When vocalist Astro rejoined forces with Ali Campbell and keyboard player Mickey Virtue, the spirit of their old band UB40 was never going to be far from the surface. All three were founding members of the iconic Birmingham reggae troupe who topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. Recorded in London’s renowned RAK Studios Silhouette plays unashamedly to the trio’s strengths. The album is an inspired mix of freshly-minted new songs and sparkling, reggaefied cover versions of classics by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Chi-Lites and others. Ali’s voice remains as strong as ever – rich, melodic and instantly recognisable. With the redoubtable Astro lending strong vocal support and Mickey’s keyboards to the fore in a new band that includes a three-piece horn section, their lithe but potent sound should delight fans old and new. The brand new album ‘Silhouette’ is out now on Cooking Vinyl.