Rating: October’s first instalment of top reggae nuggets you didn’t see coming is this – Love Will Tear Us Apart. Oh what – as in, “Love – love will tear us apart – again,” sung in minor key? Yes, that Love Will Tear Us Apart. But not as we know it. For while a minor key unfailingly elicits a ‘Who the hell put this on? It’s on random! For fuck’s sake – Jon, yes please mate!’ response in post-punk songs, it evokes majesty and gravitas in dub reggae – especially when the ‘Scotland’s rude bwoys,’ Capitol 1212, (for this new version is theirs) enlist reggae legend Earl 16 to replace Ian Curtis. Oh what – Earl 16 of numerous collaborations with Leftfield? The very same. Have Capitol 1212 struck musical gold. They certainly have – this is the standout cut on the Scotch Bonnet label’s just released Puffer’s Choice Volume 2 comp.
(Out now on Scotch Bonnet Records)