Following on from the recent release of politically charged and cognitive persuader track ‘Borderline’, reggae collective New Town Kings release their new single ‘Reach Out’, offering up another fresh dose of UK ska. As lead vocalist Dabs Bonner explains: “‘Reach Out’ is a rallying call. It is the album’s signature song, showcasing the unique sound of the New Town Kings. Rapid fire lyrics – reminiscent of pirate radio jungle MCs of old – combine with a stomp inducing rhythm to communicate the song’s central message that through adversity comes strength”.
Normally I don’t gamble, but I’d put a chunk on New Town Kings getting much deserved mass recognition, apart from the collective’s aesthetic, their fusion of Reggae, raga, old and new ska with an undercurrent of dub, all done well. What’s not to like?
As a clarion call for for global solidarity, there’s nothing like setting your aims too low. The new single is warmer, than ‘Borderline’, more eased, grooved up, ‘Reach Out’ is a strong motivation, for me to ask why haven’t you already noticed New Town Kings are such good value. 8/10
Songwriter (s): Daniel Bonner,Tommy Marchant, Stu McClung, Scott James, Sky Roskell-Cheale, Rob Band, Robert Landen, Rory Sadler
Producer (s): New Town Kings
Video director (s): James George
Mixed by: Matt Lord
Recorded at: Konk Studios