Nine man strong reggae outfit Gentleman’s Dub Club released their third album – and second on Easy Star Records – Dubtopia in April. It’s a 13 track set where sweet romance rubs shoulders with scorching dancehall bangers.
They are famous for their vital live performances and this energy has successfully been channeled onto disc. And guest performers like Lady Chann, Taiwan MC, Parly B and Eva Lazarus make sure that Dubtopia is sound system friendly with fierce vocals on a cut like Fire In The Hole.
With its upbeat sound, multi-part horns, sonic wizardry and sweet vocal harmonies Dubtopia is a bona-fide attention-grabber – from the dreamy Your Light via the smooth Dancing In The Breeze to the stomping Taiwan MC combination Take Control.
Popular UK reggae act Gentleman’s Dub Club have partnered with U.S. label Easy Star Records for their new album The Big Smoke, a blazing eleven track set with a powerful horn section.
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.