Reggae Legends Black Slate: Back and Ready For More

One of the most important UK bands of the 70s and 80s has returned with new material, a newly augmented line-up and a new live show to reaffirm to fans old and new just why they made such on impact on the British musical landscape. Formed in Hackney in 1974, Black Slate were the first completely homegrown UK reggae band, utilising their own sound system and dub plates, rather than the traditional method of using existing plates from Jamaica. At a time of huge racial tension and regular clashes between police and the black community, their single, Sticks Man, appealed to communities to lead by example.

Featuring original members, Anthony ‘Pure Silk’ Brightly (Keyboards); Chris ‘Music House’ Hanson (Lead/Rhythm Guitar) and Desmond ’Drummy’ Mahoney (Drums/Congo/Percussion) alongside newer cohorts, Colin ’Steam Fish’ McNiesh (Bass) and Jessie ’Energy’ Brade (Vocals) as well as Gaven ‘Magic Voice’ Creary (Vocals), their current single is Daylight, showing them to be still at the very top of their game. Their latest album, Peaceful Demonstration, is released on the on TCD Records the label named for Tony (Anthony), Chris and Desmond, the original members of the band founded in 1972 in the United Kingdom. After 40 years in the music business, the deep roots reggae band returns with their first full-length album released since 1982. 





Undeniable realness in Rivah Jordan’s trap-influenced track ‘Shoebox’

Veteran of the dancehall, reggae and soundsystem scenes, Rivah Jordan returns with his new trap-influenced track Shoebox. The track is stacked with chilled beats, a consistent mellow bassline and a vibe that can be best compared to artists like Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott.

With a background that involves the whirlpool of drug dealing and the increasingly violent streets of London, Rivah Jordan brings an undeniable realness to his music, whereby he focuses on his struggle with mental health and his journey to ‘financial freedom’ – a topical context that pinpoints serious issues.

Having produced tracks with the likes of Sly and Robbie and Jack Scorpio and supporting reggae legends Wailing Souls whilst in Jamaica, on his return to the UK Rivah initially signed to pioneering British grime label, Big Dada (Roots Manuva, Kate Tempest, Wiley, Speech Debelle, Young Fathers) and received significant support from British pirate radio alongside BBC World Service and BBC 6 Music.

With these experiences, Rivah Jordan exhibits traits of both Jamaican and English vocal styles and his transition from reggae to trap illustrates his chameleon-like qualities as a music artist.



Twitter: @Rivahjordan

The Floating Bridges – Album Release

They may live thousands of miles from Bob Marley’s native Jamaica, but The Floating Bridges have been inspired by the legendary reggae artist to make music, and, combining the recognisable rhythms with heavy guitar, they have made it their own.

The Floating Bridges have made a name for themselves in their native Queensland, working with local legend Brian Goodworth and receiving praise from Australian icon Jimmy Barnes when they supported him in concert. Their debut album, ‘Chasing Sunsets’, made an impact on its release in 2012, and gained the band a dedicated following. Now, ‘Creatures of Leisure ’is set to bring further success for the dreadlock-wearing members of the band.

The Floating Bridges are touring the UK from 17th July – not be to missed!



July 23rd – Secret Garden Party – Cambridgeshire

July 24th – The Farmers Arms – St. Merryn, Cornwall

July 25th – The Ohana Bar – Newquay, Cornwall

July 26th – The Beach BBQ – Bude, Cornwall

July 29th – Treyarnon Bay YHA – Constantine, Cornwall

July 31st – The Marisco – Woolacombe, Devon

Aug 2nd – Pig and Fiddle – Buttcombe, Bath

Aug 7th – Gaunts House – Dorset

Aug 8th – The Prince Albert – Stroud, Glos

Aug 13th – Mr Wolfs – Bristol

Aug 16th – Boomtown Fair, Winchester

Aug 21st – Cult Cafe – Ipswich







Innovative Rapper 2Nice Unleashes the ‘Sunlight’ with Latest Track

And now, with new single ‘Sunlight’ release on QW-KEYMUSIC it’s set to show the world exactly how it sounds when pop, rap, reggae and EDM are drawn together, his star will continue to rise:

Gritty and raw while still having a polished sheen, ‘Sunlight’ is a single which could well see 2Nice break through from cult status to the mainstream. It’s truly impressive work from a brave and innovative artist not afraid to try new things.

All the more impressive, 2Nice does all this while suffering the debilitating effects of epilepsy. Using music in his everyday battle to overcome the condition, 2Nice finds the creative process soothing – allowing him to turn his thoughts away from an illness he has found it hard to come to terms with.

With his genuinely unique blend of genres, ‘Sunlight’ is just the first assault 2Nice is readying for the mainstream UK music industry this year. Hold on to your hats for 2015.


Neo Soul Sensation Lateefah Reveals ‘This is Who I Am’

We got our head intot this one as it soft and sultry reggae tones make for an exciting and overwhelmingly relaxing listening experience.

Watch the video here:

Along with the Single, you can also get a FREE download of the track “Here I am”: