VHS or Beta’s forthcoming album ‘Diamonds & Dub’ is a dub style reworking of their 2011 release ‘Diamonds & Death’. VHS or Beta enlisted DJ/producer Jacques Renault (Holy Ghost, YACHT, Midnight Magic) and engineer/remixer Mark Verbos (Fischerspooner, The Gossip, Gang of Four) to create dub versions for seven of the original album’s 9 tracks. ‘Diamonds & Dub’ is due out on May 8 via Krian Music Group.
The dub album idea was conceived when Mark Palgy (from VHS or Beta) met Jacques Renault, who DJing in Brooklyn bar Commodore. Palgy explains, “The idea of dub versions began in the late 70s and early 80s. Artists began seeking extended 12″ mixes of their songs to be played in nightclubs. And usually one side of the 12 inch had a ‘dub version’ which was a little less vocal and usually a bit spacier due to echoes made from spring reverbs and cool studio effects. So rather than get people to do more traditional remixes as we know them today – we decided this time around to try something that hasn’t been done in a little while.”
Check out VHS or Beta live on tour!
5/3 – Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bears
5/5 – Durham, NH @ University Of New Hampshire
5/10 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
5/11 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
5/12 – Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
5/17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom