Politricks

Von D

Record label
Khaliphonic
Catalog Number
KHALIPHONIC07
Release Date
January 31st 2017

Tracks

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A1Politricks ft. Cotti
A2Poly Dub
B1Yrec Dub
B2Yrec Dub 366

Jerome Meyer AKA Von D is a master craftsman, well-known for releasing dubstep and bass music since 2009. On an increasingly prolific trajectory since last year, recent 12 s on Infernal Sounds, Trojan Audio and Scotch Bonnet have signaled his renewed focus on dubwise productions. We are proud to say that Von D s Khaliphonic debut sees him fully committing to reggae and dub - in his words, going back to my musical roots. Politricks is a masterwork, cut from the same living rock as the classic Cuss Cuss riddim, a simply huge bass and drum workout that is truly one for the ages. Politricks is an anthem for now, a call to avoid the dead-end of politics-as-usual and a warning to beware of the lies politicians tell to keep themselves in power - full of promises but changing nothing. Von D says that working with Don Cotti was very natural, and their easy relationship is audible - the tune fits the vocal like a glove, and Cotti s instantly-recognizable singjay style gives even more gravitas to an already heavy track. The dub version spools out Von D s signature saturated echoes even further, and opens up spectral chambers of reverb that shimmer and glow. The B side Ygrec is an equally massive tune, just as compelling if more meditative and mysterious, coming in both one drop and power-steppers mixes for maximum versatility and vibes. Both tunes and their versions feature an incredibly robust, warm, human sound - one that simply can t come from machines alone - live drums, bass, and kete drum among other instruments maintain the tradition of live musicians in dub - to say nothing of expert desk-based mixing and deployment of live analog effects the way the elders intended. Both tunes dial in at 140 making them perfect for roots and dubstep selectors alike. Von D got his start as a drummer and engineer outside Paris, in the heady days of original jungle. Early releases on Disfigured Dubz, Hench, Boka, Black Acre and the seminal V Recordings, as well as his reggae-oriented Liquid Wicked project, cemented his reputation. Don Cotti is a prolific producer, DJ and MC with releases stretching back to 2006 on labels as varied as Bass Face, Studio Rockers, and Soul Jazz. Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta. Art & design by Polygon Press.