Asian Dub Foundation return with their ninth studio album Access Denied, a booming fourteen-track collision of militant lyrical soundclashing and wildstyle industrial beats, confronting themes surrounding hostile border policies, nationalist politics and the climate crisis.
On Indo-Drum N’Bass punk banger and second single, Stealing The Future ADF ring the alarm, “hands up if you’re a citizen of nowhere and you’re not scared”, a riposte to former prime minister Theresa May’s troubling comments in 2016 following the Brexit referendum. Under tripped-out distorted guitars and lashing Amen-break drums, Asian Dub Foundation’s calls to reclaim the rhetoric from incompetent political figures “Stealing our future” and rally against divisive anti-immigrant sentiment is a stirring and uplifting ode to the group’s “conscious party” approach.
As lead guitarist and ADF co-founder Steven “Chandrasonic” Savale reminds us “Music works viscerally. This is not defeatist music. It’s not a lock-yourself-away-from-the-world music. It taps into this hedonistic urge to dance and party. Your dancing and partying against the way things are”.
Access Denied is set to be released on X Ray Production on September 18th
1) Can’t Pay Won’t Pay 2) Stealing the Future 3) Frontline 4) Access Denied 5) Realignment 6) Coming Over Here ft. Stewart Lee 7) Human 47 ft. 47 Soul 8) Mindlock 9) Swarm 10) Lost In the Shadows 11) Youthquake Pt 1 – Greta Speaks 12) New Alignment 13) Frontline Santiago ft. Ana Tijoux 14) Smash and Grab The Future ft. Dub Fx