Deepchord Presents: Echospace, The Coldest Season

Lee Smith

By Lee Smith

on 03.18.11 in Reviews
Elevating dub-techno to whole new levels of creative ambition

The influence of dub music on Modern Love had been apparent since Claro Intelecto started laying down reverbed stabs in his Warehouse Series, echoing the pioneering dub-techno fusion of Berlin legends Basic Channel in his own carefully constructed manner. But Modern Love's approach to dub was and remains reverential only to a point; Stott, Stewart and Pendle Coven may have made their love of Jamaican reverb clear for all to hear, but they inevitably made a point of putting their own stamp on it, too. With that in mind, the label's decision to release the defining album by Detroit dub techno master craftsmen Deepchord Presents: Echospace was a no-brainer. Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell, already revered on the specialist techno scene, delivered a painstakingly constructed, multi-layered revision of the Detroit-Kingston connection that elevated dub-techno to whole new levels of creative ambition. With hypnotic layers of sound wrapped elegantly among fizzing ambience and thick, reggae-informed basslines, The Coldest Season showed that the dub-techno fusion was far from being the artistic cul-de-sac that many had presumed; and that from a clutch of overly familiar references, Deepchord Presents: Echospace could harvest an intense but gloriously peaceful masterpiece, like a silently glowing rock of kryptonite pulled from a barren quarry.