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Skip McDonald live by York Tillyer

‘a collection of song-jams on a par with 1994’s startling debut  channelling the Mississippi blues of Howlin’ Wolf and Son House via the cavernous dub of Keith Hudson and King Tubby, this set further ekes out the raw, heartfelt and otherworldly elements common to both genres.’

Q Magazine


‘Combining ex-Roots Radic Style Scott’s tight-but-loose reggae rhythms, Alan Glen’s eerie gob iron and McDonalds nuanced weathered blues guitar’



‘The mood flickers between foreboding and playful; blues for modern times’



‘a set that sounds both effortless and adventurous, with McDonalds gutsy vocals and bluesy guitar work matched against drums, harmonica, keyboards, bass and impressively subtle, edgy dub effects that transform even well known material.’

The Guardian

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‘it is a dense atmospheric record that will repay repeated listening and provide a great background at a party – real ale, wine, grass and grindin’, wine and chillin’ – this really suits every mood and is highly recommended’

Blues Matters


‘dub-blues grooves that manage to be soothing yet unsettling’

The Independent  


Who has released records on all these labels: the legendary r'n'b label OKeh, the nu-blues stronghold Fat Possum, the key rap originators Sugar Hill, Tommy Boy and 4th & Broadway, Real World Records and the innovative On-U Sound? Which musician links Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, James Brown, Robert Plant, Mark Stewart & The Mafia, Sinead O'Connor, and Megadeth? The answer to both questions is Skip McDonald, and Skip is LITTLE AXE. Skip made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years. Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.'s and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour. Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992 creating 'gospel dub' like you never heard before. ‘


Ever wondered what Seasick Steve might sound like if he had been brought up in Jamaica? If you want loyalty buy a dog is your answer’ The Scotsman‘the sound is lighter and fresher, but still blessed with characteristic swathes of the bluesy darkness’



‘If You Want Loyalty Buy a Dog" is an excellent album, showing how Little Axe continues to take the blues forward in new, interesting and exciting ways The best blues album of 2011, and in my top five albums of 2011 across all genres.’

Blues In Britain