Rapture feat. Terry Hall
Released: 2 April 2007
Beat warriors and party-starters par excellence, Dub Pistols, return to the front line with an audacious cover of Blondie’s ‘Rapture’; their first single for Rob da Banks’ superlative Sunday Best label. Released on the 2nd February 2007, ‘Rapture’ is a precursor to the band’s ‘Speakers And Tweeters’ long player, which will drop a week later.
Featuring lead vocals from legendary former Specials and Fun Boy Three front-man, Terry Hall, a long-time collaborator and now full time band member, the Dub Pistols have taken the 1981 classic, Hip-Hop’s first bona fide number 1, and treated it to a truly exceptional update. Classic horns, guitar stabs and rim-shots ride over rolling, electro bass and pumping beats, as Terry Hall makes Debbie Harry’s song his own, with his trademark aloof, almost comatose delivery, adding a sultry flavour to the dubwise grooves.
Dance-floor interests are addressed by a consummate mix package. The Dubs themselves deliver a Breaks flavoured, rocky interpretation with their ‘Combat Rock mix’ and a full on four-to-the-floor proto-Electro House rinse with their ‘Stevie Nicks Dirty tricks Mix’, before handing the reigns over to young turk Richard Dinsdale, who turns in a pair of jackin’ smashers, that take the track into dirty, late night territory. Utilising the full vocal for a techy, bass driven workout on his Original mix, whilst some filthy, distorted riffing takes centre stage on his Neo Geo mix. Norwegian remix-meister Prins Thomas gives things a delicious leftfield House slant on his Diskomiks, adding the deep, soulful, chugging groove that has made his name. Finally, Gecko & Pigboy crack open the squelching bass for a peak-time pop at dance-floor devastation.
A. Rapture feat. Terry Hall
B. You'll Never Find feat. Rodney P
A1. Original extended version
A2. Richard Dinsdale Neo Geo remix
B1. Prins Thomas Diskomiks
B2. Dub Pistols "Stevie Nicks Dirty Tricks" mix
Plus Additional Digital Only Mixes
Richard Dinsdale original mix
Dub Pistols "Combat Rock" mix (iTunes exclusive)
Gecko & Pigboy mix (iTunes exclusive)
King Kooba Electric Meltdown mix (Recordstore exclusive)