Various Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space

One can see the appeal of uniting Jamaican dub's premier artist of the '80s with his descendents at Tectonic. Scientist produced a type of dub in the '80s that embraced digital effects and the use of EQ settings to highlight dissonant, enharmonic frequencies in bass lines. These kinds of tricks, plus an overall love of metallic sounds created by electronics, are clear progenitors of dubstep. However, this project proves that dubstep is an apple that's fallen far from the dub tree. One big problem is process: Scientist, in his heyday, worked in real-time using multi-track tapes. With this material being composed in an entirely different way ― using the closed circuit environment of computers ― Scientist's dub flourishes sound sloppy. More importantly, Scientist worked with great reggae songs as his starting point: the bonus discs of original tracks display once again that dubstep is already minimal and any further "dub," in the classic tradition, just diffuses their economy. (Tectonic)