PREMIERE: Asian Dub Foundation - Blade Ragga

14 March 2016 | 12:01 pm | Staff Writer

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British electronica outfit Asian Dub Foundation are a long way from home at the moment — presently in the country aboard the WOMADelaide line-up — so we're thrilled to have the opportunity to help show them some hearty southern love by way of hosting the world premiere of their brand new clip for recent cut Blade Ragga.

Taken from the band's sensational 2015 full-length More Signal More NoiseBlade Ragga is a nod to the futuristic scope of Memory War, from 2000's Community Music LP, which guitarist Steve Chandra Savale described in a statement as a "high-speed ragga track with loads of sci-fi effects".

"[W]e thought we'd invented a new genre, a futuristic ragga we called Blade Ragga," Savale explained. "And this track taps into that. It's also influenced by Miles Davis' Dark Magus, taking that album's sonic violence at high speed, and combining it with drum'n'bass."

If you can't make it to WOMADelaide, the clip should at least give you an indication of eclecticism and energy that permeates Asian Dub Foundation performances, matched with expert instrumentation and infectious grooves — not to mention that badass, spasmodic flute line.

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Those of you fortunate enough to be within travelling distance have the chance to still see Asian Dub Foundation in action at the event, with the group set to perform tonight at 9.45pm. Following their stint Down Under, they've got shows across Europe and the UK — booked through till August — so it might be a hot minute before you have the opportunity to experience their live show once again.

Why take the chance? Passes for the final day of WOMADelaide are still available via the event's website, and entail not just tonight's showing from Asian Dub Foundation but acts such as Violent Femmes, All Our Exes Live In Texas, the Cedric Burnside Project, Djuki Mala, The Cat Empire and more.