THE RED SHIFT
a compilation of label talent, charts a course through urban back streets,
up mystical peaks, down the Nile, and into outer space.
SCARAB (DELETED) SCARAB
A new chapter in dub begins with the self-titled debut by Scarab, a revolving
cast of inter-galactic citizens (not musicians) who have been known to
beat on a drum, blow on a sax, cut-up records on the turntables, or just
tap two empty Heineken bottles together when nothing else is handy.
CERTIFIED DOPE, VOL. 1
DUB CONSORTIUM WSCD003
Attention! Attention! Dub music is taking over. Nation to nation, station
to station, the revolutionary rhythm is ruling the sound and wrecking
the system. Heavyweight drum and bass to shake the foundation- no prisoners
will be taken. We are assuming total control!
DUB IN FUSION (DELETED)
Professor Shehab and Dr. Israel, two specialists on tenure at the Institute
of Dubology, were taking a lot of flack from their learned colleagues
over new directions in their research, which were threatening the established
parameters of traditional dub.
THE SESHAMBEH PROJECT (DELETED)
THE SESHAMBEH PROJECT
Scarab, who ushered in a new generation of dub with their self-titled
debut, returns with something even more bugging, for the beat-freaks who
just can't get enough.
THE ILLNESS (DELETED) SPECTRE
He's been lurking in the shadows for a long time now, terrorizing your
subconscious mind with beats iller than an AIDS patient. He doesn't so
much make music as he does break it, reducing (not producing) sound to
its raw essence.
2000: A BASS ODYSSEY
"Then I looked , and on Mt. Zion stood the lamb, and with him were 144,000
who had his name and the name of his father written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound from heaven like the noise of rushing water and the deep
roar of thunder; it was the sound of harpers playing their harps. There
before the throne, and the four living creatures and the elders, they
were singing a new song. That song no one could learn except the 144,000,
who alone from the world had been ransomed...." Revelation, 14:1-4
DREAD WESTERN ROOTS
Tired of digital dub? That slick, programmed, squeaky clean sound with
the familiar four-to-the-floor house beat. Do you ever long for the glory
of the golden age of dub, when King Tubby was creating infinite possibilities
on a two-track and Lee Perry was burying reels of master tapes in his
backyard to give them that added dirty appeal?
SEVEN TALES OF ISRAEL (DELETED)
DR. ISRAEL WSCD009
Many are called but the chosen are few, so when Jah ready, you gotta move...
PSYCHOANALYSIS: WHAT IS
IT? PRINCE PAUL
What's the Oscar-nominated, extra-large, mack-producer supreme Prince
Paul doing on itty-bitty, no-promotional budget-havin' WordSound, you
ask? Well, he's been here since the beginning...
GROUNDED TO THE INNER CURRENT
Many seeds of illness that have taken root in the shadow of Bill Laswell's
Greenpoint Studios in Crooklyn are beginning to break out of the underground
and take their rightful place in the Light: Introducing Producer K. Bennu
(O.H.M.), pointman on the next frontier, who drops his debut release...
CERTIFIED DOPE, VOL. 2 (DELETED)
CROOKLYN DUB CONSORTIUM
Caught somewhere...Dark...A haze of paranoia is the shroud through which
I see. Born in a vision of silt and murk... A burn feeds my mind. The
fire numbs. I sink deeper. Beyond...Beyond...To the Other Side... where
the Illness resides...
PRINCE CHARMING WSCD013
...is a habit-forming holotropic hypnophonic lycanthropic biomorphic launch
into a hyper-sensual libidinal hyper-space...
SUBTERRANEAN HITZ, VOL.
1 THE ILL SAINT PRESENTS
...You just bought this tab 'cause of the picture. Never heard of the
brand before, but your boy said it was bangin'. So you drop it.
EQUATIONS OF ETERNITY (DELETED)
The coming millenium is little more than a paragraph in a hyper-realized
history book already written.
EBN E SYNC EBN
E SYNC WSCD016
Out of the chaos comes the moment of synchronicity. Recognition of such
a moment results in higher evolution.
"Seven is the symbol of mystery. It is a deep, strange unaccountable number
which has a significance all its own" -Walter B. Gibson
TAPPING THE CONVERSATION
THE BUG WSCD018
As the illness spreads to foreign lands, WordSound reaches across the
globe to support our comrades on the Other Side in their subversive activities.
Case in point: Sir Kevin Martin (Techno Animal, GOD, Ice) and DJ Vadim
(Ninjatune hotshot) have been working in secret labs in Switzerland on
a new kind of tracking device.
SECRETS OF THE PAST AND
FUTURE SCARAB WSCD019
Eons ago, the seekers of truth gathered in the ruins to make rituals and
tell the tales of the past and future. So too, did Scarab emerge from
the ruins of Brooklyn with a vibration that transcended space-time.
