From East-London comes a four-piece Alt. Reggae-Rock group known as The Skints who best describe their sound as music from Jamaica with a London style. Their new album is expected to drop this March and have announced that it will be with the New York City-based reggae label Easy Star Records.
This marks the second group in recent months that Easy Star has signed from across the pond; with the other being the UK’s BackBeat SoundSystem. In addition to BackBeat, The Skints join an impressive roster of groups in Easy Star that include: Rebelution, Passafire, Easy Star All-Stars, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Cas Haley, John Brown’s Body, The Green, New Kingston & The Expanders.
Set to be released on March 9th, 2015, this marks the 3rd studio album from The Skints and follows the 2014 Short Change EP that The Skints dropped via their own Penny Drop Recordings. Their first album, Live,Breathe,Build,Believe, was released back in 2010, followed by their sophomore release, Part and Parcel in 2013 & was produced by close friend and renowned producer Prince Fatty.
This third & forthcoming release has yet to be titled, but Prince Fatty returns with production alongside some guest appearances that include reggae legends Tippa Irie and Horseman, alongside grime MC Rival, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
If you’re not familiar with The Skints, their press release summed it up the best by describing the East London-based group, as mixing “Jamaican styles with pop hooks, grimey raps, filthy basslines and a punk-rock work ethic”. The group includes members Jon Doyle on Bass, Jamie Kyriakides on Drums/Vocals, Josh Waters Rudge on Guitar/Vocals and Marcia Richards who rocks the Keys/Sax/Flute/Melodica & Vocals.
Following the release of their album, the group has plans to tour with a number of UK tour dates already confirmed for April, along with European and stateside plans coming to fruition. Check the links & videos below & stay tuned for more updates on The Skints & their new album coming via Easy Star!
Watch: The Skints – “Rise Up”
Watch: The Skints – “Ratatat”