The Skints 
Easy Star Records
Street: 03.10
The Skints = Jimmy Cliff + Barrington Levy + Mikey Dread + The King Blues 
FM is styled like listening to a London-based pirate radio station—complete with DJ Mr. Versatile (the alter ego of Tippa Irie) and simulated station call-ins—on the city’s hottest day. The Skints knock out brilliant, socially conscious British reggae combined with a hip-hop sensibility à la tunes like “This Town (Featuring Tippa Irie & Horseman).” Other notable tracks that inspire a sense of curiosity include the punk, soulful number “Friends & Business” and the socially aware “Tazer Beam (Featuring Tippa Irie),” “My War” and “The Forest for the Trees.” While, I especially dig these particular numbers, one should understand that that’s just a taste. The listener of FM should hear it in its entirety to fully appreciate the solid and clever delivery of this creative setup. –Nick Kuzmack (Nix Beat)