INTERPRETIVE BELIEF SYSTEM
(DELETED) HIM WSCD020
Drummer Doug Scharin (ex-Codeine, Rex, June of '44) inaugurated his new
outfit, HIM, with the 12-minute "Chemical Mix" ...
DUB MELTDOWN (DELETED)
BILL LASWELL/STYLE SCOTT
It all happened on a dark and stormy night at Brooklyn's Greenpoint studios.
Top-ranking bass twanger Bill Laswell meets legendary reggae sticksman
Style Scott (Roots Radix, Dub Syndicate) for the first time...
LOADED WITH POWER SENSATIONAL
Fall of '97, Crooklyn: Revenge of the underdog. Sensational rises from
the Other Side.
SHAKE THE NATIONS VARIOUS
WordSound has been quietly bombing the underground with the certified
dope for three years now, and what better way to celebrate our 3rd anniversary
than release a retrospective of the whole catalog--remixed.
THE SECOND COMING SPECTRE
But it's time, once again, for his own brand of musical mayhem to continue
as the Ill Saint returns...
SUBTERRANEAN HITS, VOL. 2
THE ILL SAINT PRESENTS
Kicking off the new year with mad flavor and mad styles, Sub Hitz 2 picks
up where Vol. 1 left off, with certified dope jams from Prince Paul, Afrika
"Baby Bam" of the Jungle Brothers, DJ Rob Swift (X-ecutioners), and Scotty
Hard (New Kingdom).
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IT
THE WEAKENER WSCD026
... a WordSound exclusive, is a spine-tingling trip through the dark dungeons
BASS INVADERS (DELETED) DUBADELIC
The wild ride into the outer realms of Bass continues as Dubadelic reignites
the boosters of the Dubber-ship and heads to a planet just like Earth
to save the day.
"To this day, many Indian sects hold that anyone who dreams that he/she
is initiated has been initiated" -O' Flaherty, Dreams, Illusions & Other
FANTASTIC VOYAGE PRINCE
"Lay with me play with me by the sacred city mountain valley view of the
shimmering sea mouth awaiting mouth toe rings jingling elegantly sparkling
diamond ring accessories moonlight reflecting on the river shimmering
soft kind sly beautiful breathing...."
Hailing from the Cypress Hill projects of East New York, Brooklyn, Metabolics
(Mr. Dead and Big Pat) inhabit the creative left field of hip-hop in the
good company of such trailblazers as Prince Paul and Kool Keith, and labelmates
Sensational and Spectre.
Divorced from the cult of personality and the trappings of the material
world, where money, hype and sales figures are the only relevant factors,
Slotek producer Special Dark set out to make an even deeper more meaningful
album, but one that could not be ignored.
CORNER THE MARKET (DELETED) SENSATIONAL
With its no-fi production values and offbeat flows, CMJ heralded Sensational's
mind-bending debut as "The most bold and experimental hip-hop record of
the last couple years."
CERTIFIED DOPE, VOL. 3
CROOKLYN DUB CONSORTIUM
Through yet another transmutation, Crooklyn Dub Outernational emerges
triumphant, once again, to expose the truth and to show and prove that
Crooklyn is not a trendy zip code, it's a state of mind. And dub is not
simply music. It is the gateway to The Other Side, where all things are
THE RETURN OF KILL DOG E
SCOTTY HARD WSCD034
He disappeared for a while and rumor had it that he went straight, but
now the name of Kill Dog E. is being spoken in hushed voices on the streets
THE END SPECTRE
...we find technology running amok, the fabric of society quickly unravelling,
Western culture in full demise, and fear and anxiety at a high point.
Such is the perfect climate for the Ill Saint, otherwise known as Spectre,
to wreak havoc on your mental plane.
SUBTERRANEAN HITZ, VOL.
3 THE ILL SAINT PRESENTS
Membership in this elite academy of dangerous deviants is restricted to
those unequivocally dope artists who are willing to take chances as they
push hip-hop forward to the year 3000.
Quality hip-hop records are called "tight" for good reason: The production
is rigidly calculated, the rhyme schemes scientific, the hooks precision-engineered.
BREAKBEAT MECHANIC LEON
Jungle....Drum'n Bass....Breakbeat....Tech-Step....Intelligent....We say:
If it sounds good, what's in a name?
METABOLICS, VOL. 2: DAWN
OF THE DEAD MR. DEAD
Without the same big-money machinery behind him as the corporate clowns
who masquerade as MCs, Mr. Dead enlisted an elite corps of beat alchemists--Prince
Paul, Dan The Automator, Scotty Hard, Spectre, Bimos, and M. Sayyid (of
Anti-Pop)--to chemically infuse his new album with the crucial ingredients
to make it rough, raw, real, and addictive.
