One thing you can say about Ashley Beedle (actually, there lots of things but without contradiction), he is possibly the most polymath of musicians around today and he never lets us down; bring on the Darkstarr!
Dub Pistols was founded by Barry Ashworth in 1996 and spent much of the past 10 years releasing breaks, big beat, dub, reggae, house on Distinct’ive Records but this latest single is the preview for the sophomore album coming out on Sunday Best and it’s brilliant.
Loads of people are saying that the inspired pairing on Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics have produced their favourite album of the year and I’m joining that happy band of folks; this is sensational!
If you start a series called Inspiration Information with Amp Fiddler, Sly & Robbie you better have a good idea for the follow up; and boy do Strut have a good idea matching up reggae legend Horace Andy and DJ/producer Ashley Beedle and neither disappoint.
For many, the seventies typifies the golden age of reggae, linking the vocal sweetness of the sixties with the harder-edged music that was to follow. Falling into this period is much of the excellent music to be found on this introductory disc to the joys of dub featuring some cracking cuts from the likes of King Tubby, Lee Perry and Errol ‘ET’ Thompson.