U.K. reggae legends Steel Pulse announced their first new studio album in 15 years, Mass Manipulation, out May 17th via Rootfire Cooperative in partnership with Steel Pulse’s own imprint, Wiseman Doctrine. Lead single “Cry Cry Blood” is out now.
Comprised of 15 new, original songs and two mystic interludes written and arranged by lead vocalist David Hinds and co-produced by bandmates Sidney Mills and David Elecciri, Mass Manipulation marks Steel Pulse’s twelfth studio album—and a timely return to the band’s signature message of social justice and bridging the racial divide through the power of music. While many of the actors and details of the world’s socio-political landscape have changed in the four decades that Steel Pulse has been committed to bettering mankind through music, the band continues to engage controversial topics of human rights on a global scale.
Rolling Stone calls the track “a meditative rocker with deftly placed horns, guitars and strings bubbling up above the song’s thumping groove,” noting that “David Hinds’ lyrics touch on injustice and violence, but end with a revolutionary call as he sings, ‘The whole world’s taking advantage/While we stand aside and look/It was prophesied we’d rise again/Just take a second look.’” – Rolling Stone