By Dub Pistols
From the initial crooning lecture on the history of Dub this is an eclectic crossover journey through hip-hop, funk, dance, dub and ska. Your pilot Barry Ashby brings on board a well-groomed cabin crew including such luminaries as Terry Hall and occasional Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy.
As a pop album this will appeal to the masses with it's sympathetic summertime beats and hooks and yet get under it's skin for a serious piece of work and a big contender for album of the year in its field. The collaborations only add the eye candy to what is already an excellent record.
Highlights are plentiful, some of note include Terry Hall adding his dead pan vox to the ska-lite "Problem Is"; the attitude packed "Soldiers"; the east coast hip-hop / dub mastery of "Soul Shaking" and the ease out closer "6AM" which is all sunrises and chilled sangria.
From Dub purists to occasional Massive Attack fans this is an album that will please all round and put heads and feet in motion where ever it is played.