Red & Blak

by Laid Blak

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    Originally released in 2012. A 13 song collection of peerless grooves and righteous emotion.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Red & Blak via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Originally released in 2012...………..
Expectations are running high for this one. Bristol's most celebrated live band, Laid Blak, are teaming up with one of the city's hottest labels, Sugar Shack Records, to rerelease Red & Blak, a 13 song collection of peerless grooves and righteous emotion.

Already legends in their hometown of Bristol, UK, word about Laid Blak's gigging prowess has been spreading far and wide, gaining them a coveted Rototom award for best Northern European Reggae band, as well as netting them shows alongside such big guns as Aswad, The Wailers, Nitin Sawhney, Julian Marley and Ed Sheeran (who covered a portion of their song “Red” on his smash hit “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”). As a Daily Music Guide review remarked, "It would be unthinkable to see them play and not be left with a smile on your face".

Given all this, the band would be forgiven for making a record that merely tries to recreate their live sound. But Laid Blak don't do things by halves and Red & Blak is something much more special - an impeccably produced, beautifully sequenced trip that feels like the perfect gig, yet rewards repeated listening.

First time round will likely be spent wondering what the band will throw at you next. They're lifelong reggae addicts who delight in mastering every variation on the genre - witness the dubby drum delays on “Bristol Love”, the tight ska-tinged guitars on “Get Down Low”, and even a cheeky nod to dubstup on “Fire”. Yet as members of Bristol's famously cosmopolitan music scene, they also have plenty of other flavours up their sleeve - be that bhangra, rock or even flamenco - all of which they incorporate into their sound without it ever feeling incoherent. For an idea to work in Laid Blak's world it simply has to do one thing - inspire.

This is as true for the lyrics as for the music, and Red & Blak covers a huge range of topics, including the healing power of reggae, the dangers of street violence, differing attitudes on drug use, and the joys of parenthood. Fans of the live show already attracted to the band's mix of spirituality, honesty, political engagement and humour won't be disappointed, while newbies wishing to know what life is like seen through Laid Blak's eyes need only check out a track like "My Way"
- "We're doing it my way, might not always be the right way, might not even be your way, but I love it when we're doing it my way".

Well. Laid Blak are certainly unique, but spend some time in the company of this album, with its gorgeous soulful harmonies, unexpected stylish licks, super tight vocal rolls, and warm, detailed production, and one thing's for sure - their way will be your way.

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released January 25, 2019

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Sugar Shack Records Bristol, UK

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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Track Name: Red
The reason why
My eyes are red
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been burning on my spliff for the high
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been-I've been
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
[...]
Red [?x]
I've been burning
I've been-I've been
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been burning on my spliff for the high
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been-I've been
Here's the reason why
Red [?x]
Makes me feel fun [?x]
Yeah
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been burning on my spliff for the high
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been-I've been
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
[...]
I've been burning
I've been-I've been
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning
I've been burning on my spliff for the high
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been burning [2x]
Here's the reason why my eyes are red
I've been-I've been
Here's the reason why
Track Name: Lava
Can feel the poison,
There's no denying that.

Red gold and green horizon, ‘HoHoooooW'
Nothing can hold it back.

The devils of war have spoken,
Smoke has filled the room.

The rythm of peace is broken now
All i see is doom; It's gonna be
Hot like LAVA ‘oh yeah'
And nothing can hold it now

Hot like LAVA ‘oh yeah'
Cant Stop it no way no how

Hot like LAVA
And Can't be
Put out by the water from the sky
Hot like LAVA
And can't be
Put out be the tears from your eyes

I can see the future
It doesn't favor fun ‘oh no'

No winners or no losers ‘no no'
So now let thy be done

Too much too much confusion
Am I to come
Am I to go

Draw your own conclusion ‘no'
Some of you will never know
It's gonna be

Hot like LAVA
Oh yeah
And nothing can hold it now
It's gonna be
Hot like LAVA
Oh yeah
Can't be stop it

Hot like LAVA
So hot
Ho yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Hot like LAVA
And can't be
Put out by the water from the sky
Hot like LAVA
It will never never be
Put out by tears from your eyes.

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