The Laid Blak sound takes massive inspiration from ska and reggae but has often been described as ‘street soul.’ Their influences are broad and define the eclecticness of Bristol music from reggae to dancehall, soul, hip hop, funk, and jazz, whilst of course never forgetting their jungle heritage.
Laid Blak’s most recent release, typifies the band’s unique mix and blends old skool blues, funky reggae rhythms and timeless dancefloor classics, which has encapsulated crowds at live shows spanning the last 20 years.
‘From the Vaults’ was released as a lockdown project. Like everyone stuck at home during the pandemic, founder members DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng set about uncovering the archives, blowing the cobwebs off unreleased material and mastering some never before heard work.
Having enough substance to carefully select an eleven-track album, it was released via Sugar Shack Records, quickly gaining accolades across the music industry.
Golden is a timeless piece with that classic Laid Blak sound and has become a firm festival favourite. A cornerstone for the band’s epic live sets having played at some of the UK’s biggest music events this summer such as Glastonbury, Boomtown, Beautiful Days and Reggae Land.
The band are currently working on their fourth album, due out in Summer 2023 which will coincide with a 20th Anniversary UK and European tour.
Meanwhile the 22nd of October sees the band celebrate its 20 years with a one-off gig in their hometown of Bristol with incredibly special guests and the premier showing of their short documentary, filmed to celebrate their two decades in existence