Co La - Sensory Dub Example
‘Sensory Dub Example’ is the newest Co La music since ‘No No’ in 2015, and his first long-form 20 minute piece, presented in digital formats and on a single-sided 12” vinyl. Loosely spanning four movements, each has a heavy oozing atmosphere anchored by a low pulse and deep mechanical textures that constantly build and release tension. Several sections feature ear-tickling whispered vocals; my favourite repeats the line “this stuff smells so good but it doesn’t taste like anything” to confusingly eerie and calming effect, which is indicative of the work as a whole. As the title might suggest, listening closely to ‘Sensory Dub Example’ is like slipping In to a miniature sound world; it reminds me of the orchestral term ‘tone poem’ in that it eschews standard album conventions for more enveloping explorations without sacrificing precise arrangement or attention to detail.