We Will Not Harm You
A third Big Dada EP from "UK bass legend" (Mixmag) Dobie heralds the arrival of his first full-length for the label, “We Will Not Harm You.” Thirteen tracks of deep, beautifully worked instrumental music, based in hip hop but touching on techno, house, dubstep, latin, twostep, jazz, soul, funk and everything in between, "We Will Not Harm You" is a work of art from one of the pillars of the Black British music scene.
Taken from the album, "She Moans" is an exercise in the interaction between percussion and bottom end, a kind of deconstruction of dubstep back into its consitutuent parts which shows exactly why everyone in the know is always careful to check what this consumate producer’s producer is up to. Remix duties are ably dealt with by the one and only FaltyDL. Falty reimagines the original as abstract drum and bass, complete with double bass played by the man himself. Dobie rounds out the package with two brand new tracks. “Time Is Running Out” rams bloco rhythms up against bleeps and electronic squalling, while “She’s Stopped Now” represents one of those moments when the sun breaks through the clouds, a kind of epiphany in sound.
Dobie is a producer, DJ, photographer and skateboarder who has worked with everyone from Soul II Soul, Tricky and London Posse to Massive Attack, Hal Willner, Les Negresses Verte and Bjork. As well as his music, "We Will Not Harm You" will showcase many of Dobie's photographs, documenting both the skate scene and the early UK hip hop scene, as well as an essay on his music and life by cultural commentator Jason Jules. In addition, the cover art has been specially painted by his good friend (and Turner Prize winning artist) Chris Ofili. A true hidden legend of underground British bass music, Dobie's new album takes his roots in hop hop and explodes them to the stars. Listen and learn.