This odd vinyl EP juxtaposes the otherworldly philosophies of graffiti legend Rammellzee with dubby electronic music from Berlin. First up on “Drag Racing,” DCC (Death Comet Crew) provide a funky, guitar-heavy jam for Rammellzee to rant over. It’s the wildest, punkiest hip-hop around. (Track down the excellent Bi-Conicals Of The Rammellzee on Gomma for more of the same style.) “Dreaming U” by Siberian duo Echo Depth Finders is cut-up hip-hop in the Prefuse 73 vein. An MC stutters over a dubby bassline and a glitchy beat. Daniel Meteo and Tom Thiel’s Bus project wraps up the A side with “Soundberg,” an uptempo, bass-heavy instrumental track full of sound effects.
The B side kicks off with Daniel Meteo’s “Dub Rock.” Guitar fragments and reverbed clicks swim in a rolling bass soup, making for a beautiful track. Micromate wraps up this supposed tribute to Jamaica’s Power House label with “Swoop.” It’s contemporary German electronic dub with a spasming bassline and computer bleeps.
This release is a real revelation, since I seldom hear music which explicitly links hip-hop with dub. Since Kool DJ Herc switched to funk breaks, a real schism has developed between the two sounds, but it’s good to know Berliners are still capable of making the connection.