The 500cc Revolutionary Production Crew have gone full throttle to produce this album in a few months, greatly encouraged by press and radio features / reviews. Who wouldn’t be pleased with a comment by Time Out Mag, NYC that states ‘If King Tubby was alive today rather than twisting knobs in ethereal space then this is the sort of contemporary cultural fusion that he would be producing’?
The musical progression this time takes the album into a Hip Hop – Reggae crossover & features the vocal and rap talents of MC Blaze – a Jamaican sister - who also has recorded on Roni Size’s new album. GQ Magazine in Europe put her on the front cover of Feb’ 2003 stating that her ‘Afro deserved an interview of its own’! Her stage presence & delivery has been top notch fun & mic skills and has projected UB&O’s Sound System into bigger performance halls. Spiritual Rasta Ras Jabulani from Black Roots again adds his mystique and deep, earthy tones as does Rudeboy DJ ‘Mexican’ with his frank, witty and hard-hitting toasting. All guitar work is played by our Spanish Guitar Maestro Cuffy ‘El Guapo’.
Songs like ‘Bob Your Head’, ‘Everyday’, ‘Dance Your Troubles Away’, ‘500cc Revolutionary’, ‘Song For You, Soldier Boy’ are all experimentally funky productions - high quality, accessible music. The mix between vocal and instrumentals is equally thought-out including an edited DUB mix of one of the stronger tracks.
Up, Bustle & Out – Dance Your Troubles Away,
No matter what the critics will have you say -
We have to make it in our lives…
- Yeah – like both the 7"s – prefer the 1st one but like the Air mix on this one… (Andrew Weatherall ‘Two Lone Swordsmen’ – Haywire Sessions/Various – Worldwide)
- Yeah – like it… like what they do. (Charlie Dark ‘Attica Blues’ – Various – Worldwide)
- A nice trip down memory lane… (LTJ Bukem – Cookin’ @ The End/Good Lookin’/Various – Worldwide)
- Lee Perry will be proud – tasty dub action – a nice return… (Chickenlips – Various – Worldwide)
- Great record – vocal is wicked and the production is quality – respect. (Aim, Friends & Family, Worldwide)
(information from Zzonked):
- Very good reactions, lots of plays in bars, warm-up sets, backrooms and at home. Support came from the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Paul Murphy, Chickenlips, Faze Action, The Funky Lowlives, Pressure Drop, Charlie Dark (Attica Blues), LTJ Bukem, Mixmaster Morris, Jon Kennedy, Dynamo Productions, Stuart Patterson, Leo Elstob, Jacknife Lee, Ewan Pearson, Bushy and Pete Herbert