The Bakesys: More Bakesys
Do the Dog, 2017
If the Bakesys’ return with their eponymous compilation album, Studio Selections, took its time coming, it’s satisfying to see the follow-up, More Bakesys, continue just where the Bakesys left off in 1995.
More Bakesys is a five-track EP that complements and develops the ideas and themes behind the Bakesys’ earlier work. Here the group take an eerily atmospheric approach to progressive, melodic dub. As with all of their work, the lyrics are based around honest social commentary about urban life (except where they’re about blood-sucking zombies – bonus), and, as always, they’re neatly succinct, ooze dry, wry, wit, and are punctuated with natty rhyming couplets.
On More Bakesys, though, the shift in musical direction has given the Bakesys scope to explore their lyrical themes, and the results are great. Where their social commentary was on-the-money in the early 1990s, and depressingly still-relevant in 2017, this new material is a welcome and much needed affectionate poke at the current, chaotic, state of affairs, and manages to be up front about realm life issues without coming across as miserable.
Besides this, the keys are lush – big, juicy dub melodies dripping and echoing across the tracks, and a great counterpoint to Stu’s deep, rich vocal and the bombastic basslines that run right through this record.
Where I opened this and, taking in the artwork and knowing of the groups’ (and all of our) love and reverence for The Specials, saw the title and sleeve as tongue-in-cheek pun on More Specials, in fact More Bakesys is, in some ways, their equivalent to More Specials. Take their earlier two-tone work, imagine giving it the More Specials treatment, add a cheeky joke and a few zombies and you’re almost there.
Great fun – and well worth checking out.
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