The Fontanelles are the newest signings to First Word Records. Originally formed to be the onstage band for the London run of Fela! The Musical, the band's natural chemistry was such that they instinctively continued performing together when the show ended. They took the energy of the stage show and started working on original material, adding reggae, ethio-jazz and ska influences to the afrobeat source. The Fontanelles sound is truly their own, with their incandescent live shows a focal point for their unique energy as a band.
For their first release we've picked two live favourites that showcase just a fraction of the band's deep sound. 'Criminality' is a straight-ahead afro-stomper, bringing the band's virtuoso skills as musicians to the fore, whilst still funky enough to move any dancefloor. 'Pinprick' takes in the slightly dubbier influences of the band, with an elastic bass-line underpinning a seriously catchy horn-led hook.