Award-winning Bristol lyricist, MC and label owner Gardna is about to embark on the biggest project of his career so far. His debut album ‘Good Time Not A Long Time’ is set to land on the 18th October and features 12 original tracks and a who’s who of featured artists and reggae and dub royalty. The first single and title track ‘Good Time Not A Long Time’  was released on Friday 11th October.
Produced by the mighty Brad Baloo of The Nextmen (and producer credits to Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Kreed, Coki, and Gold Dubs), ‘Good Time Not A Long Time Time  destroys genre boundaries from the get-go. Delving into the world of reggae, dub, grime, hip-hop and everything in between, it’s a culmination of Gardna’s already extensive career, and demonstrates incredible abilities as a songwriter, lyricist, host and MC. With a little help from the likes of Hollie Cook, Kiko Bun, Eva Lazarus, Omar, Fox, Dread MC, Charli Brix, Rider Shafique and Taiwan MC, it showcases talent on both a fresh and legendary scale and provides an inimitable sound from start to finish.

 

On creating the record Gardna added:

“Good Time Not A Long Time’ is a summary of my personal experiences within music. Be that good times, long times or anything in between I wanted to create an album that gives the listener both lyrically and musically an insight as to what it's like to be a young man growing up in Bristol and travelling the world in front and behind a sound system. ‘Good Time Not A Long Time’ is also an expression made amongst people when they are somewhere for a short amount of time and they want to make the most out of their time being there. Most of these songs were written on the road, during busy show periods, in between the late nights, early mornings and all the rest. I'm always up and on to the next place, so I figured that it sums up the album pretty well. I've had the privilege to work with some of my musical heroes, as well as some of my favourite new artists on this. It's been an honour to have their support on my first long player.”
Often championed by some of the biggest names in the business; David Rodigan, MistaJam, Steve Lamacq, Don Letts, Toddla T and Huw Stephens to name a few, Gardna’s impact on the Bristol music scene has expanded to just about every corner of the country and it’s easy to hear why. Over the last few years alone he joined forces with Gentleman’s Dub Club and The Nextmen to perform on four of the tracks on their ‘Pound For Pound’ record, in fact the lead single ‘Rudeboy’ racked up plays across BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and made it’s way into Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.
As well as flexing his studio muscle lately, Gardna’s reputation on the live circuit has resulted in hosting and performing across the UK and beyond for close to 10 years now. His incredible energy and downright likeability hasn’t gone unnoticed, and to celebrate the new album release he’ll be touring globally over the next few months.


27th September – Bristol, UK – Thekla
10th October – Glasgow, UK – The Berkely Suite
26th October – Stradbroke Island, Australia – Stradbroke Island
28th October – Byron Bay, Australia – Beach Hotel
1st November – Brisbane, Australia – Rumpus Rooms
8th November – Sydney, Australia – Tokyo Sing Song
10th November – Sydney, Australia – Jamaican Food Festival
15th November – Queenstown, New Zealand – Loco Cantina
16th November – Invercargill, New Zealand – The Looney
17th November – Raglan, New Zealand – Yot Club
29th November – Bridgewater, UK – Cobblestones
30th November – Barnstaple, UK – The Factory

 



Without a doubt one of the most exciting reggae and dub artists around at the minute, Gardna is about to unleash a project that spans from a life of passion and commitment to music. He’s put his soul into this, and he wants every single one of you to join him on the most exciting part of his career to date – who’s in?

 

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Bristol MC and host extraordinaire, Gardna, has been a staple part of the UK scene for the last few years and has steadily built up a solid reputaAon for bringing the good vibes, among both his fans and his musical peers. He also commands a strong stage presence at his incendiary live shows, inviAng the audience into his world of late nights and big bad sounds. Gardna’s passion for sound system culture is undeniable and his skills as a wordsmith have allowed him to approach the music game from a fresh perspecAve and truly make an impact on the worldwide underground bass circuit. The Boom Sound Recordings boss man slaps his inimitable style over a heavy concocAon of Dub, Grime and Dancehall. Plus his unique take on the style and fashion of MCing has sparked off collaboraAons with high-end producers and vocalists, whilst his celebrated live shows have taken him across the globe with their ever growing Boom. 2018 saw the release of the collaboraAve LP, Pound For Pound by The Nextmen and Gentleman’s Dub Club, where Gardna featured on four tracks alongside a number of A-List vocalists & MCs including Joe Dukie, Hollie Cook, Kiko Bun, Chali 2na and Eva Lazarus. Rudeboy, the lead single from the album, racked up a number of plays across the major BBC Radio plaZorms, as well as being featured on the presAgious SpoAfy New Music Friday playlist.

 


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