Velikovsky Said EP Reviews
"With a title that references a Russian psychiatrist and writer about comparative mythology, whose theories posited that the Earth had experienced several cataclysmic collisions with the other planets of the solar system, Satellite Dub's return to the electronic fold (after 2011's acclaimed 2-tracker London Has More Lights) is an intelligent, melodic slice of intelligent dance music which has a suitably cosmic feel to it.
Plans of Smoke and Mirrors has a percussive, breakbeat-laced appeal, while the fuzzed-out electro of Duchenne Smile sounds like it was beamed in direct from the spaceways. Red Morning Trouble is a belting 8-minute techno squelcher, while closer Threads is a soaring chorus of ambient synth washes. A welcome return to the fray from a promising producer." - Bram E Gieben (The Skinny)
"Conjuring up early melodic Depeche Mode, North Lanarkshire's Craig Brown has scored once again.
The four new tracks on this EP are sublime synth. Plans of Smoke And Mirrors starts with a dripping water effect synth that reminds me of Depeche's Dreaming of Me, but Craig adds modern fuzzed-up bass and a snake-like Acid House swirl to send you into orbit.
Red Morning Trouble is an absolute belter of a tune with a driving rhythm and Terminator-style synths, including a metal sounding, echoey one that hits the spot." - Rick Fulton (Daily record)
"This bad boy came out on 17th April (yes that's how far behind I am) and is a behemoth of electronica and dance music. With the spirit of Kraftwerk in his sails Craig, a.k.a. Satellite Dub, set off on an intergalactic stellar trip. Mind that bit in the the song 'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor' that says, "just banging tunes and DJ sets"? This is that, but better. Get it on a 'pay-what-you-want' basis or buy a CD with download for £4." - Scottish Fiction
"Velikovsky may well be Craig Brown’s Russian penpal, but more likely he’s an author who wrote World in Collision (no, not the Pere Ubu album), no, a book, suggesting that the earth has had several near eascapes with stray planets (as we all know, Nibiru is on its way).
I mention all this because this sci-fa(ct) is the ideal soundtrack to this EP, the first in a few years from Satellite Dub. Synth music always sounds technological, but this in particular is space rock in the least ‘spacey’ sense – dancey, but not too ravey, intelligent despite its purely instrumental nature, and as I say, modern and neither hippy or cheesey like, say, Jean Michel Jarre or Howard Jones. Each of the 4 tracks are lengthier than a pop single, which is good, as they receive time to build an atmosphere.
‘Plans of Smoke and Mirrors’ is a robotic headnodder combining 8-bit techno as sequences and blips and beats fire around your earspace before dying down and going into ‘Duchenne Smile’. This one is named after a French neurologist who did pioneering work in the facial muscies, (hence the title – no, of course I’m not reading this on Wikipedia).
With phones on this, perhaps appropriately, sounds like there’s someone tunneling into your brain. A shame given that beneath all this lies a bit of a tune, the kind of thing that could soundtrack a goals roundup on SkySports, if it wasn’t so darn scary.
Given that the last band to experiment with such effects was Psychic Tv, it is a bit of a relief when it fades, into ‘Red Morning Trouble’. This tune is long – long enough to maybe soundtrack a short horror film. If John Carpenter ever abandons his “write the theme tune” maxim and indeed makes another film worthy of his reputation, then he should ask Mr Dub to help out.
It builds, peaks, levels out and then escalates to another level of panic before, as presumably the final human meets a horrible end.
Track and indeed EP close with acoustic guitar, the one concession to non-electronic music before ‘Threads’ kicks in with washes of electronic noise bathing the listener in a sea of tranquillity (mind your head as the moon passes over us).
It’s analogous to the likes of the Human League’s ‘Dignity of Labour’ where an uptempo EP closes with a subdued almost funereal tune which perhaps remembers those lost in space. If you’re looking for a soundtrack to your 21st December then this could satisfy all your space catastrophe needs. 4 out of 5" - Is This Music?
