Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell - Ghosts Outside (4 stars)

Reggae remix album of Mason’s Boys Outside with producer Dennis Bovell

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Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell - Ghosts Outside

(Double Six/Domino)

Formerly of The Beta Band and his own King Biscuit Time and Black Affair projects, Steve Mason’s refreshing capacity for reinvention continues. Taking its cue, consciously or otherwise, from the 90s vogue for dub reinterpretations of entire albums (notably Primal Scream’s Echo Dek and Massive Attack’s No Protection), Ghosts Outside is a reggae reappropriation of Mason’s Boys Outside album alongside former Matumbi mainman and Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Slits and Orange Juice producer Bovell.

It’s a rich, lazy (not in the pejorative sense) record, with Mason’s sliced-up, whispered vocal floating over the blissed-out summertime horn stab of ‘Dub I Just a Man’ or the easy electronic skank of ‘Letter Dub’. Not one to grab you by the balls, more an album which sinks into your bones like joint smoke into the walls.

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