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Butches Brew by Butch Cassidy Soundsystem

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Reviewed on 1st September 2004.


Butches Brew

By Butch Cassidy Soundsystem

Glasgow is so the new Kingston. Possibly. Glaswegian label Soma gives us Michael Hunter, AKA Butch Cassidy, who brings the sounds of the smokey sun all the way from the Windies to the Western Isles.

It kicks off with supertylin' bass on "Brothers and Sisters" which grabs you by the ears and refuses to let go, its dub tinged mantra a call to messy clubbers the world over. It's so relaxed and chilled and sounds perfect for the summer we haven't had.

"Hear what I say" is nu-wave reggae, the electrifying organs plugging you into Trinidad and Glasgow's grid, forcing you to hustle in the corner for Iron Bru and Lilt. "Rudi" growls like a Bentley commandeered by Hendrix while its 'Hey Baby' refrain is literally dripping in saccharine sweetness, a whisky sour to go with the rum punch.

The whole album fits like a glove and has a rare groove, combining pop hooks with deep dub to great effect. It does sound a little derivative and is a little slow in places. But the overall effect is captivating, leaving you washed up on the Clyde, with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.



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