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[Review] Craig Townsend & Jay Hubbard – Humanities Dictation


The many facets of electronic music guarantee a varied enough range of sounds to satisfy even the pickiest of individuals. Representing the lower end of underground music’s  BPM spectrum, Craig Townsend and Jay Hubbard of Norfolk-based duo Dark Architects put forth their latest collab, Humanities Dictation. Let’s take a closer look at this brooding  JOOF Aura release.

Thanks to its 8 plus minute run time, this wonderful progressive slab has plenty of room to unfold, surprising the listener with each twist. Prepping the ground for what’s to come, Craig & Jay engage the kick and percussion, starting things off. Soon after, the crunchy, satisfying sound of the base surfaces, completing the overall picture of the intro. The break zooms into view, accompanied at times by vocal snippets from The Great Dictator.

As the instrumental fades to the background, Charlie Chaplin’s full speech gets its chance to shine at last. Inside the eerie melodic breakdown  one can hear:

Soldiers, don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty!
In the 17th chapter of St Luke it is written, “The Kingdom of God is within man. Not one man nor a group of men, but in all men. In you!”
You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness.
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.
Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power.
But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise!
Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!


Chaplin’s final words hang in midair, signaling the base and kick to make a timely comeback, guiding the track to its resolution. An echoing vocal accent punctuates the production’s final moment, bringing proceedings to a fitting close.

On the off chance you are not such a big fan of the speech, these architects of darkness have constructed an alternate version, a Dub Mix. Play this if you just wish to enjoy the instrumental in all its glory.

Be sure to pick up the track at the links provided below. 🙂

Out now on: Beatport | Amazon | Junodownload

Connect with:

Craig Townsend: FacebookTwitterSoundcloud

Jay Hubbard: Facebook TwitterSoundcloud

Dark Architects: FacebookTwitterSoundcloud

JOOF Recordings: FacebookTwitterSoundcloudSite

About Florin B

23 year old student. I enjoy listening to a variety of genres, but Trance has been my go to for more than half a decade. You'll usually find me over at Vând Sunete, trying to put into words as best I can how good a track (or album) is. :)

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