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Vibronics

Playing live and direct Vibronics unleashes no compromise heavyweight roots and culture in a digital style. With a distinctive sound established through a series of exclusive Dub plates for Sound System legends Jah Shaka, Aba-Shanti-I and Iration Steppas, Vibronics represents The Future Sound of Dub.

It was the joint discovery of the Aba-Shanti-I Sound System and digitally sequenced music which first inspired Steve Vibronics to try his hand at building dub tunes. A minimal studio was put together at home during 1995 using the most basic of equipment - a dilapidated 16 track mixer, reverb and echo units, a couple of synths and a an Atari computer - all mixed down onto cassette tape. One such tape was given to Aba-Shanti-I after one of his legendary sessions at the Arches in Vauxhall, London.

By the next dance it had been cut onto dubplate and the sounds of Vibronics were unleashed in the form of the thunderous 'Universal Love'. Soon after links were forged with the Leeds Sound System Iration Steppas, this time with the hard stepping 'Dub Discovery' rhythm. Since those early days Vibronics have maintained strong links with Roots Sound Systems. As anyone who has heard Abassi, Iration, Shaka or Tubbys will confirm that Dubs are best heard through 18" scoop bass bins with the kind of volume and power that will shake a building to it's foundations.

The Vibronics sound was introduced to UK dub pioneers Zion Train in 1996, and so begun a fruitful relationship with their Universal Egg label which lasts to the present day. Shortly after the release of the Egg Files in late 1997 ('Awakenings' included on this compilation was the first commercially released Vibronics track) came the offer to be part of the Universal Egg Experience, a four week tour of Europe taking in 22 dates across four countries.

On returning, Deep Root (a subsidiary of Universal Egg dealing strictly with roots vinyl) unleashed 'Jah Light Jah Love', a downbeat steppa with a bass line only heard before on exclusive dubplate mixes played by the mighty Jah Shaka Sound System. Following on from numerous dub-clashes on the Universal Egg Experience tour, 1998 saw Vibronics team up with dub activist Jah Free for the 'Outernational Dub Convention' album. Jah Free introduced the conference with a set of uplifting vocal tunes and Vibronics answered with six raucous lo-fi bass-heavy dubplates.

Despite a brief appearance on 'Jah Light Jah Love', the voice of Boney 'L' had yet to be fully appreciated. Now armed with a microphone and a computer based hard-disk recording system, more authentic vocal recordings could be made - this resulted in the next two 7" singles - 'On Jah Side' and 'Positive Direction'. Both these tunes soldout within weeks of release, affirming Boney's and Vibronics' place within the Roots scene. Live shows expanded where possible to include Boney singing live alongside Steve Vibronics, Richi Rootz and melodica player Vitamin 'M'.

By now it was about time that Vibronics released an album in their own right - enter 'Dub Italizer'. Working in the Bathysphere studio with a G4 Mac, a Soundcraft Ghost mixer and a host of equipment previously unimaginable, 'Dub Italizer' was recorded in February 2000, taking the cream of the crop of dubs tried and tested during the last two years live sessions.........it was a great success.

Vibronics have been producing many strong roots tunes between 2000 and now including several releases on their own Scoops imprint. 'Only One Love' was cut for Deep Root in 2002 and in 2004, 'Mount Zion-I' and 'Red, Gold and Green' were released, featuring Madu and the Split Hornz respectively. These seven inch, limited releases were a prelude to the second Vibronics album, 'Dubliftment' released on Universal Egg in March 2004 which was very well received. The 'Warriors' 7" single was released on Deep Root 7" single in 2005.

Vibronics Crew 2004