Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, The Essential Collection

Jeff Chang

By Jeff Chang

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Dub is the bedrock of a number of global scenes: Berlin techno, Chicago post-rock, London drum 'n 'bass and grime, Mumbai club, San Francisco downtempo. But a committed set of twiddlers continues to extend the dub tradition. Amsterdam-via-Vancouver goth refugee Ryan Moore (Skinny Puppy, Legendary Pink Dots) is a traditionalist, much more analog than digital. But his dense, mesmerizing grooves thunder. And he pushes the element of surprise measure by measure so hard that, unlike many rote digi-dubbers, his riddims disintegrate nostalgia.