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Salmonella Dub - Soul Love Trippa 12” Vinyl EP

On May 4th Salmonella Dub launch pre-orders for their new 6 Track 12" vinyl

Soul Love Trippa from their Dub Stop store

The Soul Love Trippa 12” - A 36 minute journey through the freshly mastered basslands of Aotearoa’s original space weavers Salmonella Dub. This record features 4 exclusive new album tunes, Sprang it, Andy’s Jam, Molesworth and the extended mix of Soul Love Trippa all unavailable digitally, plus the Soul Love Trippa 7” remix by David Harrow & Searching for the Sungle a jungle excursion of For the Rain Dub produced by Harry Bretherton.

This auspicious new vinyl is the first in 4 years since the release of their now sold out 10 album Deluxe Vinyl Box Set and book released for their 25th in 2018. Like the boxset, Soul Love Trippa has been pressed in a limited run with pre-order deals and new merch options open from their Dubstop store on May 4th.

Recording Backstory Chronological History 2012-2021

  1. Andy’s Jam 2012 - 2019
  2. Searching for the Sungle 2012 - 2018
  3. Soul Love Trippa - 7” mix 2017 - 2018
  4. Sprang it 2017 - 2019
  5. Soul Love Trippa - ext mix Jan - 2019
  6. Molesworth 2018 - 2020

Salmonella Dub started the writing and recording process for Andy’s Jam and Searching for the Sungle in the summer of 2012 in their Hapuku Creative Retreat the week before the last Kaikoura Roots Festival.

Andy’s Jam was inseminated in this session with a guitar riff from Andrew with trombone, trumpet + melodica motifs added by Pete Wood, ethereal intro vocals from Dave Deakins, sax from Ants Smith and keys from Mant. The arrangement was incubated in Sydney at Ants’s Smith and Werstern Studio during the many Salmonella Dub Soundsystem tours of Oz between 2013 and 2016.

In 2017 the band engaged Nino Birch to pen lyrics for 3 new tunes, World She Waits, Shaping Ground & Andy’s Jam after Nino’s Wellington group Beat Rhythm Fashion were rejected as a credible option to perform Salmonella Dub’s tune Problems at the NZ music awards.

Andy’s Jam - instrumental mix is a classic 9.53’ extended journey through dub and jungle with signature Sal Dub bass and horn motifs. The arrangement was co-produced by Harry Bretherton in the band's Hapuku Creative Retreat over the summer of 2018/19. Nino’s vocals have been stripped out for a future release. We’ve called this version the instrumental mix despite the fact we’ve left Dave’s backing harmonies for Nino’s phrases “it’s never too late” & “gonna take the wrong way home” in the mix.

Searching for the Sungle was conceived in the 2012 sessions with Andy’s Jam and originally called Classy. It was first released as Searching for the Sun (for the rain dub) on the Dub’s 25th birthday compilation Commercial Grates in 2018. Searching for the Sungle is a jungle excursion of “for the rain dub” re-written in Whakatu with Mark Tyler and Harry Bretherton. Classy original version produced by Ants Smith will be released alongside the full vocal version of Andy’s Jam featuring Nino Birch in the coming months.

Salmonella Dub alive in Otautahi winter 2017

Soul Love Trippa was originated in the next phase of the band's writing process In Christchurch 2017. Bass player Mark Tyler, missing in action for several years, was eventually tracked down in Vegas just before the IRD got him. On his return to Christchurch he first wrote the Soul Love Trippa bass lines and rhythm bed. Andrew added key’s and guitars in Mark’s Tuam St studio. Dave recorded the drums and penned the vocal line “So long Soul Love” and the bands horn section Scotty Taitoko, Michelle Harrison, Simon Kay wrote and recorded the big horn motifs with the bands original live engineer from 1993 Icemac in his Ferry Rd studio.

It was around this time Andrew engaged Harry Bretherton of Soulware and Organikismness to help co-produce a new bundle of tunes starting with the single World She Waits featuring Nino Birch. Harry crafted the first Soul Love Trippa arrangements with Andrew. The first mix was produced by David Harrow in his LA studio in 2018. The Soul Trippa Soundsystem mix has featured in the Salmonella Dub Soundsystem live sets for the last 3 years. Now the band finally releases the Soul Love Trippa - 7” mix also produced by Harrow as the opening tune on their new 12” and as their first digi single for 2021.

