Bovell Cobby

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BBC – Bovell, Brown & Cobby – ‘Quality Weed’ (Declasse Recordings)

Vinyl / DL

Out now

Bit of a treat for you here as 3 legends – Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Blackbeard), James Brown (UB40) and Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia, Solid Doctor) deliver a paean to the herb.  Deep and dubby vibes on the original, dub-disco on the remix – both essential and will sound glorious in the summer sun!

Now THAT is what I call a press release – short and sweet and bang on!  This is a song which once you’ve heard it sells itself.  A perfect summer dub-plate.  Dennis Bovells vocal is as deep as a ravine, a growl as low as Lee Marvin on Wandrin’Star and a cheeky lyric with the cheesiest rhymes – whenever-you-wanna and mari-ju-ana, and then plant-the-seed and quality-weeeed!

The production as widescreen and crystal-clear as you’d expect from sound-architect Steve Cobby.  James Brown keeps the beat locked-down.  The remix and instrumental are beauteous things too.

As a song about ganja it ranks with the best, Sinsemilla and Legalize It and is a fabulous piece of 2019 chill-out dub reggae.  A Quality Listen with or without the a quality smoke on the hottest of days or the coolest of nights.

Quality Weed is the feelgood hit of summer 2019.  Avail yourself.

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All words by Ged Babey



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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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