The Skints – Part and Parcel

It’s business as usual for the London upstarts, with a fine album to add to the collection…

Rating: 8/10

From the underbelly of metropolitan London, The Skints are rising ever higher. They’ve taken traditional reggae and ska, forced them into bed with dub-step, and are now flogging the bastard lovechild of this unlikely threesome.

Part and Parcel is the band’s latest offering. Sweat-drenched and mucky-nailed it may be, but it brings its own brand of class and swagger to the party.

There’s so much going on, it’s hard to know what to praise first. Each song boasts a selection of voices, melodies and instruments, none of which ever feel like they’re competing for our attention. It’s chaotic, but The Skints always seem to be in control.

Having seen the band playing alongside the likes of Reel Big Fish, or on the main stage at Slam Dunk Festival, it’s always been clear that they’ve found their niche within the contemporary ska/reggae genres. It’s even clearer that this uniqueness remains when it comes to a digital playback. The frenzy may be a little more tidy on CD, but it’s still ticking all the right boxes.

Part and Parcel demonstrates the level of mastery The Skints hold over their art. For them, the future seems terrifying. Good, but terrifying. Who knows where they’ll end up… To view my 8/10 review for Ourzone Magazine, click here.


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