Reggae and ska have influenced punk rock since the 70’s. And one of the earliest and most well-known examples is The Clash and their collaboration with Mikey Dread as well as their cover of Junior Murvin’s mighty Police & Thieves. Since then the genres have been in a love relationship that has rendered lots of great music.
The UK’s The Skints follow in this fine tradition, and it was manifested on their debut album Live.Breathe. Build. Believe., which was more or less a punk rock album influenced by ska and reggae.
On their recently released follow-up Part & Parcel they’ve used the same ingredients, but shifted the measures in favor of more ska and reggae and less punk rock.
Part & Parcel was produced by Prince Fatty – responsible for Hollie Cook’s highly acclaimed self-titled debut album released last year – and together with the band they’ve created a vital album jam-packed with furious energy and playfulness.
But it also boasts deep bass lines, smooth skanking vibes and sweet pop melodies courtesy of three lead singers – each with his and hers very distinctive style – taking turn on the microphone.
Probably not an album that will appeal to the purist or traditionalist, but well-worth checking out for those tired of rasta preachings or one drop beats.