The shapeshifting producer reworks tracks from his excellent 2017 album.
It's safe to assume the French Touch alumnus Krikor Kouchian has had a few of those. His latest EP for L.I.E.S., Pacific Alley In Dubs, comprises crafty versions of tracks from his 2017 Pacific Alley LP, finding a middle-ground between the original Jamaican dub template and its New York garage house continuation, carried out by the likes of Larry Levan and Timmy Regisford.
These cuts are the rhythmic inverse of Pacific Alley's soundscapes, which mixed vaporwave, synthfunk and soundtrack music. "Slow Riddim" strips down "Raw Deal'"s hypnagogic synths, building up towering columns of heavily delayed toms and snares. (That one mixes well with the dancehall-flavoured opener from Raime's latest.)
Halftime riddims like "Snow Dub" will appeal to fans of Tapes's slo-mo approach. On "Onda Dub" and "Plomo Riddim," Kouchian trades the nostalgic synths of the originals ("Onda Vaselina," "Plomo O Plomo") for roots-inflected basslines. "Onda Dub," with its rich atmosphere and jacking snare, feels like a class warm-up track, as if Adonis sent one of his early tracks down to Black Ark Studios for a B-side version.