The A-side is the better of Skream’s two tracks from 'Box of Dub'. ‘Sub Island’ is a brooding and cinematic piece of sci-fi dub that opens with forlorn stabs that echo out into ambient space in all directions. The sandy flashes of anxious rhythm, phased hi-hats and dramatic fades all add up to a perfect party track that is signature Skream.
On the B, ‘Pass the Red Stripe’ is a lighthearted tribute to the favourite beer of Jamaica, and by proxy, England. Brasher and less engaging than 'Sub Island', it's a solid track nonetheless, build on magic show special effects, a simple horn riff and later a comic fat man bass. Carnivalesque and brimming with character, 'Pass the Red Stripe' is the sound of cheap drunken mayhem.
More nice work from the master.