The Drop releases prelude EP in anticipation to of LP Image

by Jordan Delahaye

Stoking the fires of free thought, reggae has long been the spark to ignite any potential brooding youth movement. From The Clash to the recent explosion of dub-step, they all have their place and are each as culturally significant and quintessentially British as the last. The Drop is firmly placed in this category, a band with a community for the whole nation.

The Drop’s hometown in Reading, London is notorious for its Reading Festival which usually takes place in August each year. The festival has featured longstanding reggae trio Steel Pulse, who is probably best known in the reggae industry for being the first non-Jamaican reggae act to scoop the GRAMMY award for Best Reggae Album.

Formed in 2009, The Drop has since established itself among Britain’s leading reggae up and comers with their unique approach to the genre which transcends cultural limitations. Their “indie-reggae” musical style is a distinct fusion of roots reggae, dub, alternative and rock and roll, which, when coupled with their clever lyrics, creates a sound that is both creatively abstract and yet familiar in the reggae sphere.

Last month the band released “Turning Around” – the four track prelude to their upcoming album which is due to drop this autumn. The compilation features three original songs, showing the range and versatility of their sound and a dub mix courtesy of Nick Manasseh who also mastered the EP in his west London studio. Roots reggae producer, Saatchi Dubworks, collaborated with the band on the title track – the music video for which is racking up some views on Youtube.

The nine-man band is said to have been born out of a love of the sound system culture which was popularised in the birthplace of reggae - Jamaica. Already they have been championed by reggae ambassador David Rodigan MBE on his radio shows, and have supported some of the biggest names in the industry including Toots and the Maytals, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Don Letts to name a few. 

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