Who exactly is Mr Wobble?
It’s question that has been on the minds many since released a series music videos late last year. One that has answers partly in the release their newest and most ambitious album to date, dubbed The Origins, out now on their own imprint .
“We created SubCarbon when we started making music because it was the only way we could be released. Big labels weren’t interested in our sounds.”
February 2018 saw Benjamin Bayeul and Charlie Dodson’s seventh LP since they extensively explored their riddim-inspired sound almost 12 years ago. “We’ve tried to release an album every year since we started in 2010,” said the two Brussels-based producers. They wanted to do everything but rush The Origins album, which the pair had been working on since the fall 2016, so as to avoid making the twelve track compilation more than just a shallow “collection easy-to-mix tracks.”
The Origins LP is anything but shallow. The album takes a deep dive in many ways.
First, it’s a dive into re-examining their own roots; a new exploration the hypnotic, immersive sounds that incapsulated fans many years ago. Cinematic intros, playful experimentation, and otherworldly sounds mark the album’s landscape. In a lot ways, The Origins is an intoxicating ethnic journey with a careful sense adventure — a psychedelic trip into the worlds dub, riddim, and low-end bass, more broadly.
Speaking to the evolution their signature wobble sound, the duo elaborated on how it took them a good amount time to manifest their ideas into reality: “You can really feel a difference when you listen to our old albums. Sound techniques evolve and the new material sounds more refined. We always had these ideas in our heads, but it’s crazy to see how ideas develop over time into actual sounds.”
Second, the album signals a nod to the roots Mr Wobble, an animated vigilante superhero character designed by long-time collaborator and illustrator Ebo. Mr Wobble has played a role in their work since they released “Wobble Master” and “LFO Requiem.” At the outset the new LP, he is joined by a whole new cast characters whereby fans are given a glimpse into the very origins how their super powers came to be.
Finally, the album pulls on the nostalgic allure ancient ethnocentric sounds. Inspired by composers like Hans Zimmer, Ganja White Night has a way for constructing cinematic bass compositions that incorporate reggae, dubstep, hip-hop, and drum ‘n’ bass, with influences from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. “We have some inspirations that never change,” they say. “We’ve always been fans ethnic sounds and ethnic voices, long intros, harmonies.”
GWN approaches collaborations in the same artistic spirit. Teaming up with Caspa, in particular, on the album’s second track, “Unique,” the three producers capture the very unique essence upon which their collective visions for bass music resonates — back before the days violent, head banging “bro-step.” Cinematic, fun, mischievous, and stripped down to the bare bone essentials bass, the track flips fluidly between it’s melodic breaks and stabbing synths for a hypnotic anthem that is sure to capture fans’ eardrums on the dance floor.
From cosmic introductions to intense party jams and downtempo grooves, the twelve tracks come together to tell a more complete story around Mr Wobble, the superhero who creates music from ancient mythology and uses it to awaken citizens dwelling in the modern world he inhabits. Regarding to expansion Mr Wobble’s world, Bayeul and Dodson are still exploring the many avenues the vigilante hero may take:
The Origins arrives just as Ganja White Night gets ready to embark on their album-accompanying “.” The duo will travel to 20 US cities featuring strong support from , , , along with label mates and . They plan to begin each concert stop with a special B2B DJ set from the SubCarbon roster, before transitioning into the tour openers, and ending with a GWN performance that will feature live instrumentation, editing, remixing, and improvisation much like a band playing all original material.