The Vulcan Dub Squad (1997)

by The Vulcan Dub Squad

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“The Blue Tape” LP - The LP that started it all waaaaaay back in ’97. The first of two untitled LP’s the Vulcans released ---this one in a limited run tape-only format of 84 copies (hence the “Blue Tape” moniker) which has long since sold out. The album itself is a murky delve into Vulcan history as it displays the original 3-piece line-up of Ranbir (guitar), Jason (bass) and Andy Hunter (now front man of Paddington) on drums. The “Blue Tape” was the Vulcan’s very first foray into a studio, and all tracks were recorded live off the floor. Ranbir holds an echo pedal workshop as one guitar plays both rhythm and lead simultaneously; Jason holds an ambient bass groove like he rarely has since and Andy applies indie/hip-hop drumbeat sensibilities that give the album an altogether other-worldly quality.Think Dr. Who theme song here folks. The album is such a curio piece as 99.5% of the material is instrumental, there are no guitar/drum overdubs, and the album is laced with samples and sound effects (including the first and only Star Trek samples ever used). And all this done in a weekend!
By far the Vulcans most dark, broody, sedate and minimal work. Long held as the bar each new Vulcan work had to surpass.

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released January 1, 1997

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