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Sunday 22 September 2013

Dreadzone Hit 20: The Clash’s Mick Jones Joins Dub & Bass Pioneers Ahead Of Sussex Date

Among their past band members Dreadzone can boast the likes of Melanie Blatt, Denise van Outen, Alison Goldfrapp and Don Letts.



And now the band has added The Clash's Mick Jones - who appears on the current single Too Late - to the above list. 

Dreadzone delighted us all back in '96 when they flew into the commercial domain with their unique, genre-busting dub / folk / electronic dance-epic "Second Light", which featured their debut top 40 hit, "Little Britain". 

Greg Dread said: "We were founded in the light of the new dance and techno movement in the early "90s so have always straddled the two, and other influences including Big Audio Dynamite mean we cast our net pretty wide. 

"I categorise our sound as Dread music." 


Formed Phoenix-like from the ashes of Big Audio Dynamite, Dreadzone are an intrinsic part of the UK dance heritage. 

From their first album "360", released in 1993 by Alan McGhee on his legendary Creation Records label, through their foray into the mainstream when snapped up by Virgin Records and onto 2011's "The Best of Dreadzone – The Good, The Bad and The Dread", Dreadzone have never stopped pioneering their genre-busting reggae-influenced danceable sound. 

They are proud to be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013.

"Escapades" is the band"s 7th studio album. Featuring guest vocalists Mick Jones (The Clash) and rising star Lena Cullen, the album was borne out of the heavy touring schedule which ensued when Greg and Leo resumed their drumming and bass duties alongside Mick Jones and Don Letts when Big Audio Dynamite reunited for a pan-world tour in 2012.


That tour lead to a long burst of creative musical juices flowing in B.A.D.'s studio bunker in Acton, which quickly became the foundation for new Dreadzone material.

Dreadzone founder Tim Bran, alongside Mick Jones and Don Letts, original members Leo and Greg Dread and "new" members MC Spee, Earl 16 and Chris Compton, soon transformed those foundations into musical reality, and Escapades was born.

Escapades is an album to enthuse committed fans, occasional acquaintances or those discovering Dreadzone for the very first time. 

There"s an equal mix of nostalgia and progression all fused within the band's instantly recognizable sound. 

The single, "Too Late" is a gritty, bass punching number with gloriously sleazy undercurrents features a sample from "Is Vic There" by New Wave 80"s band "Department S".

New album Escapades is out on Monday 9th September, and the band play The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, on Saturday 16th November. 


by: Mike Cobley


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