Brooklyn-based singer and producer Dr. Israel isn’t a real MD, but he deserves an honorary degree in alchemy for his crafty synthesis of roots reggae, frenetic jungle rhythms, gritty New York hip-hop, and the occasional rattling metal riff. Along with his loose crew of musicians, the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System, Dr. Israel creates a cross-genre hybrid that retains the vital energy of each element. He rails against Babylon and praises ganja like a committed roots reggae singer while MCs spit out complex wordplay and ghetto realism that’s tough enough for indie-rap heads. At the same time, hyperkinetic breakbeats glide underneath gospel harmonies and dub rimshots echo around the room. It’s a post-rave, indie-hop, dubcore mash-up that would be equally at home at a West Indian street fair and a Noam Chomsky reading group.
July 21st, 2006
the Shattuck Downlow
2284 Shattuck Ave
$8, $6 W/ student ID or SDL voucher
The Recorder (ALM)