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