“…huge dub number…wonderfully rolling bassline…absorbing spiral echoes..Bliss. 8/10″ – Shout4Music
Boundary-pushing UK bass collective The Future Dub Project present their debut EP ‘Captain Hook’, set for release on 3rd November.
Previously of reggae-dub act Strobe Circus, longtime friends James Duff and Kyle B have been making music together for ten years. Jamming sessions between the pair inspired the new collective, and with bassist Mike Pocket and Parisian DJ Thomas James in the mix, The Future Dub Project was born. The group work alongside guest vocalists and count Peta Oneir and Tree House Fire front man Sam Rothon amongst their collaborations.
The EP’s bouncy title track ‘Captain Hook’ features vocals from Chainska Brassika singer Ashley James and trumpets courtesy of the legendary Jonny Murray, who also scores co-writing credentials. Murray’s trumpet triumphantly leads the rhythm over the 2-tone inspired beat whilst James’ smooth vocals give the track a feel-good vibe. The forthcoming accompanying video is set to be equally impressive: working alongside BBC 3 writer Rachel Hirons, the band hope it will “break away from some of the strong prejudices that are often found within reggae culture”.
Enjoy the title track, featuring vocals from Chainska Brassika singer Ashley James and trumpets courtesy of the legendary Jonny Murray
‘Boogie Walk’ has and open, atmospheric feel, demonstrating their eclectic approach to production. Sarah Iman Telman is on vocal duty, coming in as a beautiful contrast to the moody riddim. Meanwhile, vocal loops and distortion over the fast, drum and bass chorus display the group’s digital production skills, proving their expertise is not restricted to reggae.
Smoove weighs in with a beat-heavy remix of ‘Captain Hook’, characterised by a funky bass, crisp, sharp drums and the trumpet motif of the original, with James’ vocal topping it off.
“For me the best thing about starting The Future Dub Project was that we came at it with a fresh energy,” says James. “With all the experience gained from playing in live bands for most of our lives, we’ve had the time to learn what works both in the studio and on stage.”
Having already caught the attention of BBC Introducing with ‘Bounce’, taken from their forthcoming album Pirate Transmissions, they were invited back for a full live session. The collective can also add a performance at this year’s Secret Garden Party to their successes.
What’s more, their dubby remix of genre-mates The Skints’ ‘The Cost of Living Is Killing Me’ has had a personal seal of approval from the band, serving to place them firmly in the spotlight – and this fresh debut is set to take them even further.
“…it is ‘luxurious’…I find myself wishing I was in a packed club venue bouncing to
beats…slick, professional…” – The Musical Melting Pot