King Tubby / Scientist

King Tubby's Meets Scientist at Dub Station

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AllMusic Review by Matt Whalley

King Tubby's Meets Scientist at Dub Station is another master-and-apprentice collaboration. Scientist helps King Tubby update his style to fit the '80s and reggae's digital era. Roots fans will cringe at the digitalized version of the Upsetters' "Return to Django," but much of the album is solid dub with more sonic effects than the average '70s dub album. The dubs work well because the effects that are used don't clutter the tracks. The touches King Tubby and Scientist put on the instrumentals are subtle and well placed. The third track, "Ghetto Dub," is by far the masterpiece of the album. The fuzz-tone guitar is worked and effected, locking up the bass and drums. "Ghetto Dub" alone stands as a reason to buy the album. Reggae and fuzz-toned guitar go together incredibly well, but the combination was not overly used on roots or digital records. King Tubby's Meets Scientist at Dub Station is a consistent album that bridges the gap between King Tubby's roots records and Scientist's electronic dubs.

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