Stones Throw’s first reggae signing, The Lions, recently released their album “This Generation,” to a great response and toping out at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts.
Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, The Lions’ sound is firmly placed in soul music. The LA group features musicians from The Breakestra, Hepcat and includes Black Shakespeare the cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame).
Today, enjoy the second music video from “This Generation” for the song “Roll It Around,” directed by Jon Casey and edited by A.J. Calomay.
The Lions “This Generation” album is out February 26th and is being released on vinyl in the form of a 45 box set. The box comes with 8 records: the album’s 12 tracks + four additional “dub versions” not available on the CD or digital release.
Today, enjoy the Dub version of “Padre Ichiro” by Bill “DJ Prophesy” Wendt (Dub Club / Glitch Mob). The original track appears on The Lions’ upcoming album “This Generation.”
Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, The Lions’ sound is firmly placed in soul music.
“All the guys in The Lions grew up on classic Jamaican records so since we began we have wanted to give our records that same edge and roughness that we grew up hearing on LPs by The Upsetters, Soul Syndicate, The Rockers Band and Roots Radics. The rhythm section was all recorded to tape, the Hammond buzzed a little, fuses blew and good mistakes were left in. We basically made the dusty reggae soul LP WE have been wanting to hear for years” – Dan Ubick (producer)
The band draws together a dozen or so of LA’s elite reggae and soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The …
Stones Throw is proud to be working with The Lions, a multi-member reggae/soul band from Los Angeles. The band draws together a dozen or so of LA’s elite reggae and soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The Lions in 2007. Members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Desert, form half of the vocal team, the latter also having a successful career on screen, including roles in the films Swingers and High Fidelity. The other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame). Other members include guitarist Dan Ubick, formerly of Breakestra, Macy Gray co-writer and collaborator Dave Wilder on bass, plus musicians who have played …
When “Murs for President” came out, it was a time when the United States was in the middle of a tense political and social climate. We were on the cusp of a new electron, a deep financial crisis, and social media revealed itself as a leading form of mass communication. In an era when we felt bombarded by popular culture, Murs humorously and profoundly commented on the state of things, in turn contributing to a voice of the current generation. A couple of years have passed since “Murs for President,” and many things have changed for us. The feeling of being overwhelmed has turned into a subtle blase towards all things, a certain nonchalance for the otherwise shocking.
Cue “This Generation,” the new collaboration album between Murs and XXL Freshman Class alumni …