"We absolutely love this, that's why we're playing it tonight." - Ally McCrae (Radio 1)
"I’m not sure of his day job, but the latest EP from Satellite Dub, Velikovsky Said, references a theorist and a catastrophist at that, science and the world before our arrival, an interesting theme in much of Satellite Dub’s quirky work. Appearing as a humble creature, I was lucky enough to spot the elusive Mr Dub in the shadows of his live show a few weeks ago, where much of this EP was showcased.
I apologise in advanced for sounding like The Vicar Of Dibley, (or the vicar of any other small village for that matter), but this latest work is more of a journey than a set of individual tracks, and I’d encourage anyone to listen to it from start to finish uninterrupted .
Plans Of Smoke And Mirrors begins with electronic rain, but it’s a humid day and the sort you want to go out and splash in. Teasing gently, playful hats are soon joined by a bass groove and a gamers scurry. Just dipping its toe in the water of videogame electronica, a break-beat sobers the track into something of magnitude, grasping you along the race of the build, before the storm clears into an opening for level 2, more appropriately known as Duchenne Smile.
Referencing another scholar, this track engenders positive emotion, all genuine like the name suggests. More instantaneous in velocity, the swirls and panning surround you, ensuring you’re safely escorted to the eight minutes of Red Morning Trouble.
Although the longest track on the EP, this is probably the one which has the greatest impact for me, regardless of my microscopic attention span. Mechanical rigidity bolts the track together as a nightmareish scene is carved with increasing intensity, each layer building to suffocating levels until it vaporises into the relief of sparse guitar chords. The solitary final guitar chord in this track, is like the bright first breath of oxygen, after being held underwater to risky levels of euphoria.
The final track in the EP is a firm conclusion, with sweeping synth pads and legato strings. With this track I feel like I’ve ingested enough helium to make me weightless and I might be swimming through the air.
This EP is one that could soundtrack an intergalactic exodus, or even be wondrously married with a visual artist, for a full multi-sensory experience and live spectacle. One thing I’m sure of, the tale certainly has a happy ending.
I look forward to the next mission, in safe hands, if Satellite Dub is soundtracking." - Glasgow Podcart
"Opener ‘Plans Of Smoke And Mirrors’ starts with a visceral riff that soon descends into a battle onboard the Starship Enterprise, where space sounds duke it out with one another to the death.
Follow up ‘Duchenne Smile’ is missing that energy and urgency that really drove ‘Plans Of Smoke And Mirrors’ but has a brilliantly panned section towards the end that makes it an experience in itself.
All eight minutes of ‘Red Morning Trouble’ would work as smaller acts of a greater whole, but instead it comes across as a spliced together track that labours on ideas for longer than it should before moving on to, supposedly, greener pastures.
The only part that really works is the intense build up towards the end.
Closer ‘Threads’ slows things down and provides shelter from some of the more disorientating moments on the EP." - Ravechild
"Having been off the scene for sometime it has been good to see Craig aka Satellite Dub take a welcome return to what he does so well. With recent live performances going off around the city, it would seem Mr Dub has timed his new EP release very well indeed.
"Velikovsky Said" is a "pay what you like" release. It can be download for free if you are a little strapped for cash or have simply avoided the slavery of plastic. Simply add £0 when asked what you wish to pay. However I do encourage you to pay a small amount for this release, as all proceeds support the artist in his musical endeavours and keeps your ipod's full of great music.
You can download the full EP on his bandcamp
This release takes the listener on a journey. A journey that not only weaves you through a digital mad cap world of melodies, blips and arpegiated leads, but it also lets us in on a little secret. Satellite Dub has not been standing still while he was away, he has come back strong melding his old sound with new elements. Tracks such as "Red Morning Trouble" and "Plans of Smoke and Mirrors" bear this out very well, blending old and new "Mr Dub" seamlessly.
This EP draws you in and holds your attention from start to finish with its ethereal melodies, juxtaposition bleeps and driving bass lines. I highly recommend you add this to your music collection. Oh did I also mention it also comes in a limited edition CD for those that wish a more traditional format! Only £4 for the CD also purchased on the bandcamp download page.
