Dr. Israel, Inna City Pressure

by PopMatters Staff

 

Boasting a wealth of impeccable influences, Brooklyn’s Dr. Israel creates an intoxicating blend of reggae, ska, hip-hop, world music, punk, and drum ‘n’ bass married to a strong lyrical social consciousness on Inna City Pressure. “Pressure” brings to mind the great Two Tone band The English Beat jamming with Goldie. Dr. Israel updates the Clash classic “Armagideon Time” by tossing drum ‘n’ bass beats into the dub of the original, resulting in a funky stew of samples, grooves, and piano snippets. Vastly improving the version of “Coppers” he and Rancid recorded for Rancid’s Life Won’t Wait, the track is something akin to reggae with a hip-hop edge and a punk snarl. Actually it’s a bit surreal to hear Rancid in the context of this album—for a minute, I could swear I was listening to Joe Strummer and some great, lost Sandanista song.

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