Brighton institution Resonators stand out from the current glut of tame British rootsy reggae bands on account of having two female lead singers, a genuinely dubbed-out sound that still maintains the fun factor, and actually being proper tight. Busy with nuff gigs and records (on Wah Wah 45s), they are WELL worth checking out if [...]
Roll on Bass Culture at SXSW. It’s all about celebrating the influence of reggae on British music as Natty, Little Roy, Rasites, Lady Leshurr, BBC 1Xtra’s Robbo Ranx and more hit the road. The first stop is the world famous and strong contender for my favourite gathering of all time: the SXSW festival in Austin.
Straight outta Luton, Wayne McArthur tours around the UK with his daughters playing live roots reggae. He recorded this tune a couple of years back and it still smashes dancehalls all over. A particular favourite of Aba Shant,i I’m told. Very hard to get hold of. Time for a re release?
Lyon-based Babylon Circus is music laced with ska, gypsy, rock, vaudevillian antics, dancehall and reggae. Their first Australian East Coast tour in 2008 saw the nine piece band sell every show out. They feature on the So Frenchy So Chic compilation. We asked them to tell us about their favourite music right now, and they started with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing [listen below]: ‘Backstage, home, in the bus, cooking or having breakfast, is there a time you wouldn’t love to hear this one? We love it anytime, any style, too, as it’s been remixed and rearranged so many different ways. Still, we love the original best’.
There’s a cool little documentary doing the rounds at independent cinemas in London at the moment, bringing back to life a sadly lost treasure of the city’s music scene. Back in the early 1960s, Hackney’s Four Aces Club became the UK home of Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, and more, even hosting Bob Marley [...]