Mongrel (3) ‎– Better Than Heavy

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Better Than Heavy
1-01 Barcode
Featuring – Mpho*, Pariz 1, Saul Williams, Tor Cesay
1-02 Lies
Written-By – Simone*
1-03 Hit From The Morning Sun
Featuring – Mpho*, Pariz 1, Tor Cesay
1-04 Off The Leash 1:02
1-05 The Menace 3:21
1-06 Act Like That
Featuring – Kyza, Logic (9), Purple*, Mic Righteous, No.Lay*
1-07 Julian 3:47
1-08 Better Than Heavy 4:13
1-09 Better Them Than Us
Featuring – Skinny Man*
1-10 Alphabet Assassins
Featuring – Deadly Hunta, Doc Brown, Frantic Frank (2), Ill Mill, Kyza, Logic (9), Purple*, Mic Righteous, No.Lay*, Skinnyman, Skirmish, Smife, Stylah, Tony D (4), Wordplay, Wretch*
1-11 All Your Ever Afters 3:46
Better Than Dub
2-01 Guess Who’s Coming Home 4:56
2-02 Gun Dub 3:47
2-03 Mr.20% 4:07
2-04 Better Than Dub 5:24
2-05 Mesopotamia 3:23
2-06 Alphabet Vs Brother Culture 3:41
2-07 45681950 4:10
2-08 Brainwashing 3:25
2-09 Hit From The Morning Dub 3:19



"Lies" includes lyrics from a Nina Simone track, "I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free."

CD2 contains dub versions of tracks appearing on CD1, mixed courtesy of Adrian Sherwood at On-U Sound Studios, Soho Recording Studios and Livingston Studios.

Track 1-01 "Barcode" is shown as a barcode on the CD sleeve

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5413356574524
  • Rights Society: SABAM BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 07800

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MR 4309-2 Mongrel (3) Better Than Heavy(2xCD, Album) Moon Records (2) MR 4309-2 Ukraine 2009 Sell This Version
949.2045.221 Mongrel (3) Better Than Heavy(CD, Album, Promo) Wall Of Sound 949.2045.221 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
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949.2045.023 Mongrel (3) Better Than Heavy(2xCD, Album) Союз, Wall Of Sound 949.2045.023 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
2100001742973, none Mongrel (3) Better Than Heavy(CD, Album, Promo) Wall Of Sound, The Independent 2100001742973, none UK 2009 Sell This Version



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August 21, 2009

Indie Supergroup (members of Arctic Monkeys, Reverend and The Makers and Babyshambles) meets Hip Hop (Lowkey) with a heavy dose of Politics, Dub and Funk. This album was given away free in The Independent, British newspaper, in March 2009. Numbers of how many copies of this album exist must be sceptical, "free" copies being sold over auction sites can't help.
"Barcode" criticises the British Government and their plans to introduce Identity Cards, "You're a number, You're a barcode, Got your details all on file." "Lies," sounds something like The Specials might have done in '79-80, as Jon McClure and Lowkey swap chorus and verse. "The Menace" is one of the stand out tracks, as it hypothesises how religion and terrorism have become intrinsically linked. "Julian" is the first track that gets the Dub experience, a slower track but moody with a dark undercurrent. "Alphabet Assassins" has to be up there to include the most featured artists on one track, with none fewer than sixteen extra artists, as each rap attempts to consist of words only beginning with initial letters Z back to A.
Better Than Dub sees most tracks on Better Than Heavy getting a rework courtesy of Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound treatment.