Various Artists The Ruts: Babylon's Burning-Dub Drenched Soundscapes
- Words: Jesse Serwer
- Label: Collision
Comtemporaries of The Clash and The Slits, The Ruts made reggae-inspired punk that kept the British scene vibrant during the years between the Sex Pistols and the onset of New Wave. While the group's contributions to the post-punk blueprint, including their seminal single "Babylon's Burning," are arguably overlooked, Dub Drenched Soundscapes assumes the track is worthy of-not two or three-but 16 different remixes and re-interpretations. Even if every track added new life to deceased vocalist Malcolm Owen's anthemic shouts it would still be an exhausting concept, but, as it is, only a handful-namely those of punk reggae architect and filmmaker Don Letts and Birmingham, UK production team Groove Corporation-accomplish this aim.
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