Album Review: The Good, The Bad And The Dread by Dreadzone
Can you remember your first gig, concert or festival? There you were watching and listening in admiration to this particular band. A momentous occasion in your life that will stay with you forever.
For me, it was the Summer of 2009 that really stayed in my mind. The Glastonbury Festival Of Contemporary Performing Arts or "Glasto" to those who have pitched up a tent there. It wasn't until I saw the band, Dreadzone perform that really made it special for me.
Having heard most of their material over the years their latest release The Good, The Bad And The Dread is very much a collection of their best work to date.
These boys are the pioneers of the UK bass culture movement which of course has spawned many sub-genres. With a career spanning almost 18 years you tend to find that times change. Dreadzone have progressed with the times but have always stuck to their roots with their dub-reggae-ska-dancehall vibe dabbling with electronica, this band is incredibly well-respected by musicians and fans alike.
The tune Fight The Power was never included on an album so that one in particular is the most distinctive record for the admirers on this "Best Of" mixtape. A couple of tracks are taken from the first - now rare - release 360° which was out in '94 through to last years Eye On The Horizon. Fans would not feel disappointed for certain singles being off the tracklist and new fans would have a fantastic introduction into the delightful world of the Dread.
New fans are being introduced all of the time with the genre of dubstep now being very prominent in the dance music industry. The dub that supports the Dreadzone sound is quite open to remixing so the young producers of today should check this eclectic compilation out.
The band Dreadzone have the ability to make people smile through their music which is why I regard them so highly, as I hope you will too.
The Good, The Bad And The Dread, The Best Of by Dreadzone is released by their own label, Dubwiser records on May 16th.
Check out the website: http://www.dreadzone.com