Amazing side-step to a more gothic/industrial zone; an even darker Nearly God/Tricky vibe with a deeply buried dub pulse - truly music for end times. The OPN-esque treated vocals on To My Benefitors are killer.
Favorite track: To My Benefitors.
On Epitaph things are different - Jay’s voice croons crystalline over goth futurism for the first time on record (if you haven’t heard of Ku….) - he sings one of the oldest Greek songs ever written and has spent the last year doing impromptu vocal covers of Tricky tracks in Cambridge pubs. And did you notice the tracks don’t have dub in the title any more?
This his first proper proper solo LP from Jay Glass Dubs - a widescreen vision of 4AD nightmares, ballads for River Styx crossings and echoes that never end. It’s This Mortal Coil if they knew about dungeon synth and Metalheadz and still thought dub techno was boring as fuck.
Epitaph follows his 2LP retrospective of ‘the tape years’ ‘Dubs‘, on Not Waving’s Ecstatic Recordings; and his 12” mini-LP with Leslie Winer on Bokeh early in 2018. It’s his 5th and no way final release for Bokeh (do you remember BKV 002 the slowest dancehall mixtape ever made?) Realised with help of Greek vocalist and performing artist Yorgia Karidi and a special saxophone guest spot from Ben Vince (Curl, Where To Now, Hessle Audio). Bokeh graphic visionary Patrick Savile’s sensually airbrushed and peeled lemon closes this funeral casket of all the things you thought you knew about Jay Glass Dubs.
released January 25, 2019
Written, produced and mixed by Dimitris Papadatos
Vocals and performance by Jay Glass Dubs
Additional vocals on A2 A3 B2 by Yorgia Karidi
Tenor saxophone on A4 by Ben Vince
Executive producer Miles Opland
Art direction and design : Patrick Savile
Eternal love and gratefulness to Iris and Daria, my dear family of light and darkness.
More love and thanks go to : Mom, Dad, Sis, Eleni, Dimos, Miles Opland, Patrick Savile, Gizmo BH, Christos C, Tasos OMMU, Vargo Knider, Panos K, Alessio NW, Sam, Yorgia, Ben, Ruth, Bridget, Hamish, Zuri, Domenico, Asmir, Georgios, Ioanna, Zoe, Andreas, Amos, Kiran, Chris, Kelan, Georgia, Paolo, Quinn, Ion, Khmer, Boomkat, Bleep, Leslie, W, Detlef, Vladimir, Sylvia JASSS, Laurens, Michael, Speevs, Nico, Panny, MC Yallah, Arlen, Tom Krell, Joey, Philip Wyrm, Chal Ravens, Lauren Martin, Ben UFO, DFA, Domino, Ghostly, ATH crew, Bristol crew, and all those who have been on my side from day one, this one is for you.