Andras Hargitai, who’s based in Budapest, Hungary, has posted one of his most rarified, desiccated bits of dub yet. Titled “Saturday Sub (Live),” it is dub from an alternate universe, a place where the snare serves as the unlikely source of dubby goodness. In his rendition, the downtempo track has all the remote echoes one associates with dub, but not only is it laden with a raspy high-pitched beat, like a signal flare doubling as a metronome, it seems to take place in a uniquely arid environment. It’s like an X-ray of dub: all the contours, none of the humidity. It’s post-Singularity dub, when dance halls are unmapped partitions of forgotten hard drives.
Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/banyek314. More of Hargitai’s work at banyek.bandcamp.com. Here’s a group interview I did back in 2006 that Hargitai participated in: “Free as in Netlabel.”