Rebel Familia Rebel Familia

Japan's Rebel Familia — Heavy (bass) and Goth-Trad (programmer and mixer) — is a dub-jungle hybrid with less emphasis on bass reverb and more on a dark, rump-shaking grind. The songs on this eight-track CD tend towards the longer side, bordering on repetitive as they reach near-epic length. But, when the weeded-out dub suddenly bursts into jungle, Rebel Familia are able to keep the momentum moving. While the dub duo’s sophomore release may be best used as uplifting stoner background music, tracks like "No Mission,” "Stand Alone” and especially the freaky "Captured" deserve a closer listen. Although it changes the intent of the music, I can’t help wondering whether a singer or rapper would bring these tunes up a notch. (Positive)