Finally here is a link to the EP "namesake" Immanuel Velikovsky. Why have I included this? Well even though I have not read his work it does seem interesting as it aligns with research into alternative views of reality that I have been studying for some time! Always hold an open mind to all information." - Binary Zero Blog
"You can see what Craig Brown (Satellite Dub) is trying to do on opening track Plans Of Smoke And Mirrors, but the problem is that the huge beats are lying under layers of busy distorted synths, lessening their impact considerably. Although still cluttered, Red Morning Tribute is the standout, its massive sound wouldn't feel out of place on a Chemical Brothers album." - Peenko
"Producer Craig Brown follows Mylo and Calvin Harris as the next Scot to make you groove." - Daily Record
"Rob Da Bank is already a fan of Lanarkshire electronica star Craig Brown and this brand new four tracker suggests he could be on the verge of something special. Fans of The Chemical Brothers should probably swerve the gently melodic breakbeat of the title track and head straight for Trying To Stop A Tank With Your Hands - a gritty club monster that Tom and Ed would swap Lily Allen for. It's the kind of all-guns-blazing track that Satellite Dub has been roadtesting at a string of high profile support slots and low key club gigs over the last few years. But it'd take a brave man to bet against this being a cult club smash" - News Of The World
"Still on the subject of talented West Coast knob twiddlers, the prodigious Satellite Dub, aka Craig Brown, releases his latest EP on Glasgow label Antimatter Music on 8 September.
Featuring the impressively named tracks Power Off Einstein and Trying To Stop A Tank With Your Hands, it is up to the high standards we have come to expect. In recent months Brown has supported the likes of Calvin Harris and Digitalism and tonight will appear at the fifth birthday bash of Dunfermline's Is This Music night at Monty's Bar.
" - The Scotsman
"Finally making it onto carbon copy, London Has More Lights is a riotous piece of soaring space-rock that crashes through your living room, landing in showers of sparks and explosions of percussion. Intricate and subtle without ever losing the euphoric, futuristic feel, this is one of Satellite Dub’s finest works to date. If Moby or the Chemical Brothers had recorded this, they’d be able to buy their own continent. 4/5 Stars." - Liam Arnold (The Skinny)
"Hailing from the humble North Lanarkshire, Scotland, this modern answer to a one-man band, Craig Brown aka. Satellite Dub has been conjuring beats which are anything but retiring. His new single ‘London Has More Lights’ is like launching your head into the airy empty echoes of the night sky, while your ears are held hostage by glitchy, spacey beats and weird but winning distortions.
B-Side ‘Strangelets’ continues the pace while introducing some celestial detail and impressive layering and production skills. Comparison wise, Satellite Dub is as eerie as Björk, as wired as The Prodigy and as robust as Orbital.
‘London Has More Lights’ is lingering, expressive and extraordinarily impressive, and to steal the words of famous deep thinker and philosopher Rob Da Bank, “Who would have thought this was unsigned?” Thanks Mr. Bank, couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 4/5 stars." - Denise Tench (High Voltage)
"Craig Brown builds on his already impressive portfolio of earlier releases as Satellite Dub with this trippy two track download single. Less of the throbbing bass and pulsating beats than on previous records, 'London Has More Lights' is a twinkling, swirling electro with just a touch of melancholic undertone. B-side 'Strangelets' follows up this vibe with a wobbly synth sound and more down-tempo rhythms. If 'Trying to Stop a Tank With Your Hands' got you in a lather, then this release is the perfect antidote to calm you back down again." - Shane Blanchard (Tasty Fanzine)
"Magnolia Lane starts off promisingly (and ends well) with a track that
simultaneously fulfils any needs for throbbing d&b/electronica, with delicate high-pitched melodies like tiny
shattering diamonds. Theres a pleasant juxtaposition between the serrated bass and gentle tingles of treble.
Trying To Stop A Tank With Your Hands has more brutality to it, and moves closer to a recognisable techno template -
for the most part Satellite's tracks do not fit easily into neat little categories. Chittering white noise peppers
the trance-like sounds. Theres a build-up, but no breakdown or climax sadly, and it remains on a threatening parboil
for four minutes. Hardware Software Nowhere moves up into action movie techno, and theres almost a Celtic feel to the
keyboard melody. All three tracks represent a good omen for Satellite Dub more compositions in the 'Click To Enter'
vein, please: ambient dance with a razor-toothed edge. 4 / 5" - Struan Otter (The Skinny)
"Lo-fi electronica with most everything turned all the way up to eleven, Satellite Dub are a beguillingly abstract proposition. Existing more on the darker edge of the electronic world, it's a land of sinister bass lines, mangled snares and ever encroaching claustrophobia. Fantastic!" - Karmadownload
"Sticking with the beats is Satellite Dub or North Lanarkshire DJ Craig Brown.
