The ragtag bunch of Madchester veterans Black Grape have returned with a new album, Pop Voodoo, the band's first new material in 20 years. Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder is once again joined by the original British b-boy and former Ruthless Rap Assassin, Kermit to make genre-melding music and take aim at today's cultural climate. Their 1995 debut made them No. 1 in the UK and they always managed to stand out in the Britpop pack thanks to their dizzying mix of musical affiliations from rock, hip-hop, acid house, psychedelic pop, reggae and everything in between.
Their sophomore album, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, didn't strike with the same colossal impact, but it did cement the band's reputation as an influential force of the decade. The band did briefly reunite in 2015 for a tour in support of the 20th anniversary of It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah. Since then side projects and health issues led the group to once again go their separate ways. After making a remarkable recovery from a life-threatening condition and operation, Kermit and Ryder are back and their wicked wordplay hasn't lost of any its bite.
Back with fresh rhymes and new targets, Pop Voodoo was produced by Youth (Martin Glover), who has previously worked with the likes of The Verve, U2, Primal Scream, Guns N' Roses, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode, to name but a few.