Despite having their own label to run, the Seville, Spain duo Dub Elements have been releasing all over the board over the past year or two. Viper, Eatbrain, Hospital, C4C…these artists have tracks on every conceivable label, including Korsakov Music. In terms of EPs, however, that is something Dub Elements have saved for their DEM Recordings imprint, until now, that is. Their cheeky and heavily anticipated Wobbledah EP finally released today.
In terms of sound, Wobbledah is both diverse and universally danceable. It starts out with the title track which is surprisingly cinematic and melodic in the long intro. The beat, once dropped, is a combination of jump up and neurofunk; there’s a strong kick but it’s still highly steppy. The synths add to the jump up feel as they’re sort of their own beat, filling in the gaps between the actual beats.
Moving on to “Korsa Shake,” an obvious nod to this EP’s proprietor, the Dub duo get a little darker as the emphasis moves to a more techy, early neuro vibe. The beat is once again quite steppy but it adds to the techstep vibe as that steppiness is a bit of a throwback to neurofunk’s precursor. The synths here are a bit more playful, fading in and out and changing “melodies,” as it were, a few times before the track ends. Following “Korsa Shake,” “Killing a Unicorn” goes right past techstep into darkstep with the beat but again the synth is somewhere between neuro and techstep. Both of these tracks, however, are thoroughly modern and would slide right in with any current neuro set.
Closing the EP are two wild cards for anyone who was thinking Wobbledah might be predictable “Don’t Ya Stand” and “Rave” both start out with high-pitched, ravey synths but that’s where their similarities end. “Don’t Ya Stand” is, ostensibly, a complex foghorn track while “Rave” is very, well, ravey. The high-pitched synth follows the whole track along with a female vocal sample. The track itself is a real old school rave chugger and will be tons of fun on the dancefloor this festival season.
Dub Elements really cover the D&B spread with Wobbledah in terms of genre, and with all their tracks spread out over so many labels, it’s good to get a cross section of their diverse style in one place. Despite these tracks all being different, the EP flows well and the duo also display their mastery of creating a vibe in any release the do, whether it’s a one-off track or an EP.