Boomkat Product Review:
Death Is Not The End excavate and assemble these incredible archival radio rips from the first black-owned pirate radio station in the UK - the Dread Broadcasting Corporation, also known as Rebel Radio. Founded by Leroy Anderson aka DJ Lepke in 1980, DBC aired a wide range of black music and was on air until 1984, an instrumental voice in building a regional community and developing UK radio culture.
Death Is Not the End parse the airwaves for the tastiest morsels of roots reggae, lovers rock, and dub dating back over 40 years to the early ‘80s run of Britain’s first black music pirate; West London’s Dread Broadcasting Company. In spirit and effect, the results are closest to the label’s now classic Bristol Pirates session, dwelling in a golden half light of pirate radio recordings that once knitted London’s hugely influential diaspora of Afro-Caribbean cultures.
It’s essentially an edited version of their NTS broadcast on 10/02/18, where you may be able to piece the tracklist together, but more crucially it features class snarks at the BBC and mainstream radio culture peppered among rucks of choice picks, with a stack of deejay hosts lilting and toasting over the top. Although patently and clearly directed to London, the recordings should resonate with many heads who came thru this era in the UK, showing how the sound radiated beyond London thru the diaspora to myriad other UK towns, cities, offering a nostalgic dose that radiates far beyond listeners from the capital to Russia, of all places.