Many clubbers will be aware of Magnolia Lane, a trance dip into the underbelly of The Orb.
Second track on the EP is T rying To Stop A Tank With Your Hands, a squelchy hands-in-the-air ode to the sweaty moments you can only just remember before the lights came up.
It's cleverly constructed with at least four separate rhythms. The third track, Hardware Software Nowhere, slows the beat down and harks back to The Shamen with tribal beats.
Like a frenzied little brother of the Doctor Who theme, this slices through the brain and fries the grey stuff. A new pied piper of dance has arrived." - Rick Fulton (Daily Record)
"Imagine King Tubby driving a 34 foot bassbin through your house into your fishpond and you can imagine the breakbeat sound of North Lanarkshire according to Craig Brown." - Rob Da Bank (Radio 1)
"When someone offers me something for free I immediately become suspicious. ‘What’s the catch?’, I think to myself. When it comes to someone offering me their material to review, different questions come to mind…. are they super confident for good reason or are they desperately trying to get someone to say something good about their work? Yeah, I have a negative and suspicious mind.
As it turns out Craig Brown AKA Satellite Dub doesn’t need a good review, he has plenty under his belt, and as for confident, he has every right to be. Click to Enter EP is a veritable triumph of electronic excellence. While guitar may have previously been Craig’s instrument of choice, Satellite Dub sees him melding together beats, samples and synths in a sound that is experimental without being alienating.
Opening track ‘Magnolia Lane’ has a sparkly pop tinge to its beat-based mellowness and as such could well become an essential soundtrack to the rare balmy summer nights which have been occurring of late. Picking up the pace and, more than likely, your feet is next track ‘Trying To Stop A Tank With Your Hands’. A great builder of a track that slowly pumps away at your senses until trying to stop yourself from dancing is as futile as…well…trying to stop a tank with your hands!
Warmed up and raring for action, closing track Hardware Software Nowhere is my personal favourite of the EP. With a slightly retro looping synth and spaced-out swagger it deserves its recent No1 slot on Radio Magnetic’s New Music Chart. Click To Enter EP is a triple whammy of tripped-out goodness and a valuable lesson that the best things in life (for some) are free." - Caishnah (Rise And Shine)
"Satellite Dub AKA Craig Brown's buzzes, squips and squeaks belie the fact that he hails from Greengairs, one of the most nowhere places in Scotland, nay, the world. It is ironic that such a breath of fresh air should come from a town whose most famous attribute is that the residents have to have their windows closed at all times due to the sickening stench coming from the local landfill site.
The disc opens with 'Magnolia Lane', a drumsy, whooshtastic, twinklefest that brings to mind what it may sound like if Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin collaborrated on a track ripping the piss out of Royksopp.
'Trying to Stop a Tank With Your Hands' is a gem of a track that you can easily imagine playing over Keanu Reeves chucking floppy discs at big metal octopuses, with its sleazy driving bass lines pulling you close and wrapping its scary but comforting arms around you.
The EPs crowning glory, though, is 'Hardware Software Nowhere', a big, evil, epic that takes the baton left behind by Orbital and rams it squarely up Moby's arse. Another filmic track, it could easily be the theme to the remake of Blade Runner.
Despite his assertions that he is still finding his sound, Brown's ear for a good dirty groove looks sure to secure him a place alongside the other members of Scotland's dance aristocracy. Indeed, he is attracting the attention of all the right people, most recently Steve Lamacq who has been giving it airplay on his radio one show. A name to watch. 4/5." - Paul Bamford (The Lick)
"Following on from 'Power Off Einstein', Craig Brown follows up with another perfect lesson in dance floor filling electronica-meets-intelligent techno. All three tracks are records that Orbital would have made if they spent all day drinking Red Bull instead of fiddling around with those weirdo head lamp torch spectacle thingies. A complex, atmospheric gurglarama of bleeps, beats and occasional whale noises in an easy to handle, radio friendly package. What more could you want?" - Shane Blanchard (Tasty Fanzine)
"This record is layers of drum and bass, dance and chill out. it's good for the mind and you can relax to it or dance to it. it's nothing special, however it is easily effortless to listen to, a bit of dumb fun you could say. 3/5." - Danielle Goldstein (Is This Music?)
