RS002 – Al Dobson Jr. – Rye Lane Versions
With the debut release selling out in a matter of days and a repress already flying off the shelves, Rhythm Section International present our second offering in the form of a Remix EP, with reworks of Al Dobson Jr. by Polish rising stars Ptaki and Manchester mainstay Ruf Dug.
Eschewing the typical notions of a remix package, Rhythm Section International offers up 2 new tracks that didn’t appear on Rye Lane volume one, accompanied by 2 strikingly imaginative remixes.
On the A side the Polish duo of Jaromir Kamiński & Bartosz Kruczynski take Al Dobson Jr’s tribal tom-tom rhythm and extend it into a sprawling disco epic, adding catchy keys and sensuous vocals that aim to tease the most reluctant of movers onto the dance-floor.
Ruf Dug’s rework, named “ Ruffy’s 3am Canavan’s Special” takes inspiration from one of many hazy late night sessions at the infamous Peckham pool hall that is home to Rhythm Section. Ruf Dug, a Rhythm Section favourite and huge admirer of Dobson’s beats, takes the gentle guitar strokes of the original and morphs them into metallic stabs, layered over an aggressive squelchy bass sound and sharp phasing hi-hats. This mantra is built upon in an effortless style typical of the Mancunian producer and is as catchy as it is hypnotic.
All Artists on this release have played at Rhythm Section at least once and they now join the ever growing roster of RS artists, which is set to expand exponentially as we step into 2015. This is one label worth keeping an eye on…and if we can judge anything from the previous release then take notice when we say DON’T SLEEP!
Early support from Gilles Peterson, DJ Nature, Hashman Deejay, Lerato, Local Artist + Jack Jutson (Mood Hut / Pender Street Steppers) , Lefto, Severino, Recloose and more….
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RS001 – Al Dobson Jr. – Rye Lane Volume One
Sprung up from his much-fêted clubnight of the same name, Bradley Zero has enlisted fellow Peckham local Al Dobson Jr to inaugurate Rhythm Section International with this: Rye Lane Volume 1, an 11 track mini-LP stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. The importance of location on Rye Lane Volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (Peru, Grenada, Cameroon, Columbia, Peckham’s Rye Lane), but Dobson Jr does his best to melt these heterogeneous influences down into something definably his own.
Elliptical funkiness and nimble calypso grooves bob and weave through the melodic, soft-tone jazz stylings, all underpinned by a steady bump. This melange of warm styles mirrors the Peckham streets upon which it was cooked up, teaming with raw energy but quietly confident enough not to shout too loud about it. Tempos shift up and down at will as Dobson Jr shuffles through his strong pack at speed, maxing out the replay value.
With it being almost impossible to define the sound of Rhythm Section in one record, Rye Lane Volume 1 perfectly fits the role of inaugural release by the way in which the album encapsulates the sum of Rhythm Section’s influences into one coherent blend of experimental, percussive led jams. This selection of tracks, carefully curated from over 200 never released works, is a concise statement from the Peckham based label as it confidently steps out from it’s humble suburban origins into the international arena.
It’s been getting a heap of love from across the board, too: DJs as diverse as Horse Meat Disco’s Severino, Lefto, Midland, PAN’s Bill Kouligas, Anthony Naples and Gilles Peterson have been affording regular play to Al Dobson Jr. joints on offer; but we’ll leave the final word to Eglo head honcho Alex Nut: “SO SO SO SO GOOOOD! Al Dob is ridonculazZz for sure. [insert lazer gun sound here]”. You can’t say fairer than that.
Photos courtesy BLEEP Ⓒ
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