Lyrically their darkest and most introspective release to date, Swimming Lessons takes its inspiration from reggae, soul, dub, punk, ragga and rap. The Skints have a knack for fusing different genres of music that strike an accessible chord with a political, personal and philosophical message. Drawing on influences as sprawling as Bad Brains, Popcaan, No Doubt, Alton Ellis, Wiley and Weezer, Swimming Lessons deals with crushing heartbreak, the impending doom of Brexit, surviving as an independent musician and navigating the weird world of 2019 – all of these are proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us. From 8 Bit-influenced dancehall to sound system shaking dub, melodic grunge to harmony-laden soul, ‘Swimming Lessons’ boasts collaborations with three of Jamaica’s brightest roots stars of today: Protoje, Runkus, and Jesse Royal.
Release Date: May 10, 2019
New single“Learning to Swim” is a sentimental blend of lovers rock, pop and hardcore punk as The Skints confront personal tragedy while the rub-a-dub heavy “Restless”, questions the broken promises and perpetual lies of those governing over us today and features Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae star Protoje on vocal duties who flows on the track in a style only he can deliver.