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REVIEW: SALMONELLA DUB - FREAK CONTROLLER
Freak Controller

Salmonella Dub
Freak Controller

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That's What I want (Tui Soundsystem Remix)

Salmonella Dub
That's What I want (Tui Soundsystem Remix)

Same Home Town (Ogranikismness Remix) - Single

Salmonella Dub
Same Home Town (Ogranikismness Remix) - Single

Same Home Town - Dub FX & Snareophobe Remix & LP

Salmonella Dub
Same Home Town - Dub FX & Snareophobe Remix & LP

Same Home Town Digital Single & 12

Salmonella Dub
Same Home Town Digital Single & 12

Freak Controller Madness (The Twenty Track Pack)

Salmonella Dub
Freak Controller Madness (The Twenty Track Pack)

Dub For Straights EP

Salmonella Dub
Dub For Straights EP

Killervision

Salmonella Dub
Killervision

Outside The Dubplates

Salmonella Dub
Outside The Dubplates

Remixes & Radio Cuts

Salmonella Dub
Remixes & Radio Cuts

Salmonella Dub DVD

Salmonella Dub
Salmonella Dub DVD

One Drop East

Salmonella Dub
One Drop East

Mercy

Salmonella Dub
Mercy

Calming Of The Drunken Monkey

Salmonella Dub
Calming Of The Drunken Monkey

Feel the Seasons Change

Salmonella Dub
Feel the Seasons Change

Dub Tomfoolery

Salmonella Dub
Dub Tomfoolery

Thc Winter EP

Salmonella Dub
Thc Winter EP

Johnny

Salmonella Dub
Johnny

Heal Me

Salmonella Dub
Heal Me

Inside The Dubplates

Salmonella Dub
Inside The Dubplates

Salmonella Dub

Salmonella Dub
Salmonella Dub

Freak Local

Salmonella Dub
Freak Local

Heal Me Re-Bottled

Salmonella Dub
Heal Me Re-Bottled

Sarah Howells - TripleJ Roots 'n' All
Salmonella Dub - Back In Fine Form...

If you read my review in jmag of Salmonella Dub's last album 'Heal Me' you'll know that i was bitterly disappointed. Tiki Taane left the band to embark on his solo career, and all of a sudden they couldn't deliver. So I was hesitant when i popped this new disc in the player. The opening track got my attention pretty quickly - upbeat, great easy-to-sing-along lyrics, and georgous harmonies (even if the little "the government is trying to kill us" quip at the end left me puzzled). Salmonella Dub are back. With a vengeance.

From start to finish, Freak Controller had me dancing in my seat and singing along - there isn't a single song that made me cringe (which is a step up from the last album). There are some pretty laid back dub tunes like 'Rhythm & Pattern' which lull you into the groove before bringing it back up to a party beat with songs like 'Walk Into Your Mind'. So if you heard that these boys had a new album out and weren't sure what to think, definitely take a listen - you'll be cranking it up loud and dancing along in no time!

Kate Scantleton - Out & About Review

Salmonella Dub is a band that sure has good word of mouth. Branded as a band that defies the label of yet another alternative Roots group, at the Hi Fi West End last Saturday evening Salmonella Dub sure showcased a splendid blend of roots and rock, mixed in with some electronic elements. It was perhaps these electronic elements that took me most by surprise. While it was clear that the band would have a defined roots based sound to their music, I was not so much expecting the influences of trance and dub. The deep bass rippled from the stage through to the crowd, who bounced off the energy created, reacting in funky dance moves, and sheer energetic enthusiasm.

An interesting element to the band was the lack of front man. Since former front man Tiki Taane left the band a couple of years ago in search of his own solo career, it seems guest appearances from singers have floated in and out. And certainly this is what occured throughout the nights performance. It kept the songs fresh and interesting, as each singer lent their own individual slant to the band's music. One particular band mate stood out to me all evening - keyboardist Andrew Penman was not only striking looking with his bright pink spiky hair, but his enthusiasm for the music was truly contagious. I have never seen another keyboardist hit those keys with more gusto or passion. His presence was uplifting for his fellow band members and the crowd.

The Hi Fi seems to be a venue that attracts fervour. Nestled in the middle of the main street of West End, it perfectly suits bands that don't quite meld into the mainstream music scene of other Brisbane venues. Indeed Salmonella Dub had attracted a crowd that was an eclectic mix of the eccentric, the tipsy, and the savvy. Everyone was there for a good time. The goal for the night appeared to be to listen to some sweet tunes, groove along to the beat and of course drink a couple of beers while doing so. Salmonella Dub achieved this ten times over.



Rolling Stone - Justine Dunton Rose 2010


Veteran Funksters dish out hard grooves with a sure hand.

This is the seventh studio album from the Kiwi reggae-roots and rock inspired group. The overwhelmingingly calm and smooth beats on Freak Controller lull you into a head bobbing, eyes-closed stupor; "purple haze" aptly springs to mind. The opening track, "Restless Soul", is a drum and bass inspiredmix-up, a flavour that penetrates the entire album. The next track, "Up & Runniing", is a more pared back, heavily reggae track, with a catchy chorus and solid brass influence. "Freak Local", the album's first single, slots nicely into teh centre of the set, providing a great little tune to sing and dance around to, while "Deep In Southland" winds things down at the end to finishon an even more relaxed note. Although features mostly repetitive lyrics and riffs - with a few experimental beats and eclectic instrumental segments thrown in - it just seems to work. It goes from relaxed to beat-concious and back without making a noticeable transition. The Dub;s nifty compositions and experimental sound make Freak Controller a chilled and, at the same time, entralling listen.

Justine Dunton Rose 3.5 stars






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