- 7 years ago
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Although they started out on their own Moomu imprint, we first came across LV through their powerful early singles for Hyperdub. Collaborating with vocalists it seemed like here finally was reggae fit for the 21st century, the tech descendent of roots, a different space from the brash clattering of dancehall.
The socially aware anti-establishment lyrics, the pride, warmth and power of the voices link them to the tradition of British metropolitan reggae, Steel Pulse's Handsworth Revolution, the movie Babylon and Dennis Bovell, the urban edge, still the same in 2010 as in 1980. We used to drop that track regularly on gigs and it's slow power is familiar and devastating.
Recently they've gone in new directions, working with spoken word artist Josh Idehen, uberproducer Untold on the subaquatic “Beacon”, and the Africa-meets-juke smash “Boomslang” with Okmalumkoolkat. We started corresponding about juke tunes a while back and thus this mix of their jukey favourites. viva LV.