It’s something in the air, and I don’t mean love, this must be the year of P.I.L. (Public Image Ltd). First John Lydon teamed up again with former (and future) PiL members Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith and recorded and release the first new PiL album, “This is PiL” after two decades. Then founder PiL members, bassist Jah Wobble and guitarist Keith Levene revisited this year the PiL’s groundbreaking 1980’s album “Metal Box” – which they were the driving forces behind – with several highly-acclaimed shows performing “Metal Box in Dub live”. Now they make a step even further and they decide it record some new material which became “Yin and Yang”, a 10 track journey in the outer limits of Dub and Post-Punk/Modern Rock.
The epic, almost 10 minute long “Jags & Staffs” it’s killer then any real dope, takes you in a dreamy, pulsing in circles flight. The opening title-track “Yin & Yang” it’s a classy PiL taste-like Post-Punk anthem – a John Lydon guest featuring would be quite appropriate on this. “Mississippi” it’s Blues and 70’s flavored, filtered like a roller-coaster.
“Within You Without You” is a song written by George Harrison and released on the famous The Beatles’ 1967 album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. This version keeps the spirit of the original, but push the sound over the edge of the Dub and true psychedelia.
“Back on the Block” have a powerful Dub drive, strong and classic take build upon a killer bass riff and some luminescent synth layers. “Fluid” it’s another Dub masterpiece fueled with refreshing Jazz flavor which flows into the sparking “Vampires”. “Understand” reminds us that Keith Levene was an early member of The Clash, it’s an excellent mixture of Dub and Ska. “Understand Dub” it’s the re-interpretation of the previous song, things are pushed further, twisted off and drowned in psychedelia.
Fabulous journey, and a great escape from boring patterns and nowadays, senseless… bass wobbling. Dub’s Not Dead!
01 – Yin & Yang
02 – Strut
03 – Jags & Staffs
04 – Mississippi
05 – Within You Without You
06 – Back on the Block
07 – Fluid
08 – Vampires
09 – Understand
10 – Understand Dub