Leeds-based 9-piece reggae & dub band, the Gentleman’s Dub Club, have recently released a new EP called Open Your Eyes, featuring the single “High Grade” – which has quickly become one of my favorite tunes to play out. With a haunting chorus refrain that I must admit I can relate to, an expertly-crafted dub aesthetic, and then a rousing ska climax to close the track out, it has quickly become a big crowd-pleaser and I’ve noticed it works well as a crossover track that can go over well with a variety of different crowds.
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “High Grade” official music video
There is also a remix EP for this song, featuring mixes from Ruckspin (available for free download) & Vibronics, as well a collab version done with Mungo’s Hi Fi, which appeared on their LP release Forward Ever, from late last year.
Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Gentleman’s Dub Club – “High Grade”
The new EP features 5 tracks of dub weight, the title track is also absolutely captivating in a more subdued fashion – I closed a late night party with it last Friday to great effect.
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Open Your Eyes”
The EP also includes a collaboration with acclaimed grime MC, P Money, on a rough track called “Tough At The Top,” which was performed live in their 2011 Maida Vale sessions.
Gentleman’s Dub Club ft P Money – “Tough At The Top” Live at Maida Vale
They’ll be found at a number of European & international festivals this summer, including Outlook Festival in Croatia. With a live act as engaging at this, it can only a matter of time before we see a North American tour.
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Emergency” Live at Outlook 2011