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A beginner’s guide to Scientist, dub reggae’s experimental genius

Posted in Scientist with tags on May 8, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The Jamaican audio engineer Scientist is one of the crucial links in a musically innovative chain that begins in the late 60s with King Tubby, progresses through Prince Jammy in the 70s, and falls to a close with Peter Chemist in the mid-80s. A truly outstanding practitioner who thrived on innovation, Scientist helped dub reach some of its greatest heights of creativity. He became one of Jamaica’s most sought-after engineers at a very young age, his mixing artistry rising up in tandem with the Roots Radics in the late 70s and early 80s. Because of the incredible dub works he fashioned as an apprentice engineer at King Tubby’s studio, many dub fans consider Scientist to be the last of the classical Jamaican dub mixers, yet his overall contribution to the evolution of reggae is far more multifaceted than most realise. In fact, Scientist was all over the place as the 70s gave way to the 80s, shaping significant vocal and dub works at Studio One, Channel One and Tuff Gong at a time in which reggae was undergoing dramatic changes. …”
YouTube: The Scientist mixes Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub — “Stop & Frisk Dub”

Dub Chill Out (1996)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Dub, King Jammy, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Robbie Shakespeare, Scientist, Sly Dunbar with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“An 18-cut anthology of reggae dub music that, while certainly not perfectly balanced or comprehensive, does a good job in presenting some outstanding creations of several leading dub progenitors. Although leading dub lights King Tubby, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Sly & Robbie, and Scientist are on board, it might be called King Tubby and friends, as he has eight of the 18 selections, sharing billing on a couple with Augustus Pablo. Scientist, by contrast, only has one cut. More important than even distribution, however, is the quality of the individual tracks, which is pretty high, and very heavy on massive reverb, odd percussion, and special effects, as it should be. Listen to Lee Perry’s ‘Upsetting’ for particularly far-out percussion-echo dueling; King Jammy’s ‘Slow Motion’ has the kind of bass that shreds the speaker, with echo that fades away like snowflakes on a warm day. Sometimes there are vocals, sometimes not; vocals in this context, of course, are just another instrument or sound effect, not the tool for a singer’s expression, as they usually are. It would be nice to have some dates or source documentation for the songs; there’s not even a rough indication of the chronological span of the music on the disc. But it’s a good anthology, especially for listeners who want some, but not a ton, of dub on their shelves.”

YouTube: Dub Chill Out (Full Album)

Scientist – Dub in the Roots Tradition (1996)

Posted in Channel One, Dancehall, Dub, King Tubby, Scientist with tags , , , , on March 31, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Leave it to the people at Blood and Fire to find the long-thought-lost recordings Scientist made in the mid- to late ’70s under the supervision of Don Mais. Some of these recordings were mixed by Scientist when he was 16 and offer proof of his audaciously creative mind. Helping his mixology along is that the music was supplied by two of the most formidable session bands in Jamaica, the Soul Syndicate (featuring guitarist Chinna Smith), and the Roots Radics band (featuring the grumbling bass of Earl ‘Flabba’ Holt). But it’s the Scientist and his reverb and echo delays that turns this into a dancehall party, a trip that is long, strange and unforgettable.”

“Scientist aka Hopeton ‘Overton’ Brown, was born on the 18th April 1960. He began his career as an engineer at Studio One in 1978 mixing the dub to Sugar Minott’s ‘Oh Mr. Dc.’ among others. He became a protegé of King Tubby and quickly gained a reputation with his fresh mixing style. Following his stint at Tubby’s, he started working at Channel One, where he became the resident engineer, forging a commercially succesful partnership with Henry Junju Lawes. Scientist’s dubs became so popular and in-demand that by 1980/81 he was actually releasing albums containing his unique mixes of hot Roots Radics riddims. At the end of 1982 the original dub boom was pretty much finished and by 1985 he moved to the USA. This album comes from the early career of Scientist, he was only seventeen or eightteen when he mixed most of these tracks. All tracks were produced by Don Mais for his Roots Tradition label and mixed at King Tubby’s studio. Soul Syndicate and Roots Radics provide the inspirational backing for these wicked dubs. Recommended lethal dub album!”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: Dub Bible, Dub 16, No Dub Island, Love You Dub, See A Dub Face, Sunshine Version, Dub livity, Babylon Fight Dub, African Daughter Dub

