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Far left rappers produce stunning obscure classic,
This review is from: Ship ahoy (Audio CD)Am i the only person, apart from the band obviously , who knows this exists? Their far left political leanings are a dead give away from the band name but surely that can,t put people off? Any way it,s their loss as this is a stunning example of how to fuse a sense of outrage to music of warm melodic richness. It convinces you with a velvet glove instead of hectoring posturing and rampant machismo.
Of the two versions of Ship Ahoy here the Black Star Liner remix is the best.If i,m not mistaken its a comment on slavery and the subjugation of entire cultures. It features lush eddies of Eastern sounding strings allied to the loping hip-hop beat.The vocals are positively mellifluous given the nature of the songs subject, in fact the female backing vocals sound far more strident in comparison as if they are taking the viewpoint of the victims.
The BS2 remix is more concerned with making a banging tune and they suceed but their version bleaches the song of much of its humanity.The other track The Facist Boom is an unremarkable song compared to Ship Ahoy.
This is the only music i own by Marxman. I don,t know what became of them or indeed do i know much about them prior to the release of this but if nothing else they made one fantastic song and i can think of plenty of bands who never came even close to doing that.