Dub Pistols mastermind Barry Ashworth has been influenced by many, including the Clash, Leftfield and Dr. Dre.

Dub Pistols mastermind Barry Ashworth has been influenced by many, including the Clash, Leftfield and Dr. Dre. Ashworth is most at home when in-your-face hip-hop beats, dark-alley dub, ska-sweetened rhythms and modern-life commentary merge to become one. "Six Million Ways to Live" finds Ashworth very much at home. Hypnotic lead single "Problem Is" features the signature vocals of Terry Hall (formerly of the Specials and Fun Boy 3). Horace Andy, who has recorded with Massive Attack, steps up to the mic on the Sly & Robbie-inflected "World Gone Crazy." Two tracks, "Architect" and "Official Chemical," should have been left in the studio, as both are so four years ago. Conversely, the unplugged vibe of the gorgeous title track very much exists in the here and now. Racked by Studio.—MP

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