1/ Beyond the Zero (Laswell,Molvaer) 9.09 2/ Cybotron (Laswell,Wobble) 9.27 3/ Devil Syndrome (Laswell,Molvaer) 11.53 4/ A Screaming Comes Across the Sky (Laswell,Skopelitis) 17.34 Created at Orange Music Sound Studios, West Orange, New Jersey Engineering: Robert Musso Produced by Bill Laswell Material Inc./Art Work/Design: John Brown Axiom: Bill Murphy Hyperrealization: Jeff Spirer Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studio, NYCBill Laswell: bass, keyboard, beats; Nicky Skopelitis: 6, 12 string guitars, beats, effects; Craig Taborn (1,3,4): electric piano; Nils Petter Molvaer (1,3): trumpet, effects; Jah Wobble (2): bass; Karsh Kale (1): tabla, drums.
2000 - ROIR (USA), RUSCD 8263 (CD) 2000 - ROIR (USA), RUSLP 8236 (Vinyl)Note: The vinyl sequence of the tracks runs 1,4,2,3.
"Devil Syndrome" takes a little more getting used to, thanks to its Acid Jazz noodling vibe among the somewhat too involved breakbeats and the summer-picnic electric piano. All a bit too much on the Fusion side of the fence, but that bass keeps on rumbling along in a way that Jaco Patorius probably never really used in quite the same way. Lots of flanging and phasing makes it all a spacious enougn experiement though, and the resolution into a more relaxed middle and the slow-motion beats in the Funky-Isolationist close makes for a semi-satisfying whole.
The eighteen-minute "A Screaming Comes Across The Sky" takes its own sweet time getting going on a gentle wash of chorus and echo effects as Skopeletis, Taborn and Laswell make for the stars in a self-contained studio of seemingly expansible proportions. Together they shapeshift the tune into a harder, more Reggae-based section which marks the psychedelic fulcrum of the album before slipping away into a digital fade. Like the album as a whole, this track makes the cross-pollination of genres and forms seem effortless, and while not without its occasional chin-stoking moments, ‘Dub Chamber 3’ is about as comfortable and familiar as a nice warm overcoat, wooly hat and spliff by the fire in the autumn.
Antron S. Meister (courtesy of the Frequency Music Magazine website)