Kingston City (Easy Star Records, 2015)
Modern reggae New Kingston delivers a tasty mix of roots reggae, pop, soul, dub and a little EDM (electronic dance music). Quickly rising in the reggae scene, New York-based New Kingston is a family band composed of brothers Tahir Panton, Steve Suckarie and Courtney Panton, Jr. who provide the vocals and play various musical instruments. Their father, Courtney Sr., joins on bass.
Kingston City features guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.
“New Kingston definitely stands out in the current scene,” says Easy Star CEO and album co-producer Eric Smith. “Their show is dynamic and exciting, they are one of the hardest working bands we have ever met, and every other artist we talk to has nothing but positive things to say about them. Musically, we feel they bring something different to the label, something that feels current, and at the same, brings us back to our earliest days of releasing reggae in New York.”
The band will be touring the East Coast of the United States in February with additional performances at various festivals later in the year.
Kingston City is a well-crafted crossover reggae album with pop hooks that make it instantly accessible.
Feb 06, 2015 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Feb 07, 2015 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Feb 08, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Feb 19, 2015 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Feb 20, 2015 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Feb 21, 2015 – Cocoa Beach, FL – Dog N Bone
Feb 24, 2015 – Kingston, Jamaica – Ranny Williams Ent. Complex
Apr. 17-19, 2015 – Austin, TX – Austin Reggae Fest
May 09, 2015 – Orlando, FL – Reggae On The Block
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.