On last year's Optometry album, DJ Spooky (aka Paul D.
On last year's Optometry album, DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) re-sequenced the DNA of jazz, creating dramatic arrangements that framed the improvisations of the Matthew Shipp Quartet. With Dubtometry, DJ Spooky lets remixers like DJ Goo, Alter Echo, and Blend have their way with tracks from Optometry. Along with dub pioneer Mad Professor, DJ Spooky assembled and reconstituted their work in this stroboscopic mix that shudders, roars, and slides from Karsh Kale's Asian-dub transformations to I-Sound's glitched-out blip-hop. Subways screech into surf drums and lazy dub is sent into space like Adrian Sherwood meeting Forbidden Planet. The original improvisations of Matthew Shipp and company bob to the surface like bottles tossed on a pixelated ocean, soulful organic voices calling out in the delirious electronic maelstrom.—JD