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Selector Dub Narcotic: This Party Is Just Getting Started [10/28]

Track List

>Hotter Than Hott
>Baby's Got Oi
>All Thumbs
>I Need Sum
>Party's Over, The
>What The.
>Carry the Sun
>All for the Sake of Rhymin'
>Recreational Ironing
>Let's Spend Some Time Together
>And Stuff Like That There
>Lonely Planet Puss n' Boots
>Docu Drama
>Every Woman

Album Notes

K Records founder Calvin Johnson has long used the Selector Dub Narcotic moniker for his DJ sets, drawn from his extensive collection of 45-rpm singles of numerous genres, as well as his remix work on the flip sides of 7" records released as part of the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series. While his revolving-door collective Dub Narcotic Sound System hasn't been heard from since the mid-2000s, he hasn't abandoned the group's blend of disco, trip-hop, party rap, funk, and dub. The sound of Selector Dub Narcotic's debut full-length, This Party Is Just Getting Started, is much different than the full-band Dub Narcotic, though. DNSS generally played minimalist, bass-heavy grooves recalling the likes of ESG and Liquid Liquid, and typically stuck to standard guitar/bass/drums instrumentation, with a healthy dose of melodica and homespun echo effects. SDN's album was produced by Smoke M2D6 of Pacific Northwest hip-hop crew Oldominion, who was a major part of All Your Friend's Friends, a 2014 compilation of rap songs built around samples from the K back catalog. The tracks here range from lush, flute-filled disco (opener "Hotter Than Hott") to classy samba-house ("Let's Spend Some Time Together") to a few interludes with trap-inspired drum programming. Even with several guest musicians credited, including previous DNSS collaborator Chris Sutton and K regular Angelo Spencer, the album still sounds far more electronic -- and much further away from lo-fi -- than the average Johnson project. The uptempo, organ-driven "Baby's Got Oi" is one of the few moments that seem primarily played on live instruments, and even it seems more polished than DNSS did. Johnson's lyrics remain as goofy as ever (on the silly, Mahjongg-sampling "All for the Sake of Rhymin'" he jokes "I'm the type of guy who says 'who let the dogs... back in?'") and his trademark baritone sticks out over the electronic grooves more than it did over the Sound System's garage band funk. In times of trouble, it's commendable that Johnson is not giving up, remaining positive, and continuing to put out joyous music. ~ Paul Simpson


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