Don’t sleep on this new mix from Mr. Dibbs & Brett Fullerton. It was released on February 21st this year. For a long time, I’ve held the belief that the Turntablism subgenre is on life support, so it was nice to actually hear a new release that falls under the category. I’m familiar with Mr. Dibbs through his work with 1200 Hobos and cLOUDDEAD, and he was involved in that Epic Beard Men album from 2019 as well, so I’ve been pretty into everything I’ve heard from him. I’m not really familiar with Brett Fullerton on the other hand, but I trusted that he’d be dope if he was working with someone like Mr. Dibbs.
As you can perhaps surmise from the title and cover art, this release is inspired by the police brutality and strife involving law enforcement that’s been bubbling up in the United States over the past decade. The different sound effects that are incorporated throughout the track are awesome. For example, one of my favorite ones is the sound of a police walkie-talkie. Is “walkie-talkie” the official name of that device? I feel like there should be a less silly term for it, but I’m not sure. Fuck it. It doesn’t matter. On top of that, you have various samples of protest chants and political figures giving speeches. The mix is about 15 minutes long, and it switches up about 9 or 10 times. At one point it sounds like there’s somebody screaming the word “RESIST.” I’m not sure if that’s a sample or if it was Brett Fullerton. I don’t know what the fuck it was, but it sounded dope as shit. I’m assuming Brett Fullerton is another DJ & instrumentalist, but I don’t know for sure. One thing I really appreciate about this release is how hard-hitting the percussion is. The drums here are fire. For pretty much every section of the track I was overcome with the coveted involuntary headnod. I’ve never been great at talking about instrumentals, so I don’t have too much to say about this track other than it’s fire and you should listen to it. At one point towards the end some synths come in and it almost sounds like an Electronic influenced track on some Chiptune shit. That was fire. The whole thing is great. Give it a listen and thank me later.
This mix is dope as hell. I don’t have that much experience with Turntablism, but everything I have heard has been really fun. Now that I think about it, I think Mr. Dibbs is like the only artist who would fall under that label that I consistently listen to. I feel like if I was a musician I would want my shit to sound like what he does, so that’s probably the highest praise I can give. I should learn how to do shit like this because it’s fucking awesome. I feel bad that I didn’t mention Brett Fullerton as much, but I’m just not as familiar with him, so that’s why. Since I don’t know exactly who contributed what to this release, I’m gonna split the praise 50/50 and say that they both killed this shit. Don’t sleep on this project. If you’ve never heard any Turntablism before, give this a listen and see if you like it. I think it’s really great.