Dub Pistols, Natty Campbell Present “Moving On”
Today on February 15, legendary party-starters Dub Pistols released their new single “Moving On” featuring MC and DJ Natty Campbell. They recently announced their forthcoming album, Frontline, which will release on March 10 via Cyclone Records. This notorious band are carrying the summer atmosphere into the winter with their infamous blend of dub, hiphop, ska and jungle.
Dub Pistols released “Moving On” after celebrating 25 years
Having celebrated their 25th anniversary, Dub Pistols released the third and final offering before unveiling their forthcoming LP. “Moving On” sits amongst multiple genres as frontman and legendary DJ, Barry Ashworth wanted to write something in a different vein to anything the band have done before. He explains, “‘Moving On’ is kind of dark with a ‘Ghost Town’ feel. But it still has an uplifting message”. After going over ideas and melodies that he had written with Ashley Slater, Barry then worked with King Yoof to give the track its darker edge before bringing in Natty Campbell to voice the verses.
“It was a pleasure as always to collaborate with Barry and King Yoof on ‘Moving On’, it was one of those tunes that came very easily. The beat is a bit different and it was good fun to showcase different styles of vocals while lyrically sending a positive message. It’s one of those tunes that goes off live and has everyone singing, so it’s great to be involved in the dub pistols musical family and contributing more tracks.”
Natty Campbell, MC and DJ
The musical creative of the group throughout their careers
Not many acts stay together for a quarter of a century and still remain firing on all cylinders. However, the Dub Pistols continue to roll on, exploring fresh sonic pastures and accelerating into 2023. The multi-cultural collective has involved dozens of artists and musicians over the years — some remaining for years, a few for the duration, and others just popping in for a guest appearance. Their sound has accordingly morphed a variety of times since their inception: taking in dub, punk, jungle, ska, breakbeat, hip-hop and a whole lot more, it’s been a long road travelled.
Short summary about the Dub Pistols
The genesis of the Dub Pistols began when former club promoter and Deja Vu singer Barry Ashworth started DJing in the mid-90s. Unable to mix records properly at first, Barry got assorted pals to scratch and play horns over the top of his sets. Inspired by the anything-goes attitude of the late 90s genre that came to be called big beat in the UK — acts like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Propellerheads, labels such as Wall Of Sound and Skint — Barry was drawn to start making tracks for his DJ sets, alongside long-term cohort Jason O’Bryan. Throughout their eight-album career and literally thousands of shows, the band has rolled with the punches — enduring setbacks before piecing themselves back together and morphing into one of the most loved and enduring festival bands on the circuit.