Review : Hey Rube! – Can You Hear Me Mutha

I’ve been sitting on this album for a few weeks now, by Hey Rube! Even today I can still hear new levels to the sound of it. This isn’t surprising when you see that under those clown faces are two pioneering guys in the shape of Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia – DJ/Mixer extraordinaire). So the potential was already there but was the result worth it? Yes of course it was and a lot more too! It all kicks off with the ‘Rob A Bank Rob‘,  ripples of electronic cream floating on a drum laden pulse. This is inter-dispersed with sound-clips and masked vocals from Stephen harking back to the early days of the Cabs. In fact there’s a real Latin feel to it. ‘Mengi Dem Disc Leggi‘ has to be the oddest title I’ve heard in ages but don’t let that detract anything from it. It could be a hybrid from Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans Europe Express’ era with an upbeat dance beat. Turn those knobs to slightly change the sound but keeping to a rhythmic stance. Next is ‘Scissormouth‘ a track I’ve had for several months and never tire from hearing. It’s a chill out masterpiece that has your fingers and feet following the drum machines roll. Whilst waves of electronic sound wash over your mind. It’s my Flash & The Pan of the decade.The reggae dub inspired sounding ‘Pimpdaddy‘ has echos of the great Scientist albums from the early 80′s. “You’ve gotta give me it” vocals repeat and all brought to together by the bass mixed resoundingly together. What can only be described as a wooden ruler vibrating off a school desks introduces ‘Kamikazee Peloton‘ which like its predecessor leans towards those heavy dub sounds. But here Stephen’s vocal do come to the fore as he sings “...celebrations, entertainment, hand shaking“, crisp whispered shouts. Big band drums signal the arrival ‘Shaz Tate‘, a real avant-garde jazzy feel with textured static and distorted piano intertwined under the vocals.The longest track comes in the form of ‘Rapture‘ an electronic popping additive spaced out vibes melt you mind as it gradually rolls out. The disc concludes with catchy ‘Bali-Hai‘, feels like an enjoyable bicycle ride through the far off pacific island. Forget the tongue in cheek photo that adorns this disc, yes they have a sense of humour. This is really a wonderful breeze through the minds of two muso’s given free rein to explore their vast knowledge of music. I could listen to this again tomorrow and come out a totally different yet enthusiastic review. 9/10 No Fila’s here.

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