"Following in the footsteps of Mylo’s successful crossover to the big time, Satellite Dub appear on the verge of something quite special. Magnolia Lane showcases the lighter side of this electro-clash collection, and could easily be lifted from The Chemical Brothers or The Postal Service. However, Satellite Dub almost seem more comfortable with their brooding dark side, experimenting much more on Hardware Software Nowhere. Taking a simple lick and layering so much metallic sound on top shows that there is no fear of pushing the box in the pursuit of making ‘music that will lift people out of there skins.’ Seeing the praise received it is clear that Satellite Dub could be on the verge of taking their sound to the crowds it certainly deserves. Apparently Satellite Dub are just finding their sound. If this is the warm up then things are looking pretty good for electro north of the border. 4 out of 5." - Dan Feeney (High Voltage)
"Featured in these very pages just a few missives ago with the superb ‘Power off Einstein’ EP which if you haven’t invested in yet then the question has to be asked why are you reading these missives in the first place? Satellite Dub is the brainchild and vehicle for the multi talented Craig Brown and as with previous releases ‘Click to Enter’ is strictly limited to just 200 copies so we suggest you get off your arses and grab a piece of the action because with Festival season looming these little gems could prove to be the late night entertainment blasting from the decks of those in the know. As previously this EP features three more psychotropic trips into the cosmic void to find Brown capably fusing electronica and studio wizardry with elements of club culture to share the same melodic currency as Brighton’s very own Puffin Boy. ‘Magnolia Lane’ opens the set incorporating a hybrid Sun Ra aspect to its core that’s been dusted down by a throbbing drum ‘n’ bass grind that’s left to bask in the celestial glow of sun spot action all the time tenderly trimmed by a serenely delivered nursery room coda. ‘Trying to stop a tank with your hands’ is a darker affair still, trance vibes screw up your head with their looping hypnotic overload as they lock target with the heavy bearing Front 242 interpretation of euro disko creating into the bargain a heady psychotronic mind set to blow you away. Closing the set with the gem like ‘Hardware Software Nowhere’ is where space rock meets futuro pop, not a million miles from the gruelling warp ambient slant of Echoboy’s ‘Scene 30’ this fluid hyper driving shape shifter gives a unique glimpse of what the offspring resulting from an illicit late night studio meeting between Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital and Yello might have resulted in. Of course goes without saying essential, expect turntable slaughter action at a club near you." - Mark Barton (Losing Today)
"Playfully maniacal. 4 out of 5." - Mark Edmundson (The List)
"Sleazetronica. I'd say it was a bit of a poor description of the upbeat, uptempo electronically layered music of Satellite Dub. The music is definitely not poor though - high octane dance beats which hopefully can never be used as a ringtone on a mobile phone due to the fact there is just too much going on.
