I’ve heralded Zeph Ellis (formerly known as Dot Rotten) as one of the most talented musicians in the country, and as much as he may not be at the forefront, he’s low-key very much still adding his magic, working with the likes of Steel Banglez and more recently, DB Sound System..
Badmind makes for a vibezy cut, blending the abstract sounds of Zeph with the cool flows of DB, the trio featuring Skits, Deli & Ash and their varying personalities, it creates for something quite distinct from the regular acts out there today. Not new to the game, they have individually been about for a while, so to see them come together to create something so organically is always refreshing. Skits for example was part of the pioneering Piff Gang (as well featured in Top Boy), and in this instance has the standout with his introductory verse and chorus. It might just be that certain styles do not garner the coverage required, or the audiences themselves have yet to develop to such a level, but DB Sound System definitely bring a realistic approach with their craft. If you’re looking for feel good music, an overall good vibe, then they’re most definitely worth checking out. With tracks like this and their previous efforts (like Bomboleo and One Two Tings), you can expect around the time of their live show to be quite the wave, and it’s that very feel and ‘cool’ essence that they represent.