2 HYPE 2 WYPE HAWD
GANGSTUH RAPPAHS WSCD040
"Nothing you've heard before is likely to prepare you for this trio of
straight-up psychopaths"- Brian Coleman NY Freepress
THE MOVIE/THE SOUNDTRACK
2 hour-feature film on DVD and accompanying soundtrack on CD. Featuring
Sensational, Anti-Pop Consortium, Scotty Hard, Spectre, Mentol Nomad,
Prince Paul and many more.....
THE ORIGINAL SCORE CROOKED
Original soundscape pieces created especially for the film. Featuring:
Sensational, Spectre, Scotty Hard, Mentol Nomad, Bill Laswell
Solo debut from one of the stars of Crooked.
NATURAL SHINE SENSATIONAL
The star of Crooked blazes once again on his fifth, most bangin'est release
PSYCHIC WARS SPECTRE
Savage beats for the sophisticated listener. The Ill Saint brings the
pain once again, and nobody's safe.
MAGNETIC LEARNING CENTER (DELETED)
Reminiscent of the 80s sonic excursions of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound
stable, with the worldliness of Bill Laswell's Material, Teledubgnosis
straddles the past and the future with an organic yet tech-savvy sound
comparable to none.
HYPNEROTOMACHIA (DELETED) PHILOSOPHY
"The Human heart is the ordnance of Murder - blood, blood, blood. Light
and sound drain out of the world like befouled water, and a deep, black,
expectant silence flowers in their absence. It is in joyful anticipation
of a sunless Eden that my heart cries."
CERTIFIED DOPE, VOL. 4 (DELETED)
CROOKLYN DUB OUTERNATIONAL
Nine years ago, a loose collective of rebel souljahs calling themselves
the Crooklyn Dub Consortium launched a new movement in sound with the
seminal Certified Dope, Volume 1 (WSCD003), a compilation which defined
a burgeoning style from the underground dubbed "Illbient" by the press.
Once again, one-upping the downtempo dummies, the crooked knights--including
Spectre, Scotty Hard, HIM, and Bill Laswell-- return to prove that good
music will always outlive the hype. Available January 2004.
WS50: THE VIDEO ALBUM
10th anniversary DVD. Includes the dubumentary, "The Greatest Thing You
Never Heard," along with an exclusive Bill Laswell interview and 3 WordSound
music videos. Limited edition of 1000. Get it fast cause this LAST RELEASE
is sure to be a collectors item.
CROOKLYN DUB CONSORTIUM:
CERTIFIED DOPE, VOLUMES 1 & 2 VARIOUS
Available on double CD for the first time in 10 years! This is the series
which launched NYC's ILLbient movement of the early 90s.
MADE IN BRASIL VARIOUS
Forget about baile funk. These are the newest sounds emerging from the
southern hemisphere. From hip-hop and dub to drum n' bass and electronica,
Brasil has got some seriously exotic styles.
SENSATIONAL MEETS KOUHEI
Punk meets Funk and Breakbeats in this cross-cultural critical beatdown.
Recorded in 5 hours on a day off while on tour in Japan.
ACID & BASS
SENSATIONAL & SPECTRE WSCD055
People asked for it. Here it is. Sensational. Spectre. Full-on collaboration. The meaning of the word 'crooked'.
DEATH BEFORE DYING
Spectre. Music just like you want it. THIS is what you think of when you hear the name WordSound.
IT'S VERY STIMULATING (DELETED)
PAUL BARMAN WSEP003
...this laughable, loveable, geekier-than-thou former Ivy-leaguer is about
to become the joy of your world.
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
KLOS/MENTOL NOMAD WSLP049
Following his latest triumphant full-length, Psychic Wars (WSCD045), Spectre,
The Ill Saint, continues the onslaught with Weapons of Mass Destruction
(WSLP049), a collection of strictly hardcore, killa instrumentals. VINYL ONLY.
INTERNAL DYNASTY SPECTRE
Spectre. 'Nuff said. DIGITAL and VINYL ONLY.
THE TRUE & LIVING SPECTRE
Spectre's 9th solo release. Featuring Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest on the title track. Better get on it now. DIGITAL AND VINYL ONLY.
John C. Fernando is Firn, a young beatmaker, poet, and philosopher from Brooklyn, NY. His life, and untimely death on March 19, 2011, at the age of 17 has inspired much expression from the artistic community.
Free on Bandcamp.
THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST SPECTRE
The mighty Spectre's 10th and final solo album. LP to follow on Germany's Small But Hard label.