Radio is the sound of Ludes linking up their ska-beat to a punk rock sensibility, sounding like a latter day Clash (circa London Calling) and in the case of Spanish Guitar, the single’s other track, circa Sandanista or Uncle Joe’s more recent work. There can be no greater praise than this.
Radio, an uptempo reggae/rocker is a tribute to the impact of music “I had no one to trust/But the sound in my ears… AM, FM, Medium wave/I heard the devil’s music on my radio last night” goes the chorus, and inspiring it is too. Should guarantee some radio airplay as radio likes records about the radio (it was a Radio 6 record of the week) and ain’t it odd that we have also recently had the Dead 60s reggae-rebel-rock Riot Radio? Anyways, Spanish Guitar is a little laid back in comparison, ostensibly a lament to a lost loved acoustic “Lying at the bottom of the ocean”, its funky bass, reggae rhythm, rock guitar mix to make a highly infectious groove and it’s a chance for Ludes to show off their excellent musicianship. Ludes seem to have made a step forwards with what is probably their most commercial release to date. Terrific.
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