Battersea Shield
The Orb vs Meat Beat Manifesto
Malicious Damage
August 5, 2005

Track list
  1. Matron
  2. 1855 BC
  3. Insane
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 5
This album is part of the rebirth of Malicious Damage, the late 70's experimental dub- funk- punk label which had -- at the time of the release of the "Wardance" 7" -- links to Brian Eno's avant garde EG label, but featured harder, more aggressive tunes.

Once Youth left that set up, he established one of the earliest UK dub labels -- WAU Mr Modo, which released classic early Jah Warrior dubs, Bim Sherman cuts with Mannaseh (Versions of "Must Be A Dream" ) and importantly -- arguably the best early UK dub album, "Sound Iration In Dub." Watch out for the latter to be released on Malicious Damage later in the year! Place your orders for it now, and don't miss it this time around. The original late 80's release deleted many years ago. Teledubgnosis are another key act to watch out for on Malicious Damage with their "David Lynch meets Can in dub" style.

This album features Meat Beat, fresh from their aggressive remixes for Twilight Circus (check out the raw feedback driven version of Twilight's "Highway", feaured on Ryan Moore's "Abstract Beats."), and is a surreal work, featuring cut and spliced reworkings of Lee Perry's "Blackboard Jungle", in which the flute refrain and mad drum intro gets repeatedly put through the wringer.

The album features three very long, drawn out, dreamlike dub soaked ambient funk workouts, with influences from old school Blue Note and late 70's afro funk styles -- The track "1855 BC" is a 20 minute jam, based around a murky dub bass line and spliced and shredded JA vocal samples from the likes of Mikey Dread and U Roy.

The opening track, "Matron" is another ten minute dub ambient jam, which samples an old 23 Skidoo bass rhythm -- perhaps "Kundalini" or another of the "Seven Songs" beats, but The Orb cuts it up until it resembles an afro funk workout.

The final track "Insane" is a hard agressive extended old school house tune with a disturbed neurotic edge.

Watch out for the Youth / KJ re-releases of tunes like "Change" and " This Is Madness Dub" released as a box set on Malicious Damage -- some of the tunes such as "Turn To Red In Dub" were engineered by the largely unsung UK dub engineering talent, Mark Lusardi, who was also responsible for engineering early Creation Rebel, Lion Youth and Revelation albums, all classics of the late 70's UK roots scene.

Just make sure you don't miss the re-issue of "Sound Iration In Dub," -- soon out on Malicious Damage.