Album review
Meet The Mad Professor: The Dub Revolutionaires
Sly & Robbie
April 12, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Stepping Out A Space
  2. Peaceful Warrior
  3. Freedom Illusion
  4. Kaballa Rock
  5. Dean's Mood
  6. Finger On The Pulse
  7. Cool Dude
  8. On The Drop Of 1
  9. Victory Jam
  10. Memphis Happiness
  11. Peaceful Dub
  12. Finger Dub
  13. Victory Dub
  14. Cool Dub
  15. Freedom Dub
  16. Dean's Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Lead Instruments : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Mad Professor, founder of the Ariwa label, is one of the leading producers in dub reggae's second generation. His "Dub Me Crazy" series helped dub music make the transition into the digital age, when electronic dub productions started to take over mainstream reggae. Besides that he also has made a name for himself outside of the reggae community, and soon found himself in demand as a remixer for rock, R&B, and electronica acts. Over the course of the nineties and into the new millennium Mad Professor more and more produced freaky, heavy dub effect albums. And to be honest, some of them proved to be real boring after a few plays in a row. Thus our expectations weren't set that high for his brand new cd release titled "Sly & Robbie Meet Mad Professor : The Dub Revolutionaires". However, this new cd turns out to be one of Mad Prof's best releases in a long time. The result of his teaming up with the ultimate reggae riddim section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and the addition of sax player Dean Fraser, percussionist Sky Juice, guitarist Black Steel and keyboard player Leroy Mafia (of Mafia & Fluxy) is a bright and airy, moody dub album, sometimes leaning toward an instrumental. This is not an album that is heavy laden with effects, but one that fully displays the musicians' skills. It's a joy to hear Sly Dunbar playing in militant rockers style, Robbie Shakespeare laying down awesome driving basslines and Dean Fraser expertly blowing the wicked horn parts. For this project the Grammy Award winning drum and bass duo have reworked a series of old "Dub Me Crazy" riddims, except for "Dean's Mood" and "Dean's Version". All tracks are treated to an unobtrusive, mellow mix from Mad Professor and have a strong emphasis on the late seventies styles, and the Channel One / Joe Gibbs sound.
This is the first CD by Sly & Robbie in 5 years and it's the first CD ever that features, Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor and Dean Fraser. The wait for it was well worth as we are treated to a retro-sounding dub masterpiece!

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