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"Communist Dub is Pan Sonic member Ilpo Väisänen's second solo album for Editions Mego (Asuma having appeared 2001). This striking new release is a statement against technocracy and the erosion of human community. Whilst Jamaican dub and ska are often cited as an influence on Väisänen's work, this album utilizes dub as strategy as opposed to genre -- the precise manipulation of sound and the removal of all extraneous material to create a disorientating landscape of austere spaces. Pulled into a sucking pit of reverb and echo, the listener can choose whether to be pummeled into submission or to reflect on their situation. Väisänen's intricate rhythmic structures propel the listener from monochrome machinic matrices to head-wrecking abstraction. The ten track titles hint at failed emancipatory projects of the last century with a nod to the present situation -- 'Donetsk Disciples: Bolsheviks meeting the farmers (and wiping them out),' 'Benghazi Affair: Libyan connection and arming the forces, but history is taking over. A burning man in Tunisia starts the future.' Communist Dub is a ruthless criticism of everything existing, but one ultimately tempered by hope" --John Eden. Tracks by Ilpo Väisänen. Recorded sometimes in here. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Photos and cover idea by Ilpo Väisänen. Layout by Stephen O'Malley. Nation of versions, i-shent recommended. Dedicated to victims of isms.

A1. Gulag General
A2. Father Sun Rudealis
A3. Donbass Hybrid
B1. Crocodile Submerged
B2. Donetsk Disciples
C1. Kolyma Stoned -36
C2. Rudealis Dub
D1. Vorkuta Ground Pipe
D2. Uncle Ho Sticks
D3. Benghazi Affair

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EMEGO 203LP

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