Monday 16th March 2015

Seven-piece reggae collective Shanty, whose cross-influences range from soul, electronic and hip-hop, all embedded in a signature sound characterized by pulsing bass and intricate horn-lines.

Shanty released debut EP, 'Leave Me Out', in September last year, receiving high praise from the likes of reggae don David Rodigan.

From the offset, ‘Leave Me Out’ demonstrates the band’s penchant for crafting soulful grooves. Delicate horn-licks are an ever-present yet subtle ingredient, and catchy vocal hooks dominate the EP, providing a lingering feel-good summer vibe. The vocal talents of frontman Ben Willis are complemented by the vibrant brass section throughout, resulting in an EP that’s sure to inspire all music fans, regardless of their musical preferences.    

Watch the video for closing track 'One More' below, a laid back dub-infused roots track with effective brass accompaniments, displaying the band's ability to write complex, sophisticated melodies to compliment rolling melodies and subtle percussion. 

Hailing from North-West London, the eclectic outfit’s modern twist on classic roots reggae has seen them appear at prestigious UK music festivals including Boomtown Fair, Leopallooza, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury. They’ve shared the stage with genre-mates The Skints, Prince Fatty and Neville Staple of The Specials, who they kicked off their 2013 tour supporting. The boys have also been championed by Gary Crowley, who playlisted them on his BBC London show as part of BBC Introducing.

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