“They're called Young Israelites and I've fallen for this song Big Time. Take a listen I hope you're gonna love it as much as I love it. It's called 'Stay by My Side'...One of the great things about music is when you hear something new and fresh and it hits you, Bang. And that definitely is my favorite record for this week. It's made by a new band to me. They call themselves Young Israelites.Lovely vocals and those rim shots, straight out of a 1966 rocksteady record. The Young Israelites with 'Stay by my Side'.”
— David Rodigan BBC 1Xtra
Young Israelites are a Rocksteady Reggae Band formed by 3 longtime friends, Tristan Braams, Tal Eshel and Nate Lev ("Likkle Nate"), that have loved and played reggae music together for years. Their music and sound is heavily influenced by 60's and 70s Reggae, and you can clearly hear this in their Debut EP "Stay by My Side".
Their single "Stay by My Side", as well as two other songs from their EP ("Not Ready to let you Go" and "Keep on Holding on"), received praise and multiple airplay from the legendary English Reggae Broadcaster, David "Ram Jam" Rodigan, from BBC Radio 1Xtra. This gave the band their first outernational recognition and opened the doors to many great things and other Reggae radio stations around the world (as well as distribution of Vinyls to Japan, Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Spain).