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Airbrushed Alibis - In Dub

by Hyperbubble

In the tradition of new wave dub albums "GO+" by XTC, "Sandinista" by The Clash, and Joe Jackson's "Beat Crazy", Hyperbubble fire up the reverb, tape delay, and master blaster bass riffs to deliver a dubbed-up, synthed-out monster of a remix album.
Genre: Electronic: Techno-Dub
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1. Dayglo Rainbow Dub
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2. Anger Management Dub
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4. Agoraphobic Aerobic Dub
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11. Airtight Moonlight Dub
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Album Notes

Jess and Jeff have sliced and diced their entire second album, cranked up the monster bass, then added heaping amounts of outer space echo chamber and psychedelic analog delay. Your ears never had so much fun.

According to Hyperbubble, fans can expect much more than your average remix album:

"A lot of the effects we used on the Airbrushed Alibis album were already pretty dubby, so one thing led to another. Since we did a straight remix version of our first album, we wanted to do something special for the companion album to the second, not just a collection of random remixes, but a fully realized album, with a theme, where one track flows into the next. Plus, it was a great excuse to go insane with massive bass tones and dub effects!"

Of course, this is no ordinary dub album. Synth-happy robots and cyperpunk hackers jump out of the mix, and the musical styles often cross the traditional dub boundries, branching off into freestyle beats, glam, punk, even a bit of sci-fi drill 'n' bass.

Fans of dub pioneers Prince Jammy, King Tubby, Scientist, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mikey Dread and Prince Far I, as well as new wave dubbies The Jam, The Clash, Killing Joke, XTC, The Orb, Renegade Soundwave and The Dub Syndicate will thrill to the mind-blowing headphone adventures Hyperbubble have cooked up on Airbrushed Alibis in Dub. Younger fans of electronic music, more familiar with house, technopop and elektro, than dub, will discover a brave new world of tripped-out sonic suprises.


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In 2008, the machine has become self-aware. Synth-and-keys duo Hyperbubble partially assembles its songs in the proud tradition, passed from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk, of musicians pretending to be robots. Unlike many of those bands, however, Hyperbubble's Jess and Jeff seem to be in on the joke, taking the android artifice to intentionally over-the-top extremes, then undercutting all the sci-fi hokum with flashes of genuine humanity. And in a post-Matrix, post-9/11 world, the fiction of depicting a human as an unfeeling, immortal machine benefits from the meta glitches.


I didn't know what to expect when I heard that Hyperbubble had re-released every song from their Airbrshed Alibis album in dub. Jess and Jeff are famous for their catchy synthesizer punk pop, not for dubby headtrips, so I must admit, I approached this album with a bit of skepticism. Well, I'm happy to report that Hyperbubble have proven me wrong.

To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Not only do Hyperbubble prove they're just as capable of elektrofunk and deep dub grooves as they are straight up synthpop, they've managed to put out a remix album that's actually just as good as the original.

Instead of simply turning every song into a reggae number, Hyperbubble have taken the tools of the Dub genre: big echoey reverbs, freaked-out analog delays, and massive bass sounds, and applied them to synthpop, punk, and dance music, as well as the occasional rub-a-dub groove. Some of the songs are more chilled out than the originals, while others are twice as manic. The album is varied yet unified, and filled with loopy synth squiggles and effects to tickle your brain, and make whatever trip you're on even trippier.

Leave it to Hyperbubble to make more than just your run-of-the mill remix album. Jeff and Jess have taken a brave risk here, and have actually managed to pull it off. After Airbrushed Albis in Dub, what's next from these two is anyone's guess.

Si_W - synthpop.net

Jess and Jeff have remixed their last album. It’s not the usual dance remix affair though, it’s in a dub stylee. I initially thought it might be some Caribbean reggae-type crossover, but it’s not, thankfully.

What the duo have done is virtually shortened all the tracks, given them nonsense names and slowed the pace right down. The songs are nowhere near as frenetic as they were but the sound of the songs is still virtually the same albeit heavily remixed in places, some still very much up tempo (just not as much as previously). You still hear most of the sound palette used originally and some newer additions, but the main emphasis seems to be on the vocals. Not sure if Jess has redone any of the main vocal tracks, but the vocals are certainly much more prominent in the mix than before, layered over a more solid bass backing.

As with the original album, the strength of the group, and the reason why this album works as well as it does, is down to the sound design. In some places it sounds virtually the same, in others a bit different but there’s still quite a lot going on.

Creamy 23

a SMASH new wave explosion !
Hyperbubble are the sexy new wave surveilance robots of Christmas Future. The Airbrushed Alibis record has penetrated my defeneseless human brian and now plays on infinite repeat. But it plays with the bass turned all the way up and the volume on STUN. This is THE best synth/pop/rock/you-don't-stop album of 2007.