London Records proudly reissue Asian Dub Foundation’s revolutionary studio album, Rafi’s Revenge. To celebrate, the world-renowned band are playing a live show featuring tracks from the album, along with special DJ sets by ADF DJ Pandit G!
By the time ADF recorded Rafi’s Revenge in 1998, they were primed to explode. Having initially emerged from east London’s grassroots Community Music project as a largely studio-based collective, the band had galvanised themselves into a riotously exciting touring machine by the late nineties. Their extraordinary live shows were electrifying to witness, kinetic and dynamic, incendiary and euphoric, confrontational yet celebratory. For sheer roof-raising energy, they were unrivaled.
Rafi’s Revenge originally peaked at number 20 on the UK Albums Chart and was shortlisted for the 1998 Mercury Music Prize, and is a kaleidoscopic mash-up of jungle breakbeats, industrial dub, London-rooted hip-hop, sci-fi punk, drum’n’bass, soundsystem reggae, bhangra, free jazz, techno, sampled Indian classical instruments, funky surf guitar and swashbuckling spaghetti western attitude. It sounded like a head-on collision between the past, present and future of music. Two decades later, it still does.
ADF have evolved enormously over the last two decades, of course, but their breakthrough album remains a fascinating chapter in the real, complex, unwritten history of Britpop. These multi-layered musical treasures still dazzle and delight with their grandiose ambition and riotous energy.
Twenty years later, Rafi’s Revenge is still a dish best served smoking hot.
Pre and post show by Original ADF DJ Pandit G!
You can pre-order LP or CD copies of Rafi’s Revenge, which will be available to collect on the night. Please click BOOK NOW to choose your ticket bundle option.
Ticket + Rafi’s Revenge- LP (2 x Coloured Vinyl)
Ticket + Rafi’s Revenge -CD (2 x CD including Adrian Sherwood Selection)
This 21 year anniversary reissue includes a limited edition, coloured 2xLP plus expanded digital & CD editions with bonus tracks selected by Adrian Sherwood.
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Image: Asian Dub Foundation at O2 Indigo London, 17 May 2013 © Rebeladelica