on 15 June 2009
These boys have been carving a notch into the big beat and boom-dub bedpost since 1996 and have rarely made a bad record during this time. Their problem is they have also not made an exceptional one either. Instead they have made 3 half-decent albums and several singles including one with Terry Hall in 2003 called "Problem Is" that failed to dent the Top 60 in the UK. This sprightly set of good-time summer anthems may just remedy this state of affairs.
The opener "Back To Daylight" starts this Lynval Golding-endorsed album in much the same vein as most of this accessible array of horn and bass riddims, but it's the trombone-laced skank of "Revitalize" and the breathy Lindy Layton vocals on "I'm In Love" that really sets the seal. If these two songs are not booming out of every festival sound system by the end of our hot summer (hey come on, the whole thing has made me optimistic for good weather) then there is no justice. Rodney P, TK and Justin Robertson are all on hand to propel the vibe but the real coup here is on "Six Months". None other than the Cool Ruler Gregory Isaacs lends his velvety tonsils to a skippity roots reggae roll. Very nice,there is plenty here to make you pull down your top, rev up the engine and chassis hop your way around the inner city parks nodding like a smug chump at how cool you think you are - which is fairly cool if you have this on the CD selector in your Peugeot....
on 1 June 2009
The Dub Pistols albums have been increasing in brilliance with each release,'Speakers and tweeters' was a band totally confident in their music. Here however there are signs that they strain to move their music forward, some unwelcome diversions into styles that dont fit the Dub Pistols sound - 'She moves' being a prime example, adding a latino sound to the standard big beat doesn't result in a particularly gripping song for me.
'Peace of mind' has a great coupling of Red star lion and Rodney P alongside chunky soulful grooves, but suffers a little because its the seventh track and by then Rodney P has already done rap duties on two weak heard-it-all-before-but-better tracks ('I'm in love' and 'Ganjer') so is in danger of outstaying his welcome. So great on 'Speakers and tweeters' but here he doesn't feel right for the songs (or the songs don't feel right for him - nor the Dub Pistols).
Ashley Slater as a guest vocalist is just plain wrong, as is the girlie vocals of Lindy Layton when placed alongside the standard rap / beats (does a song called 'Im in love' really sound like the name of a Dub Pistols track?) Basically the problem this album has is that it either doesn't sound as fresh as previous offerings, or it goes off into hideous or dull territories.
As a longtime fan this is quite disappointing and I would hope they get it back together for any new albums, more stuff like this and I dont think I'll bother checking them out. If they had more tracks like 'Peace of mind' then I would rate this a lot higher, as it is theres little here to make this as essential as the likes of 'Six million ways to live' and 'Speakers...'
on 29 June 2011
Rum & Coke by Dub Pistols is one of the best CD's I've bought in a long time. If you don't know the Dub Pistols, first off get this album and second get yourself to a live gig and prepare to be uplifted. This was the music that started my summer of 2011 and I'm still loving it now. A fusion of ska, brass, dance and a good dose of rockin feel-good big beats, put it on in the morning, have a dance and then get on with the day.
on 26 May 2009
Five stars because they deserve it ! You won't find annother band like theese at this quality who stay away from the mainstream.
Polished ! Eclectic ! Awesome riddims & melodies ! Mixed vibes !
A high quality album with that distinctive D.P sound & some wicked tunes can be found here.
I particularly like 'revitalise' with its ska beat & horns mixed with a bit M.Cing from Rodney P.
Annother stand out track for me is 'Peace of mind' Nice reggae styleee Ft Red Star Lion & Rodney P.
There's more but you have to listen yourself because there's different flavors here.
BIG UP THE DUB PISTOLS & this ,the forth album & still skankin'. Nice one !