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On this, the second installment in the Dub Me Crazy series, Mad Professor opens simply by saying, "Tune into Dub Me Crazy Pt. 2," just before plunging headlong into ten tracks of space age dub that are sure to twist your brain up nice and tight. After all, that's the goal here, right? At times, some of the tracks sound a bit too much like a '70s video game with low batteries and seem too crammed with extraneous electronic noises. Sometimes it works, like on "Elastic Plastic," and at other times it doesn't, like on "Africa 1983 Dub." Indeed, on tracks like the steel drum-laced "English Connection," simpler is better. Despite the few weak tracks, true Mad Professor fans will find satisfaction in his characteristic deep space piano chords that seem to reverberate forever, basslines that will nail you to a wall, and just the right amount of quirkiness thrown in for good measure.


Born: 1955 in Guyana

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A disciple of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor was one of the leading producers in dub reggae's second generation. His Dub Me Crazy albums helped dub make the transition into the digital age, when electronic productions started to take over mainstream reggae in the '80s. His space-age tracks not only made use of new digital technology, but often expanded dub's sonic blueprint, adding more elements and layers of sound than his forebears typically did. In the mid-'90s, he returned to the basics,...
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