Australia’s Dub FX is renowned for pioneering heavy electronic dub style beats on the streets – using only his voice and a loop station. Over the last thirteen years, he has released six records, sold over 150,000 albums, headlined major festivals, racked up over 200 million collective YouTube views, and built an imposing social media presence all without ever being played on commercial radio or TV.
Later this month Dub FX will be releasing his new album Roots, which was recorded at his home studio in the forested mountains of outer Melbourne. Ahead of its release, we caught up with him for a deep dive into his Back to Mine selections.
Chords – Robots
I could kick this off with some Tribe Called Quest after all it was Back To Mine who introduced me to them, but I would rather use this platform to introduce an artist who never got the acclaim he deserved in the Hip Hop world. This track is one of the stand out tracks on an incredible album that not enough people know about.
Pete Philly & Perquisite – Mellow
This is another couple of artists who never truly got the acclaim they deserved. This track really is the perfect track to chill to with your loved one.
Ari Lenox – La La La La
Ari Lenox has one of the best voices in RnB today. Her songwriting and production is immaculate. The album from which I have plucked this tune is nothing short of amazing!
Fat Freddie’s Drop – The Raft
If you haven’t heard of Fat Freddies before… YOUR WELCOM! This next level Pacific-Soul outfit from NZ reinvented dub in their own special way. It’s better to chuck on the entire album rather than cherry-pick but this is one of my favourite tunes ever.
Alborosie – Zion Dub Youth
This is the dub version of his studio track “Zion Youth” off the album “Freedom & Fyah”. I recommend you check out that entire album if you like nu skool reggae and dub.
Bob Marley – So Much Trouble In The World Dub (from dreams of freedom)
This amazing Bob Marley record doesn’t even have Bob Marley in it! is a true benchmark in how to apply the rules of dub while retaining the essence of the original artist’s vision.
Nx Worries & Anderson Paak – Suede
You could almost use any Anderson Paak tune for a back to mine compilation, but this track sums up the raw LoFi gritty vibes this artist has to offer.
Sahida Apsara – Fly High
Sahida Apsara is an incredible poet and songwriter. she tackles all kinds of activism subjects with her lyrics yet keeps her composure with such a soothing vocal tone. This tune is just an insight into the positive self-empowering messages she promotes with her music.
Calibre – Lit
People usually know Calibre for his tastefully simple Liquid DnB, but this four to the floor track is one of the most infectious chill out tracks I’ve ever heard, it’s an instant classic.
Modified Man – Hyth Path
Dark, filthy, gritty… just a few words that sum up this dub journey of a track. I can’t really put my finger on the genre I just know its good.