This variation of Con Todo El Mundo, in Dub will probably come as not a big surprise to many fans. Even though they’ve done the dub treatment before (“People Everywhere”, “Zionsville” or “BoogieFuturo”), we’re definitely excited to get Hasta El Cielo: Con Todo El Mundo in Dub on the turntable. For those of you who are not familiar (and we were late to the party jumping on Con Todo El Mundo, but better late than never), we supremely suggest that you get familar. This is one of the best bands out there today. Their sound contains elements of funk, soul, dub, psychedelia, world, and other atmospheric sensations, which leads to a bubbling bouillabaisse of records that are quite pleasing to one’s palette.
For us, Dub has always felt like a prayer. Spacious, meditative, able to transport the listener to another realm. The first dub albums we listened to were records mixed by Scientist featuring the music of the Roots Radics. Laura Lee learned to play bass by listening to Scientist Wins the World Cup. His unique mixing style, with the emphasis on space and texture, creates the feeling of frozen time; it was hugely influential to us as a band. To be able to work alongside Scientist, a legend in the history of dub, is an honor. This is our dub version of Con Todo El Mundo.
Originally inspired by ’60’s and ’70’s Thai cassettes the band would listen to while on the road to their long rides to rehearsal throughout the Texas landscape, their first record The Universe Smiles Upon You was championed by critics and their cult following began. On their last Lp, Con Todo El Mundo, they expanded into inspirations of little known and underappreciated funk and soul from the Mediterranean and Middle East (focusing a lot on Iran). Again, their fan base widened, and they’ve been applauded for these incredible efforts via their globe trotting shows and mind blowing stage performances. This new record is pressed on 180g virgin vinyl (as opposed to around the block vinyl), and accompanied with a special 7″ vinyl of bonus dub remixes produced by Scientist. Don’t sleep, the color version is already sold out.
Listen to the track “Mary Always” (in Dub) below: