Destroy Babylon

Long Live the Vortex

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Destroy Babylon, named after a Bad Brains song, play such a fluid, dubby, reggae style that they sound more like original early-'70s Jamaicans (they deserved their bill with Lee "Scratch" Perry) than the more clunky rock-reggae forays of the 1977 Clash or reggae-rock iteration of 1980 Bad Brains, when both first added it to their repertoire. (Both got much better at it later.) DB are more like the Ruts/Ruts D.C. (Mad Professor should produce them!): absolutely skilled, soulfully political (good on 'em), and riding all the right horns and harmonies.

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