While the gimmicky stereotype of reggae continues to be unpicked by the steadily expanding diversity on offer on the UK scene, you'd be hard pressed to find an album more suited for the summer than Mr Benn's Shake A Leg. A long time coming, many records in the same position stumble under the pressure of expectant fans, but this one manages to live up to everything Benn's early releases promised.

Soaked through with the hefty bouncing basslines of a carnival atmosphere, the debut from the Bristol-based producer, four years in the making, starts off with a lively summer party number in the form of its title track and doesn't let up. Blackout JA's gruff voice rambles across sharp brass blasts and a stuttering beat, sounding every bit the introduction to more developed things to come, but at the same time holding its own as an infectiously spirited tune in it's own right.

From the first to the last, Ben Menter's production finds that ideal balance between the origins and traditions of UK reggae and dancehall and new techniques, blends and sounds. This a record moving forward as much as it's looking admiringly back.

Vocalists like the Ragga Twins hark back to the 90s ragga jungle scene that's clearly a strong influence on Mr Benn, but the music is still fresh and innovative. This isn't a producer trying to recreate music that he loved when he was younger, it's a producer crafting music so compelling that those that he once idolised now want to be considered his colleagues.

The elongated words of Tenor Fly's chorus on 'No More Guns' makes for a gentle rock to the tune behind his JA chanting, but as 'Stand Up' follows Nanci Correia completely switches the tone of the vocals. Beautiful rises and falls in her voice give the track a touch summer melancholy with hefty horn sounds beefing up the track, providing a back bone for the pacey shuffle of the music.

The mix of differing reggae elements makes Shake A Leg an album that doesn't get boring. The sweetness of Correia's voice compared to the boisterousness of Eva Lazarus' 'Pull Up' - the quick fire delivery of the Ragga Twins, who run vocal riot across the whole track, compared to the simpler lyrical efforts of MC Zulu's 'Work That' that, which allows the buzzes and whirs of the music the push to the front a little more.

If you have a serious aversion to anything dancehall, which is included throughout the record in healthy doses, then this is perhaps not an album for you. But that said there are also strong flavours of roots reggae involved, and plenty of snappy, hip-hop influenced beats to diversify the album's overall sound.

The closing three tracks - Mad Dog's 'Wine Down Low', Top Cat's 'Do The Move' and 'Shame', featuring Emskee, DJ Cheeba and Souls Liberation - sum up what this record is about nicely: simple, good time music executed with deft technique and born of an obsession with vibrant music. To hear these tracks and not enjoy them would be something of a challenge, and as we languish in the middle of a British summer it couldn't have arrived at a better time.