About Time

by Laid Blak

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    Exclusive signed copies of the sensational Laid Blak album 'About Time', includes limited edition poster. Release date 25th January 2019
    Track running order:
    Side A:

    1. Cool Dude
    2. Mic Man ft Tita Lau
    3. It’s A Pity ft Tanya Lacey
    4. A Little Bit of This
    5. Fatal Attraction ft Da Fuchaman

    Side B:

    1. No Way Out
    2. I Feel It ft Flex
    3. Serious ft Tanya Lacey & MC Dee
    4. War
    5. Trying

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    Comes with a large CD booklet with great photos of the band. Plus limited edition signed poster.

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about

Bristol’s Laid Blak have trailed a unique path through the music jungle and picked up influential friends on the way. They don’t come much bigger these days than this key ally – Ed Sheeran. The red-haired one is a big fan, so much so that he used a section of the band’s earlier signature tune, ‘My Eyes Are Red’, in one of his own album chart busting songs and to close his shows.

It’s a useful thing to have in the creative locker, but Laid Blak’s new second full album, ‘About Time’, more than stands on its’ own merits. Core members, DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, easily use every strand of elements that turn their ears and make a musical cocktail that is heady and delicious. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or musical taste on ‘About Time’. It comfortably straddles styles that cover a range of bases in contemporary reggae music. And most of the time it’s anything but laid back!

Sure, the breezy album opener ‘Cool Dude’ is more low-key, the band taking the brave step of introducing themselves here with a track that is programmed riddims, rattling percussion, piano, keyboards and restrained, jazzy, minimal bass! It’s – well – cool, but filled with humour, whistling, street observed lyrics, scatter-fire vocals and am easy confidence that radiates. But after that the fare on offer heats up, seeing a glorious classic dancehall style tussle on ‘Mic Man’ with the fabulously UPFUL and agile vocals from Tita Lau adding a winning dimension. The guest female singers – Tita and the equally dextrous Tanya Lacey – add a soulful and playful dimension to other up-tempo blasters like ‘It’s A Pity’, ‘Hold On’, and ‘Serious’ which head out into anything from lovers rock to a sleng teng, old school step it, rub a dub, wrap it up, mash it groove with fat horns, melodica, wailing guitar, sound system busting bass and kicking rhythms.

There is some serious business attended to in ‘Changing’, which illustrates how priorities change in life, and how in ‘No Way Out’ and the darker, more militant Aswad era take in ‘I Feel It’, that life isn’t easy. But that period of reflection is a temporary break as it’s always the contrast of celebrating life in the cheeky, chatty Smiley Culture vibe of ‘Little Bit of This’, and the Mediterranean holiday romance possibilities in ‘Fatal Attraction’. Fresh, fun and fabulous while flowing with great tunes, this is an irresistible album of the band’s distinctive brand of street soul. It’s so powerful that the band felt the need to do a rush release of it! This is music that just can’t be contained or limited. Laid Blak don’t fail in their objective to bring ‘a fun filled sunshine dance music that keeps your feet moving and your face smiling.’ So, bang on cue, spring and summer is a’ coming, and about time too! Fire up the barbeque, slap on the jerk chicken to the flames, grab an ice cold Red Stripe and put on ‘About Time’! Let the party begin!

“About Time” is released by Sugar Shack Records on CD and digital platforms on 6th April 2018, distributed by Shellshock and available from good retailers worldwide.

ARTIST: Laid Blak
TITLE: “About Time”
RELEASE DATE: 6th April 2018
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / Discovery
CAT NO: FOD125CD
BARCODE: 5052571076521

credits

released April 6, 2018

Laid Blak:

Lead Vocals : Joe Peng
Producer/Percussion : Bunjy
Bass : Lupo
Vocals : Girl Rae
Drums : Stace
Keyboard : Yng Ras
Guitar : Scotty

With:
Featuring Vocals : Tanya Lacey, Flex, Tita Lau, Da Fuchaman & MC Dee
Guitars : James Barlow, Tim Waddington
Keyboard : Sam Ross
Drums : Richard Powell
Percussion : Troy Ellis
Cello : J Rokka

Tracks Written by;
Joe Peng, Ivor Anderson, Chris Dececio & Llewellyn Pryce (All Tracks)
Tanya Stephens (Track 3)
Richard Blake on Vocals (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 13)
James Barlow on Guitar (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11 & 13)
Tita Lau on Vocals (Tracks 2, 6 & 12)
Tanya Lacey on Vocals (Tracks 3, 4 & 10)
Da Fuchaman on Vocals (Track 8)
MC Dee on Vocals (Track 10)
Mick Conway on Guitar (Tracks 2, 6 & 12)
Tim Waddington on Guitar (Tracks 7 & 12)
Sam Ross on Keyboard (Tracks 2, 6 & 12)
Trevor Johnson on Keyboard (Tracks 8, 9, 11 & 13)
Yng Ras (Track 6)
Richard Powell on Drums (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11 & 13)
Stacey Batchelor on Drums (Tracks 2, 6, 7 & 12)
Troy Ellis Percussion (Track 12)

Recorded at: Motion Studios, Bristol & New Cut Studios
Produced & Mixed: Ivor Anderson & Chris Dececio
Mastering: Shawn Joseph at Optimum Mastering, Bristol

All tracks published by Copyright Control 2018

All recordings owned by Laid Blak and licenced to Sugar Shack Records

Photos: Clear as Day Production

Artwork: Jim Wildink and Nick Darby

(p)&© Sugar Shack Records 2018

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Management: Dunk Wilmot at UAL Creative
Contact: Laidblakofficial@gmail.com
T: +44 (0) 7789 003944

Live bookings: danny@diplomatsofsound.org
T: +44 (0) 7904 298823

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Sugar Shack Records is a sister imprint of Bristol Archive Records and Reggae Archive Records. Established in 1985, we have released critically acclaimed Rock and Reggae albums.

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