The King & City label is the subject of three 12 reissues, starting with One Bloods classic Lovers Rock take of William DeVaughns soul anthem, Be Thankful.
Taking the influence of reggae from the Caribbean diaspora within the cultural melting pot of 70s London, the birth of Lovers Rock, often-dubbed romantic reggae, is a uniquely black British sound, developed against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems.
A style suited to the London scene, it represents an apolitical counterpoint to the then dominant conscious Rastafarian sound and continued the soulful and commonly love-themed rocksteady style.
Active during the scenes peak, King & City was launched by Neville King and Lee Laing to champion the sound and alongside other producers like Dennis Bovell, created genre-shifting hits.
Formed in 1979 One Blood was made up of the 5 Robinson brothers Errol, Jerry, Lloyd, Trevor and Paul and recording at the legendary TMC studios, went on to release two albums and countless singles.