The mad professor is still good for a surprise. In the last few years I had already given up hope that he would find his way back to his old size. With a few exceptions (z. B. "Black Ark Classics in Dub“), Are his younger ones Dub-Works rather uninspired downmixed albums, based on often mediocre source material. But now he has regained my full respect in one fell swoop. With "Mad Professor Meets Jah9 In the Midst of the Storm" (VP) he delivers his official retirement work - at the level of (yes, let's just say it) “Massive Attack vs. Mad Professor: No Protection ". Here we come full circle, Neil Fraser could now retire with a clear conscience - undefeated and at the height of his art. The starting position is already perfect: Jah9 meets Mad Professor. You wouldn't think of it yourself, although the combination is simply brilliant. Two nonconformists, both a little crazy, fanatics of slightly weird sounds beyond the mainstream and obsessed with maximum quality standards, make common cause. Was it the master singer with the peculiar melodies who came up with the idea? In any case, Neil Fraser couldn't have got any better musical material than the artfully complex productions of Jah9. How great they are wasn't that obvious on their album “9”. Maybe because they were outshone by their singing. Only now, in the Dub-Interpretation by Mad Professor, its complexity, its fragile-brittle, beautiful construction and its acoustic richness become really clear. A musical treasure that Neil Fraser appreciated with awe. That's why he didn't just “deconstruct” it, give it effects and turn in bass. But on the contrary. Rather, he revealed the deeper musical core of each piece very sensitively by purifying it, singling out and emphasizing individual aspects with a congenial sound feeling and finally giving it an exciting, high-contrast and highly artistic new dramaturgy. The result is a Dub-Album for the head and for headphones, which in the sound system would undoubtedly immediately empty the hall, because the natural habitat of this Dub-Art lies between the ears, not in the stomach.