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The Selecter still in gear.

Byline: ALAN POOLE

THE Selecter - probably working harder now than when they were young whipper-snappers 35 years ago - have lined up a lengthy tour that will climax with a home-town gig.

It's to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their reformation and introduce upcoming new album Subculture.

After a showcase date at London's Koko, they will be playing The Copper Rooms at the University of Warwick on Saturday, March 28.

The album's title reflects their pivotal role in the original 2-Tone phenomenon, head girl Pauline Black pointing out: "Ska doesn't even have a genre on iTunes but we're here to put that right.

"We are great believers in calling things as we see them and we realise that Ska/2-Tone was, and still is, an umbrella for many subcultures.

"This feeling of inclusively is reflected in Subculture which seeks to celebrate our diverse musical influences - from Soca and Calypso, to Reggae, to electronica - and reflect the concerns and tastes of the subcultures that readily embrace them. We deliver songs that are unafraid to discuss the current situation in the Middle East, the intricacies of sexual politics, or the violence of social unrest.

"The new album is absolutely mega and we're really, really excited about it.

It feels as if it's all starting again."

? HIP-HOP pioneers Arrested Development will stop off at Leamington's Assembly next month when they fly over for their first full-scale UK tour.

It's 25 years since they were founded in Atlanta with a musical manifesto to provide a positive alternative to the cliches of gangsta-rap.

Breakthrough hit People Everyday tackled divisive attitudes while Mr Wendal examined the plight of the homeless - and they put their money where their mouth was by donating half of their royalties from that song to charity.

Their support for the African National Congress's fight against apartheid was recognised by Nelson Mandela, shortly after Rolling Stone declared them its band of the year for 1992 and they became the first (and, to date, the last) rap group to pick up the best new artist award at the Grammys.

They disbanded in 1996 but reformed five years later around original frontman Speech. And having previously been limited to one-off concerts and festival appearances in Britain they've lined up an eight-date tour that stops off at the Assembly on Friday, February 20. Tickets are PS20 from www.leamingtonassembly.com.

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Date:Jan 30, 2015
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