Sounds From The Ground
Renowned UK based creators of Warm, deep and Funky Electronic Music
UK duo Elliot Jones and Nick Woolfson make some of the most stunningly rich, dynamic, bass-heavy down-tempo instrumentals on the planet. They are pioneers of ambient dub, an exotic style first championed by the now defunct UK label Beyond Records and then picked up and continued to this day by North American label Waveform. Although dub in its original form is the tripped-out instrumental flipside of reggae, there is quite often no overtly Jamaican flavour to Jones and Woolfson's work. The dub element is more in the recording techniques (looping, echo, etc) and lovingly produced basslines that rumble, slide and snake their way around the room with enormous presence. Neither is the duo's take on dub the minimalist approach of modern purists. They concoct soulful, exotic and tuneful widescreen panoramas, wound together with muscular rhythms and big, crisp drum loops that sometimes have a tribal or ethnic edge. Rhythmic down-tempo from the psychedelic trance scene owes quite a lot to these guys: listen and learn.
Sounds From The Ground don't really belong to any decade or period save an electronic one. Their albums still sound as vital as the day they were released. Any sounds the duo took in from clubland or other circles over the years seems to have been readily absorbed into their arsenal to be used as needed, not because they were trendy at a particular time. Put SFTG's albums on your stereo, crank up the volume and prepare to be moved! (Mike G AMG)