Rude Audio - That Dirty Echo
Forget dubstep. The debut album from swollen London collective Rude Audio is anchored in dub, most of these tracks cleverly updating that old Jamaician sound with a modern sheen. The likes of 'Lufbra Vigil' and 'Streatham Rising' are all clanking, clattering percussion and deep bass. 'Now It’s Dark' runs with this production style further, introducing a breathy, erotic female voice to give a near Lynchian interpretation of the night.
There are other reference points too: 'Sleep Delays My Life' has that dance-music-for-rock-fans feel of early Chemical Brothers; 'Hippy House' nods to early 90s pumpin' house music. There’s plenty to take in here, although it perhaps plays better as a series of tracks than an album. With more than ten people creatively involved here, it’s proof that too many cooks can create an interesting brew rather than spoil the broth.