Stally & The Breadwinners / Skinshape: Riddim Box Dub / Soul Groove – single review

Stally & The Breadwinners / Skinshape – Riddim Box Dub / Soul Groove (Horus Records)

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The Breadwinners return as part of a double A side single on a new label. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates gives his opinion.

On 12th December 2012 Al Redfern and his project The Breadwinners gave one good reason why we should never be too hasty in publishing our yearly Best Of lists with their album Dubs Unlimited album being an absolute scorcher!

New Dorset label Horus promise to give us “music that deserves to be heard by a wider audience” and with this, their first release, you really can’t argue with that. It’s a double A sided single featuring two great tracks.

First up is tenor saxophonist Stally who featured on The Breadwinners album as part of Redferns project. The perfect single for a Monday morning – lazy and uplifting. Stally’s sexy saxophone is super smooth (and other words beginning with ‘s’!) and an absolute killer with dubs and more dubs galore. Again using ¼ inch tape and conventional effects, Al has created yet more superb sounds. Some of the dubs here are so long that they are still echoing out when new ones come in! Slightly reminiscent of UB40’s One In Ten admittedly but don’t let that put you off! Marvellous percussion to close as Redfern quickly moves up a gear to claim his title as Dub King for the twenty-first century. The boy from Rochdale has done good.

Side A number two comes from Skinshape, or Will Dorey to his Mother. With a slow meandering soul / funk groove and some lovely vocals from guest Anina backed by a great reggae dub guitar, Soul Groove is exactly what it says. A great bridge after a minute and a half when most of the instrumentation drops out and the drums and bass come to the front with some space-age electronic effects and stunning organ courtesy of second guest Jon Moody. An incredibly polished production and another superb track.

If this is the shape of things to come from Horus, then we’re in for some very special stuff.

Follow The Breadwinners on Twitter here and Facebook here.

Follow Skinshape on Twitter here and Facebook here.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found here. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog. Paul is working hard to save Radio Lancashire’s On The Wire, the BBCs longest running alternative music programme. Follow him on twitter as @saveonthewire for all On The Wire news or follow hiapop Blog on Twitter, @hiapop.

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