Adding “King” to their name in honour of original dub maestro King Tubby, King Ende Shneafliet produced far more experimental and out-there material than their better-known big brother. They released their first cassette, Dimension Mix Chapter I in 1981 via cult label Trumpett, with batches of follow-up material trickling out on various obscure tapes and later CD-Rs up to the year 2000.
Artificial Dance’s first dip into the Dimension Mix archives – a second vinyl volume will follow later in the year – features selections from Chapter II (1999), which was originally recorded between 1981 and ’88. The magical, mind-altering music is raw, lo-fi, spaced-out and forward-thinking, combining effects-laden, sample-heavy sound collages and reverberating ambient soundscapes with pulsating proto-electro jams, moody minimal wave instrumentals and kosmiche-influenced throw-downs. It effectively joins the dots between early-80s, DIY electronic exploration and dub soundsystem culture.