Prince Alla – Only Love Can Conquer (1976-1979)

Posted in Prince Alla, Rastafarians, Riddims with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This collection of singles by the relatively obscure roots-reggae singer Prince Alla (backed by the Soul Syndicate, the preeminent reggae studio band of the seventies) is a revelation. Imagine someone with the tone of a young Johnnie Clarke and the expressiveness of Sugar Minott at his best, and then take away the lover’s rock and you’ve got Prince Alla: an angel’s voice with an apocalyptic edge. If you want a good distillation of the Rastafarian message, look no further. It’s all here, from the condemnation of materialism (‘They Never Love,’ complete with a dub version) to the unapologetic sexism (‘Lot’s Wife,’ ‘Lady Deceiver’) and the political rabble-rousing (‘Youthman in the Ghetto’). Through it all, the Soul Syndicate burns with a thick, slow one-drop groove that never lets up the pressure. If you don’t own this disc, repent now.”

“A superb set showcasing the vocal talents of Prince Alla, the archetypal roots singer and ghetto sufferer. Voiced and mixed at King Tubby’s studio by Scientist (who also contributes a couple of extended dub mixes) and Tubby himself. This compilation includes the original vocal cuts of ‘Stone’, ‘Lot’s Wife’ and ‘Bucket Bottom’ which appeared in their dub versions on Freedom Sounds In Dub.”
Blood and Fire

YouTube: Lot’s Wife, Only Love Can Conquer, They Never Love, Lady Deceiver + Version, Youthman in the Ghetto (discomix), Stone, Black Rose (Stone Riddim), Bucket Bottom

Dr. Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken in Town (1978)

Posted in DJ, Dr. Alimantado, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Scientist with tags , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“One-of-a-kind Jamaican DJ Dr. Alimantado found unexpected fame with U.K. punks after Johnny Rotten bestowed his blessings. The hoopla was certainly warranted based on the high quality of his mid-’70s sides, several of which are included on Best Dressed Chicken in Town. Handling production chores himself, Alimantado enlisted top reggae engineers and producers like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist to add their own alchemy to the mix. The dub-inflected tracks and Alimantado’s idiosyncratic musings prove a potent combination, especially on standouts like ‘Poison Flower’ (a version of a Horace Andy vocal), the Rasta vengeance number ‘I Killed the Barber,’ and the comically over-the-top title cut. Other highlights include the bubbly ‘Unitone Skank,’ as well as the album’s two instrumentals: a predictably bizarre and brilliant Scratch mix, ‘I Am the Greatest Says Muhammed Ali,’ and the Duke Reid homage ‘Tribute to Duke’ (based on Slim Smith’s incredible rendition of the Billy Stewart soul gem ‘Sitting in the Park’). Completing this very enjoyable disc are sampled vocals by Gregory Isaacs and Jackie Edwards, the musical contributions of great Kingston studio outfits like the Aggrovators, and, finally, the tableau-like cover photo of Alimantado walking the sunny streets of downtown Kingston. Along with other unique dub and DJ titles like Mikey Dread’s African Anthem, Best Dressed Chicken in Town is a must for reggae enthusiasts.”

Best Dressed Chicken in Town is the debut album by Jamaican deejay Dr. Alimantado. It was first released in 1978, and collects many of his self-produced singles from 1972 to 1977, employing the engineering talents of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist. It was the first album released by Greensleeves Records, and found favour with followers of both reggae and punk rock in the United Kingdom. …”

YouTube: Best Dressed Chicken in Town, Born For A Purpose, Poison Flour, I Killed The Barber, I Am The Greatest Says Muhammed Ali

Gregory Isaacs – Slum In Dub (1989)

Posted in Dub, Gregory Isaacs, Mad Professor, Scientist, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , , on October 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Gregory Isaacs - Slum In Dub
“Presumably these are rhythm tracks that Gregory Isaacs and his backing band the Revolutionaires used on past recordings. Other than the fact that his name is on the CD, though, Isaacs is almost nowhere to be found on the songs within, save for the snatches of vocals treated with echoes on ‘Tam Tam.’ For those looking for more of Isaacs’ smooth vocals in a dub setting, there are dub versions of his songs ‘Night Nurse’ and ‘Material Man’ on various compilations. That said, this is still a fine dub release. The slightly slicked-up roots sound that Isaacs favored on albums like Night Nurse and More Gregory comes through fully here with Prince Jammy’s fine production and parsimonious use of studio trickery. If you like your dub to have just a lot of reverb sprinkled with a bit of echo, then this is a CD to get. For more elaborate and hazy production values, though, check out dub releases by Scientist and Mad Professor.”

