The conventional wisdom was, that no-one would be interested in an Asian dub group preaching political change. What this newly-remixed version of ‘Rafi’s Revenge’ (which no one would pick up last year) reveals is that the explicitly political dub’n’bass punk assault of ADF owes more to a lineage snaking back through Public Enemy, The Clash and the MC5, rather than to any farcical and preconceived notion of Asian or world music.
What’s more, while the political content of ADF is patently a vital and inseparable part of what they do, it’s certainly not the first thing that hits you about this album. What strikes you the first time you hear this record is the sheer speed and sound of it. Its strength is the way it matches the primal rush of a punk or rockabilly record. Exploding dubquake basslines coupled with bursts of chiming guitar distortion combine to make ‘Naxalite’, ‘Buzzin” and the furious sloganeering of ‘Free Satpal Ram’ among some of the most exciting music to have been released this year. Energize yourself!