Buzz Chart

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash
‘Street Gospels’
(Side One Dummy)

Bedouin Soundclash provided a surprise highlight of 2005 in their previous album, ‘Sounding A Mosaic‘; an addictive mix of soul, reggae, and ska that spawned the radio staple ‘When The Night Feels My Song’. Writing a similarly impressive follow-up was never going to be easy, but on ‘Street Gospels‘, the Canadian trio have both broadened their sound and delivered some of their finest songs to date.

There’s a more polished, pop feel to the likes of ‘St. Andrews‘ and ‘Higher Ground‘, but the band haven’t forsaken their ska/reggae roots; rather, they’ve infused them with a new depth and vitality. Singer/guitarist Jay Malinowski’s voice is on top form throughout, and there are more than enough lilting grooves and sun-drenched choruses on offer to warm your soul through the harshest of winters (which the band, as residents of Canada, are probably used to by now).

Check out ‘Walls Fall Down‘ on the link above, and be sure to have your dancing shoes at the ready when the band return to the UK in November:

4th – Oxford Zodiac/Academy
5th – Southampton University
6th – Cardiff University
7th – Sheffield Plug
8th – Norwich UEA
10th – Newcastle University
11th – Glasgow Classic Grand
12th – Manchester University
13th – Birmingham Barfly
15th – Leeds University (Stylus)
16th – London Forum

Alex Gosman