Natural Numbers – new from Dub Club's Tom Chasteen

Natural Numbers – new from Dub Club's Tom Chasteen

  • October 28, 2014

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New project from Dub Club's Tom Chasteen. Natural Numbers in Dub features reggae all-stars with members of Wilco, Mazzy Star.




Natural Numbers is the new dub project from producer Tom Chasteen, co-founder of Los Angeles' Dub Club, who has released several records under the Dub Club name. This new musical creation draws inspiration from African, Middle Eastern and Country sounds as well as Reggae. Natural Numbers in Dub is dub music in the classic Jamaican sense: original recordings of an all-star band, deconstructed and pieced back together with echo and reverb in real time on the mixing board.

Chasteen recorded the album at Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles in late 2013, co-writing the album with collaborating musicians.

Legendary Reggae bassist Fully Fullwood anchors the band. Los Angeles reggae heavyweights Roger Rivas, Freddie Flint and Ras Benji handle keyboards, guitar and drums. Guitarist Mark Lightcap, who has played with Acetone, Mazzy Star and Matmos, finds his rippling style sounds right at home on these dubwise riddims. Guest electronics wrangler Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco beams in some tones that only a synth built into a suitcase requiring little pegs to operate could generate.

Tom Chasteen has been a fixture on the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades. He co-founded the west coast's first EDM label Exist Dance in 1991, and since 2000 he has been running the Dub Club, a weekly Reggae party which has become a world-renowned event. In partnership with Stones Throw Records, his new productions bring the Dub Club into musical form, working with Jamaican legends and bringing fresh inspiration to a classic sound. Natural Numbers in Dub is his first release as Natural Numbers.

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