On 22nd July 2013 Ranking Records present 'Give It Away', the new single by the hotly-tipped nine-piece Gentleman's Dub Club, which precedes their highly-anticipated debut album 'Forty Four' out this autumn.
A firm favorite from their set that flaunts the band's versatility, 'Give It Away' hits back with another dance floor classic. Bridging the gap, the single opens synth heavy demanding your attention via a siren, this track builds up to an unrelenting crescendo where full bodied production meets live instrumentation and Jamaican bass culture thrives. The single also includes a tasty electronic remix from critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/producer and fellow Gentleman Dubster, Planas.
Spawned from the vibrant musical community in Leeds in 2006, the band cite fellow Leedsians Iration Steppas, plus Capleton, The Abyssinians, Culture, Twinkle Brothers, Wayne Smith, Augustus Pablo and Scientist as influences. But, you're just as likely to find them digging jazz, soul, garage, house, jungle or electronica, to which the various other projects the band are involved attests - most notably Submotion Orchestra drummer Tommy Evans and Toby Davies, AKA Planas.
As killer as their sound on record is however, it's only half the story, as the band are fast gaining a reputation as one of the most energetic and incendiary live bands in the country - of any genre.
Having wowed crowds and promoters alike, with just a couple of releases under their belt the band have stormed festivals in Goa, plus Glastonbury, Bestival, V and Secret Garden Party, not to mention the biggest bass-music' festival in the world - Croatia's Outlook Festival.
Their records have all remained securely within the top 40 of the album reggae charts since release, garnering support from some of the UK's most prominent underground representatives including Rob Da Bank (BBC Radio 1), David Rodigan (Kiss FM) and Don Letts (BBC Radio 6 music).
Gentleman's Dub Club have toured extensively, supporting a number of established artists like Roots Manuva, The Streets, The Wailers and Finlay Quaye.
Last year the band released the 'Open Your Eyes EP' on Ranking Records, which achieved No.1 in the iTunes reggae chart and has yet to leave the top 20.
Gentleman's Dub Club are: Jonathan Scratchley (vocals), Toby Davies (bass guitar, keyboards, vocals), Ed Thomas (keyboards, vocals), Matt Roberts (trumpet), Kieren Gallager (alto sax), Nick Tyson (guitar), Niall Lavell (percussion, samples), Tommy Evans (drums) and Harry Devenish (engineer).
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