Label: Ariwa - ARILP 065 • Series: Dub Me Crazy - Pt. 11 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Reggae • Style: Dub
When Neil "Mad Professor" Fraser released the first volume of his Dub Me Crazy series inreggae was smack dab in the middle of its dancehall phase. Volume 11, Hijacked to Jamaica, however, seems caught in musical limbo.
The dub music of the s stripped reggae music down to its bare rhythm essentials. Keyboards, guitars, voices, and horns were reduced to ghost-like figures, inhabiting the almighty bass and drum tracks like elements from another world. From the sound of Hijacked to Jamaica, this is the dub mixing philosophy in reverse. Working from the ground up, however, Mad Professor stops far too short in his attempt to build engaging structures.
Skeletal, stuttering rhythms provide unimaginative templates while keyboard fragments outline rote dub melodies that are just as forgettable.
Add to this Fraser's relatively passive mixing on this set, and your left with electronic dub, minus the unexpected twists listeners had come to expect from Dub Me Crazy releases. Tellingly, not even Danny Thompson 's bass comes to the rescue. Lurking in the shadows, it sounds like it was accidentally left too low in the final mix. By the time of this release, the Professor was approaching the end of the series. Though he would prove that he was far from exhausting his studio skills with the excellent Black Liberation Dubthese recordings, along with s Dub Maniacs on the Rampage, are the least inventive of the set.
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Genre Reggae. Styles Dub Dub Poetry. Spacey Hypnotic Trippy. Track Listing. Hi-Jacked to Jamaica. Mad Professor. In-Flight Dub. Crative Soul. Rio Cobre Dub. Jungle Fresh. Jungle Fresh Dub. Close Shave. Falling on Dunn's River. Halfway Tree Dub. Hope Road.
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