Album review: FOURty FOUR by Gentleman’s Dub Club

FOURty FOUR by Gentleman's Dub Club
FOURty FOUR by Gentleman's Dub Club
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A nine-piece originally from Leeds, Gentleman’s Dub Club have spent the past year on the iTunes reggae chart with their EP Open Your Eyes.

Their debut album has much of the spirit of late 70s/early 80s 2 Tone – dance music with a social message, as it’s been described.

Their song Riot certainly has some of the eerie despair of the Specials’ Ghost Town, albeit with a more clanking, dubstep direction, while in Enough the band question the modern obsession with money and fame.

Often though singer Johnny Scratchley seems concerned with matters of the heart.

“Where did I go wrong?” singer Johnny Scratchley ponders in the dub-inflected Slave; “Times when we were open in the most intimate way/I know that you loved me, it was written on your face”,” he sings in Too Little, Too Late.

Altogether more feelgood is London Sunshine, a blissful ode to Seventies reggae. “Leave your worries behind/Look around you and see it’s a different place to find,” Scratchley croons, seemingly with a wide smile.

The band have been a popular drawer on the summer festival circuit and iot’s not hard to see why – FOURty FOUR is packed with moments that’ll make even the most reluctant dancer shuffle their feet in delight.