259. Dub Narcotic Sound System meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Sideways Soul…”

The full title of this album is a mouthful: “Sideways Soul: Dub Narcotic Sound System meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style”.

Album cover CD Sideways Soul Dub Narcotic Sound System meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall StyleI’m typically pretty dismissive of such lengthy titles, but at least this one is informative. The meeting of minds here is a wonderful combo.

Calvin and Co’s pop sensibilities hook up with the filthy, sloppy blues grooves of Spencer and his buddies in what must have been some action-packed recording sessions.

It sounds like we stepped in near the end of a pretty wild, yet laid-back party, where some close and talented friends are taking the piss out of their shared acquaintances.  There are loads of in-jokes and adaptations of well-known lyrics.  Johnson’s vocals are hilarious and seemingly effortless.  The band get a series of funny intros.

Fudgy the Whale is 10 mins of lazy beats and all of the above elements:

I’ve been listening to this while chilling at a Thai resort occupied by a British version of the cast of Cocoon. I’ve kept this album inside my headphones lest I cause a spate of broken hips as my fellow guests find the grooves irresistable. It’s their loss.

File under: This soul is how I roll

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