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MAD PROFESSOR - DUBTRONIC
Get ready for some of the most explosive material you can get when it comes to DUB music. Presenting once again, on of the Masters of UK DUB. Ever since he started releasing music from his Ariwa Sound Studio decades ago, the Mad Professor has been one of the strongest influences in progressive DUB.

Every single track of DUBTRONIC crosses the boundaries of what is called Reggae, making this album a statement and even scientifical proof of the fact that DUBWISE rules the Studio's. 

Let's listen to the album track-by-track. If you like, click on the Album cover to listen to 30 second samples of each tune and read along.

The album starts of with a very funny introduction, carrying a slice of irony and a humble introduction to the 11 superb DUB tracks. 

After the introduction, the first sounds of a track called CHECKMATE come through the speakers. It sounds a bit like a boring thing, just like the Radio Music. But then the DUB Mixing starts and the Mad Professor shows what you can do with a boring tune when you're a DUB MASTER.

The disc continues with a funky/disco kind of tune called GREATHOP DUB, with Mad Professor at the controls making sure that even those who have an allergy for anything with the word "Hop" in the title will enjoy this one to the fullness. 

BOOMBOX DUB is next, a first take of a riddim which some would recognize as "Trip Hop". In this one it gets really clear, that the Mad Professor knows how to apply DUB effects even over the bassline.

BOOMBOX VERSION II is a further exploration of the riddim. This one containing more vocals, and the mixing approaches the rhythm from a slightly different angle as the music seems to be more flowing.

Next track is called SLICE OF THE PIE, with more funky vibes but this time there's a heavy steppers drums dominating the rhythm. Interesting effects on the drum and heavy tweaking on the bass make this one of the weirdest dubs on the album.

When the first sounds of DUB-O-TRONIC comes through the speakers, you don't expect a Break Beat. But when the drums enter, along with the vocals, you know it couldn't have been otherwise. Throughout the whole mix, you'll hear heavy electronic echoing on the vocals.

DRUM & BASS IN THE ASYLUM takes the breakbeat further, making it one of the strongest tracks on the album. The music is taken from Michael Prophet's Rootsman, also produced by Ariwa.

Who is the ACID QUEEN? This remains to be a mystery, but it's the longest track on this album. It starts off like an ambient tune, until suddenly very weird drum effects take over, bassline drops in, a little silence, it goes further into some heavy duty drum and bass for which you'll be needing a subwoofer to enjoy the not-so-subtle mixing of the bassline.

Think you had them all? Meet the COOL DUDE, another deep deep DUB. Starting with conga play and snippets from electric guitar, just before a One Drop drums enters the mix. Solid rhythm, Bassline coming through some nice filtering. A Cool Dude indeed.

After meeting the cool dude, he takes you to the discotheque in a track called DISCO DUB. Every now and then, the bass drops in while the drums goes on from the top to the very last drop. Weird effects and instruments perfectly illustrate how a DUB Head feels in the Disco...

Last track is BEDROOM SENSATION, nice DUBBING over a laid back Ariwa Riddim and some vocal snippets on top of it. This one is perfect for chilling out on the massive explosion of this collection of superb DUB Material.

All in all, this is the kind of DUB Album you can play to those who claim that they don't like Reggae Music. The album was produced in 1998 and blends Reggae Music with a selection of contemporary Dance/Techno styles.

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