March 6, 2015

Scientist - Scientist Meets The Space Invaders (1981)


Scientist is the quintessential dub DJ I had never heard of prior to Jody's post of Rids The World Of The Curse Of The Evil Vampires. Ironically I enjoy Scientist more than my co-writer, so I did some digging of my own. Scientist Meets The Space Invaders is the album preceding 'Vampires' and if I'm not mistaken, his first release on a major label which is Greensleeves Records, the most famous and prolific Jamaican reggae label.

Rids The World Of The Curse Of The Evil Vampires is a ridiculously awesome title no doubt, but it at least has a tie in to Jamaican and Caribbean mythology. Scientist Meets The Space Invaders takes the potheaded minds of reggae and dub artists to another level. Somewhat unfortunately, however, this first album isn't of the same jaw-dropping quality as Vampires. Vampires is something else, though, and I'm sure everything released during this central dub DJ's peak years is going to be great, and this isn't an exception. Space Invaders shimmers with reverb on the instruments and crossfade and his sudden change-ups give the album a subtle dynamic I'm sure many DJ's would be lazy about and consequently make boring music. Scientist might not be at his effects and dubbing peak on this record, but if you were a fan of Vampires then this album deserves your ears. It's amazing how much a DJ can warp original tracks into something completely different.

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Scientist Meets The Space Invaders