Saturday, April 23, 2005

Aboriginal Rockers

A late return to action, but hopefully this latest offering will make it worth the wait. Gloopy like molasses, the Forbidden Dance rhythm is underpinned by a quiet roar of didgeridoo. Rather than sounding Afro Celt hippy-dippy, though, it’s slick and bouncy, and the best of the voicings are lent a weird out-of-place-and-time dissonance by the instrumental. Cobra is, of course, wicked, his statesmanlike nonchalance working perfectly over the loose, loping beats. Ce’Cile and Macka Diamond, meanwhile, give the fellas a right lyrical trouncing, but the version is a pleasure in itself.
In other news, dancehall is infiltrating the most unlikely critical quarters. You’ll see what I mean in about 10 days, but for the time being, let’s just say exciting and somewhat unexpected things are afoot in the world of Breaking Ranks.

Fordidden Dance - Version

Mad Cobra – Pan It

Macka Diamond & Ce’Cile - Kuff