Overton Brown scored his Scientist nickname for being one of Jamaica’s most technically gifted producers, a second generation dub wizard who took King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry’s teachings into far-out cosmic territory.
His presentation helped his reputation as a maverick, with psychedelic sci-fi record sleeves and titles like Jah Love All Aliens and Party Time on the Enterprise.
And while many dub and reggae artists focus spirituality, social justice and protest, Scientist released a series of flawless albums in which he fought Space Invaders, rid the world of vampires, hung out with Pac-Man and even (amazingly) won the World Cup.
Scientist plays the Sugar Club in Dublin this weekend, with MC Horseman adding to the surrealism. And with over 60 albums and 17 compilations Overton Brown is not some nostalgia act knocking out a bag of classics, so expect to go on a writhing, echoing deconstructed dub journey with a true singular visionary.
- Scientist Meets Horseman: Sugar Club, Dublin, November 25