The future of dub is the present.Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub has met The Scientist
, and what has emerged is pure heavy, funky, hazy dub. On The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub
, eras collide as the legendary - and kids, that’s not just because of K-Jah
- engineer deftly teases echoes and effects, adding all the right elements to the already tight musicianship. “Scientific Strut” might let the entrancing horns lead, but the echoing guitar and thick bass remind us exactly who is strutting here. “House on the Rock” is slightly psychedelic courtesy of the vocals and guitar; “Jackie-Me-Too!” brings a skankin’ vibe with a featured organ line that receives plenty of affection. Or is it effection?
“Stop and Frisk.” though the intro is pure Chicago soul, rides on its heavy political vocals while”Killa Dilla” is another tight instrumental dub: horn clean, guitar slightly twangy. Modernity does poke its head in on “Saro-Wiwa” in the form of Diverse’s conscious hip-hop verse, concluding with ‘how do we see the truth with no light on?’
“Give a Little Love” features a dominant haunting keyboard part to open before a thick groove is unleashed beneath it; “Tubby” - a tribute? - and “Geronimo’s Free” are both movie montage-worthy instrumentals, while “Baltimore” seems better suited to gritty streets. Closer “Yanira Dub” is technically the only dub on the whole album - with the near-blues vocal featured in the original removed, the bass is allowed to lead the track further into the musical depths.
While not The Roots Radics - though apparently that might really be happening?
- Ted Sirota and his deep ensemble of musicians hold their own on this impressive overture to dub’s golden age, when the b-side was in demand on the 7”s, while not ignoring the times we live in. If you know dub you definitely want to hear this, and if you love dub you should purchase yourself some FLAC goodness.
Here’s a recent relevant interview as well: "Guttural Rhythms: The Science of Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub."