Magazine article New Internationalist

[Back to Base. Heading for the Door]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Back to Base. Heading for the Door]

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Considerably aided by the rhyming talents of dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Back to Base offer an altogether different experience. Described as 'live-wire dub', Heading for the Door infuses the spaciousness of reggae with the tight, curling sounds of funk and, unforgettably, Zephaniah's astute, witty and politically focused lyrics.

The fit between word and music is apparent from the off. 'One Day (in Babylon)' weds Zephaniah's compelling song about loneliness with a riff constructed around a slide guitar that serves to emphasize the ache at its heart. From a bluesy funk that echoes the Stones' 'Tumbling Dice' days, 'Nu Blue Suede Shoes' injects a rock-steady reggae rhythm into Zephaniah's persuasive declamations against a litany of consumer products -- including those suede shoes. …

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