Tribal Dub is the long-rumored "lost" Makyo album, intended as a follow-up to 2005's "Swara Mandala." Many tracks were recorded, not all were finished, and this mini album represents the best that remained. It was a period of depression and mild alcoholism for me, and I was finding it very hard to finish any tracks. I probably planned to work on all of these some more, but they sound just fine to me now. Sometimes it's easy to lose the plot and just keep on mixing forever.
This album was made under the influence of African Head Charge, who turned my head around so many years ago. African, voodoo and trance chants and drumming were dropped into a dub format, and I tried to keep it raw by doing the dub mixes on the fly. Most of this was recorded on the virus indigo synthesizer, an emu sampler, two Korg electribes, and a battery of hardware effects units, esp. the Echo Pro.
If you'd like to hear what the full album might have sounded like, take the Makyo tracks Swords and Parandeh from the Tribal Matrix comps, add the digital singles "Sigh" and "Like a Breath," and find a tracklist that works for you. You'll see why I was having a hard time making it all fit on one album! This smaller mini album comes across as much more cohesive.
The sound I was exploring here got abandoned around 2009, when I got heavily into writing for the Makyo live act and the Purnima album, but the tribal sound I was developing here wound up getting grittier and bass-blasted and morphing into Jinniyah, which will also be released soon.
**** Note: track six, an epic one, is only available with album purchase.
**** Also note: when the album has topped 100 sales, I will unlock a bonus seventh track, again only available to people who purchase the full album. Trust me, it's not filler !
I cannot express how masterful this project is. Overall it’s entirely is beyond what you can expect from this era. Forgive us my favorite track thus far.. but it’s so hard to pick. The delicate flute creeping in, the ambient beats and rich guitar. The fusion of live, world sound with electronics truly is mental medicine. This song is a journey I love being on. Inspires me day and night. Kaya Project is one of those entities that can change the world, for the better 🙏💙 souliseum