The Mad Professor and the Channel One Sound System take it easy. There are now seven years between the first and second round of their exchange of blows. A period of time that I had massively underestimated, because the first round was still too present to me - which wasn't necessarily due to the music, but maybe more because I appreciate the two opponents in general and especially the great cover impressed me had. The Dubs of the first round were in fact quite disappointing. Especially the sound of the Channel OneDubit was terrible. Now lies with Mad Professor Meets Channel One: "Round Two" (Ariwa) present the follow-up album and one thing is immediately apparent: at least the British Sound System has learned something new. The sound is actually quite decent, but the productions (I have no idea who recorded them) are still too harmless compared to the furious live performances of Channel One. Only the final track, "Straight to Mad Professor's Head" has the magic and punch I've come to expect from a sound system of the likes of Channel One's. Unfortunately, the professor does not know how to defend himself adequately. His Dubs are - as usual - complex arranged and virtuoso mixed and the sound is beyond any doubt, but as almost always in recent times, they are compositionally disappointing. The tracks simply have no corners and edges. They remain bloodless, the basslines are weak and there are hardly any melodies. But well, the professor has long since completed his life's work. He has so many brilliant Dubs conjured up like probably nobody else. Let's rejoice that he refuses to retire and is still turning the knobs.