If you're a serious ska fan, you're probably aware that the Selecter -- one of the major groups of the 2-Tone-led U.K. ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s -- broke up in 1982, but reunited in 1991, with various lineups of the group touring and recording ever since. However, the Selecter's 2015 release Subculture has been hailed as a comeback among folks who don't regularly wear pork pie hats, and it's certainly true this is a much stronger album than the sizable majority of the material that's been released under the group's name since 1992.
Now trading for over 35 years, The Selecter’s first album since 2013 is something of a sugared pill. True, there are all the trumpets and the occasional toasting MC you might wearily associate with revivalist ska, but underpinning it – and by far its greatest strength – is a political bent and a quiet rage. It’s most explicit on the sauntering Breakdown, which ends solemnly with a roll call of names of victims of police brutality in the UK.