“Helter, shelter, our society is coming down fast
Goaded by the loaded, equality ever more exploded
Oppress the poor and crush the needy, please vote only for the greedy
A country divided by the dividend
And the taxman is broken, taking mostly from those less ‘well spoken’
None for you nineteen for them, skim and skam, believe it man
Net worth fabricates net result
Rootless, roofless, ruthless, houseless
Unplaced, unhoused, unharboured, nomadic
Streets paved with gold, pay attention, that concepts old
A community within a community, secluded from society
This ain’t no Russian Doll, it’s a repeated reality
A slum landlord lets a flat, so let’s let the light in and put out the cat
Flick the switch
If we work together, come together
We can help change lives for the better, forever!”
This insightful poem written by Paul Watt opens the premiere of the intriguing contribution Zillas On Acid provided to this remarkable release: “Shelter Me – The Album”, coming soon on Paisley Dark, brought together twenty tracks made with love by twenty wonderful acts such as Steady State, Duncan Gray (SXDNS075), From Beyond, MAN2.0 (SXDNS081), Ivan De La Rouch & Rams, Silicodisco, besides the Zillas themselves, just to name a few, in order to raise funds to support the work made by The Shelter UK.
The track we chose to premiere presents itself giving the impression it is a peak time 132-BPM banger, and it keeps hiding its true self until it reaches 02.45 minutes, that’s when you realize its actual pace: “Island Avenue” is a 106 BPM acid downtempo beauty devoted to making us not only dance but also reflect about housing justice and homelessness, issues that afflict millions of people around the world.
Consider purchasing the entire release, will you?
You can find (and buy) this and other music pearls on the Bandcamp page of the label.