Djosos Krost No Sign of Bad

This is superb nu-dub. Djosos Krost’s debut album melds foundation steppers beats to hip-hop inspired rhythms while maintaining a delay drenched atmosphere. The range of this album is impressive; as is often the case with digitally composed dub albums. Djosos Krost is the best record by far I’ve heard from Quango. This label so often underwhelms with its lounge-y dub releases, but No Sign of Bad is much more assertive music. "Creation” is almost Rhythm & Sound-worthy tech-dub, while "Cover Me” is salacious, futuristic dancehall. "Chapter One” is a spellbinding narrative delivered by Jah Bobby about the early history of Jamaica — not sure if it’s dub poetry, or this year’s attempt at creating a Mutabaruka-type anthem like "Dis Poem,” but it’s a powerful song with an absolutely pummelling rhythm. The Lee Perry influence warms up the entire mix with rolling delays on just about everything in the foreground and background. The attention to detail in this aspect of the mix, along with the pleasing rolling bass lines throughout give it far more dance floor potential than Thievery Corporation’s more static dub excursions. There are a few false notes, such as some underwhelming vocalists, and the faux Latin keyboard stylings in "Earthball.” However, these are minor complaints about what will surely be one of the best dub albums of the year and a possible crossover success into other down-tempo scenes. (Quango)