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Dub Invasion: The Spy From Cairo, Adrian Sherwood, Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Mad Professor

By Published: October 9, 2011
The Dub Invasion festival continued. Scratch is a frequent visitor to NYC, and this gig found the king of Jamaican dub in focused mode, if such a state is possible for this disconnected rambler. He floated across the stage with fixity of purpose, rarely letting up on the density of his toasting flow. Usually, the elaborately bespangled Perry arrives onstage trailing his suitcase, as if primed for a speedy getaway. This time, it looked like his luggage was already stowed in the aircraft hold, as Scratch and band were itching to exit, even when the crowd was baying for an encore. Perry even looked like he wanted to deliver, shaking hands and signing autographs on the front row as he gradually moved to the stage-side. Normally, he'd have been considerably more reclined, but presumably the crew had some pretty tight travel arrangements in place.


The Mad Professor
The Knitting Factory
September 16, 2011


This was the concluding night of Dub Invasion. The gig wasn't even scheduled to begin until around midnight, but sound checking was still ongoing, and the door-opening was delayed. This was going to be a late session. Around 1am, the Twilight Circus Dub posse was doing a fine job of opening up the proceedings. This was essentially Ryan Moore, formerly a member of alternative rock combo The Legendary Pink Dots. He continually heralded the arrival of The Mad Professor, a London production/DJ contemporary of Adrian Sherwood. The Professor has built up a rumbling reputation from his long-running Ariwa Sounds label and studio, looking to Lee "Scratch" Perry for fatherly guidance. The genuine blood lineage continued, as the Professor's son Joe Ariwa stepped up to emcee. The hours throbbed by, and the Ariwa posse continually drew out massive slabs of dark, plunging bass. The back room of The Knit was rammed with dub acolytes, barely finding any space for anything more than slight bodily swaying. Atmosphere and sound were perfectly combined in a thundering tar pit of viscous low-end suction. This was a fitting conclusion to the excellent Dub Invasion sequence, finding a place for what has become almost a minority interest, an older uncle to the current dubstep vibrations.


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