Easy comparisons would be Chemical Brothers meets Death in Vegas in some kind of bar brawl resulting in a stand-off and duel by Korg. Actually, that is not such an easy comparison is it but this is the kind of unholy electonica-laden row that would ensue and I for one like it very much." - Shane Blanchard (Tasty Fanzine)
"An absolute diamond of a release and one which we regret not reviewing earlier (after all we have had it for a month or three). Our excuse and reason I hasten to add is that this delightful three-track baby somehow how got mislaid in the recent move. Since re-acquainting myself with it I‘ve been the toast of the neighbourhood regaling the local social sect with the joys of Craig Brown AKA Satellite Dub. ‘Power off Einstein’ is strictly limited to only 150 copies and if they haven’t flown out of the racks yet then there is something wrong with society and you all should share in a bout of collective shame. “I want to make music that will lift people right out of their skins” announces Mr Brown on his press release and lifted out of our skins we are to a far flung point of the cosmic third eye because what SD do is to wrap your conscience and twist it in a series of psychotropic arrangements rooted primarily in electronica and state of the art mediums that in essence rely on the trademark techniques so ably characterised by the kraut / space rock communities so that what you are presented with are three worthy slabs of head melting sonic groove that cleverly absorb elements of the club culture - dub, trance and drum ‘n’ bass and splices them into a menacing overload of hypnotic mind bending scores that share an affinity with Puffin Boy / Front 242 and act as a midway point between EAR and a more evil Aphex as so ably characterised by the unrelenting push of the lunar highways monotony (an update of Kraftwerk’s celebrated ‘Trans Europe Express’ if you like) within ‘Power off Einstein’. ‘Hypocrites’ I’d have to admit is my favoured cut if only for the way it unexpectedly absorbs an earthy underside that at least ensures its momentarily rooted on the old terra firma to sound strangely like a trippy take on Dreadzone. ‘No harm done’ rounds up the set in a truly discordant style to come across like some kind of atmospherically charged warring drone meltdown scenario, really is so cool it has to be heard. For now check out the great man’s website at www.satellitedub.com for downloads of the sample crazy ‘Jesusfreak’ and ‘Cubed Shark Buddha’ from the ‘Sessions #1’ album – go on you know it makes sense. Only greatness awaits." - Mark Barton (Losing Today)
"Part old-skool house, part electro-clash, Satellite Dub’s latest EP builds upon the sounds and ideas on previous efforts, but also showcases a new side to the Glasgow electrolites.
Satellite Dub’s music is intelligent, well-crafted and original. It may appeal to more hardened electronica fans, but for fans of Death in Vegas or Felix Da Housecat this is a must. ‘Hypocrites’ in particular is a gloomy and paranoid track that’s centred round a killer back-beat. Brooding atmospherics and tender vocals give the song real depth, as the electronic mutterings in the background illustrate Satellite Dubs intent on making music that is rich and complex, rather than settling for something formulaic.
The array of press quotes and notable achievements that Satellite Dub have achieved so far shows that their music is attracting a list of admirers. They may not have found their intended sound yet, but, here lies an artist that is willing to push the boundaries and test themselves as artists. 4 out of 5." - Richard Cheetham (High Voltage)
"Bone rattling. Surely an indie dance floor filler. 4 out of 5" - Stuart McHugh (The List)
"Craig Brown, aka Satellite Dub, claims that he wants 'to make music that will
lift people right out of their skins.' Played at the necessary volume, his first recorded effort
(available primarily through the independent FOPP network of shops) will do just that, albeit intermittently.
‘Sessions #1…’ is an electronic collection that riffs off Krautrock, analog baroque, drum ‘n’ bass and all points
between; there are times where the listener is left transfixed and mute, stuck in the moment as if your ears form
part of the loop, and here is where Brown comes unstuck. Perhaps wary of milking his ideas too much, few of these
twelve tracks exceed the four minute mark, where microtonal adjustments would ensure that even were they to
stretch over twenty minutes they would still be absorbing. Brown is plainly a man with big ideas; if he allows himself
the confidence to follow them we could be witnessing the birth of a new star." - Fela Lewis (Logo Magazine)
"Satellite Dub offer us a break from guitars via some rather good
trance/dance/electro/soundtracky stuff. Yes, it's got everything. It's described as a demo but could
easily pass as a proper album. All sampled voices and industrial rhythms; Satellite Dub perhaps veer between the Chemical Brothers and Cabaret Voltaire, but that's really too narrow a description. 'Jesusfreak' is funky but just enough while 'No Questions' even has singing,
a floaty electropop ballad. 'Juxtapose' is more meatily metallic, 'Already Forgotten your Face' scratchy and glitchy
... like I say, a bit of everything." - Miles O'Toole (Is This Music?)
"Throbbing out of the sedate village of Greengairs like a bad-chemical banshee comes Satellite Dub, the one-man band from sleazetronic trip-hopper Craig Brown.
This lo-fi / hi-phat audio experience sees Brown laying down his six-string and delving into the black electronic arts. And judging from his CV that's been no bad thing, for it comes cradled in the arms of praise: global radio airplay, impressive mp3 download stats, salivating ad-men, and praise from Radio 1's Gill Mills. But is it worthy...?
