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Original Dub Gathering
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WWW, August 2012 - They started their website to promote their -then new- STEP 4 I compilation albums way back in 2006. That was two years after it's founders formed their own DUB Collective, called Ondubground. The impressive compilation series is now "only" a part of the large quantity of online releases by the Original DUB Gathering.

Currently, this Net Label centered around Ondubground as well as other France-based producers, vocalists and players of instruments has become a well established name in the Online DUB Massive world-wide.

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BLACKSTARLINERS - ROARING LION
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WWW, May 2010 - The French Net Label "Original Dub Gathering" has made it's name in the online (DUB) Reggae Community for quite a while now. Their first release of this year will only add weight to that name: Introducing the Blackstarliners, original and massive UK DUB for which I and I give thanks.

They've played with Zion Train, Bush Doctors and Improvisators Dub to name just three well-known acts within UK DUB and Roots with which the Blackstarliners have been performing in Europe. They play in the same style, with the same intensiveness, intentionally heavyweight UK DUB where electronica and programmed material both take their -essential- place.

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DANI ITES - ROOTS MELODY
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WWW, May 2010 - After the short opening featuring just the melodica, the Drum and Bass jump right in there, setting the tone for the rest of the 5-track EP by Spanish multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer Dani Ites.

Ites and Ites!

Dani Ites is blessed with many talents. His debut album showcases several, two of them being his productional skills and ability to play melodica throughout the five tracks without becoming boring. The brethren is a member of Barcelona's Humble Lion Sound System, where he is said to often steal the show with improvisations on melodica and vocal works. Unfortunately, his vocal works remain within the Humble Lion sessions until this date (may 2010), as there's no singing throughout the EP.

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DAWA HI-FI - ANTIK THINGS
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WWW, June 2009 - Brand New, Good For You: at least for us as listeners and searchers for the better online DUB. Antik Things refers to the fact that the five tracks on Dawa Hi-Fi's début EP are produced one or two years ago. Does it matter?

The French label Original DUB Gathering, started by DUB Collective Ondubground, knows how to introduce artists to the online massive. Too bad, the collective have not released any début album on their own label, but with Panda Dub and Dawa Hi-Fi they got some impressive material already.

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DAWA HI-FI - DUB TINGS
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WWW, July 2012 - DUB Tings, the second DAWA Hi-Fi release on the French Net Label "Original DUB Gathering", features musician and engineer Val Dawa in a remarkable new old way: everything is played, mixed, recorded and programmed by hand, as much as possible the Old Days are recalled. In other words, there's as little computerized elements as possible.

Don't expect to be treated by a couple of 70's copycat tunes, though. That would not only be an insult to the works of the French producer but equally to the releases from that time. DUB Tings is "just" an original, contemporary work in the EuroDUB and Roots style which established itself throughout the last decade or so. A style which distinguishes itself by it's heartical riddims and massive productions, often based on Conscious concepts.

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Full Dub - Brain Stage
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WWW, August 2012 - In this brand new release by the french based Original DUB Gathering Net Label, we hook up with Full DUB, producer based in Dijon France. Spaced out DUB with loads of digital effect, vocal snippets and elements of Dubstep, even tolerable for those that don't specifically like the dub-derived style.

Six tunes, filled with examples of Full DUB's creativity. Definitely based on the Reggae rhythm, with strategically placed excursions into the broader digital domain. This is some high quality, intelligent music in this August the third twenty twelve release of Original DUB Gathering.

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FULL DUB - POTENTIODUB
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WWW, July 2012 - Those who know their mustard, know that Dijon is the place where some pretty fiery and sharp stuff is produced. It is this location where we find FULL DUB, a talented producer when it comes to electronic DUB and Dubstep. Fiery and sharp, that is!

In five tracks, we're being introduced to the complex and in-depth works by the French producer and instrumentalist. He puts everything there, even to a live violin! The music is more than heavily based on Roots but there are elements of the wobbliness of Dubstep although -fortunately- the true foundation of the bass is not sacrificed.

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FU STEPS - HOLIDAYS
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WWW, July 2012 - Two vocals and two (more than excellent) DUB versions straight from this vocal duo who hails from Rouen (France) in an EP that cannot be ignored or denied: the "Original DUB Gathering" Net Label did it again. Did what?  Blessing the (online) DUB massive once more, of course!

