Following the announcement of their signing with celebrated label Easy Star Records, “reggae-dub four-piece” The Skints are to release their third album, ‘FM’ on 9th March.
So new label and album, if you’re familiar with The Skints fusion of styles thus far or the fact the band members all grew up listening to a number of different styles and sounds, you’ll know the more musical common denominators, especially with Easy Beat, may come to the fore, and you would be right. ‘FM’ is set “on the hottest day in the city on record at imaginary London pirate radio station The Big FM / Frequency Murderation, 103.Skints”, the album is inspired by a time when the young band used to drive around in guitarist Josh Waters Rudge’s car, tuning in to the radio and trying to find new music. Reflected in the 49 second intro ‘Fm: DJ Mr. Versatile Breakfast Show’ the . Your first clue that this may just be just at the start of the Skints warm tribute to the London’s FM mainly pirate airwaves.
First king-sized track titled ‘This Town (Featuring Tippa Irie & Horseman)’ is uptempo with hook friendly styles, topped with often customary dual vocalisations with the addition of Irie & Horseman that only adds to a grand introduction. Followed by a soft early doors groove of ‘In The Night (Featuring Horseman)’ that tags many a happy day’s soundtrack, as the song makes progress into a trio of harmonised vocals is just lush. Of equal measure are tracks like ‘Come To Me’, ‘Friends & Business’ which is more bigger with punched verses and chilled choruses even gets a little Dick Dale meets the Specials towards the close. ‘The Forest For The Trees’ and ‘Tazer Beam (Featuring Tippa Irie)’ couldn’t be more contemporary with the recent call for all Metropolitan Police Officers be armed with a Tazer ‘gun’ to help fight terrorism. With the various ‘fm:..’s that punctuate throughout ‘FM’ itself, only add to the general ambience created, even with the shout out to Leyton, the album is uplifting on the whole, hook laden even radio-friendly.
‘FM’ is a qualified, more personalised success in our books, the third instalment from the talented band we know as The Skints, probably their most consistent LP release yet, such is the work and quality of the more reggae fuse of ‘FM’ – there’s just so much to enjoy over the 16 tracks. Only downer is that they’ve announced April UK dates and they do not come closer to the north east than 100 miles away in either direction, if nearer, don’t miss the ‘FM’ shows, I’m saving for train fare already. 8.9/10
Pre-sale for this unique musical ode to London begins on Monday 2nd February and will be followed by the album’s official release on 9th March. Both the digital pre-order (via iTunes) and the physical version (via TheSkints.co.uk) will give away two instant grat tracks with each order.
APRIL 2015 UK TOUR DATES
13.04.15 Norwich Epic Studios
14.04.15 Leeds Stylus
16.04.15 Edinburgh Studio 24
17.04.15 Manchester Gorilla
18.04.15 Birmingham Library at the Institute
19.04.15 Bristol Circus of Boom
21.04.15 London 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire