London-based Shanty are back with this track from their forthcoming EP. A soul-leaning and slow-tempo track with some hip-hop interventions toward the end from MC Levi Gordon, the song features vocalist Ben Willis and the rest of the seven-piece band with a new sound inspired by their roots origins.

It is now two years since the band’s first release and they have been favourably reviewed on these pages before (see  reggaemusic.org.uk 24th September 2015). Shanty has featured at festivals in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, including Glastonbury, Outlook, Bestival, the Secret Garden Party, Rototom Reggae Sunsplash and Kendal Calling, sharing the stage with, amongst others, Sticky Fingers, Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson, Bastille and Madness. This month they are playing a sixteen-date UK tour, some of which will be in support of the Wailers.

‘Happy to be Sad’ is a personal and emotional song and a fine hint of what will be to follow on their new EP release.

Shanty: single ‘Happy to be Sad’ from forthcoming EP ‘Strange Little Human’, released March 2017

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