Best described as an homage to old-school Jamaican dub, Principal’s music features live recorded drums and other instruments. Fused with electronic elements, it celebrates the sound of the original dub pioneers.
Born in 1970, Rasmus Allin has been working as a producer, musician, and songwriter since the mid-nineties, primarily within the realm of electronic music. Inspired by the British trip hop and drum ‘n’ bass scene, he soon gravitated towards Jamaican dub, rocksteady, and reggae.
“I found my inspiration in the old Jamaican dub masters like Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, and Scientist. I’ve spent endless hours in the studio trying to replicate their sound, using old tape delays, filter boxes, and modulation effects,” he says.
In 2002, Allin formed the band Junkyard Productions, playing major venues and festivals like Elysee Montmartre, Le Triptyque, Télérama Dub Festival, and Roskilde Festival while touring through Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and France. Alongside this, he continued to hone his skills in producing, co-writing, and remixing music, working with top Danish pop and reggae acts the likes of Natasja, Pharfar, Wafande, Shaka Loveless, and the British girl band All Saints.
“In 2006, I remixed the single Rock Steady (Junkyard Remix) with the British girl group All Saints who wanted an authentic sounding dub remix. The result was a highlight in my quest for pure, old-school reggae-dub sound,” says Allin.
English bands and producers like Dub Pistols, Gorillaz, and Roots Manuva are further influences channeled into his forthcoming release, which he references for their very personal and modern sound. With most of the album built on drum tracks recorded over ten years ago by the drummer Christian Skjødt, the album finds its strength in interlocking rhythmic patterns of basslines, chord stabs, and melodies.