Saturday, 19 October 2013

Gentleman's Dub Club - FOURtyFOUR - Album Review [19th October 2013]

[2013.10.19] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.

Leeds has one of the most exquisite venues for dub-music in the form of The West-Indian Centre in Chapeltown, and it has nurtured one of the most joyous proponents of the genre in the Gentleman's Dub Club. Sound staples start immediately on FOURtyFOUR; the half-time pulse, the w-w-wumping bass, and the shimmering keys. The album finds balance in tracks alternating the mood; from dirtier efforts like Riot, and more tender reggae songs, like London Sunshine.

The ultra-slick presentation of these songs in a recorded format seems against the vibrancy of this band. This is further highlighted by the inclusion of two live recordings at the end of the album. I can understand that people would want to take GDC music home, but these songs seem born to be heard live.

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