New Strides Album Out Now


THE LIFE OF TRUE ROOTS MUSIC LIVES ON WITH THE STRIDES FORTHCOMING SECOND ALBUM "RECLAMATION".

The Strides Band - Guitar Rig Hailing from Sydney, THE STRIDES have become a new force for urban roots music. Fronted by Reggae Master Ras Roni from Barbados via London, and Fijian MC LTL G-Zeus, The Strides have delivered their classic sound to crowds across the country, delivering a musical experience that is as powerfully explosive as it is authentic.

With two acclaimed albums already under their belt, a European label signing, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Julian Marley, Tony Allen and Groundation, The Strides' music faithfully builds on the foundations of classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, forging a sound that brings together modern dance hall, world beats and reggae-pop. The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.

With a calling card of powerfully melodic horns, infectious bass lines, easy musings and a magnetic stage presence between its two lead vocalists, the Strides are an 8-piece collective of multi talented songwriters and musicians. Having bunkered down for an intensive week long hothouse of jamming and songwriting, the tracks for their forthcoming long player were laid down at U-Live Studios outside of Byron Bay, and later mixed at Tanuki Lounge in Brisbane's West End by producer / engineer Paulie B.

'One for One' is the new single by the band and the first taste of the aforementioned forthcoming third album, set for early 2014 release. 'One for One' showcases the talents and rhymes of LTL Gzeus alongside the incredible vocals of future-soul rising star Ngaiire, in a song about self realisation, self-discovery, and coming to terms with a new world that is not what you expected. It’s a mark of that time in your life when everything is still new and curiosity has its first real go at you. The life you learn is not the life you know. One for the money, one for the lovin' - One for One.

‘One for One’ is out Friday July 26th through Earshift Records. The Strides will be launching it around the country:

The Strides are:

Ras Roni, LTL Gzeus - vocals, rhymes and good vibes

Nick Garbett: trumpet
Jeremy Rose: tenor sax
Carlos Adura: drums
Matt Smith: guitar
Dan Pliner: keyboards
Rory Brown: bass

The Strides: "One for One feat. Ngaiire"

The Strides - Reclamation 'One for One' is the new single by The Strides and the first taste of their forthcoming third album, set for early 2014 release. 'One for One' showcases the talents and rhymes of LTL Gzeus alongside the incredible vocals of future-soul rising star Ngaiire, in a song about self realisation, self-discovery, and coming to terms with a new world that is not what you expected. It’s a mark of that time in your life when everything is still new and curiosity has its first real go at you. The life you learn is not the life you know. One for the money, one for the lovin' - One for One.

‘One for One’ is out Friday July 26th 2013 through Earshift Records. The Strides will be launching it around the country

The Strides: "Reclamation"

The Strides - One for One SingleThe Strides are proud to release their second album "Reclamation," to be launched at Notes Newtown, Friday 25 Feb and Heritage Hotel, Bulli, Saturday 26 Feb 2011.

The Strides debut album is available through Earshift Records and distributed by Fuse Music and MGM

Tracklisting:

  1. Stormclouds feat. Ras Roni
  2. Some o' Dem feat. LTL Gzeus
  3. Umbi Gumbi
  4. F.K.D
  5. Fresh Lady feat. Ras Roni and LTL Gzeus
  6. Escape
  7. Reclamation feat. LTL Gzeus
  8. Well Hung Parliament
  9. Storm Clouds dub
  10. Fresh Lady dub

The Strides debut CD:

The Strides AlbumThe Strides are proud to release their self titled, debut album, to be launched at Notes Newtown, 12 Dec 2009.

After several east coast tours, The Strides finally entered the studio under the guidance of respected drummer and mentor, Terapai Richmond. Richmond is renowned for his work with The Whitlams, D.I.G, Missy Higgins and King Tide, and his wealth of experience has been a guiding force for The Strides. The self titled debut album features The Strides with special guest vocalists Ras Roni, one of Australia's true reggae masters, along with young diva Michelle Martinez and rising hip hop star Lil Gzeus.