Soul Love Trippa - David Harrow 7” mix is a 3.38’ version featuring Dave Deakins original drum takes in a light 170Bpm jump up rhythm bed produced by David Harrow. The 7” mix opens with the call from the Mighty Asterix “Hear what the good Aotearoa music has to say” and is followed by an extended chorus. “So Long Soul Love, So Long to Love, So Strong we Live, So Strong so Far” and chatter from Asterix before the big horn motifs drop.

Soul Love Trippa - Harry Bretherton extended mix a 6.42” version produced by Harry Bretherton starts with the horn motif over a half tempo dub rhythm and features the addition of the verse “Fall in a hole everytime I say goodbye, Everytime I see your eyes I wanna cry. It just means I cannot lie, It just means I cannot lie” from Dave Deakins. The 170bpm tempo switch drops at 3.48” with a more grimey techy bass line than Mant’s original B-line.

Sprang it was the next riddum bed to roll out from Mant’s ableton sessions, beginning it’s life as a James Brown-esk loopy sample funk thang. The band switched it up with a quick studio session after a Sal Dub Soundsystem gig at the Dux Live. Harry Bretherton masterminded the arrangement cutting hypno guitar, drunken horns, gyro springs and the swaggering "Where's his ID" vox from Andrew P~ contrasting with Dave Deaks "I can't find what’s up ahead" crooning with the rhythm and rhyme of the Mighty Asterix "sprangin' it." Check the Sprang it live video footage here shot by Mani P and his Hapuku Heehaw Film Productions at the Great Kiwi Beer fest in Otautahi.


Molesworth is dedicated to all the generations who walked before us with respect and understanding for the whakapapa of Papatuanuku. It is dedicated to the elders who brought mana, wisdom and aroha to Aotearoa’s cultural landscape through their knowledge and connection with the natural world.

“Way out in the Molesworth you can see how it is for me. Way up in the Molesworth you can feel how it’s gonna be.”

Molesworth’s heartbeat rhythm is a call to connect with all our landscapes both cultural and physical. This tune is auspicious in that it features young Mani Penman’s first vinyl debut, opening the track with the conch his good friend and master carver Brian Flintoff made for him.

Harry Bretherton recorded Mani’s emotive ghost calls in the predawn hours of an early Kaikoura morn, pitching the long notes through the frequencies known to ancient whale spirit walkers, calling them to breach once again and thrash their flutes against the oceanless valley walls to set free the wisdom trapped in the fossilized memories of all who breath the dead air that seeps through the industrial landscapes of our cities.

The rhythm bed started from a Mant ableton session called Another Duckshead. It morphed into several tunes; Afro Duckshead, Molesworth and Crittah Messiah, a tune that will feature on our next 12” release later this year. Harry Bretherton developed the Molesworth arrangement around Mani's electric Uke riff, played by his dad with a gypsy nonchalance needed to compliment his backwards lead guitar licks. Dave and Andrew crafted the vocal idea together in Icemac’s Otautahi Ferry Road studio in the spring of 2018 and recorded the lyric and Mani’s conch in the band's Hapuku Creative retreat on a long summer night in 2019.

Artwork Themes Backstory "Hear what the good music of Aotearoa has to say"

There is no arrogance intended with this lyric. The Good Aotearoa Music is a reference to the wondrous and historic orchestra of native bird song in Aotearoa 500 years ago. We have a motif rolling through our artwork to represent this emphasizing the now missing members with skeletons.

The packshot art for Soul Love Trippa uses the kowhai art from our old 2 cent coins with original lettering from the bands eye motif originator and seminal poster designer Liz Penman.

The kowhai theme in the packshot is a motif from Salmonella Dub’s forthcoming album Return to our Kowhai arranged in Salmonella Dub’s Hapuku Creative Retreat in Kaikoura.

The band's Kaikoura studio is surrounded by one of the oldest stands of Kowhai regrowth on the east coast, with some kowhai estimated to be over 250 years old.

In the album title track Return to our Kowhai - a new jungle. Andrew recites a spoken word piece about the importance of the whakapapa of our environment adapted from a speech Albert Hoffman delivered at a conference celebrating his 100th birthday.

“Some will come to look for gold. Lost their hearts before they’re old. Those who know to keep it strong will live elsewhere to see the dawn”

The MAY 2021 release dates for the singles are;

4 MAY Soul Love Trippa 7’ mix - Now hear what the good music of Aotearoa has to say

11 MAY Soul Love Trippa radio mix - Cannot lie mix

18 MAY Searching for the Sungle - Aotearoa jungle~ism mix of 4 the rain dub

24 MAY Soul Love Trippa Soundsystem mix - Are you a Trippa?

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