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Ridin' Shotgun finds Dub Narcotic Sound System entrenched in their percussion-heavy world of beats and Calvin Johnson's dry and seductive vocals. The title track begins with Johnson lamenting "Hey friend, do us both a favor/No parking on the dancefloor." The song eventually rides out a deep groove with Johnson's vocals giving dancefloor narration throughout. "Harvester Traveler" is a rousing, beat-driven track with Johnson's echoing vocals stepping in at opportune intervals. "Half Life" features Johnson's best vocals on the disc. His vocal delivery on the song is crisp and precise. The disc ends with "Ridin' Shotgun (Remix)," a funkier and jazzier version of the opening track. In actuality, the Ridin' Shotgun EP serves as one long song, with each song flowing seamlessly into another. The album was recorded with William C. Brown III at Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, TN. K Records released the six-song EP in 1995.


Formed: 1994

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The oddball indie-funk collective Dub Narcotic Sound System was spearheaded by vocalist Calvin Johnson, the former frontman of the legendary Beat Happening as well as the founder of the famed K Records label. Named in honor of Johnson's own Olympia, WA-based basement studio Dub Narcotic, the project was begun in 1994 with a rapid-fire series of funk-, rap-, and reggae-influenced singles including "Bite," "Fuck Shit Up," "Booty Run," and "Shake-a-Puddin'"; from the outset Johnson was the group's sole...
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