Part Primal Scream panzer attack ('Jesusfreak Part 1'), part brooding Massive Attack (the soulful 'No Questions'), part gothic Moby ('Already Forgotten Your Face'), Satellite Dub conjures up a stylish brand of uneasy listening; futuristic industrialism that wouldn't sound out of place soundtracking The Matrix (indeed, Sessions...is particularly reminiscent of Rob Dougan) or Bladerunner.
And then there is the glimmering light at the end of the tunnel, 'Karmaliberation', the infinite glisten to bathe the soul in calming redemption.
Moody and a goody." - Orlando Lovekill (GGMM)
"Satellite Dub works in the same cut and paste
electronic mode as the likes of Fifth Column Fetish and Ireland's D:V:ant. Beats, music samples
and voice samples thrown together and then mixed into some kind of shape. What makes this lot stand
apart is a strong funk element to their music, so there's the usual militaristic sound, but it's topped
with an unusual vibe that makes it more groovy than intense. The guitar sample on 'Jesusfreak Part 1' is
pure genius and takes what could have sounded like a straight-forward Ministry-esque track, complete with
the requisite voice sample from a Christian preacher, into something far more interesting and enjoyable. 'No
Questions' goes a different direction, with some good vocals on top of a strongly Orb/Aphex Twin influenced
base. 'Juxtapose' goes the Psychic TV route with a voice sample from Tim Leary, though they go for a more
aggressive break-beat sound over the acid house sound PTV pioneered. 'Already Forgotten Your Face' goes
back to the Aphex Twin influence for a spacey IDM sound, topped with some almost Pink Floyd-esque
psychedelic vocals. 'Cubed Shark Buddha' picks the pace right up again, with a dark and oppressive dance
track that wouldn't sound out of place on a Prodigy album. It wraps up with a dark and funky instrumental
'Reflecting Skin' and that's it. This really is a group to watch out for; their sound is rooted in the
underground, but has much to appeal to different parts of the dance scene as well." - Girl The Bourgeois Individualist (Sorted / Sordid Magazine)
"On his website Brown lists Krautrock and avant-garde
composers among his influences but he should also give a nod
to Curtis Mayfield, James Brown and the luminaries of
70s funk/soul. On "Chemical Intervention" and
"Reflecting Skin" Brown plays the way Maceo
Parker plays horns; he doesn't create a rhythmic line
so much as slink in between the notes, firing rimshots
off rimshots. His hard, angular solos underpin the
synthesizers, while the sharp syncopation keeps things
moving along. Brown also has a feel for slow, lush music ala Air or
some of the Paris loungecore DJs. On "No Questions,"
Brown's heavily treated vocals flow heavy as chocolate
syrup over ice-cream synthesizers, while the
synthesizer-beatbox interaction of "Juxtapose" almost
qualifies as foreplay. It has the finger-snapping
easy-listening joie de vivre of the best João Gilberto
CDs: music for a 21st century Girl from Ipanema. This is a
well-done CD. It's got a good beat, you can dance to it and it
includes at least two good makeout tracks. How can
you go wrong?" - Kevin Filan (Starvox)
"Satellite Dub mainman Craig Brown (football puns on a postcard please) has made a determined attempt
to forge something interesting out of bits of Primal Scream and pieces of Aphex Twin, with the odd dollop of groove and / or grind.
Soulful vocal tracks even give an impression of some of Moby's rootsier compositions. It's a mixed bag that tends to work very well. A worthy start." - Jan F Zeschky (The List)
"Psychedelic electronica? Well, 'Exterminator' by Primal Scream launched this music as a genre but it is rare that I hear music which can top or equal it - till the moment I heard Satellite Dub of course! Satellite Dub is a dance-project (what’s in a name!) run by Craig Brown and it's great that they used the word dub, as what Lee Scratch Perry is for reggae dub, Satellite Dub can be for electronic dub as the whole CD has a magical effect, every second you are confronted with some beeps that have a paralyzing effect. Luke Slater, Kraftwerk, Lo-Fidelity All Stars, Paul Van Dyk - name how many artists you want and all can be related to Satellite Dub as Craig is using all these influences and styles as elements to create his own spacey dub music that sounds poppy, psychedelic and trance-like! The band has done well in the Garageband.com charts and anyone who is into
modern dance sounds must find interest in Satellite Dub!" - Didier Becu (The Original Sin)
"Movie samples mix with pounding beats, future-poppy vocals and trip hoppy riffs to create this rather eclectic release. There are elements of this that remind me
of the Dope Smugglaz, whilst there's something that swings to the Drum n Bass vibe lurking underneath.
