Rewired For Dub
Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa
Ariwa Sounds
October 27, 2005

Track list
  1. Ffwd To Dub
  2. Hiding In The Asylum
  3. Coolest Dub
  4. Dub Her For Me
  5. Rewired For Dub
  6. Garvey Rock
  7. Noiz Bud
  8. Escape To Dubscape
  9. Truths And Dub
  10. Non Violence Dub
  11. Give Me More Dub
  12. Analogically Speaking
  13. Burning Dub
  14. Rewind To Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 2
Stand out tracks here are the shimmering versions to Aisha's classic song of mental transformation, "Give It To Creator" -- a song which was a Shaka favourite in the mid 80's. There are two cuts here --"Ffwd To Dub" and "Rewind To Dub" -- both with vocals by Horace Andy supported by scattershot exploding snares and bass drum undertow from Sly Dunbar. If you love the original Aisha version, these updated meditative cuts will be indispensable.

Also distinctive is the ambient landscape of splintered frequencies, "Analogically Speaking" -- dreamlike shards of sounds break up and reform as the professor draws you into his abstract inner visions.

So if you love classic old school Shaka vibes ("Commandments Of Dub" style) as well as the quasi industrial dub of Gussie P and Mafia and Fluxy -- this work should appeal.

The brilliantly titled "Hiding In The Asylum" is a slow burn brooding composition, with spiralling synths and ghostly backing vocals, all underpinned by that metallic, scouring bass sound pioneered on Mad Prof's excellent (and criminally underrated) mid 90's album "Afrocentric Dub."

The title track, "Rewired For Dub" is a fusion of styles -- a dissolving jazz flute fuses into a Massive Attack "No Protection" vibe with hugely echoed vocal splinters from Horace Andy.

"Truths And Dub" sounds like early Alpha and Omega (whatever became of them?), fusing African flute melodies with a cold synth vibration.

"Give Me More Dub", which has touches of very early African Head Charge/Missing Brazilians vibes, is futuristic, intelligent bashment -- And it is arguably far more textured, cerebral and mentally involving than the often commercially cynical JA bashment, a genre increasingly characterised by endless reruns of unchallenging and staggeringly simplistic rhythms.