“The torchbearers for modern British reggae music” Clash
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.
Pulling from various influences ingrained in the group while growing up listening to a number of different styles and sounds, ‘FM’ is The Skints’ fitting tribute to the radio culture they love as music fans. Progressing through the bubbling sound of grime and garage to summertime sound system reggae, roots, dancehall, traditional rocksteady, Motown soul and punk, the group takes listeners on a whistle-stop tour of the capital’s underground culture in their latest venture.
Kicked off by original London reggae legend Tippa Irie, he welcomes listeners to the ‘Breakfast Show’ as alter ego DJ Mr Versatile and proceeds to spin ‘This Town’, featuring Tippa himself along with MC Horseman, who showcases here his first recorded work with The Skints. A celebratory ode to London, this opener represents the good side to the city through the sounds of 80s Saxon style reggae dancehall, and is one of two tracks offered as an instant grat upon digital and physical pre-order of the album.
With Prince Fatty back in the producer’s chair adding his signature take on the genre, the album also features a host of exciting guests including reggae legends Tippa Irie and Horseman, grime MC Rival (all playing alter-ego roles as the station’s DJs), and even a surprise vocal cameo by comedian Rufus Hound.
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 headline tour of the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany confirmed for April, including a date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, plus the band’s debut USA venture booked for May, The Skints show no signs of slowing down upon the release of ‘FM’.
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.
ITUNES PRE-ORDER LINK: http://smarturl.it/2fgnax
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