The forgotten art of the dub – Part 2

All this week, I’m going to be delving into the world of house music dubs. An essential inclusion in the sets of house DJs in the 1980s and 90s, dubs have fallen out of favour in recent years. This series is dedicated to exploring some of the best ones. Today, it’s this dub from Nu-Birth from 1998…

Back in the day, Ministry of Sound was a much humbler composition than the Sony-backed beast it is now. In the late 90s, the Sound of Ministry brand was alive and well. Nu-Birth were also around, their song “Anytime” guaranteeing them a stream of steady remix work.

This was the dub they did of “This Is It” by State Of Mind. The vocals of Michelle Douglas are cut up substantially, yet still make sense. The bassline is chunky, that hollowed out sound pushing the music forward – yet the skippy drum programming and soft electronic piano sounds keep this one danceable for a more mainstream crowd.

Still sounds great 23 years later, I think…

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