Luton, Britain (UK)
Formed in October 2009, the Shabby Tinkers emerged from a Luton music scene steeped in UK hip hop, garage, grime, and dubstep with a burning desire to do something a step aside from the norm. Their experiments - fueled by memories of the Exodus parties in Luton and the toasters and deejays of Luton's underground scene - led them to journey through ragga, dub, jungle, blues, soul, contemporary R&B, and classical and Latin influences to arrive at the distinctive sound that has seen them establish themselves as the #1 live act in the area.
The collective's sound, drawn from a line-up that augments that typical guitar-bass-drums line-up with piano, saxophone, clarinet, and both male and female vocals, draws upon a dizzying array of genres, from the indie-pop intro and samba-reggae verses of "Step Into the Dance", to the jazzy atmospherics of "Summer Sikky", to the classicist roots of "2010 Draw", to the post-Romantic piano playing that eases the organic hip hop of "If I Die Tomorrow" and the early '90s house tribute of "Don't Want Your Love" into life, all driven along by a contrast between modern soul vocals and earthy MCing. Their debut EP on Hat Factory Records, 2010 Draw, was released in October 2010 and earned both rave reviews and BBC airplay, beginning the start of their journey to national attention. With collaborations with Clint Eastwood & General Saint for Love Music Hate Racism and BBC Introducing sessions under their belts, as well as gigs at high-profile London venues including Chinawhite, Nambucca, Brixton Mass, and The Barfly supporting acts including The Levellers, Sonic Boom Six, and Dreadzone, both their profile and the anticipation for new material has only grown and grown.
Lock-up your daughters, drink cabinets and hide your stash....The Shabby Tinkerz are coming!
"Takes influences from classical to dubstep, jazz to electro..."
- BBC Introducing
"The Shabby Tinkerz....whose unique fusion sound is gathering serious momentum on the local scene"
- The Luton Scene
"...astonishingly accomplished, diverse.... sonically and culturally, comes entirely from leftfield..."