Various ‎– Ambient Dub Volume 3 (Aqua)

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dean_o_matic

dean_o_matic

July 28, 2017
referencing Ambient Dub Volume 3 (Aqua), CD, Album, Comp, RE, RP, RBADCD4, rbadcd4
BEWARE: There are some versions of the reprinted CD marketed by China Records/distributed by Pinnacle that have track 10 Insanity Sect - Choctaw Ridge only at 06:28, instead of the original 12:28 in length.
The version I just purchased has the same RBADCD4 catalog number.
Be wary when purchasing this CD. Ask for track 10 length by CD playlist editor.
dean_o_matic

dean_o_matic

July 28, 2017
referencing Ambient Dub Volume 3 (Aqua), CD, Comp, RBADCD4
BEWARE: There are some versions of the reprinted CD marketed by China Records/distributed by Pinnacle that have track 10 Insanity Sect - Choctaw Ridge only at 06:28, instead of the original 12:28 in length.
The version I just purchased has the same RBADCD4 catalog number.
Be wary when purchasing this CD. Ask for track 10 length by CD playlist editor.
Lyman_Zerga

Lyman_Zerga

February 26, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Ambient Dub Volume 3 (Aqua), CD, Comp, RBADCD4
I'm so pleased that the Ambient Dub series is still getting respect, some 20+ years later. For those too young to remember (yeah, I'm getting on in years), as someone who was (out) there at the time, I can assure you it was dug equally hard back in the day. Play an AD album - not just at an after-hours gathering where the audience was, ahem, chemically receptive, but at pretty much any time - and not just those who were already into the then-burgeoning scene but also the indie kids, the ravers, the radio listeners who'd never heard anything quite like it... they *all* found something that grabbed them and opened their minds to a whole new musical genre. "What's this? It's f&%$king brilliant!" became kind of an expected response.
And this, volume 3, was - for me, at least - the best of the series.
HIA's 'Delta' is a sublime opener. A bass response test for anyone who laid claim to owning a stereo capable of structural damage: more musical and better-recorded than Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works, and so by that measure, more punishing to a stereo that couldn't quite cut the mustard. But it's not all about the bass. On first listen, you might not even notice the almost throw-away bleeps that fill each bar, as you concentrate on the bass, the depth of field, and the deep, dubby beats. On second listen, you might just start to appreciate the exquisite timing and weight of those bleeps. And if you do... you've taken your first step into a larger world. Dive in deeper and pick up HIA's first album, Colourform - a classic that hasn't aged at all.
G-Corp's 'Roots Controller' is a thing of wonder, and gives a glimpse into the magnificent dub-centric future that was in store for them after their (for me) so-so early electro-house stuff.
Banco de Gaia and APL utterly nail it with the next two tracks. APL's 'Hypnosystem' here includes a beautifully deployed sample (from N-Joi's Anthem, I think... though they too probably lifted it from somewhere else) that the album version doesn't, and which elevates this superb synth-dub-slightly-techno track to another level.
Then we hit the only mis-step of the album, for my money: G-Corp's 'Your Heart' is a side-step from the deep, dubby flow, into more pop-flavoured downtempo dance. Even so, it's beautifully produced and by no means a bad tune; it's just that it doesn't fit in here, and the repeated vocal becomes grating.
Next up, Original Rockers take it deep and *very* slow with their 'Mecca of Space'. It's a nice, meditative palate-cleanser after 'Your Heart', before the album then takes off back into truly stellar reaches: the next four tracks are as good as AD ever got. No spoilers here, as I'd hate to be the one that detracts from the sublime listening experience of anyone new to this album. Let me just say, all four tracks represent the pinnacle not just of all four artists' oeuvre, but also of what the AD series achieved in its short-lived lifespan.
If you're new to 90's ambient dub, you won't do better than to make this your launchpad. As you explore these albums, keep an open mind, as, to be honest, the name 'ambient dub' is a little misleading: some of the tracks contain only small droplets of what you might consider ambient, and almost none of them are really dub in the true sense of the word, if we're being literal. You'll encounter downtempo house, synth, acid, even techno, but all with a hearty dose of the stripping-back, layering and texturing, studio trickery, effects and above all love of bass that dub is synonymous with. And while ambient music can (sometimes rightly) be dismissed as musical wallpaper, that can never be applied to the AD series.
mjb

mjb

December 16, 2015
referencing Ambient Dub Volume 3 (Aqua), LP, Comp, RBADLP4

This was priced as a double-LP, $19 (list $26) in the U.S. as an import, even though it only has 40 minutes of music on it. The CD had more music on it and cost about the same price. Crazy!
NikBull

NikBull

August 28, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Ambient Dub Volume 3 (Aqua), LP, Comp, RBADLP4
Unfortunately sides 3 & 4 of this album were never pressed to vinyl, this is evedent in the stated 74.53 running time printed on the sleeve. The CD release of this album has a further 4 tracks as follows:

07 09:44:67 another fine day - wild spirit of song
08 06:27:58 digital jesus - menali encounter
09 07:50:45 banco de gaia - sheesha
10 12:28:07 insanity sect - coctaw ridge