A UK Reggae favourite, handpicked by David Rodigan - Ben Russell And The Charmers. New single: “Ocean”. Out now…
“Some serious British Reggae…I was rather impressed…look forward to playing some more tracks off the album”. David Rodigan – BBC Radio 1Xtra.
“Ocean” is a mix of pop sensibilities with rolling dub reggae grooves.
An introduction to the band’s new direction – an original take on Reggae.
Ben Russell And The Charmers have gained the attention of Sir Bob Geldof, who’s a fan of their sound.
He said: “Great band, really enjoyed [Ben Russell and The Charmers’] sound. With amazing vocals from Ben and great blend of harmonies from Mel. Keep up the good work!”
Another admirer is Topper Headon from The Clash. “I really like the direction”.
The group will join Groundation later this year at the O2 Academy in Islington, London, and will make appearances at several events throughout the summer.
The new single is taken from their upcoming album.
After touring some of the biggest festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair ,Secret Garden Party , One Love and sharing stages with internationally acclaimed artists such as, ‘Katchafire’, ‘Black Uhuru’s Mykal Rose’, ‘The Dualers and ‘Groundation, they have established themselves as a band with huge potential on the UK alternative music scene.
”Ocean” is an ode to the natural and mystical, which comes from songwriter Ben Russell’s roots in the surf culture of his native Australia.
“The song is about enjoying the elements, colour and natural beauty in all shapes and forms, that doesn’t cost anything.
“However you must treat it with respect, as it can pull you under and send you crashing,” says Ben.
Ben Russell And The Charmers are known for their feel-good vibes and energetic shows.
Regularly touring across the UK, France and beyond, and with several live appearances on BBC Radio.
Broadcasting legend David Rodigan awarded Ben Russell And The Charmers an exclusive spot on ‘One Drop Record’, a feature where he handpicked their previous single “The Golden Sun”.
Their exposure on national Radio 1Xtra is potentially positioning Ben Russell And The Charmers as a new upcoming reggae favourite of the UK music scene.
Main photo: Meltem Kocak-Russell