Various Artists: Axiom Dub: Mysteries of Creation

The two-CD collection Axiom Dub: Mysteries of Creation: (Axiom, 162-531 070-2, 58:30, 58:16) is an all-star collection of sound merchants: Mad Professor, DJ Spooky, Sly and Robbie, Dub Syndicate and others. The easiest way to understand this collection is to view it as kind of a Funkcronomicon for dub. And like that collection, Mysteries offers variations on a theme-dub’s sacral grooves get various stylistic reworkings, ranging from ambient to drum & bass to trip-hop. And, as you might expect, it’s an impressively diverse collection; from Automaton’s “Assyrian Dub” to DJ Spooky’s “Anansi Abstrakt.” But those are just a couple of the many subterranean tidbits; just turn the lights down and spark up the incense.