Originally released on CD in 2007, Dub Pistols’ ‘Speakers and Tweeters’ is finally being given the vinyl treatment!
‘Speakers and Tweeters’ was the first Dub Pistols LP released on Sunday Best Recordings and features the likes of Terry Hall (The Specials), Blade and T.K. Lawrence who combine to create the perfect fusion of hip-hop, ska, reggae and dub.
The record also features exhilarating covers of Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ and The Stranglers’ ‘Peaches’.
Pressed on Light Blue vinyl and housed in a Gatefold sleeve, this glorious LP also includes liner notes by the late, great Howard Marks.
Speakers And Tweeters is the perfect fusion of hip-hop, ska, dub and disco, Messrs Ashworth and O’Bryan, now hone their craft with a few careful selected guests attractions.
Enlisting the services of 2-Tone deity Terry Hall, the group born out of the ashes of Déja Vu, once more takes centre stage in the contemporary dance arena. The former Specials front man is rightly the star turn, featured on a handful of cuts, most notably ‘Gangsters’ (an update of his 1979 chart topper); the Just Jack-like ‘Running From The Thoughts’; and paired with US rapper T.K. on a tongue-in-cheek version of the Stranglers’ ‘Peaches’. The latter also featuring the cockney tones of wordsmith Rodney P, whose similarly wordy rhymes make ‘Something To Trust’ a keeper.
Picking up the Adrian Sherwood post-punk deconstructive fusion of dub and dance, the Dub Pistols follow a trail blazed by Gary Clail’s Tackhead Sound System over a decade earlier, but with more vivid colours and images then a box of Crayola. The prelude, ‘Gave You Time’, comes across like a lost master from Massive Attack’s Blue Lines, and further underlines an album of refreshing depth and memorable highs. — Lewis Dene, BBC
1. Speed Of Light 04:06
2. Peaches 03:11
3. Speakers And Tweeters 03:48
4. Running From The Thoughts 04:10
5. Rapture 03:52
6. Cruise Control 03:27
7. Open 04:08
8. You’ll Never Find 04:21
9. Gangsters 02:59
10. Something To Trust 03:31
11. Mach 10 03:45
12. Stronger 03:52
13. Gave You Time 03:43