When I look at / hear the words Elephant Dub it calls forth the idea of a huge, heavy, slow moving behemoth capable of destroying all in its path with its gargantuan momentum. Fortunately, to some degree this track lives up to those expectations.
A low key opening brings it a steady beat followed by a steadily building bass rumble – clearly stating the intent of the tune. This becomes an undulating sub-bass/bass line accompanied by fluctuating percussion and percussive sound effects. This continually builds, but not in a claustrophobic way, rather staying open and inviting the listener to move forward with it. Driving (t)onwards until the pulsing beat is lost and a bass-heavy, ambient break appears enabling a variation on the rhythm to come in before the huge pulsing bass makes a welcome return. The bass then continues to build up from where it had left off towards the end of the track when the bass drops out, probably top enable something else to be mixed in.
I originally purchased this track solely because it was released on Mala’s Deep Medi Musik label, which I am a bit of a fan boy for. However, I also recognized the name Mark Pritchard, who together with, possibly the more well known, Tom Middleton made up Global Communications. Their ambient release 76.14 is definitely worth a listen and has rightfully made its way onto several best of charts, including one in the Guardian.