Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires

Greensleeves Records, one of the most influential labels in the history of reggae, has turned 25 and is reissuing some of its all time classics. Greensleeves has documented dancehall since its inception, but has also put out many notable roots, dub and jungle records. Overton Brown, aka Scientist, released a dub album every 15 minutes back in the early '80s, and Scientist Rids The World was just another cut-out in the reggae bin ten years ago, alongside Scientist Meets the Space Invaders and Scientist Wins the World Cup. He was a young up-and-comer at the time and injected his crazed sensibility into both the dub and vocal albums he was involved with. On this album, Scientist works with a brace of Junjo Lawes rhythms. Lawes and the Roots Radics band, with Scientist at the controls, were the very definition of early '80s dancehall. Raw, thudding rhythms are laced with sound effects, severe EQ workouts and ten kinds of delay - and remember, this predates automated mixing. As the titles of his albums suggest, Scientist has a taste for the corny. His "I vant to suck your blood" voiceovers induce laughter even as your speakers shred. At the time, Scientist was criticised for being too excessive in his use of sound effects and frills, nowadays his humour and imagination are often just what is missing from dub. Pick this one up, along with any other deleted LPs you can find. (Greensleeves)