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Asian Dub Foundation - Rafis Revenge - Live 


Rich Mix EastEnd,
35-47 Bethnal Green Road,
E1 6LA



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Asian Dub Foundation return to Rich Mix to mark the reissue of their Mercury-nomatined album 'Rafi's Revenge'.


London Records proudly reissue Asian Dub Foundation’s revolutionary studio album, Rafi’s Revenge. To celebrate, the world-renowned band are playing a live show featuring tracks from the album.


Rafi’s Revenge originally peaked at number 20 on the UK Albums Chart and was shortlisted for the 1998 Mercury Music Prize, with Bobby Gillespie hailing them at the time as “the best live act in Britain”.


Upon the album’s original release, the NME hailed Asian Dub Foundation as “the most important band in Britain”, as did the Sunday Times, calling them “the most exciting band in Britain right now, whatever the context.”


By the time ADF recorded Rafi’s Revenge in 1998, they were primed to explode. Having initially emerged from East London’s grassroots Community Music project as a largely studio-based collective, the band had galvanised themselves into a riotously exciting touring machine by the late nineties. Their extraordinary live shows were electrifying to witness, kinetic and dynamic, incendiary and euphoric, confrontational yet celebratory. For sheer roof-raising energy, they were unrivaled.

Rafi’s Revenge is a kaleidoscopic mash-up of jungle breakbeats, industrial dub, London-rooted hip-hop, sci-fi punk, drum’n’bass, soundsystem reggae, bhangra, free jazz, techno, sampled Indian classical instruments, funky surf guitar and swashbuckling spaghetti western attitude. It sounded like a head-on collision between the past, present and future of music. Two decades later, it still does.


ADF have evolved enormously over the last two decades, of course, but their breakthrough album remains a fascinating chapter in the real, complex, unwritten history of Britpop. These multi-layered musical treasures still dazzle and delight with their grandiose ambition and riotous energy.


Twenty years later, Rafi’s Revenge is still a dish best served smoking hot.


Image: Asian Dub Foundation at O2 Indigo London, 17 May 2013 © Rebeladelica





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Rich Mix EastEnd,
35-47 Bethnal Green Road,
E1 6LA

020 7613 7498


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