Dub Pistols

Maintaining a stellar reputation as a live act, electronica mainstays Dub Pistols emerged in 1996 in London and championed the electronic big beat sound of the time on debut singles "There's Gonna Be a Riot" and "Best Got Better." Originally conceived by former club promoter Barry Ashworth and initially featuring guitarist John King, bassist Jason O'Bryan, programmer Bill Borez, and turntablist Malcolm Wax, the group dropped their debut album Point Blank in 19998 and skimmed the charts with their follow-up Six Million Ways to Live, with the Terry Hall-featuring "Problem Is" going to number 66 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003. Six Million Ways to Live was officially released as an album in 2005 while they rounded up the talents of T. K. Lawrence, JMS, Blade, Rodney P and Terry Hall again for their third album Speakers and Tweeters (2007), which featured covers of classic tracks like Blondie's "Rapture," "Peaches" by the Stranglers and "Gangsters" (by the Specials, of which Terry Hall was a member). Released in 2009, their fourth album Rum & Coke featured contributions from Rodney P, Ashley Slater (Freakpower), Lindy Layton (Beats International) and DJ Justin Robertson with Jason O'Bryan having left the group by the release of 2012 album Worshipping the Dollar. Return of the Pistoleros arrived in 2015 via Sunday Best Recordings with sixth album Crazy Diamonds following in 2017 and seventh album Addict arriving in October 2020. They found themselves back in the charts again with Addict, going to number 70 in the UK and in 2023 returned with the reggae-led Frontline, packed with guest spots from the likes of Horseman, Winstone Williams, Natty Campbell and others. They have also contributed to numerous film soundtracks over the years, including Blade II and Bad Company.

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