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: October 14th, 2014
“The positive and vibrant atmosphere that colours the band’s infectious songs are a deliberate antidote to what vocalist Dean Forrest calls ‘angry music.’” – Western Morning News
“This is a record which combines the very best of modern, twenty-first century reggae, with the right amount of influence from the old-school.” – The Punk Archive
“Backbeat Soundsystem have crafted a slick, sexy and heavy-grooving tune.” – The Musical Melting Pot