Album review: Franz Ferdinand - 'Blood'

Dub, dub, dub you, dub you wanna

If you were merely whelmed by FF’s anaemic third, then this album of dub versions could be the infusion you’re looking for. Dan Carey was the ideal choice for remixing duties, having worked with old-school dub heroes Mad Professor and Lee Perry as well as younger sorts Hot Chip. ‘Blood’’s success is simple: it sidesteps the usual trap of bolting on giant, boozy breakbeats or acid synth basslines so obvious they can be seen from geostationary orbit. Instead Bob Hardy’s aqueous bass wobble gets the room it deserves and is amped up with weed-infused echo and liquid acid Vocoders, meaning this selection is more suited to home ‘contemplation’

or that last mad hour of dancing before you stumble blinking into the light for the 6.30am bus home.

John Doran

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7 / 10

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