This EP from newcomers The Goldborns stands as a soulful and heartfelt call for unity. You could be mistaken for thinking it is one big political statement, but the message feels a lot closer to home and relevant to the man on the street. Particularly when a former guitarist from The Clash is the man on the buttons, as producer. They were a band known for perforating their songs with messages for the people, this is no different.
Jones’ eye for detail and bringing the best
out of artists is clear. With
Babyshambles Down In Albion, he
caught an audio snapshot of Pete Doherty and his band at a time when things
were in turmoil for the former frontman of The Libertines. Jones delivered a
raw, honest and gritty sound to reflect that time.
Here, his hand is turned to capturing the
soul-rich sound, societal awareness and crispness of The Goldborns.
Of Love, The Goldborns have the most well-rounded track of the EP.
Deliciously nonchalant guitar strums over the fizzing of electronic synth beds,
whilst strings pulsate throughout. This is a song that marches, builds and is
as near perfect a modern dub-style tune as you could hope for.
Of A Wound [Feat. Lowkey And Nathan Adams] is a
smooth track with some enticing R&B influences. The spitting from guests
Lowkey and Nathan Adams add another layer of cool. This track has a touch of
early 90s rap to it that gives it an addictive coating of nostalgia.
The repeated line and underlying sentiment
in Come Together is “people you gotta come together”. Under
this banner, I’m sure people will be more tempted to. Whilst it is a song to
voice the concern for a perceived disparity in the U.K., it perhaps is missing
the pace in some sections to make it properly hit home.
The dub-heavy tune Leave It Out [Feat. OG Rootz] is a proper speaker-shaker. Lamenting
lyrics are cut with a weird contrast against the bassline and the usually happy
reggae vibe that demands nodding of the head.
The boys from West London have created something with solid roots here. Their direction is clear and their mind-set charmingly obvious. Watch them develop deeper into this sound, they will drop something very special.