Bovell is also a fantastic raconteur. An essential listen.
Om Unit – Nowadays Lockdown Mix
An epic tour de force journey across the dubwise breakbeat and bass music landscape from Om Unit that deftly mixes all time classics from Smith & Mighty, Pinch and Innerzone Orchestra with future classics from Hidden Operator, Versa and Al Wootton. Delivered in a lockdown friendly extended duration of 2.5 hrs.
Time Is Away – Rainy Day Dub Mix for Berceuse Heroique
The third in a series of lockdown dub mixes put together by Time Is Away. This one concentrates on the treasures that lie hidden on the flipside of Jamaican 45’s in all their crackly glory. A lovely subtle mix that rewards repeat listens.
Richard Fearless – Dublab Membership Drive
A 1 hour dub and reggae special from Death In Vegas’ Richard Fearless broadcast on Dublab as part of their 2020 Membership Drive Marathon. Top class selections covering a broad variety of dubwise styles.
Kestrel Explorations - Junior Loves @ 5GT Solstice Dance
A recording of Junior Loves DJ set at the 5 Gate Temple Solstice Dance held in December 2019 and broadcast earlier this month on NTS. Ace heavy weight UK dub and steppers selection.
Leftfield Sound System – How Long… (Conscious Dub Mix)
Neil Barnes from Leftfield put together this mix of roots reggae and dub as a replacement for the set he was due to play in The Glade at this year’s Glastonbury. Loads of personal favourites on this one.
General Echo – Jungle Echo
A rip-roaring crash course through 90’s jungle from Walthamstow’s finest reggae sound system General Echo. Originally a tape only release and kindly made available for all to enjoy during lockdown via the wonders of internet streaming.