2020 album. Also available on Vinyl.
Asian Dub Foundation are a genre unto themselves. Their unique combination of tough jungle rhythms, dub bass lines and wild guitar overlaid by references to their South Asian roots and militant high-speed rap has established them as one of the best live bands in the world. During their long and productive career Asian Dub Foundation have shared the stage with the likes of Rage Against The Machine, the Beastie Boys and Primal Scream also collaborating on record with the likes of Radiohead, Sinead O’ Connor, Iggy Pop and Chuck D.
Their 9th album ‘Access Denied’ finds them as uncompromising as ever. The album showcases ADF in full spectrum mode from the tough Jungle Punk sound of “Stealing The Future” and “Mindlock” through to the orchestral meditation of “Realignment” and the reggae lament of the title track. With guestspots from Greta Thunberg, incendiary Palestinian shamstep warriors 47 Soul, Chilean revolt’s rap main figure Ana Tijoux and radical UK comedian Stewart Lee, Asian Dub Foundation continue their sonic opposition to the powers that be and ‘Access Denied’ kicks harder and higher than ever.
ADF formed from a music workshop in East London in the late 1990s at the institution which is their spiritual home, Community Music. Their unique beginnings marked out both their sound and their wider educational aspirations, as showed by their early involvements with Roma Youth in Budapest, hooking up with the legendary Afro Reggae in the favelas of Rio, and setting up their own education organisation ADF Education (ADFED), not to mention their campaigns on behalf of those suffering miscarriages of justice.
Tracklisting: Can’t Pay Won’t Pay / Stealing the Future / Frontline / Access Denied / Realignment / Comin’ Over Here (feat. Stewart Lee) / Human 47 (feat. 47 Soul) / Mindlock / Swarm / Lost in the Shadows / Youthquake Part 1, Greta Speaks / New Alignment / Frontline Santiago (feat. Ana Tijoux) / Smash and Grab the Future (feat. Dub FX).