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 eight-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.
Get into your Stride this Sunday September 1 at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay from 4.30pm
and next Tuesday September 3 at The Platinum Lounge, Lismore Workers Club.