London-based 7-piece, Cable Street Collective return with their brand new single, ‘Speaking in Tongues’, featuring Gregg Kofi Brown, from the legendary Afro-rock band Osibisa.
The track, which features their signature combination of thumping dance rhythms, African-influenced guitars and an addictive chorus, was co-written with the Osibisa singer and guitarist, who also contributes backing vocals. “Lyrically, it’s about what happens when relationships and trust – both personal and political – break down,” says the band. “Gregg suggested the chorus line, using speaking in tongues as a metaphor for talking at cross purposes. It conjured up images of individuals with entrenched, religiously-held views shouting at each other. That felt like a pretty good way to describe not just a break-up, but also the way the UK’s been led in recent years.”
Their sound mixes African-influenced guitars and beats with soulful female vocals and western melodies, creating an idiosyncratic alt-pop sound that’s all their own. Their rousing live sets, often featuring extended jams, are guaranteed to get everyone to their feet.
Cable Street Collective have been a fixture on the festival circuit since the release of their first EP in 2014, and have since built up a stellar reputation as a live band. Their second EP, Where Now From Here? (2018) earned them critical plaudits and radio play on BBC Radio 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, among others. Last summer they added Glastonbury and Shambala to the long list of festivals they’ve played, which include Boomtown, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Isle of Wight Festival, and the Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi)Y