This new single from East London reggae outfit the Skints predates the forthcoming re-release of their album ‘Part and Parcel’ which will be out again later this year, produced under the guiding hand of Mike Pelanconi – aka Prince Fatty who has quickly gained a significant reputation for his future/retro production work with names like Hollie Cook and Horseman. ‘Rubadub’ as an archetypal three-minute single powers along as a simple but potent reggae/ska thrash before slowing somewhat unexpectedly into a more measured dub reprise of its repeated hook and rhythm. Comprising Jon Doyle on bass, Jamie Kyriakides on drums and vocals, Josh Waters Rudge on guitar and vocals and Marcia Richards on keyboards, sax, flute and melodica as well as vocals, the Skints blast out their influences from ska, dancehall, reggae, punk, and London itself, to striking effect.
Extensively touring in the past five years, the Skints have established a mainland European presence as well as a formidable live reputation back home. And in case you are thinking they have just one possible sound, rummage around on You Tube and find their relaxed acoustic reggae take on ‘This Charming Man’ with some sweet reggae harmonies: quite unexpected (and charming).
‘Rubadub’ is, at the time of writing, a free download on Bomber Music
Although the word ‘legendary’ is somewhat over-used in referring to some of reggae’s key bands from decades past, in the case of Culture it might just be the only word that fits. Their seminal – OK, legendary – debut album ‘Two Sevens Clash’ was released in 1977 and stands as a permanent testament to the power of roots reggae with a strong spiritual dimension. Produced at the Joe Gibbs studio, its vocal core of Albert Walker, Kenneth Dayes and Joseph Hill generated a striking and melodic sound. The contributing musicians – including Vin Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Sly Dunbar, Tommy McCook and Robbie Shakespeare – speak for themselves. The harmony vocals and the straightforward melodic strength of this release still sound powerful today: if at all possible have a listen to the 2007 re-release of ‘Two Sevens Clash’ (Shanachie label) which adds some 12” mixes, dub and the distinctive contribution of I Roy to the original release.
With his son, Kenyatta Hill, taking the lead vocal place of the late Joseph Hill the music of Culture has continued to be performed live to new audiences, and there is now the rare chance to catch the current incarnation of Culture on a UK tour, commencing 19th March 2013.
Details were correct as notified at the time of writing but check locally first.
Tuesday 19 March: Exeter Phoenix t: 01392 667080 w: exeterphoenix.org.uk
Wednesday 20 March: Brighton Komedia featuring DJ Mystikal Roots Hi Fi
t: 0845 293 8480 w: komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com
Thursday 21 March: Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny t: 0191 2304474 w: thecluny.com
Friday 22 March: Manchester Band on the Wall t: 08452 500 500 w: bandonthewall.org
Saturday 23 March: Kendal Brewery Arts Centre t: 01539 725133 w: breweryarts.co.uk
Sunday 24 March: Glasgow 02 ABC t: 0844 477 200 w: o2abcglasgow.co.uk
Tuesday 26 March: London Assembly Islington t: 08442491000 w: assemblyhall.ticketabc.com
Thursday 28 March: Norwich Arts Centre t: 01603660352 w: norwichartscentre.co.uk
Friday 29 March: Liverpool The Picket t: 08444 771 000 w: ticketweb.co.uk
Saturday 30 March: Nottingham Notts County Sports Bar
Sunday 31 March: London Bridge Park Complex t: 0208 9610866