“Fresh Brit reggae” David Rodigan MBE, BBC Radio 1Xtra
“The multi-racial, male and female ska-punks played what they called “east London reggae” protest music and brought the house down.” The Guardian on Leeds Festival performance, August 2014
Reggae-dub four-piece The Skints, described by Clash Music as ‘the torchbearers for modern British reggae music’, are pleased to announce their signing to prestigious New York City-based reggae label Easy Star Records.
Easy Star has steadily built a scene that extends in many directions, bringing together young producers, up-and-coming bands, reggae stars, and even artists outside the genre who have been influenced by Jamaican music, like Citizen Cope and blues musicologist Corey Harris. The independent label has created an impressive body of work that includes best-selling in-house productions from musical collective Easy Star All-Stars, along with progressive recordings, reissues of classic reggae, and collaborations with international reggae stars like Matisyahu, Luciano, Horace Andy and Morgan Heritage. The international progressive reggae scene that Easy Star has built continues to grow, thanks to label bands such as Rebelution, The Black Seeds, John Brown’s Body, The Green, and Cas Haley.
This year sees them make a proud addition to their roster in the form of The Skints, in a partnership that promises to further strengthen the reggae scene. The East London-based group, who mix Jamaican styles with pop hooks, grimey raps, filthy basslines and a punk-rock work ethic, released their first album, ‘Live,Breathe,Build,Believe’ in 2010. Crossing the boundaries between the punk scene they grew up in and the reggae grooves they love, it proved to be a popular underground hit, and was followed in 2013 by their entirely crowdfunded sophomore LP ‘Part and Parcel’, produced by close friend and renowned producer Prince Fatty.
Having whetted our appetites with the interim ‘Short Change’ EP in 2014, which was released through their own imprint Penny Drop Recordings, The Skints have since been in the studio recording their highly anticipated third full-length. Now, following their new alliance with Easy Star, they are preparing for its release on 9th March (presale begins 2nd February, 2015).
The album sees Prince Fatty back in the producer’s chair adding his signature take on the genre, and will feature a host of exciting guests including reggae legends Tippa Irie and Horseman, alongside grime MCRival, with full details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Having finished 2014 in style, taking to the road on the Jägermeister Music Tour alongside Me First and The Gimme Gimmes and performing at London’s historic Brixton Academy in the process, 2015 promises to be another heavy year for the four-piece. With a number of UK tour dates already confirmed for April, along with European and stateside plans coming to fruition, the wheels are well and truly in motion – and The Skints show no signs of slowing down.
“The reggae collective have always allowed social consciousness to filter through their music, fusing a skanking beat with lyrics which speak clearly about everyday life in the UK.” Clash, 2014