Mad Professor - Audio Illusion Of Dub (Music CD)

Release Date: 13 July 2009
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In the digital age, Mad Professor (a.k.a. Neal Fraser) has taken dub music to a place rarely imagined-even by his main influence Lee Perry. He has infused it with so much meaning and sonic magic that it has literally infiltrated every area of popular music to one degree or another. The Professor's own records, from the "Dub Me Crazy" recordings to the "Black Liberation Dub" series have always pushed the music further into the future, utilizing digital technology to its fullest. Perhaps that's why AUDIO ILLUSION OF DUB comes as such a surprise: it sounds downright retro, as if it came from the late 1970s, form the same period of time that Adrian Sherwood, Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell and Fraser himself began making dub plates and LPs. While it's clear that the effects are digital, Mad Professor goes out of his way to make this set sound as if it came from the early days of Perry's hand-spliced, tape experiments. He's made the music steamy, mysterious and slightly ominous sounding in all of its darkness and opacity. Check the stretched horns in "Rasta Kaos," and the way the guitars enter for a moment to echo a familiar theme before simply disappearing. Listen to the rhythm tracks on "Dry Wood Dub," where the bass is a one line, riff, played on the same accent note as the bass drum, with a female backing chorus flitting in for a moment and then echoing off into the distance. Nowhere is there a more telltale track here than "Kingston, 1972," with its horn section trying to play a melody all the way through before being stilted by a crushing reverbed snare, skittering guitar and a bass that threatens to come through the speakers. This one is special; one of the better recordings Mad Professor has cooked up in the 21st Century, reminding listeners where the music came form in the first place.
Release Date: 13 July 2009

1. Kalimba Dub
2. Slave Trade
3. Rasta Kaos
4. Wari Wari
5. Mek a Tell Yo
6. Fula Girl
7. Echo Delusion
8. Miskito Dub
9. Dry Wood Dub
10. On the Brink of Feedback
11. Kingston 1972
12. Hot Fever Dub
13. Cool & Easy Dub
14. Left Shot Dub

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Catalogue No: ARICD225