Scientist
Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires


3.5
great

Review

by Archibald C. Burke USER (37 Reviews)
March 1st, 2009 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of dub music's major players classic cuts.

Working as a protégé under King Tubby, one of the founding pioneers of the Dub genre, Scientist’s roots are less than humble. With his interests in electronics continuously growing from a young age, Scientist – born Hopeton Brown in Kingston, Jamaica – began working in studios as an engineer. After receiving a big break through Tubby’s studio his talents were made visible to others, including King Tubby, and he was set on his own recording path.

Scientist’s work ethic is ridiculous – he’s put out or contributed to over fifty records from 1980 to 2006. I suppose this isn’t that big a surprise given the nature of dub music and Brown’s actual role in the creation of the music. I can’t take anything away from the way Scientist creates his beats – the music here is smooth, flowing, and soothing, keeping just the right amount of psychedelic influenced atmospheres blended with a reggae backbone. However, it would be down-right rude not to mention said reggae backbone, in this case Scientist’s backing band (on more then several occasions) Roots Radics. It is their musicianship, after all, that propels the dub beats to greater heights then they’d be able to attain on their own. The band is a tight unit, and they serve the dub/reggae genres quite well with their skill. It seems a bit of a shame that the album is only credited to Scientist rather than both acts, but I suppose this is the nature of the dub industry.

With his fourth offering, Scientist Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires, Brown doesn’t necessarily break any boundaries – though he was an early part of the movement and I suppose what little boundaries there were to be removed within the genre must’ve come across his path. Instead, he offers up a collection of smooth, groovy dub jams that have a surprising entertainment value. At the root of the music there may not seem to be too much going on. Repeated listens will reveal further depth in the tunes, though part of the power of these songs isn't to necessarily over think them to death. Take the disc’s opener, Voodoo Curse, for example. The root of the song is in slow, rather dominant basslines, coupled with a decent array of drums and cymbals at a slowed pace. There is a lazy feel to this song that spreads throughout the majority of the record, passing its laid back vibrations to the listener. There is no pretentious message to be discovered (or any message really, for that matter), no rage or aggression, nothing taken too seriously. This is music to sit back and relax to, to let yourself melt into the tracklist and wait to emerge rejuvenated; it’s also excellent if you’re just sitting around baked.
Most of the tracks share a familiar feel, though despite the album and song names, there is much more warmth then ghoulishness going on here. A lot of the material has a nice way of melding into each other, so it’s a little easy to get lost if you’re preoccupied while listening. It’s a shame that this artist isn’t more well received here, or even more a shame that perhaps he will be best remembered for his music on Grand Theft Auto III, which composed the ‘K-Jah’ radio station.

A track-by-track seems useless on this one, and I’m assuming unless you’re already a fan of the genre, this review will promote few new listeners. The album is best played as a whole anyway, allowing the subtleties of the various sound effects to give it a feeling of whole. As far as dub music goes, Scientist is a pretty legendary artist, and if you enjoy reggae or dub music, I’m sure you’ll enjoy his brand.

Standout tracks (if you need a taste first):
Dance of the Vampires
The Mummy’s Shroud
Your Teeth in My Neck



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NovaSilver
February 27th 2009


130 Comments


It should be noted that Owen Richards now fronts Grammatics, a indie band involving a cello and female backed vocals that really sounds very different from Colour of Fire but is still fairly good and a testament to his range of skills. Confusingly he is called Owen Brinley with them. I have no idea why.This Message Edited On 02.27.09

gaslightanthem
February 27th 2009


5209 Comments


This sounds like it's worth checking out so I probably will in the future. Also good review :thumb:

spoon_of_grimbo
March 1st 2009


2241 Comments


i vaguely remember these guys. just checked out some of their stuff on youtube. they kinda remind me of a similar band that was around at the same time, Kinesis. not bad stuff i gotta say. and great review btw!

NovaSilver
March 1st 2009


130 Comments


Thanks both of you. I agree about the Kinesis similarities, odd that so many of the bands from that brief wave broke up quickly.

CrazyFool84
March 1st 2009


1081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't think these comments don't belong here...

KILL
March 9th 2009


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album fucking rules

porch
July 14th 2011


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it really does

KILL
July 15th 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude yea

porch
July 15th 2011


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

your teeth in my neck is so good

chambered49
May 24th 2012


1727 Comments


HOLY FUCKING SHIT where has this been all my marijuana smoking life?

KILL
May 24th 2012


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed

demigod!
November 17th 2012


45285 Comments


wow this is dope as fuck

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porch
November 18th 2012


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yep

Havey
November 18th 2012


9818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only heard scientific dub and it rules, I'm guessing this is even better?

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mindleviticus
November 18th 2012


8339 Comments


This is better

porch
November 18th 2012


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah havey this is classic, git on it

can't really go wrong with any of his early 80s stuff

Havey
November 18th 2012


9818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

queue'd

demigod!
November 25th 2012


45285 Comments


what other albums by this dude are worth checkin out

this is honestly the perfect stoned album

KILL
November 26th 2012


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

get space invaders

demigod!
November 26th 2012


45285 Comments


sweet thx



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