King Porter Stomp – Shuffle (Album Review)

Brighton based ska collective King Porter Stomp recorded a compilation of their songs after recently been commissioned to co-write the music for the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatres contemporary production of ‘God of Soho’, which has opened their music up to new audiences and achieved them some critical acclaim.

They have recently recorded an album titled ‘Shuffle’, due to be released on the 3rd of September. KPS are the kind of band which requires a certain type of ear, for example, if you like the Specials or even Madness, this is definitely a band you want to watch out for. There is some infectious rhythm in these songs, very contemporary with soaring horns and majestic vocals. Songs like ‘Mama Needs a Hand’ really has a worldly feel to it. ‘Thick and Thin’ is very gritty, lyrically speaking; it has a definite Specials feel to it. ‘The Shuffle’ has a more reggae feel to it, and shows the band can reach different depths, dipping in and out of different genres. Personally, ‘Breathless’ is my favourite song; it works well using the broad English accent against the Ska guitar riffs.

It might not be to everyone’s liking but they have made a great set of recordings here. With their lyrics addressing a range of issues such as surviving the day to day hustle and keeping inspiration alive in these days of pop culture, I think what they have done is very original, possibly inspiring.

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