The Skints: Learning to Swim

Here come London band the Skints – one of our favourites! – with their new single, released on Mr Bongo. Formed in 2005, the Skints grew to their current four-piece line-up and have now built a formidable reputation in the UK and beyond. As we’ve come to expect from the Skints, this track draws from a number of genres, including punk – evident in its grungy chorus – but at its core it’s a reggae song moulded by the lovers’ rock era. Vocalist Marcia Richards wrote the song drawing from her own personal experience of the loss of her sister. “The innocent lovers’ rock expresses both my current musical output and the memories of my childhood that are becoming more distant. The chorus has no words but flips to an era of punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too”.

The Skints: Learning to Swim, released January 2019 on Mr Bongo Records on the UK; Easy Star in the USA.

Dub Caravan and Hornsman Coyote: Rootical Sojourn

Dub Caravan (UK) and Hornsman Coyote (Serbia) are here again to offer this new album, comprising 16 cuts of largely instrumental and dub tracks. The album is performed and mainly written by Felix Russ Abu (Dub Caravan) followed by overdubs (and very limited vocals) from Nemanja Koji (Hornsman Coyote). It’s a strong mature dub-style album with both a digital and analogue input to the overall instrumental sound. ‘The Search’ is a great little melodica-sounding track with a strong percussive element, and the dub of the same track is even stronger with its slow loping dub-reggae rhythm. The album will appeal to all who appreciate classic-era dub sounds. Also included are Dub Caravan takes on classic reggae songs by some of the reggae greats: “Running Away” by Bob Marley, “Congoman” by “The Congos”, “I Love King Sellasie” by “Black Uhuru” and “None a Jah Children no Cry” by Ras Michael.

Dub Caravan and Hornsman Coyote: Rootical Sojourn, digital and vinyl formats on Dread Camel Records, February 2019