Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Afrocentric Dub ~ Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5
Mad Professor
Ariwa Sounds
CD
24-11-1998

Track list
  1. Black Heroes
  2. Asylum Revisited
  3. Afrocentric Dub
  4. Pressure Zone Dub
  5. Confa Dance
  6. Out Of Orbit
  7. Digital Delight
  8. Hard Working Dub
  9. Ebonics
  10. Afrocentric Dub Version 2
  11. Chillout Zone
  12. Version 3
  13. Studio 54 Dub
  14. Motor Town Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
The two latest Neil Fraser aka Mad Professor produced albums - Chukki Starr's acclaimed "Ghetto Youth's Livity" and Michael Prophet's "Rootsman" - incorporate some of the finest rootical and full sounding "live" riddims laid by some of the best U.K.-based musicians like the dynamic duo Mafia & Fluxy, Steven Wright, Dub Judah, Drumtan and the horns of Urban Breeze. The majority of the tracks included on "Afrocentric Dub", the newest chapter in Mad Professor's "Black Liberation" dub series, are dub versions of songs drawn from the aforementioned albums. Thus it's obvious that this dub outing emphasizes on the rootical side of Mad Professor's production work, not a bad side at all. Only Motor Town Dub and Studio 54 Dub are delivered in a different but nevertheless nice mood, the latter being a dubby interpretation of Blondie's hit song "Rapture". All ingredients that established Mad Professor's name as one of the best and most innovating engineers/producers in the U.K. - equally at home with lovers rock, roots & culture and (raw) dub - can be witnessed on this dub album. Besides the always present typical echo-laden Ariwa sound you are being served with weird spacy effects, metallic sounding voices declaiming words/sentences and vocal parts fading in and out. But most of all the Mad Professor has created just that kind of room the riddim tracks require to let their strength come to full expression. With this solid album the Mad Professor will certainly satisfy his many fans and surprise those who are not that familiar with this man's unique skill and talents.