British Dance Music Titans Coldcut and On-U Sound Rally Against Global Greed on "Robbery"

The Ninja Tune co-founders and Adrian Sherwood's collaborative album 'Outside the Echo Chamber' comes out May 19.

by Corinne Przybyslawski
Apr 28 2017, 2:58pm

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In 1986, Matt Black brought in a tape he was working on for a Capital Radio competition to London's Reckless Records, where Jon More was working behind the counter. They decided to form a duo together, and that cassette would end up being Coldcut's first single, "Say Kids What Time is It?".

To celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, the Ninja Tune co-founders have teamed up with another British dance music veteran, producer, remixer, and On-U Sound kingpin Adrian Sherwood. Their forthcoming collaborative album, Outside the Echo Chamber, blends the former's acid house meets hip-hop production with the latter's dub grooves, and features guest appearances by Roots Manuva, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Junior Reid, and more.

Today we're premiering "Robbery," which was inspired by the 2009 global financial crisis, and addresses how the event was just "one act in the big global rip-off whereby the 1% psycho parasites continue to grab more of everything from the 99%." A play on Coldcut's history of bridging rap and rave worlds, the track continually disfigures cinematic violin samples over its woozy but punctual bass tones, as Jamaica dancehall artist Rholin X's vocals ominously bellow over the beat.

They've also shared an accompanying Monopoly and Terry Gillam-inspired satirical video game, set in a world "where the banks have stolen everybody's savings, the Gov let them get away with it, and people are left with the bill."

Listen to "Robbery" below, and pre-order Outside the Echo Chamber before it comes out May 19 via Coldcut's label Ahead Of Our Time.

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