Released on 2nd December just as the one-month countdown to Brexit got underway, radical UK comedian Stewart Lee has joined trailblazing activists, artists and rock n’ roll agitators Asian Dub Foundation for a brand new video of Coming Over Here. This bombastic track was released on their album Access Denied back in September and, now, in full video form with Stewart Lee making a very temporary appearance as a frontman for ADF.
The track samples Lee’s riposte to former UKIP leader Paul Nuttal’s xenophobic rant on BBC Radio 4. The now-infamous sketch as performed on his BBC show Comedy Vehicle in 2014. tackles the hypocrisy of the nationalist agenda, via a brief world history of immigration: “Bloody poles coming over here, coming over here being all Polish and mending everything… when I was a kid it was the Indians, coming over here, inventing us a national cuisine. And before then, in the 5th century it was the Anglo Saxons, with their shit burial traditions and miserable epic poetry…”
The cut is taken seminal British band Asian Dub Foundation’s ‘Access Denied’, an album released in September. It’s their first since 2015’s ‘More Signal More Noise’, and it comes 25 years after their landmark debut, ‘Facts And Fictions’. Lets make their Brilliant new track the New Year Brexit Number 1 on January 1st It's the perfect response to Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and every other far right Tory Brexiter, https://www.facebook.com/ADFStewartLee4Xmas/
The new album showcases ADF in full spectrum mode from the tough Jungle Punk sound of “Stealing The Future”snd Frontline which is a global call to solidarity, which wraps up its objections to poverty, racism, capitalism, the war on terror, the global war machine and surveillance capitalism in three minutes of punk-fuelled industrial dub.and through to the orchestral meditation of “Realignment” and the reggae lament of the title track.
Other guest spots include Greta Thunberg, incendiary Palestinian shamstep warriors 47 Soul, Chilean revolt’s rap main figure Ana Tijoux. Asian Dub Foundation continue their sonic opposition to the powers that be and “Access Denied” kicks harder and higher than ever, confronting themes surrounding Brexit, hostile border policies and the climate crisis.
Their new album, proves the band still has a lot of fire in their bellies, a force to be reckoned with, in 2020, the band still has a dual mandate: to make your feet move and your mind think.
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