Teledubgnosis VS. N.I.C.
Teledubgnosis & N.I.C.
Malicious Damage
2 CD
January 6, 2006

Track list
Disc 1 : Teledubgnosis

  1. Ambex
  2. Downrinas
  3. Homuro
  4. Echolocation
  5. Resurrection Machine
  6. The View From Earth
Disc 2 : MRPI

  1. Say U Sick
  2. Materialismo
  3. Asemblea De Robots
  4. Inkal
  5. Segway
  6. Say u Sick (JK Flesh Mix)
  7. Materialismo (Jesu Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
This is a double cd set -- CD 1 represents the ambient bass lows and sound track spaciousness of Teledubgnosis, and CD 2 features the hard, adrenaline industrial funk of N.I.C.

The opening tracks on the Teledubgnosis set have a lot in common with the bass/road movie landscapes Barry Adamson cut for David Lynch for "Lost Highway," replete with a naively beautiful, evocative atmosphere. This is for those of you who enjoy Angelo Badalamenti's darkness, and lonely, lost, nostalgia -- albeit within an industrial power dub format.

Teledubgnosis really should be working on soundtracks. The point is, the Teledubgnosis sound can not be categorised: It is not New Roots /Euro /Digi / Revivalist dub by any means -- and neither is it full of the so obvious clichés of that genre. It is not contrived, formulaic "avant garde/leftfield dub" either, with all too obvious Arabic samples and the like. Neither is it a pointless attempt to recreate the Pablo/Tubby's/Jammy's classical sound.

There are influences from "Flowers Of Romance", "Metal Box" and influences from Iranian, Egyptian and Iraqi classical music as well as aspects of John Hassel's "Fourth World" sound. There are also influences from Skip McDonald/ Le Blanc's "Major Malfunction" album -- Teledubgnosis' sound seems rooted in these innovative and individualist works from the 70's/early 80's. But there is also a warmth, and a loneliness in evidence here, which over rides the ascetic austerity of some of the aforementioned influential and groundbreaking works. This album is far more than an imitative fusion of all of these parts.

Regarding the second cd, the N.I.C. album -- this is less compelling than the Teledubgnosis album -- but it is worthy nonetheless, and seems to pick up where "Tunes From The Missing Channel", "Off The Beaten Track" and "In Search Of Shashamane Land" left off. There are more conventional Blue Note funk and jazz influences in evidence here than on the Teledubgnosis album -- which makes it a strong contrasting companion to that set.

And these guys can surely play -- these are no newcomer novices riding on the coat tails of the resurgence of dub. Each member of the band has a well grounded history in industrial funk/ dub/noise and other related scenes --

If you ever tried to imagine how Angelo Badalmenti might sound in dub put through a noise chamber, with David Lynch as the ‘orchestral Conductor' -- then this is your chance. This is an album that may prove interesting for the open minded amongst you who are satiated with (albeit excellent) re-issues, don't feel any affinity with the nostalgic and overtly conventional approach of Euro digi dub and the one drop "revival", and are totally unchallenged by bashment. There is an alternative route to follow. Teledubgnosis have at least set out on that other road. It will be interesting to see where they go.