Just two titles? Yes. This EP is actually a teaser which aims (and rightfully so) to convince the listener to buy more of their -excellent- material, for example from the Fu Steps Website. The vocal duo, who had their debut on none other than the mighty Conscious Sounds label only need two vocals and two DUB versions to introduce themselves and their heartical singing.

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Leah Rosier and Uptown Rebel - Ire Vibe
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WWW, September 2014 - One vocal and two Dubs from the French Original DUB Gathering Net Label, presenting the Ire Vibe EP featuring Dutch female singer Leah Rosier riding a, well, Irie riddim by the French Dub producer Uptown Rebel. Nuff niceness going on, in this well digital and well heartical track.

Bordeaux-based Uptown Rebel, whose album "Random Road" was reviewed earlier in the Dubroom shows his ability to create digital Roots with an impact once again. With Leah Rosier from Amsterdam singing about how Ireness will even land at the doorstep on enemies, at least when it is done in a musical way. Nuff niceness, no badness.

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MASSIVE DUB CORPORATION - CONCEPTION
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WWW, July 2012 - There's just one negative thing to say about this solid new release from the French Net Label "Original DUB Gathering": there's just five tracks on the album. These five tracks leave you with a desire to listen more MDC material, for the simple reason this is indeed some Massive Roots and DUB.

Featuring vocalists Brother Culture (UK) and Fu-Steps (France), a militant Steppers remix from the well-known King Earthquake sound from UK, another Steppers DUB remix called "Spiritual War", while opening up with an interesting track that carries a hint towards "Dubstep": that's "Conception" in a nutshell.

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ONDUBGROUND - LOLA
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WWW, May 2010 - From the Net Label ORIGINAL DUB GATHERING that provides the online (DUB) Reggae community with several more than crucial releases, with massive music played by the Label's house band, vocalists and Dub engineers to bless up the Steppers riddim: Here is LOLA!

In four different mixes, we're being introduced to the Lola riddim by the French Roots Reggae Dub band Ondubground. It's a massive, solid and still highly danceable Steppers riddim which is voiced and mixed as skillful as the riddim is played (and recorded).

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OnDubGround and Jahko Lion - Chapter One EP
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WWW, September 2014 - French (DUB) Reggae band OnDubGround with five tracks featuring Jamaican singer Jahko Lion. Both showing their versatility as Jahko rides laid-back, Ire riddims and heavy steppers with the same ease as they are played into the multitrack recorder.

In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty. Someone said it sometime and it could very well be said about anyone looking for conscious (DUB) Reggae and not knowing about the enormous wealth of music from the online Net Labels. Thanks to the Internet, the world wide Roots Massive connects and produces collaborations that were only available for the industrial and commercial boys and girls. 

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PANDA DUB - BLACK BAMBOO
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WWW, April 2010 - Panda Dub's latest 10-track Net Album Black Bamboo is one next release in what can in the meantime be considered as a brand new genre within (online) Dub: FR DUB!

Strong electronic drum and bass lines, melodic parts and sweet vocals, original and rare instrumentations, everything mixed together in authentic DUBWISE style: Panda Dub did it again and so he deserves to be heard once again, too.

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PANDADUB - SUBCONTRAIRE
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WWW, June 2009 - Four riddims, five titles: introducing the French based DUB producer Panda DUB. Straight from Lyon, this Dub Stepper comes with some serious Digital Niceness for the DUB Lovers worldwide.

Too bad, that it's just 5 tracks. But hey, Panda Dub's début is definitely promising. A good choice of the French Net Label on which this EP is released. Original DUB Gathering, known from their excellent Step 4 I DUB Compilation series previously reviewed on the Dubroom, definitely put themselves on the growing map of great DUB Net Labels.

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ROOTS RAID - FROM THE TOP
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WWW, September 2014 - Get ready for something really, really crucial: Roots Raid's "From The Top" is an album that you just have to hear. And since it's offered as a free download from the Original DUB Gathering Net Label, there is simply no excuse. Read on why.

Roots Raid is a cooperation project of the bassist of the French DUB Reggae Band Ondubground and Bongo Ben. They're based in the heart of the French country and are part of the Eurodub and Roots Movement. "From The Top" is an album where the two producers showcase their art and skills, along with vocalists like Ranking Joe and Billy Berry.

