New Town Kings – Borderline (Official Video)
Reggae collective New Town Kings have returned with their incensed single ‘Borderline’, blending old school reggae rhythms with a fresh dose of UK inspired ska.
Hailing from New Town, Colchester, the bands modern twist on classic Jamaican music has seen them launch an extensive tour over the country and play with Reggae fusion band The Skints, American ska band The Slackers and US reggae legends The Aggrolites.
‘Borderline’ is the first taste from their brand new album, set for release in Spring. The single highlights the plight of migrants to the UK, imploring the listener to consider the shortcomings of politically motivated intolerance against the backdrop of modern mass migration. The heavy bassline and hip-hop enthused drums, alongside the bands signature horn sound, act as a canvas for the angry political anthem, demonstrating their expert ability to curate tracks offering both lyrical and atmospheric substance.
The accompanying visual for the single is a compilation of raw footage collected from the scenes of the migrant crisis, launching a blistering attack against the political elite. The shot sequence is simple yet incredibly effective, with lead vocalist Dabs Bonner using his creative platform to provide a voice for those who have been forgotten by society.
New Town Kings’ fresh sound has gained critical attention and airplay from the likes of BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan, and led to features on Fred Perry Subculture, WorldAReggae and Punktastic. Since the 2007 release of their debut album ‘Sound of the New Town’, the eight-piece have rarely taken it easy. They have extensively toured the world, playing over 500 shows across 10 different countries and taking their old school Jamaican rhythms to Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, The Electric Ballroom and the HMV Forum.
With the imminent release of their brand new album and an expansive UK album tour and festival season planned, 2018 is set to be a huge year for New Town Kings.