SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL - The Call From Below 8.2
SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL makes the bass heavy enough to feel it. One needs the whole album to get the sense of the humidity hanging over these tracks. Dub-techno purveyors like Rhythm & Sound come to as the album lumbers through these nine tracks. What makes it particularly refreshing is given all the dubstep (which is fine) it is nice to be reminded of that slower, hazier beast of Dub. ‘The Call From Below’ strikes that perfect balance between languid and utterly engrossing.
‘TouchRiddim’ begins after a tongue-in-cheek ‘Greetings, Music Lova’ into a pulsing bass line that can’t quite manage to finish its thought. Actually this is a rather active song in comparison to the rest of the album. ‘DropletsRiddim’ is music to float to, as the waves start and stop suddenly. On this track SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL give their ‘mission statement’ and it is easily the best track on the album. After the goofy interlude of ‘LargeItUp (version 2)’ things move further out, towards a more ambient sound. On the latter half rhythms become even more subdued as the static and hiss becomes more prominent. The real standout for this half would be ‘HumbleWe’ which also has the most obvious electronic flourishes. ‘PlungedLightRiddim’ sounds nearly spiritual in its weird vocal exercises and random noises.
Listen to the album all the way through. Picking little pieces out of context ruins it as it is more of an atmosphere than any outright melody, like all good dub should be. Basically this is an album inspired by the summer heat.