While the US reggae scene has only recently boomed with new bands expanding the boundaries of the genre, the UK has long had a tradition of home grown reggae acts. Easy Star Records proudly released the first full-length record by Backbeat Soundsystem, one of the bright lights of the latest UK reggae wave. Together Not Apart showcases the unique sounds of this up-tempo funky reggae 8-piece. Produced by the band’s singer and main songwriter, Dean Forrest, the record features 12 songs that demonstrate a sound somewhere between Steel Pulse and SOJA, with equal parts political, social, and romantic lyrics.
Release Date: January 27th, 2015
“Kingston City is a genuine body of work that displays an incredible vocal range, candid lyrics and impressive instrumentals. It gives the listener the sort of meaningful connection and escape that every piece of music should provide.” — Top Shelf Reggae
“This album is the pairing of exceptional musicianship and excellent production along with a guest-list of talent that reads like a reggae legacy spanning decades of genres…Kingston City is beaming with positivity, messages of faith and expressions of love…” — The Pier
“New Kingston is rooted in roots, but brings textures and styles from across the spectrum and the time continuum, colored in the under-heralded hues of reggae music that are unique to New York’s Five Boroughs.” — Examiner