What do you get when you mix a Culture LP with the dub stylings of the master of dub Scientist? An extraordinary LP that is, simply put, out of this world! By implementing the vocals of the great Joseph Hill from Culture and flavoring these with his dub touch, Scientist has flavored this concoction in a way that only he is capable of doing. This stellar release will take you where no man has gone before. Deep into a solar system that has no bounds and where the infinite endless vastness of space has no beginning. And no end. Take the journey beyond our galaxy into a parallel universe and rediscover a dubwise experience that will have you drifting weightless into the inexplicable unknown. Let your mind and body go.
And in addition to this brilliant musical journey you may also feast your eyes upon the impressive album cover art which has been thoughtfully created by noted American artist extraordinaire Eric White (ewhite.com). Eric’s work has created much excitement in art galleries and collections around the world and it is an honor to have him lend his artistic eloquence to such an important project. Working in tandem with noted art director and designer Geoff Gans they have created an impressive package that has utilized special silver paper to create a 3D holographic cover that makes this release an instant collector’s item.
The dub version of Culture’s 2000 vocal album Payday, Scientist Dubs Culture into a Parallel Universe deserves the revised billing of the title: This is Scientist’s album all the way. Culture’s original recordings are sliced and diced into entirely new configurations, with only the barest traces of the original melodies and Joseph Hill’s commanding vocals remaining. Retitled with imagery drawn from the golden age of science fiction, the songs also revisit the golden age of dub. Unlike the over-processed, electronic style of most modern dub, Scientist is kicking it old-school here: Echo chambers, reverb, hand percussion, horns, even bits of Augustus Pablo-style melodica and Lee « Scratch » Perry-trademarked sound effects float by on booming roots-style rhythms powered by Phanso’s hyperkinetic drums and Glen Browne’s deep-toned, rich bass. The resulting dubs sound simultaneously ultra-modern and reverentially roots-oriented. A uniformly powerful and mellow dub set, Scientist Dubs Culture into a Parallel Universe proves that proper roots dub still survives in an age when gimmickry and novelty rule.