The album title refers to the band’s relocation from Leeds to London and their experiences from big city life. And with that as a backdrop they are both personal and philosophical with a great dose of energy and excitement.
The sound is deep and raw with monstrous horn riffs and reverberating bass lines, as showcased on the romping-stomping first single Music is the Girl I Love, the catchy Pressure and the uplifting Bad Girl. Those up-tempo blazers rub shoulders with the ambient Afraid of the Dark, the dread Enter the Chamber and the solid saxophone led instrumental Nocturnal.
With the signing of Gentleman’s Dub Club Easy Star Records continues to explore the UK reggae scene – they have also The Skints and Backbeat Soundsystem among their acts – and The Big Smoke shows that it will probably be a fruitful relationship between the UK and the U.S.