Album Review: Gentleman's Dub Club - Lost In Space
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A good rule of thumb for reggae music is whatever Steve Lamacq plays on 6 Music is probably pretty decent.
If, like me, you’re a follower of such a rule you’ll most likely have heard of Gentleman’s Dub Club – a staple in Lamacq’s weekly playlists and Friday Free For All – and relished in their silky big-band sound.
Following Pound for Pound, a collaborative album with The Nextmen released in 2018, GDC are back to their usual tricks. Pound for Pound was anthemic in its cooperative make-up; littered with some of the best and brightest talents in the reggae and dub community, but what it gave in features it lacked in authenticity. Their new release, Lost In Space, despite being set in the farthest outreaches of deep space, feels rooted at home on the streets of London.
Gentleman's Dub Club - Lost In Space
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There aren’t really any low points in Lost In Space; even Scratchley’s slightly jarring, robotic vocals in ‘Intergalactic’ match a rolling, synthetic bassline and provide even the most incompetent dancers with a steady bounce. Penned as an intergalactic journey through time and bass, Lost In Space feels completely rooted at home. Gentleman’s Dub Club have taken a much-needed leap backwards to produce a record very recognisably, well, themselves.
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