As an antidote to the ramshackle reggae featured in the last few posts I figured something more measured was in order, and with rumours abound of Rhythm Collision vol 2 finally in the works it’s high time Ruts DC got a mention.
Formed in the wake of The Ruts demise following the passing of singer Malcolm Owen, Ruts DC developed on the dub and reggae they’d been exploring since their earlier incarnation with tracks like “Jah War” and “Love In Vain”. Rhythm Collision vol 1 capped off a short rise to reggae-punk infamy enlisting South London dub heavyweight Mad Professor to sonically tear the session apart, leaving us with an LP which stands up in it’s own right pitted against the Scientists and King Tubbys of the world.
Adding extra weight to their reggae credentials, The Ruts had a brief run as Laurel Aitken’s backing band recording his 1980 single “Rudi Got Married” but enough staring at the rude boys, have a listen to their dub niceness instead…
And I can’t leave you without mentioning that my friends in Hamburg Irie Ites recently released a 7″ of “Whatever We Do” reworked by Bristol-bass badman Rob Smith which is definitely worth seeking out.