Album Review: Buster Shuffle – “I’ll Take What I Want”
The obvious touchstone for East End ska types Buster Shuffle is Madness. Similar to the Nutty Boys, these guys play a cheerfully upbeat and unmistakably Cockney take on the genre. I’ll Take What I Want is their fourth album with the previous three (2010’s Our Night Out, 2012’s Do Nothing and 2014’s Naked) blending some good tunes with a cheeky chappy Suggs style sense of humour. It’s a form of music that’s brought them some acclaim abroad in both the States (they’re currently signed to Epitaph subsidiary Burning Heart) and Europe, but surprisingly has yet to really break them through properly here. Hopefully, this album might just be the one to change all that.
I’ll Take What I Want pretty much continues the pattern set by its predecessors, but there’s a newfound political conscience emerging on the likes of the politician bashing current single I Don’t Believe A Word You Say and We Fall To Pieces which takes aim at Brexit and the failure of the campaign to lower the voting age to 16.
However, there’s still plenty of the East End humour that Buster Shuffle made their name with on the likes of Banana Thief and Your Mommy Is So Hot For Me. Elsewhere, I’ll Be In Peckham and The Estate are the sort of warts ‘n’ all looks at London life that can be traced back as far as The Kinks. So yeah, a proper old fashioned knees-up and no mistake guv.
Hopefully this should finally be the album that brings Buster Shuffle some of the breakthrough success that's cruelly eluded them in their home country so far. I'll Take What I Want has plenty of the upbeat charm that they've made their name with, but also shows enough evolution to ensure it isn't too identikit. If you've not yet encountered this band, or indeed if you're a fan already, you could definitely do a lot worse than check this out.