Mad Professor with Quantic
Wednesday, September 21
Combine an interest in all things electronic, a love for Motown, and a serious history in dub music; shock this mixture to life, and you get Neil “Mad Professor” Fraser. Mad Professor has been making slow motion dance music as a solo artist and collaborator since before you could walk, beginning with the reggae inspired dub tracks on his 1983 album In A Rub A Dub Style to 2009’s Audio Illusions of Dub, but widely known for his now legendary Dub Me Crazy series featuring “Beyond the Realms Of Dub,” “Escape to the Asylum Of Dub,” and “Dub Maniacs on the Rampage,” which broke ground in the dub scene with the Professor’s electronic variations and sound effects. “Kalimba Dub” the first track on Fraser’s latest album, kicks off with the reminder that “In the beginning there was dub. And then came dubstep.” Type “Mad Professor” into Google and you’ll inevitably find videos and photos of Fraser sitting next to a mixing board the length of a surfboard (which he probably built from scratch) and sharing some real talk about the roots of dubstep. The 56-year-old pioneer of dub music makes the trip across the Atlantic from his home in London for a live set at DBGB on Wednesday (Sept 21). Joining him will be fellow Ninja Tune recording artist Quantic. Real name Will Holland, this UK born producer, musician, and DJ has been hard at work for over 10 years, evolving across various styles: from soul and jazz, to electronic, Latin, reggae and cumbia. Buffalo dubstep leader Big Basha opens this eclectic dance party. —cory perla
10pm. Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (240-9359). $15. 21+.