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Stand High Patrol - Midnight Walkers

Stand High Patrol - Midnight Walkers

Stand High Patrol - Midnight Walkers

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An eclectic range of influences for this dynamic and varied album.

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Stand High Patrol formed just over 10yrs ago in Britany (France) when two guys, Rootystep (selecta) and MacGyver (operator), decided to create a sound system so they could share their passion for roots and early digital reggae. They were soon joined by MC Pupa Jim and started touring their homeland, building their reputation and gradually developing their own style and sound that resulted in several releases on 7 and 12inch. Now they have put all this hard work together and have just unleashed their debut long player.

Their sound I would describe as having the deep and heavy bass tones, much like Mungos Hi Fi, the quirkiness of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz and then combines dubstep, techno, house and hip hop along with other influences in to the roots and digital reggae melting pot to create a hybrid that these three self proclaimed “dubadub musketeerz” call dubadub. Stand High Patrol - Midnight WalkersWhat exactly that all means I’m unsure of, but one thing I do know is it sounds great!

These fertile backdrops are then vocalized by the MC Pupa Jim, whose name I am already familiar with having heard him on last years ‘Forward Ever’ album from Mungos Hi Fi on Boat People. This song appears on this album also, though I presume in its original form which has a brighter ska feel to it as it romps along. Pupa Jim is a very impressive MC as he tailors his deliver with such panache that each track sounds different from the last and it is hard to believe that only he is supplying the vocals throughout the album. This ranges from that bizarre undulating style akin to Nitty Gritty on jokey sounding The Bar a song about the descent into alcoholism, a soft, almost mystical, approach on Big Tree, a clever little rap for Home Made, telling the story of the Stand High Patrol who come from the west coast, that’s of France not America and downtown LA, the semi-spoken Muskateer Sword which relates to finding solace in music and lyrics as opposed to hard drugs and violence all the way to a robotic monotone for the dark, rumbling Speaker Box.

With its penchant for low end frequencies mixed with an eclectic range of influences this dynamic and varied album should appeal not just to reggae fans but also to those of hip hop and electronic music alike and the genre of “dubadub” is most definitely something more of us should get into.

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