It was sometime in the Fall of 1998 that
producer/DJ Rob Paine and friend Dan McGehean
were having, um…tea, one afternoon in Philadelphia when the
concept of Worship Recordings came into being. The pair soon
added Rob’s long-time friend and musical partner Zach Eberz
and the label solidified, concentrating on the ‘dub’ factor of
Whether it’s deep and bubbling or jackin’ and
rolling, Worship pushes dub music to it furthest ends weaving
dub consciousness with house spiritualism. In just a couple
years these three brothers in sound have forged one of
America’s up-and-coming independent electronic music imprints
by fusing their deep dub and reggae influences with their
passion for House music and dance culture. Featuring releases
from the likes of prolific Swede Hakan Lidbo, Perry
Farrell collaborators Rocket, ex-Wamdue Kid Chris
Udoh, and in-house dubmeisters Solomonic Sound,
Worship has found favor with the likes of such international
talents as NY house legend Tony Humphries, Body & Soul
cornerstone Joe Clausell, Ben Watt (Everything
But The Girl, Lazy Dog), Inland Knights (Drop
Music/20-20 Vision), Colin Dale (Groovetech.com’s
Abstrakt Dance), Garth (Grayhound Records/Wicked, SF),
Silicone Soul (Soma), and Halo Varga
(H-Foundation, Soma, Bluem).
Comprised of the label’s first ten releases,
Worship founder Rob Paine compiles some of the label’s finest
sides and continually mixes them together on two turntables
for a true dubwise session of chunky beats, dub textures and
conscious messages in sound.
Garth and Eric James, these two San Francisco house pioneers
evoke the spirit of King Tubby and tribal drums through a
sinsemilla sparked filter with their productions on Garth’s
Grayhound label, Worship, and remixes for the likes of
Faithless and Perry Farrell.
Hakan Lidbo emerged in the late '90s as one of the most
prolific tech-house producers on the planet. Lidbo has
mastered a wide variety of house styles - uplifting vocals,
deep, late-night moods, mind-bending minimalism, refined
classic house and skanked up dubby tracks. On an even more
experimental note, Lidbo recently wrote the score to a 19th
century ballet for the Copenhagen Radio Symphonic Orchestra.
and fellow Worship partner Zach Eberz comprise the live act
Solomonic Sound. Leaning more true to their Rasta influences,
Solomonic Sound tracks like ‘Children of Israel’ embodies the
pure spirit of what Worship Recordings is all about. The pair
often open for such talents as Linton Kwesi Johnson and others
of the like when they tour through Philadelphia. Zach and Rob
have recently returned from Jamaica where they collaborated on
exclusive studio sessions on source material which will become
the debut Solomonic Sound album, due to be released in 2002.
Christian Street –
after a street in South Philadelphia, this one-off project
between Rob and former Wamdue Kid Chris Udoh, melds
Rob’s dub sensibility with Udoh’s chugging dancefloor vision.
based multi-instrumentalist Adam Tenenbaum; Nectar’s heavy,
hypnotic dub textures have graced the decks of such top DJ’s
as Garth, Mr. C, and Terry Francis.
One of the
more housey releases on Worship, this release by Chris Udoh
and June Lopez still retains a very latiny dubby flavor.
– An alias
for Rob Paine’s more housey material, this 12” is perhaps one
of the sleepers in the Worship catalog.
Although Rob Paine is only just now being recognized for his
production - his career and commitment to music has been life
long. Music is his driving force - he picked up and started
playing the saxophone when he was only in fourth grade,
playing and recording with various bands from the age of 15,
and in college as he majored in Jazz Studies/saxophone
performance at Temple University.
However, Rob's discovery of house music and its culture opened
doors to what turned into a way of life. Influenced by the
reggae, hip hop, jazz and punk rock that he grew up on in the
80's, but as soon as the 90's came into the picture, it was
bands like the Stone Roses and Orbital that made everything
start to unfold into what style of house he is now committed
He was soon addicted to the sound, and it wasn't long before
he was addicted to the tables. His career began as a DJ in
1993 playing at house and outlaw parties throughout the
Philadelphia area, Rob soon became heavily involved in the
club and rave scene and has logged his share of miles
traveling the club and rave circuit all over the U.S. and
Canada and producing many mix tapes over the past seven years.
It was during the earlier part of this time that he met and
began to work with Keith Landis (Dj O'keef) and Kevin Gimble.
As a collective called Special K, they played a major part in
the early development of the underground dance movement in
Philadelphia. Over the years Special K (later known as Circle)
brought many underground music greats to the Philadelphia area
for the first time.
Since founding his own label in 1998, Rob has catapulted
himself into a place alongside many of the American dance
music scene’s finest up-and-coming producer/DJ’s – San Diego’s
H-Foundation, New York’s 6400 Crew, San Francisco’s Rocket, to
name a few. Building upon the dubby foundations and
percussive house sensibilities that make up what many perceive
to be the ‘West Coast US house sound’, Rob and Worship inject
an authentic Rasta heartbeat and a little of that inherent
Philly soul into their records, making them stand out a little
further than their contemporaries.
Release Date: April 2, 2002
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