New York-based reggae brotherhood New Kingston are pleased to announce their new album, ‘Kingston City’, due for UK release on 23rd February on Easy Star Records.
Following the release of 2013 full-length ‘Kingston University’, the reggae trio return with a war chest of carefully crafted Jamaican-inspired hits. With soulful vocal melodies aplenty and thumping basslines throughout, ‘Kingston City’ features everything you’d expect from a modern reggae album – and a whole lot more.
From the get-go, brothers Stephen Suckarie, Courtney Panton, Jr. and Tahir Panton explosively demonstrate their ability to construct laidback yet powerful reggae hits with opening track ‘Today’. With help from their father Courtney Panton, Sr. on bass – a veteran within the Jamaican and US reggae scene – New Kingston combine the old school techniques of roots reggae together with a new breed of conscious roots dancehall.
‘Mystery Babylon’ is next on the agenda, and features the likes of Tribal Seeds vocalists Maad T-Ray and E.N Young. This downtempo number features a signature pulsing bassline and cut-throat offbeat guitar strokes throughout, whilst T-Ray, Young and the New Kingston crew toast over the top in fanfare-like fashion. Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner steps into the spotlight on ‘You Are Mine’, and adds her sweet vocal melodies to the ever-strong backbone of dynamic keys and regimented drums.
The album is laced with guest appearances from prestigious names throughout the world of reggae, and ‘Protect Me’ follows suit – with Grammy-nominated reggae vocal group The Wailing Souls embellishing the track with exquisite harmonies. Well-crafted horn licks and shimmering percussion all add to the authentic roots vibe, culminating in an explosive number well worthy of its place on the album.
The late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott layers ‘Certain Girls’ with true class, toasting his way through this dancehall-inspired classic. To have a true great of the genre appearing on the release speaks volumes of New Kingston’s clout in the international reggae scene, and it surely won’t be long before the brothers are the ‘go-to guys’ in the world of roots music.
Closing track ‘Conquer Dem’ once again features a legend by the name of Sister Carol, renowned for her signature vocal style and powerful lyrics. The album finishes with aplomb, bringing the end to a truly diverse compilation of rocksteady, dancehall and reggae future-classics.
It’s easy to see why New Kingston are generating such a buzz in their homeland of America, and it surely won’t take long before all corners of the globe are familiar with the band of brothers. Having recently signed to reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records, the only way is up for the band – and 2015 promises to be another significant year for the boys from Brooklyn