Hard to believe that a prime post-punk era Martin Hannett production has languished in relative obscurity for so long. Basement 5 were a short-lived, all-black London band operating in a similar dub / punk territory to early Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. At one point fronted by Don Letts before photographer Dennis Morris took over, this, their sole LP, features Blockhead "Gentleman" Charles Charles sitting in on drums. There’s a nice balance between a heavy and precise rhythm section and scratchy, sloppy guitar and vocals, lyrically politicised as you’d expect, with Hannett applying some effects familiar from his work with Joy Division and others. The CD version features the In Dub EP, available separately on vinyl.
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