Deadlock Versions

A 4 track ambient dub ep (24m 48s) — released August 7th 2015 on 4Bit Productions


A forward-thinking dub strategy by Vienna's Ulrich Troyer delivered with radical reduction: an enormous hypnotic stream of sound positioned in a deep echo chamber, and rooted by ostinato iterations of a massive bass line. DEADLOCK (MELODICA VERSION) - deeply spiritual and so full of Nyabinghi feel without using any of the common reggae idioms. In fact, so much so that it convinced classic dub player VIN GORDON to contribute his unique trombone stylings. The result of the collaboration is DEADLOCK (VIN GORDON VERSION), undoubtedly the central track of the release.

DIDI KERN, one of Vienna's most prolific drummers adds sprinkles of futuristic percussion sounds to both DEADLOCK (VIN GORDON VERSION) and the heavily dubbed DEADLOCK (TALKBOX VERSION) - a playful, uptempo variation of the theme with additional talk box & vocoder layers.

Last but not least, DEADLOCK (KASSIAN TROYER REMIX) on the AA side is delivered as a completely re-constructed & reinvented version of the theme in a class on its own - both highly introspective and emotional.

The album version of DEADLOCK was selected by DJ MARCELLE / ANOTHER NICE MESS for her current release "DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess Meets Most Soulmates At Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory" (2LP, Klangbad 2014).

Digi-dubs jettisoned from the cargo ports of Atlantis, flotsam for atom surfers vacuuming in the wake of Babylonian escapees, channel-hopping via the studio banks of a Viennese whirl. Four distinctive variations carp out the 12”, each accompanying revisionist claims to snug turn-of-the- century fits for the stables of Stefan Betke and Burnt Friedman: we’re talking strict white-boy precision pulse, anthems for Sunday daydreams fed on a sweepstake of blunt narcotics. Tough call, but my inner George E. Lewis has me hanging on Vin Gordon’s trombone-enhanced mix. - Spencer Grady, Record Collector Aug 15 magazine, UK

It’s reggae, but not as we know it. - Whisperin & Hollerin musicblog, IRL

Futuristischer Reggae und Drone Sound untersetzt mit einem leicht hypnotischen Swing macht das Ganze zu einem interessanten akustischen Paket, das sich aus vier verschiedenen Versionen des Stückes Deadlock zusammensetzt. Wie eine angenehmer hypnotischer Strom ziehen die vier Tracks an einem vorbei. - FAZE, JULI 2015 magazine, D

Magnificent stuff! - Steve Barker On the wire - BBC Radio Lancashire

Brilliant! - DJ Marcelle Another Nice Mess, NL

Four versions of the track are rolled out here, serving maximum Dub pleasure with different layers of sounds and FX on top of the stripped-down, Dub minimalism of the well-hypnotizing riddim, introducing timestretched vocoder sounds, heavily dubbed out trombone, super-dry 4/4-based drums with spaced out FX as well as deep, echo-heavy Melodica abuse to the bass-addicted audience. Nice! - musicblog

It's nice to listen to some deep, hypnotic dub from Vienna, Austria, reminding us of those mind-blowing ~scape compilations from way back, and the whole dub techno scene unvoluntarily launched by the likes of Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole), Burnt Friedman or Maurizio. This is not reggae, more something deeply blunted for getting your head up there in the clouds. Four reworks of the ambient dub original released in 2013 on the 'Song for William 2' album are available on this 12 inch. Play them all in a row and you'll feel a bit like stopping time in your mindframe. The A-side with the 'Talbox Version' or the one with Vin Gordon's trombone licks would be our pick but it's a hard one since the remixes on the b-side ain't no filler either! - Paris DJs musicblog, F

Erstklassiger elektronischer Psych-Dub! - Musik an sich Blog, D

It's not casual that a sonic gourmand like Dj Marcelle inserted the album version of "Deadlock", one of the finest dub tune by Wien-based producer Ulrich Troyer, in the release "Another Nice Mess meets Most Soulmates at Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory" on a double lp by Klangbad we talked about on the occasion of a chat we had with that brilliant lady some times ago. Ulrich reprised the track on his own imprint 4 Bit Productions by means of four good new versions: my favorite ones are Vin Gordon Version and Talkbox Version, which features the collaboration of Did Kern, one of the most prolific and skilled drummer in Wien and long-lasting friend and collaborator of Philipp Quehenberger, who added some sounds including the amazing vocoderized vocals on the uptempo Talkbox version, and the likewise prolific Jamaican trombone player Vincent Gordon, but the "un- reagged" Nyabinghi nuance you can feel on the narcotic Melodica version and the more introspective and deeply emotional canter of the re-construction by Kassian Troyer, who supervised the whole release together with Paulus Rainer and mastered it with cut at Calyx in Berlin, are highlights of this authentic dub little pearl. - Chain D.L.K. Music Blog, US / D / I

Featured in the Top 10 Dub Releases for 2015 (Dub Specialist Charts by Steve Barker) - Steve Barker The Wire Magazine, UK

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