RKX042 THE STRIDES - "Reclamation" out now on CD/Digital and LIMITED EDITION vinyl LP (don't sleep, only 600 copies available worldwide) - buy the LP here at RK and we'll provide MP3s for free! Remember to SAVE MONEY by combining shipment: BUY 1-3 LPs for the SAME shipping price!!!
With their explosive melting pot of Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Dancefloor jazz, 10-piece ensemble THE STRIDES has already won over a steadfast following in Australia. After a lengthy series of gigs that includes supporting afrobeat legend Tony Allen and becoming a headline act at both the Bellingen Global Carnival and Peats Ridge Festival, this dynamic outfit is ready to launch its new album “Reclamation” on Record Kicks. With a heavy rhythm section and a powerful 3-piece horn section, The Strides deliver a captivating blend of funky afrobeat, roots reggae, hip hop grooves, dubbed out beats, and hypnotic rhythms.
Featuring vocals by reggae master Ras Roni from Trinidad via London and rising hip hop star from Fiji MC Lil Gzeus (Little Jesus) over the super skanky, infectious, horn-heavy grooves of the band, “Reclamation” perfectly showcases the mighty force of The Strides’ innovative sound. From afrobeat-infused instrumental romps such as “Umbi Gumbi” and “Well Hung Parliament” to hip hop stormers such as first single “Reclamation”, to hints of roots reggae on "Storm Cloud" and "Fresh Lady", Australia's best kept secret The Strides impressively mix and combine a series of genres, and the result is something special, indeed!
"A stimulating amalgamation of sound, we dig!" - Giant Step
”Boasting 10 fired-up members and wasting no time in following up their impressive self-titled debut, Sydney's The Strides return with frisk in their gait for eight new tunes straddling dub to Afrobeat, hip-hop to exotic jazz.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
"What a beautiful slab of dub sounds!" - Emrys Baird (Blues & Soul)
“Very warm, relaxed and beautiful music by The Strides. I like it!” – Michael Reinboth (Soulsearching / Compost Records)
"The Strides are rocking my world!" - Blair Stafford (The Jazz Rooms / Straight Up Radio)
"This band channels the skills and beats of Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Barrington Levy to deliver an album that is highly polished, with great playing and a sense of the Australian love of exotica." - Fran Kelly (ABC Radio)
"A refreshing mix of genres, which includes some deep reggae beats as well as skanking and hip hop vocals!" - Meme Magazine
“The Strides lean towards afrobeat but also weave reggae rhythms and rapping into this fresh and funky 50-50 mix of songs and instrumentals.” – The Australian