The scariest musical style known to humankind, dub reggae is a Frankenstein's monster of amputated vocals, eerily echoing drums and guitars, doomful bass lines, sinister sound effects, and a disorienting sense of being lost in a condemned funhouse. On this 1981 dub masterpiece, Scientist (aka Overton Brown) transforms classic cuts from the Wailing Souls 'Fire House Rock and Michael Prophet's Gunman and Righteous Are the Conqueror into creatures from the musical beyond (often with appropriately threatening introductions). The mighty Roots Radics laid down the original tracks as produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes. Compare and contrast the raw spaciousness of the Wailing Souls '"Fire House Rock" with Scientist's synth-haunted "The Mummy's Shroud" or Prophet's "Hold On to What You've Got" with Scientist's disembodied "Cry of the Werewolf." Wield garlic as necessary.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...