Occasionally, an idea for a series of cover versions hits the right note in so many ways. Reggae has actually provided some smart interpretations of contemporary rock and pop in recent years, the most obvious example being the Easy Star All-Stars with their fabulous interpretations of Pink Floyd and Radiohead songs.
Now there's another reggae artist with covers on his mind - Little Roy. Known to many collectors of Jamaican Studio One releases and a previous collaborator with On-U-Sound guru Adrian Sherwood for the recommended "Long Time" album in 1996, Roy has recently hooked-up with British producer, Prince Fatty, to work on a clutch of Nirvana covers.
The first release from these sessions was a 7" only issue of "Dive" and "Sliver", originally rough garage-rockers, now deftly converted into summery rocksteady versions designed to put a smile on your face and to stop rock-fans in their tracks. An album, "Battle For Seattle", is due out on 5th September and I can assure you is a corker. Leave your preconceptions at the door and look forward to lilting renditions of "Come As You Are", "On A Plain" and "Lithium", delivered with Roy's husky vocals - a perfect match, in fact.
On Thursday 25th August, Little Roy will be performing a pre-festival show as part of the venue's Converse music series in support of the album at London's iconic 100 Club and we have two pairs of tickets to give away!!! The show precedes slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals and will feature Prince Fatty and the master of reggae, Don Letts. A real night to remember.
To enter the competition, you'll need to follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/allgigs), then click the "Like" button at the bottom of this page: on.fb.me/LittleRoy100Club
The competition is a prize-draw, with the winners chosen at random, and is open to UK residents only. N.B. The winners of the draw will have to arrange their own travel/ accommodation (if needed) - please consider the logistics of this before entering the competition.
The deadline for entries to the Little Roy competition is midday on Wednesday 24th August. Please man your Facebook pages around this time to find out whether you've won (we'll comment and send you a message)!