YouTube: Public Eyes; Slum, Reform Institution, Crofs, Tam Tam, Also, Nigger, Leaving, Leggo Beast, Embarrassment.

Scientist – Scientist Meets the Space Invaders (1980)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist with tags , , , , on May 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In addition to boxing fellow engineer Prince Jammy, ridding the world of vampires, and winning the World Cup, Scientist used his early-’80s records to thematically battle computer game foes. But prior to taking on Pac-Man, Scientist first ‘met’ the Space Invaders on this 1981 Greensleeves release. The cosmic theme is well served on ten effects-riddled tracks, with the rockers-style material being littered by all manner of stratosphere-breaking sounds from the mixing board. However, compared to the bustle of earlier efforts like Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, Scientist Meets the Space Invaders comes off sounding lean and steely, strategically adorned with snatches of ghostly echo and pneumatic percussion; it’s certainly an appropriate mood for a post-apocalyptic battle involving cartoon machines. And just below this incorporeal layer of sound is the fine and original production work of Linval Thompson (Scientist also mixed cuts by rival producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes) and the stellar playing of the Roots Radics band. A great dub title, which, like Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, is one of Scientist’s essential recordings.”

Scientist Meets the Space Invaders is a 1981 album by the dub musician Scientist. The album was produced by Mikey ‘Roots’ Scott & Linval Thompson. The recording was done at Channel One Studios backed by the Roots Radics, and mixed at King Tubby’s. The recording was by Stanley ‘Barnabas’ Bryan, Anthony ‘Crucial Bunny’ Graham and Maxwell ‘Maxie’ Livington Smith. The cover artwork is by Tony McDermott.”

YouTube: 1 Beam Down 2 Red Shift 3 Time Warp 4 Cloning Process 5 Pulsar 6 Laser Attack 7 De Materialize 8 Fission 9 Super Nova Explosion 10 Quasar

Scientist – Scientific Dub (1981)

Posted in Clocktower Records, Dub, King Tubby, Scientist with tags , , , on April 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Stone cold classic Dub LP, faithfully reissued by Clocktower Records. If there was ever a time to judge a record by its cover, this is it. Lurking behind the kinetic cover art is an LP of truly seminal provenance; ten tracks tweaked, nudged and carved up by the legendary, one-of-a-kind producer Scientist at King Tubby’s studio in 1981. You’re best ignoring the ‘Executive Producer credits to Clocktower label owner Brad Osbourne, ‘coz it’s quite obvious whose hands are at work on these mighty takes of ‘Satta Dread Dub’, ‘Drum Song Dub’, Taxi To Baltimore Dub’, the mystical ‘Blacka Shade Of Dub’ and the cavernous ‘Just Say Dub… Who’. Essential purchase, no doubt.”

“Overton Brown was only 16 years old when producer/performer Errol ‘Don’ Mais discovered and used the considerable talents of this adolescent dub whiz. Born in Kingston in 1960, the Scientist learned basic electronics from his TV repairman father, skills that made him very popular with the mobile DJs and their not-always-functioning sound systems. A friend suggested he visit the legendary dub producer/mixer King Tubby, not to remix records, but to get some transformers by which Scientist could build his own amplifiers.”

YouTube: Scientific Dub. 1. Drum Song Dub 2. Keep a Good Dub Rubbing 3. Taxi To Baltimore Dub 4. Satta Dread Dub 5. Every Dub Shall Scrub 6. Black a Shade Of Dub 7. Bad Days Dub 8. East Of Scientist Corner (II Pieces) 9. Just Say Dub… Who 10. Words Of Dub