Sub Oslo - 12” EP
Label:Two Ohm Hop
Genre: Psych Dub
For years, the only “dub” i knew was dub techno. I heard DJ Spooky’s dub tracks and some of the dudes from Berlin, but I did not get it and kinda hated it. So i was in for a pleasant shock when Sub Oslo took the stage opening for Fugazi at a Ft. Worth show in 2002. Sub was real dudes, laying down some dope grooves and jamming on them for like 20 minutes each. That might have been a bit too long for a lot of the young, impulsive punk crowd, but there were two members of the band who really captivated us: Paul Baker, video artist, and John Nuckels, who controlled the effects, mixing, & samples.
Sub Oslo are bigtime. They’ve played shows with Burning Spear, June of ‘44, Mad Professor, & The Roots. Their music was on the X-Box game “Brute Force,” which has an 8.1/10 user score on Metacritic, so… success.
Anyways, this debut record is iconic. It’s 33:03 of laid-back, organic jams twisted through delays and cosmic effects pretty much sums up Denton in a wordless nutshell. If we ever do another time capsule or send a record crate into outer space so the aliens will know who we are & what we’re all about, this has got to go in it.