DCS The Live Session Review

Released 2009.  

BBC Review

Be warned: once sampled, you'll be wanting more...

Leroy Blanche 2009

DCS aren't shy when it comes to announcing their pedigree. Luckily both the BBC's Asian Network and the rest of its UK audience probably agree: they are the single best live Bhangra experience currently on offer, and this treat of a live CD and DVD shows you why. Collecting together a judicious selection of their considerable back catalogue, The Live Session concentrates on one aspect above all others: the band's singular ability to make you have a good time.

To focus on the live talents of the band is a clever move. Let's face it, the UK Bhangra scene isn't short of stars at the moment, making the talent to deliver the goods live a good USP. This album is more of an advert to see the group perform rather than encouraging you to party on down in your living room.

The eight piece band, having been winning awards since their inception in 1983 has only three original members left including the 'S' of DCS: Shin. But their sound remains as vibrant as ever. Their primarily Punjabi blend of Dhol, and synths (they were one of the first acts to introduce electronics to the mix) combined with eye-popping moves is irresistible.

This album is more of an advert to see the group perform rather than encouraging you to party on down in your living room. That's not a reason not to experience the real thing at the touch of a button, but be warned: once sampled, you'll be wanting more...

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