Based out of Cornwall, England, is an eight-piece funky reggae outfit that goes by the name of Backbeat Soundsystem. We’ve covered them in the past & we have a FREE MP3 in our MP3 Massive, but now, the group is promoting the release of their 3rd studio album, Together Not Apart, dropping on Oct 14th via Easy Star Records.
The album includes 12 total tracks & was recorded, produced & mixed by vocalist Dean Forrest, at Cube Recordings. The album includes a fresh and acoustic feel through the presence of classic microphone techniques and analogue outboard equipment. Additional recording took place with Bob Williams at Analogue Systems using their modular synthesizers, sought after by bands such as Radiohead & Kaiser Chiefs.
There’s an eclectic mix of genres displayed all over Together Not Apart. The band pays homage to 70s/80s funk with tons of big vocal harmonies, pumping dub beats, intricate horns, ambient synths coupled with their penchant for organic, fresh reggae and 2-tone. The band describes the album as a platform to project their unifying message of change, challenge & hope. Such is the case with album opener, “Fighting Bull”, a song that’s available for FREE inside our MP3 Massive, advocating the adventure of pursuing ones dream!
The album title, Together Not Apart, pays tribute to Backbeat Soundsystem’s fans that made the third studio album possible by tripling the initial target for the project on Kickstarter.
We’re not sure if the group plans to tour the US to promote the new release alongside fellow Easy Star Record bands, but the group is fresh off their 14-date UK tour alongside Easy Star All-Stars. Backbeat will celebrate Together Not Apart during their album release party at The Watering Hole in Cornwall, England on October 11th, 2014, three days before the album drops on October 14th.
Download their song “Fighting Bull” inside our MP3 Massive section by clicking HERE! If you like what you hear, go pre-order the album and receive an additional 2 songs for FREE with “Come Undone” and “Losing Faith”.
You can pre-order the album by clicking HERE!
Watch: Backbeat Soundsystem – “Fighting Bull”