"There's a strong contingent of metalheads in the band, and no one has brought the rap and metal worlds together better than RATM."

By Laura Z

Check out the Top 5 Influences Playlist by Sheffield’s 12 piece hip-hop ensemble crew Renegade Brass Band. Their stunning new single ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ is out now.

Renegade Brass Band Top 5 Influences Playlist

Youngblood Brass Band – Elegy

Anyone who’s interested in contemporary brass bands will tell you they’re inspired by YBBB – we started off by playing through a load of their songs. Their brass arrangements, fitting around such fierce vocals, are amazing. They’re also big supporters of the New Orleans brass scene, pivotal to so many amazing artists.

Rage Against The Machine – Guerilla Radio

There’s a strong contingent of metalheads in the band, and no one has brought the rap and metal worlds together better than RATM. Groove, beats, incendiary lyrics – perfect in so many ways. A band that influences our writing and sound every time. Some of us oldies are even braving this year’s Leeds Festival to see them.

Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think

One of our absolute live highlights was opening up for the legendary Public Enemy in our hometown of Sheffield. An unbelievable live show of hit after heavy hit, Chuck D really is one of the most fantastic musicians and writers. That brass hook really is brilliant too.

Dessa – Fire Drills

Dessa’s range of output is really inspirational – albums with producers, symphony orchestras, books of poetry, podcasts on neurology, seemingly everything! Love the sample that’s the bedrock of this tune. We also discovered our producers Andy Thompson and Lazerbeak through her records, so a bit of gratitude for that too!

The Herbaliser – Nah Mean, Nah’m Sayin’

The mix of live band and samples, and live band that sounds like samples, and samples that are cut up from live band… a giant of UK hip hop, and a great live band. We used to cover this tune, it’s a banger. You’ll also notice we took our label name from it too.

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