Tour De Force Taps Dubmatix for ‘A Little Bit More’ Remix (Song Premiere)
After the Brooklyn sound system revivalists Tour de Force released the debut album“Battle Cry” earlier this year on Dub-Stuy Records, the duo burrowed into another aspect of old-school reggae culture: the remix. Speakeasy today premieres Dubmatix’sremix of the Tour de Force track “A Little Bit More.”
Dubmatix, a Toronto musician and drum-and-bass producer known for his way with reverb, applies a subtle touch to his re-imagining. He strips down the rhythm, brings the vocal track forward and adds snaky guitar licks here and there. “He represents a unique niche in the global arena, and I think we’re really fortunate that a producer like him was interested in working on a track with us,” says Damian Ashton, a co-founder of Dub-Stuy Records with Tour de Force members Quoc Pham (DJ Q-Mastah) and Jay Spaker(producer and beatmaker Double Tiger), along with Kai Ando.
Tour de Force and Dub-Stuy are New York representatives of an international resurgence in a tradition dating back to 1950s Jamaica, where audio enthusiasts would build massive sound systems—as much as 30,000 watts—to play music at parties. “Battle Cry” was intended as an introduction to Dub-Stuy and Tour de Force, Ashton says. “We wanted to take that and also engage in the second part, which is the history of dubbing, of remixing, of other people taking on somebody else’s music and adding on their own personal style and flavor,” he says.
“Battle Cry Remixed” also features contributions from the Hungarian-born producer DJ Madd, French dub producer Brain Damage and the American “raggabass” producerDub Gabriel.
“Battle Cry Remixed” is due Oct. 7 on Dub-Stuy. What do you think of the Dubmatix remix of “A Little Bit More?”