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TIBURK SOUND SYSTEM - TASTE IT RIGHT
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WWW, July 2010 - Originally, Tiburk hails from St. Etienne in France, where he was a first hand witness of the rising and shining of the French Dub scene in the late 1990's. His full-length début album, released this year on the Original Dub Gathering Net Label, fuses the sound of electronic Dub with all kinds of soundscapes like vocal hooks and localized instruments.

In fact, "Taste It Right" is a kind of exploration into just what can be done on a solid foundation of Roots Reggae drum and bass lines, an exploration which -as far as we here in the Dubroom are concerned- is a welcome addition to not just the nice catalogue of the Original DUB Gathering Net Label but also to the whole spectrum of the better French DUB producers.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - DUB WARS
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WWW, May 2010 - Fifteen acts, one Dub engineer: in this September 2009 release from ORIGINAL DUB GATHERING, Redi (Ruhdy) takes us on a journey into Dub Space inspired by the movies "Star Wars".

Dub Wars is definitely not full of war vibes, quite contrary to the suggestion given by the title. It's not full of energetic steppers at warp speed either, but rather filled with -for example- milder versions of the relatively new Dub derivate called DubStep.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - STEPS FOR I PART 1
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WWW, June 2009 - Founded by the French DUB Collective Ondubground, Original DUB Gathering (ODG) stands for representing the DUB runnings inna France. ODG is a Sound System and a Net Label. 

Step 4 I Part One is the first of a line of interesting compilations...

The first release of the French Net Label Original DUB Gathering opens up with a massive steppers DUB. A crucial introduction to French DUB indeed, even though the title ("Russian Style") suggests otherwise.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - STEPS 4 I VOLUME 2
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WWW, June 2009 - From France, With DUB: Four Massive Steppers in the second compilation EP from the Original DUB Gathering Net Label. Get ready for some serious Drum and Bass niceness in 21st Century Style!

Truth be told: even though we're almost in the second decade of the new century, there are still people who claim that Digital Music cannot be, ah, well, eeh... music. This EP won't convince them otherwise, but they will be missing out on some serious good vibrations.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - STEP 4 I (PART 3)
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WWW, June 2009 - In part three of their excellent line of DUB compilations, the French based Original DUB Gathering goes outernational and gathers ten Ire DUB tunes from the Online DUB Underground. 

Opening with an Ire and Upfull track by Online DUB Artist Meef Chaloin, Step 4 I Part Three sets the vibe. It's about Ireness, and Reggae can provide some crucial Ireness. There's not much dubbing going on in that first track, neither in the second track. The music, however is nice and sweet. 

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - STEP 4 I PART 4
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WWW, June 2009 - Another impressive DUB compilation by the French Original DUB Gathering Net Label. Ah, well, let's be more precise: the fourth episode of the Step 4 I series doesn't carry the subtitle "Serious Dub Makers" for nothing. 

When you like DUB, especially UK DUB, you will simply not want to miss out on this great compilation. Twelve superb tracks, fitting well together and creating a DUB Vibe that is kind of really crucial. When you're into contemporary electronic DUB, that is.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - STEP 4 I (PART 5)
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WWW, June 2009 - The fifth and last (for now?) episode in the line of DUB compilations by the French Net Label Original Dub Gathering gives us no less than 15 top shots from the DUB Underground. You might not want to miss out this great legal and free album, when you're a DUB connoisseur, that is.

Industrial sounds, dubbed out medieval audio illustrations: the robot in the autumn forest on the cover of this album isn't there just for fun. The music on Step 4 I Part 5 will definitely give you "vibes like that".

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - STEPS 4 I PART 6
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WWW, May 2010 - It took a while, but the results should be evident for every lover of Dub (and Dubbish) Music after listening to this 6th episode of the crucial compilation chronicles by the French Net Label Original DUB Gathering.

Can you spell m.a.s.s.i.v.e.?

Massive it surely is: in 26 tracks, the listener is provided with a truly impressive picture of what's going on inna Dubful Europe. At least, a part of the continent. Croatia, Italy, the UK, Germany and France are represented in what can only be described as Massive!

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