Release: Invasion By Osmosis
Label: Disco Gecko Recordings
The album is due to start pre-orders on Saturday 3rd May from http://drtrippy.bandcamp.com/ and then will be out digitally on Monday 12th May and physically on Friday 16th May.
All new to me and shrouded in an air of mystery Dr Trippy landed in my e-mail and sounded somewhat like a supervillian from a comic book. However, it's not really the name that counts it's the musical content and from the following blurb it sounded promising … 'Sounding like a clash between India and Jamaica at an English festival, the album is underpinned by the rhythms and resonance of dub, awash in Indian vocals and fuelled by a battery of synthesisers and effect units. Add to this several seasons in Goa, live shows at a bevvy of festivals and the tutelage of Banco De Gaia, and you have the perfect ingredients for an ‘Invasion by Osmosis’!
The album opened up with 'Dr Trippy meets the Mad Professor' which took the supervillian image away slightly and conjoured up more of secret meeting in the dub laboratory. Despite the pedigree of the Mad Professor (a British pioneer of Dub with his 'Dub Me Crazy' album series of the 80's and probably best know for his dub re-work of Massive Attacks 'Protection') this was a fairly non-chalent track for me. But by the end of the second track 'Cistern Chapel', Dr Trippy had began to grab my attention and by the next track 'Let Me In I'm a Doctor' I was hooked.
The heady mix of old skool samples, Indian vocals and dub reggae basslines vary from summery horn filled chuggers like 'Bollywood Boulevard' to rump-shaking dance floor destroyers like 'Granny Takes A Trip To Hebden' with a barrage of fx. It transpires that Martin Corbett the man behind the mysterious shroud of Dr Trippy is about to release a form of world domination not to be feared but rather to be rejoiced. In short I'm loving this and can see myself playing it time and time again throughout the summer.
Reviewed By Woodzee