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    Doctor Dread – “Theremin In Dub” – [Tsosume Records]

    doctordread
    Gary Himelfarb aka Dr. Dubenstein aka Doctor Dread hands
    at the invisible helm, guiding the theremin over some
    tasty dub action. Liner notes talk about dub’s beginnings
    and the desire for the space dubstination, and how the
    theremin’s haunting, alien vibe fits in nicely by hand.
    Or it can stand next to the melodica and sort of fly
    above a bassline like on “Muchas Gracias”. On “Shotgun”
    it adds some zip to a soul-flavored dub of Dave & Ansell
    Collins “Double Barrel”. Police saucer siren moves over
    the horns and bongos of “U Mad?” Don Carlos’ plea in
    “Hear My Motion” has synth kinda nubbed on the low end
    and wavering on the high, so the theremin just crests
    over all of that. “Tief Dem a Tief” could roll into an
    old 808 techno set, the theremin is pretty subdued in
    that one. Bob Dylan’s “I and I” is served up on “I For
    an Eye” (Dread produced the popular “Is It Rolling Bob”
    collection KFJC added almost a decade ago). “Equality”
    is another heavy hitter, well tripped out. Hard to go
    wrong here, and how many CD’s come up with a pop-up
    art inside and a geography test on the back?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm
  • Filed as CD,Reggae
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