This CD should be picked up quite happily by those pursuing the electro clash thang." - Sandra Gilbert (Meltdown)
"Not very often do artists switching from guitar rock
into avant garde electronica end up sounding as special as Satellite Dub. Satellite Dub
makes downtempo, melodic electronics with a kind of pop sensibility in the lyrics that feels
like the direction things might (and in my opinion ought to) be headed in electronic music.
At least, that's the impression I got while listening to "No Questions" by Satellite Dub,
a truly refreshing piece of electronic music. All the elements of a great electronic song are here.
The song is deep in melody, and the beat is the solid backbone of the entire song. The synth
parts are tweaked to near perfection, and all sorts of effects are in use (esp. cutoff nobs).
I think the best part is the timing, which just feels right everytime things change. Even the
lyrics are written and performed to especially significant effect. Satellite Dub has a really
original sound that leaves me wanting to hear a lot more, from him and artists like him. If
this is the direction of electronic music in the future, consider me hopping onto the
bandwagon. If you want to hear the future of electronic music, or at least what it ought to
sound like, give Satellite Dub a listen; you might be surprised to hear what you find." - Matthew Hurst (Gods Of Music)
"Satellite Dub fills this disc with a blend of experimental trip hop, electronics
and pop. Modern electronics like Jesusfreak Part 1 stand next to songs with groovy beats
and melodies like No Questions. A calm mix of EBM, dark wave, noise and trip hop create an album
that will be liked by many people. Funky rhythms and experimental sounds are combined in poppy
songs with a slow danceable attitude. This album might not be commercial enough for the pop scene,
not groovy enough for the underground scene and not electronic enough for the electro guys
but it brings together different styles in a great way." - Peter Jan Van Damme (DTTB)
"Sessions # 1 is a crisp sounding homage to everything from
the dangers of religious fanaticism to warped out chemical induced mental experiences.
Satellite Dub didn’t create a work that would fall into any one genre.
Calling it electronic is a start, but by no means is it the end all. Brown
admits to never using the same sound twice in any recording, which must send
him on the wildest hunt for new and creative endeavors all the time. The
music is much more like an electronic painting than an actual album full of
songs. It ranks in the domain of musical art because it dares to defy the
parameters of the accepted limitations of the genres, while sending the
message that the dehumanization of man is imminent if we don’t challenge our
own belief systems. Satellite Dub has thankfully been
untainted by the 'rules' since his work is created in his home studio. Like
a bird on a wire, he scans the surrounding area of life and simply finds a
sound to emanate a mental image for the listener. This talent is usually seen in the
creation of much of the new age music on the market, so it is quite interesting to hear
a young talent take this same essence of construction and put an industrial Krautrock
style spin on it. Expect even more remarkable endeavors from Satellite Dub as he simply
continues to live life, examining ideas and concepts that are translated into a musical
canvas." - Mike Ventarola (Starvox)
"The amalgamation of sound and style from the absurdly talented Craig Brown,
the solo artiste behind Satellite Dub, is nothing short of startling. Immersed deep
into the world of synths & samplers, the produced and very much desired effects fall into
a genre of music closely associated with the likes of Junkie XL and the Prodigy, without
being quite as harsh, but altogether something just that little bit darker. Add to that already
dominant force of electronic sound, a light touch of NiN style atmospherics resulting
in a cleverly mixed trip hop, ebm and darkwave orchestra of noise. Sound bizarre?
It should do. Craig has put his full influential range of Avant Garde composers,
modern rock and computerised synths into this one complete package.
An aural explosion of delight and a joy to listen to. Quoted as saying that he’s just beginning to find his sound and take his first steps, Satellite Dub could be a name to stick around with."
- Grave (Darkcell)