It's tempting to ask why no one thought of it sooner. Coldcut (Matt Black and Jon More) andAdrian Sherwood – kingpin of the legendary On-U Sound label – are the perfect sonic match; two pioneers of British music united by a maverick spirit. These artists have a deep intertwined history - On-U Sound is printed in Coldcut's genes in the music they grew up with. Coldcut x On-U Sound's Outside the Echo Chamber is an album of freshly-minted, electronic dub-pop. The first offering of which is "Divide and Rule" where Lee ‘Scratch' Perry, Junior Reid and Elan breathe political fire and sonic glee into an exemplary dub, backed by a remix by Glasgow-based soundsystem Mungo's Hi Fi.
Uniting an array of global musicians and vocalists including Roots Manuva, Junior Reid, Lee ‘Scratch' Perry and Ce'Cile – to name but a few – and made in London, Ramsgate, Jamaica, and Los Angeles – where co-producer and fellow dance heavyweight Dave Taylor (Switch & With You.) is now based. Toddla T also helped produce two songs. "Outside the Echo Chamber" is a timely rallying call for Britain's musical melting pot. At the beating heart of this album are long time On-U Sound collaborators Skip McDonald on guitar and bassist Doug Wimbish. These two formed part of the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era like Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," and many others.
In the bleak political landscape of early 2017, this album's warmth, and its outward-looking, globally-minded sound couldn't feel more welcome!