TWILIGHT CIRCUS DUB SOUND SYSTEM The Essential Collection (M) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Long before and long after dub was back in fashion, Vancouver's Ryan Moore was churning out molar-rattling roots rhythms from his Amsterdam bunker. There are no dreamy bits of ambient dub or New Age atmospherics on The Essential Collection. As song titles like Floorshaker and Rolling Thunder suggest, Moore's vision of dub is strictly old-school, built around steamrolling bass lines and cracking reverb. The beats are almost claustrophobic in their intensity and have an organic fluidity that belies the fact that Moore is doing this all on his own, without a full band. A real winter warmer.