Steve Mason – ‘Monkey’s Mind In The Devil’s Time’

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Steve Mason’s second solo effort sees him putting his own tender and reflective stamp on the protest album

Steve Mason’s second solo effort sees him putting his own tender and reflective stamp on the protest album. It takes in the 2011 police shooting of Mark Duggan on ‘More Money, More Fire’ and a general distrust of Tony Blair on ‘Fight Them Back’. It’s not only the boldness of Mason’s subject matter that makes this a brilliantly disquieting record, but also his ability to make it consistently warm and wholesome. Veering between the melancholic luls of his Beta Band days and the more experimental folk and reggae of 2010 solo debut ‘Boys Outside’, it’s a moment of musical clarity in a fucked-up world.

Jenny Stevens

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Record label: Double Six
Release date: 11 Mar, 2013