Information about Italian Giovanni Roma (aka VoodooTapes), is particularly thin on the ground apart from the sole reason he chose a career in music was an obsession with the sound and mechanics of dub hence his signing to his home country's Aquietbump imprint. My piecing together maybe slightly askew but British dub label Bokeh Versions (why did it take me so long to discover this treasure trove of outer limits illbience?) seem to have taken a shine to Voodoo Tapes and rerouted his source material through more advanced technology in an attempt, not to improve upon it, but to add a diaphanous aspect to it and enhance the power of its dubcentricity. I can't imagine Roma being anything less than blown away by the results. Distant female vocals are plunged into a maelstrom of cavernous reverb that creates a maze of echo chambers stuffed with beats that could comfortably snap trees. "Chant and Call" doesn't just pay testimony to the enduring power of dub but also demonstrates its versatility and highlights its still vital role in experimental music of both black and white heritage.
Favorite track: Still Night ft. Paolo Petrella.
Bokeh Versions presents more outernational transmissions from the fringes of dub music.
Dank and deep and dubby as hell, Chant and Call is an ethereal update of the beat scene’s cross-pollination with dub back in ‘00. Voodoo Tapes drifts spectral through 20 minutes of original material that’s a quantum leap from the Voodoo’s previous digidub-indebted offerings. Impish chants and wilting piano lines match with tough neck-snapping beat grids and washes of tape echo. Call it illbient, call it trip-hop, just don’t call it dub techno.
Two contrasting remixes come from Italian soundsystem steppers Jambassa and Bokeh Versions staple Jay Glass Dubs.
A central part of cult dubwise Italian netlabel A Quiet Bump (home to Dadub amongst others), IRL Voodoo Tapes is studio engineer Giovanni Roma. Cofounder of the hip-hop stable Voolcano Harmonix, he’s been pushing electronic music in the southern peninsula since the late 90ies. Voodoo Tapes is a melting pot of abstract and roots identities with a clear debt to narcotic moods.
released May 23, 2016
Written, Mixed, Dubbed and Mastered by Giovanni Roma
@l'arte dei rumori studio Marano
Additional resonating dubs in Still Night by Rosa Russo
Cover Art and Graphic Design Dimitris Papadatos
Published by Bokeh Versions 2016
'Not a dub label'.// 'Bokeh' Incorporates the Bokeh Thought Programme, BKV Industrial, BKV Financial and Bokeh Televisual.// proud member of Avon Terror Corps, Scumdance Collective, supporter of the Pheasantry movement of people.//