The Strides debut album is available through Earshift Records and distributed by Fuse Music and MGM

Tracklisting:

  1. Step Back
  2. Inspiration feat. Michelle Martinez
  3. Masters No More
  4. Better To Love
  5. Fin Pistol
  6. La Mar

The Strides - Press

Reclamation CD Review in The Australian March 19 2011

Tony Hillier

***1/2 - 3 1/2 stars

Myopic Melburnian music buffs might suggest otherwise, but Sydney has its share of seriously good fusion outfits. The Strides, a comparatively new 10-piece act, souns classy enough, judged on its sophomore album, to be considered a serious challenger to the Cat Empire and company. The band's leaning towards afrobeat puts it directly in the path of Melbourne's Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, which has set the benchmark in this arena down under. however, the fact it also weaves reggae rhythms and rapping into its fresh and funky 50-50 mix of songs and instrumentals stamps it more the Aussie equivalent of Kiwi juggernaut Fat Freddy's Drop. Trinidad-born singer Ras Roni shows Marley influence - Damian as well as Bob - on tracks such as Storm Clouds. Fijian MC LTL Gzeus (that's Little Jesus in non-vernacular_ channels dance-hall don Sizzla and reggae rapper Mos Def in Some O Dem and Reclamation, and during his duet with Ras Roni on Fresh Lady. The Band's poten three-piece brass section, made up of some of Sydney's finest young jazz players, strecthes out stylishy when unleashed in the afrobeat infused instrumental romps Umbi Gumbi and Well Hung Parliament that constitute album highlights.

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Reclamation CD Review in Sydney Morning Herald Metro March 11 2011

Paris Pompor

***1/2 - 3 1/2 stars

Boasting 10 fired-up members and wasting no time in following up their impressive self-titled debut, Sydney's The Strides return with frisk in their gait for eight new tunes straddling dub to Afrobeat, hip-hop to exotic jazz. Kicking off in familiar melodic reggae territory, singer Ras Roni sounds as good as Saturday mornings with a dusty John Holt LP. The following track pops the cork properly, with emcee Lil Gzeus announcing in dancehall fashio: "Some o' dem jus' won' lovin'." It introduces a super skanky, horn-heavy, sandpaper groove featuring flashes of funky clavinet. In Escape they do just that, stopping over in Ethio-jazz territory briefly, hints of psych guitar mingling with fuzzy, spectral keys.

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Drum Media Live Review

Caroline Savransky

12/12/09

You wouldn’t expect Rastafarian mania to occur in one of Sydney’s most elegant music venues, but it did. And it worked out great. The dark, romantic room was coloured with extravagant reggae enthusiasts busting awesome carefree dance moves and turning the basement into a Jamaican oasis as The Strides launched their self-titled debut album.

Every song was based around loving life, loving the world and loving each other and judging but the unity on the dancefloor, the message was heard loud and clear. Lead vocalist Ras Roni’s voice soared as he delivered one of their most catchy beats, Step Back. Telling the crowd to “rise above these flaws”, he danced like a wild gypsy completely taking over the stage with his wonderful performance.

The ten-piece ensemble shook the stage with every instrument imaginable and it’s safe to say that it was the horn section that were leading the band to glory this night. With many of the songs off their album starring guest singers who could not make it for the show, it seemed to be one musical solo after another. But the crowd showed no signs of disappointment as the instruments each seemed to have a voice of their own.

The band played two sets with an interval in which time DJ Toon, DJ Russ Dewbury and DJ Frenzie kept the crowd warm with African grooves to keep in the theme of the evening. In the first half of the night the music was more oriented towards reggae, but after the break the band took the stage with their best afro-beat tunes, where the highlights were definitely the sensual Masters No More and energetic Fin Pistol.

Everything about the show was vigorous and playful, from Roni suggesting the crowd buy two CDs, with “one for the bedroom and one for the living room, if you know what I mean”, to the African dancers seducing the crowd with their tribal moves. If you like the relaxation of Bob Marley and the spirit of The Cat Empire, you’ll find yourself at home with The Strides.

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The Strides self titled debut Sydney Morning Herald Review - 3 1/2 stars

Paris Pompor

Metro March 26 2010

You'd be forgiven for mistaking this as new LP for the Resurrectors. Both Sydney bands have a whole lot of soul and an affable dub swagger – a la Fat Freddy's Drop. Both also deliver casually cool, consciousness-raising lyrics. That the always-impressive vocalist Ras Roni adds his sweet, easy tone to the two groups, only strengthens comparisons. But by track three, the Strides are shuffling on a dusty dancefoor with a hip-hop MC and kicking up bare heels for some Afrobeat unrest in Master No More and the 10-minute Fin Pistol. In Better to Love they deliver a singalong pop-reggae gem that really deserves radio support. Ha! This is Australia, dream on.

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The Strides on European Press - assorted

The Strides On Highlife

The Strides On Jazzm8

The Strides On Junks

The Strides On Na Dann

The Strides On Reggae Vibes

The Strides On Scootitude

The Strides On 
United Reggae

The Strides On Vibrations

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