Fable – Deeper Than Roots EP
Label: Deeper Than Roots Score: 7/10
There is something in the water in the River Trent. There must be. The wealth of talent that is emerging from Robin Hood’s city at the moment is monumental. Labels are being set up all over the shop and the quality of music emerging from these new institutions is criminally good.
The latest in a the long line of labels to poke their heads above the parapet is dub, roots, bass and jungle artist Kevin Thompson (aka DJ Origin One/Neon) who kicks off his new Deeper Than Roots label, with local hero and highly regarded dubstep artist Fable’s ‘The Deeper Than Roots EP’ – four huge slabs of roots infused sub-bass pressure.
Opening off with the dubwise ‘Dub Fiend’ Fable launches straight into a militant, half-step referencing beat replete with dubby off-beat guitar-esq, upstroke stabs, massive amounts of bass and a sexy little melodica solo to boot. It strips itself down to the barest of elements at the end, referencing important early era dubstep acts such as Mala, Loefah , Coki and co by revelling in the genres swampy, all-encompassing low end.
‘Dynamic Vibrations’ is a straight up modern revision of roots music. A colourful, texured vocal sample, chopped slightly off beat so as to loop in a lopsided organic fashion ushers in simple, head nod riddim, tough metallic bass womps, a large reverberated snare and Fable’s ubiquitous sub bass. This is eyes down, wavy, off yer-tits music for sure.
‘Home Dub Zion’ again kicks off with a classic reggae sample, before lurching into life over a slow-mo half step beat, delay riddled percussion and a strange, unintelligible ragga vocal sample that sounds a bit like the classic “bloodclaart ‘eart attack” sample used in Pinch’s seminal ‘The Punisher’ tune. The simple bassline modulates between two notes, providing a rolling backdrop for the tune to thrive within.
‘King Crumble’ takes a slightly different track than the other tunes on the EP, with the rootsy elements restricted to a stabbed off-beat horn that serves the same purpose as the classic upstruck, reggae guitar sample. The snare drum’s spring reverb combines with the hats to create another dark, minimal rolling number. One for the deep heads for sure.
All in all, Fable has created a great EP that references the best that the early era dubstep pioneers produced as well as putting the dub back into dubstep with his copious use of warm, organic roots samples. If you like you step deep, roots and bass heavy, then Fable’s ‘Deeper Than Roots EP’ is definitely one for you.
Words: Al Kennedy