With collaborators that include Dr. Echo, Futures, Zach Hill, Afrikan Boy, Keziah Jones and Zakee Thomas of Philly and Bermuda, Dub Defender's debut EP on Green Owl will bring dub out of the ganja smoke and into the lives of hip club kids.
Steven Jess Borth II, a.k.a. Dub Defender, first graced my radar as a saxophonist for Purple Girl, a Sacramento funk band with a lifeline far too brief. I was a little too far gone at a Dusty Brown show, when Purple Girls' cover of “I Can't Go For That” lifted me from the lounge seat and onto the dance floor the minute I heard those twinkling keys. In the wake of a hiatus (fingers crossed), Borth resurfaced months later with Dub Defender, winning my attention once again. After unknowingly attending the first DD show, I would sporadicly see Borth's trio playing sidwalk shows and the Press Club in Sacramento. While I cannot guarantee that all DD sets will feature DJ Whores mixing in hip hop samples over Borth's sleepy dub synths, his sax work alone is worth the price of admission.
Making all the right friends, Borth remixed Brooklyn-hip hop party machine Ninjasonik. He's currently in the studio with Rev. McFly and company working on new music that will have you feeling exceptionally randy and fertile– protect your jimmys and jennys.
Check out “Change Is Great” for a sample of the DD sound outside of his remix work. Dub Defender's debut EP will be out in November on Green Owl.
Be sure to attend the Green Owl Showcase at Le Poisson Rouge on October 21 to see DD live in Brooklyn.