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District Vibes Remixed

by Shamans of Sound

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In the last month of 2020 Shamans of Sound released their new single District Vibes featuring vocals by SleepWalker. The tune was recorded and produced with a lush, full-on 'live in studio' sound. So they decided to send the track stems to Rob Paine of Solomonic Sound in Philadelphia and asked him to rework and reimagine the track however he wanted. Not only did longtime selector Rob Paine come back with one of the deepest dub remixes around, but he even threw in an alternate version that was a by-product of his sonic alchemy.

To those unfamiliar with Rob Paine, he has nearly 30 years of experience as a top rate DJ, playing to festivals and clubs around the world for decades now. He established his own “Dub House” genre in the early 2000's, and has a label, Worship Recordings, dedicated to house music. Rob Paine also tours prominently as a reggae/dancehall/dub DJ under his Solomonic Sound System moniker. Needless to say he is a prolific talent bringing a wide range of sounds to dancefloors worldwide, always with positive uplifting vibrations.

Rob Paine's Solomonic Steppers Dub Remix of District Vibes is bass heavy, spooky and dubbed out to the max. Gone are the full vocal arrangements, instead dubby echoes and refrains from SleepWalker are heard throughout. The relentless hard-stepping beat runs right through from start to finish, giving even the most jaded rudeboys a reason to dance. Ethereal keys, digital stabs and dubby bleeps drop throughout, adding trippy layers to the track. A modern dub classic….

Rob Paine's Stripped Down Dub takes the gloves off and just goes right for the jugular. This is dark and deadly dub music, the vocals are gone entirely and the bass reverberates throughout. Rob Paine is really flexing his dub style production skills here, this one's for the serious heads. The familiar begins to feels strange as the pulsing beat keeps driving you deeper and deeper. This is the dub music your grandma warned you about!


released March 5, 2021

DJ Quotes:

“Ya Mon, Rob bringing da fiyah!” - SABO

“Solid deep dub with a great gait to it. Will use it as an opener to my set.” - Dub Gabriel

“Rob Paine delivers that deep dub that will pound on a good sound system!” - Fort Knox Five

“Rob Paine was always on my radar. I get here what I would expect from him… genuine quality!” - DJ Clairvo”

“I like it, will play in my radio show. Thanks!” - Renegades of Jazz

“Great insistent groove with a solid bass over the steppers beat. Dubbed out elements on top solidify the hypnotic vibe. Definitely playing one on my radio show!” - DJ T-bird of Los Chicos Altos

“Love the tune. Great vibes, dopy overall feel.” - Warp9

“Sounds Wicked!! Will play it on my next radio show” - DJ Grant Dell (UK)

“Really digging the dark, atmospheric vibes on these tunes.” - Art Cuebik

“Full-chart minimal steppers with live-sounding drums & wicked FX. True to the original, but built for sound systems.” - ZamZam Sounds

“Love It” - Nikki Crawley/Euphonique – (SWU FM – Bristol, UK)

“Love the bassline!” - Stereo 77

“I like the melody & pulsing bassline of the Steppers Dub!” - Savages y Suefo


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Shamans of Sound Washington, D.C.

The Shamans of Sound is a new project, but the band members are all veterans of the Washington,
D.C. scene. Their diversity is their strength as they bring a variety of experiences and influences to the table, ranging from roots and dub to hip-hop, r&b, soul, funk and
dancehall but its their shared love of reggae which brings everyone together
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