Gentleman's Dub Club The Big Smoke on LP
Beloved UK reggae act Gentleman's Dub Club is poised to release their second full-length album, The Big Smoke. GDC's debut album, FOURtyFOUR, drew upon the city of Leeds - the birthplace of the band - as inspiration for a collection of songs that reflected on their initial development period. A few years later the Gents can all be found in and around the capital, and it was this shift of location, and the band's experiences within the big city, that inspired the new record. Using London as a backdrop, The Big Smoke explores everything from the personal to the philosophical and is peppered with the trademark GDC sense of fun and vitality.
A return to a more raw roots sound is evident, along with a markedly upfront writing style, underpinned by the band's familiar monstrous horn riffs and cavernous bass lines. This is immediately palpable in the romper-stomping opener "Music Is The Girl I Love," a record already championed by the legendary David "RamJam" Rodigan: "This new song from GDC is outstanding and I am hooked big time! Please hail up the gents for me!"
The Big Smoke takes listeners on a well-paced and diverse musical journey, with guest appearances by major UK reggae talent and "Bedroom Eyes" writer Natty (on "One Night Only") and tenor sax star Josh Arcoleo (best known for his work with the legendary Pee Wee Ellis as well as Joss Stone, Katy B, and many others). Up-tempo tunes (the catchy single "Bad Girl," "Pressure") mix with dubbier tracks that veer closer to Fat Freddy's Drop's style ("Earthquake", "Extraordinary") and instrumentals (like "Enter The Chamber," which fans will recognize as often being the band's live show opener).