Exploring the Origins of Scientist

Listen to two of Scientist’s pioneering dub albums juxtaposed with their original vocal studio recordings. An exquisite introduction to his creativity using the mixing console.

Hopeton Brown aka Scientist does not need much introduction; sitting perfectly in the middle of the dub reggae canon between the foundational sounds of King Tubby and Mad Professor bringing the style in to the modern studio era.

Recently on YouTube I came across a handful of videos shared courtesy of Juweeltjes, a handful of which juxtapose the original tracks dubbed by Scientist for his Wins The World Cup and Rids The World of The Evil Curse of the Vampires album – the latter of which was popularized by many for appearing as the KJAH radio station in Grand Theft Auto 3

Pinch / Scientist Feature on Gilles Peterson

In support of the highly anticipated Tectonic compilation featuring remixes from dub reggae pioneer Scientist, the two appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson show a few weeks ago. In support not only the album’s release and the live shows celebrating the release, the two sat in for a short set.

This might be your best chance to experience these tunes before the albums impending release next week on 6-Dec, some deep reggae cuts from the legendary Scientist are mixed in as well. Definitely worth picking this one up for a the listen.

Download Gilles Peterson w/ guests Alice Russell, Scientist, and Pinch [via HotFile]

Full tracklist beneath the fold.

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V/A – Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space (Reviewed)

I know I am not the only one who was drawn to dubstep by spending formative years of my youth listening to reggae albums, especially dub. Honestly, Scientist has always been a personal favorite; no disrespect to King Tubby for being the originator and no disrespect to Mad Professor for embracing new technologies in an old sound however Scientist seemed to always sit perfectly in the middle of the proto, and the present.

“This project has taken over a year to put together from its conception late last summer. The final results are worth every minute of effort that’s gone into this – this is definitely my proudest moment for Tectonic to date. The influence of dub swings round full circle!” –Pinch

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I know I am not the only one who was drawn to dubstep by spending formative years of my youth listening to reggae albums, especially dub. Honestly, Scientist has always been a personal favorite; no disrespect to King Tubby for being the originator and no disrespect to Mad Professor for embracing new technologies in an old sound however Scientist seemed to always sit perfectly in the middle of the proto, and the present. His “Vampires” and “World Cup” releases having left the biggest impression on me, even still today. Obviously, I’m absolutely enthralled that this release exists and even more having an opportunity to listen to these tracks and relay some early impressions on them back to readers.

Attempting my hardest to stay away from clichéd idioms when writing this review, it is difficult to approach speaking about specific tracks on this release without emphasizing “the sum is greater than the parts.” Honestly, this is something that I hope listeners appreciate start-to-finish as much as selectors and dancers will appreciate hearing singles played in DJ sets, or even more excitingly the upcoming UK tour with Scientist to support the album’s release.

Read below for my complete review:

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Scientist / Tectonic – Dubstep Into Outer Space Announced

Read my complete review of this release here

Fact Magazine revealed the tracklisting for Tectonic‘s upcoming collaborative project with dub reggae pioneer Scientist. As I stated on Twitter earlier today, without having discovered the sounds of King Tubby and Scientist I likely would not be listening to or djing dubstep at all. The influence of dub reggae’s aesthetics is prevalent among any honest dubstep releases. It is clear to understand why Pinch regards this release as a seminal moment in the history of Tectonic; it is clearly an important moment for modern bass music in general. Can’t wait to have a copy of Ill Kontent and City Cycle available for personal listening and playing out finally, and obviously can’t wait to hear how Scientist has reworked these tunes.

Disc one: Scientist Mixes
1. Pinch ft Emika – ‘2012 Dub’
2. Armour (Roly Vex’d) – ‘The Long Way Dub’
3. Guido – ‘Korg Back Dub’
4. Shackleton – ‘Hackney Marshes Dub’
5. King Midas Sound – ‘U Dub’
6. Loefah & SGT Pokes – ‘Dog Money Dub’
7. Distance – ‘Ill Kontent Dub’
8. RSD – ‘After All Dub’
9. Jack Sparrow – ‘Red Sand Dub’
10. Mala (Digital Mystikz) – ‘City Cycle Dub’
11. Cyrus (Random Trio) – ‘Footsteps Dub’
12. Kode 9 & Spaceape – ‘Abeng Dub’

Disc two: Dubstep Originals
1. Pinch ft Emika – ‘2012’
2. Armour (Roly Vex’d) – ‘The Long Way’
3. Guido – ‘Korg Back’
4. Shackleton – ‘Hackney Marshes’
5. King Midas Sound – ‘U’
6. Loefah & SGT Pokes – ‘Dog Money’
7. Distance – ‘Ill Kontent’
8. RSD – ‘After All’
9. Jack Sparrow – ‘Red Sand’
10. Mala (Digital Mystikz) – ‘City Cycle’
11. Cyrus (Random Trio) – ‘Footsteps’