New Mastersounds bassist and veteran independent music producer Pete Shand finds an outlet for his Jamaican roots with this sun-drenched pop-reggae album, a collaborative studio project recorded between Menorca (where he is now based), Yorkshire (where he hails from) and New York City (where he regularly records & performs) - an international collaboration featuring vocal performances from Brian J (Pimps of Joytime, Brooklyn), Aoife Hearty (Rodina, UK) and Kirsty Rock (Easy-Star All Stars, NYC). Perfect laid-back summer sunshine music.
Pete explains how the album came about:
"Since I relocated to the island of Menorca some seven years ago, the ambience and cool Balearic pace has been a constant inspiration, so it wasn't too long before it started to be reflected in my music. The formation of SWG as a music-making team occurred quite naturally, with William Woodlock - the musician/producer responsible for introducing me to the island - and Gareth Colley, my long time production partner in UK. Having set out just to have fun and make beats in the sun, as an album began to take shape we consciously decided on a feel-good vibe: holiday music; nothing too challenging or intense. To keep the good times rolling we have featured vocals from our very talented friends on both sides of the Atlantic - respect! We hope you enjoy having our soundtrack in your lives."
Pete Shand is cut from the same cloth as George Evelyn from Nightmares on Wax - literally. They both come from the old textile town of Leeds in the North of England but both now live in the sunshine on Islands in the Mediterranean. You can tell they are enjoying life as they have both produced happy-go-lucky albums with the sun on their skin and a cool breeze on the keys. If you enjoyed ‘Feelin’ Good’ from N.O.W you will be happy to spend some ‘Island Time’ with Pete Shand. - Ralph LawsonBasics/2020Vision
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Pulling in a huge range of solid influences,"Island Time" is a brilliant album for the 21st century, combining funk,soul,reggae and chill out to make an immensely listenable album that can be dipped in and out of, or listened to in full to take you on an inspiring journey. Hearing this album conjures up images of smoke filled dancehalls, New York funk jams, and the sunshine bliss of Menorca, a pleasure to listen to and be immersed in something so unique and soulful. Enjoy this album, knowing that it has been lovingly and skilfully crafted from the finest authentic influences and talents. Authenticity can be a rare ingredient in music these days, and this album has it in bucket-loads - enjoy!!! - Jez UtahUtah Saints
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