Dobie – We Will Not Harm You

Album Review by Sam Wiseman | 04 Feb 2013
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Album title: We Will Not Harm You
Artist: Dobie
Label: Big Dada
Release date: 4 Feb

Despite his reclusive nature, Anthony Campbell has built a devout following over the last couple of decades from admirers across the London dance underground; listening to We Will Not Harm You, his first full-length since 1997’s The Sound of One Hand Clapping, it’s easy to see why. Comprised of 13 instrumentals, ranging from the shuddering, Flying Lotus-esque psych-hop of The Beginning to the intricate, uptempo dubstep of She Moans, the LP effortlessly draws upon a swath of disparate genres.

Dobie originally made his name as a hip-hop artist, and on tracks like Stan Lee is a Hero of Mine his talent in that field remains evident: jazzy, DJ Shadow-style sampled breakbeats are stitched infectiously together, and overlaid with a low acid squelch. Yet it’s the assimilation of house, techno and dubstep influences throughout the LP that is most impressive, demonstrating Dobie’s striking ability to stamp his own personality upon urban music’s newer mutations.