Two amazing 1970’s import reissues, available in limited quantities. Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo (Carl Bradshaw) a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Caribbean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry. The film was directed by Trevor D. Rhone, who also wrote the play on which it is based, and was produced by Edward Knight. The movie stars Bradshaw, Glenn Morrison, and Stanley Irons. Tunes range from smooth reggae, party calypso and deep island funk, and is must for fans of HARDER THEY COME, COUNTRYMAN, and ROCKERS. This elusive soundtrack is available now on limited edition import orange vinyl from JOV Records, out for Record Store Day. Colonell Elliott & The Lunatics “Insterstellar Reggae Drive” LP is a “Moog-Style” reggae masterpiece, classic Trojan reggae riddims with re-imagined Star Wars / Switched-On-Bach keyboards on top. It’s part space aged bachelor pad music, and part vintage skinhead reggae. Originally released in 1974, and the version of TELSTAR is bonkers! Both of these LPs are limited color editions so act now!
FLYING VIPERS are deconstructed rhythms, mutating melodies, and stark grooves. They are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. Since the advent of digital technology, however, the art of achieving these qualities through live fader pushing and knob tweaking has largely been lost to the convenience of automation and programmed perfection. Enter the Flying Vipers, armed with antiquated instruments, an archaic tape recorder, and a dangerous combination of strong coffee and stronger herb. Offering their own quirky twist on the tried and true formula for dub, their first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) simultaneously build on this foundation while traveling deep through time and space. The core trio of Marc & John Beaudette (Destroy Babylon, The Macrotones) and Zack Brines (Pressure Cooker, Kings of Nuthin’) have 15+ years in the New England scene, sharing the stage with legendary reggae acts from around the world. We are so proud to release their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! For Record Store Day 2017 we’ve got 50 copies of this single on olive green vinyl!
Mad Butcher is back with yet another fantastic 7″ vinyl reissue from the Godfather of Ska Laurel Aitken with Girlie! “Scandal In Brixton Market” b/w “Soul Jerker”, originally released on NU BEAT in 1969. A must have addition to the box for every boss DJ. We’ve also restocked the two previous Aitken reissues that also appeared on NU BEAT UK in 1969 – relive the glory of “SUFFERING STILL b/w “REGGAE 69” and “SKINHEAD TRAIN” b/w “KENT PEOPLE” on the other.
Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with JUMP UP, and pick up our limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies, comes with a DL code and a button! Not familiar with their story? During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE. [click to continue…]
We’ve restocked the fun-loving full length from Italy’s THE OROBIANS, who take 80’s covers and turn them into traditional ska gems. Just look at the tracklisting: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) / Johnny Come Home / Kiss / Smalltown Boy / Whose Side Are You On? / Who Can It Be Now? / Centro Di Gravità Permanente / Don’t Go / Thriller / Close To Me. That’s right, covers of Yaz, MJ, Men At Work, Prince, Eurythmics and more!
Japan’s SKA FLAMES are back with their brand new full-length album “TURN UP” – and we’ve got the import vinyl exclusively for the USA! That’s right – it’s their first new album in 20+ years! For those of you who had to dig deep in the late 80’s to find any new ska, Japan’s SKA FLAMES were a bit of a holy grail band – thank goodness GAZ’S ROCKIN’ RECORDS UK (curated lovingly by GAZ MAYALL of THE TROJANS) released their first album “SKA FEVER” in 1989 otherwise the world might not have been hip to Japan’s traditional ska-jazz pioneers. These cats were basically The Skatalites of Japan, it’s that simple! The limited edition 7″ sold out quick, and we’ve got a super limited amount of these Japanese pressed beauties so don’t delay ACT NOW! Songs range from scorching jazz-ska to mellow rock steady, with dashes of Latin grooves and even a couple tracks with vocals. [click to continue…]
We are so pleased to have these must have 80’s classics from THE TOASTERS back in stock! One of my faves to this day is their 1989 classic “THRILL ME UP”, originally released on Skaloid. That was the heyday of singers Sean ‘Cavo‘ Dinsmore and Lionel ‘Nene‘ Bernard, who became so popular from this album that they got signed to a major label as the UNITY 2. Tracklisitng: A1 Go Girl A2 Don’t Blame Me A3 Haitian Frustration A4 Decision At Midnight A5 Frankenska B1 Thrill Me Up B2 Ska Killers B3 Johnny Go Ska B4 Keep On Going B5 Rhapsody In Bluebeat
Not to be outdone two of their classic 12″ EPs are now reissued as 7″ singles! “Recriminations” (1985) with the songs Recriminations, Razor Cut, Run Rudy Run, Radiation Skank and “East Side Beat” (1987) with the songs East Side Beat, Mr. Trouble , Manipulator, ABC’s
We are so proud to have another shipment from MAGNETIC LOFT Records who release the finest ska & reggae bands in Russia! The debut vinyl 7″ single from the REGGAENAUTS is here, two tracks of boss skinhead reggae sounds! “RIVER ROCK” is a slow tempo scratchy reggae number, the flip “THURSDAY KICK OFF” has a little bit more of a rootsy dub appeal for fans of LEE PERRY, OBSERVERS, etc. Restocks on last year’s LPs are here too! Back in the CD heyday we traded with several labels to get the finest ska sounds from Russia, and we distributed many by ST PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ REVIEW. In the early 2000’s Megalith Records released a CD too! A female fronted new-traditional band that truly rocks, fast tempos and summery ska jazz is the order of the day – and their latest “ELEPHANT RIDDIM” is now out on VINYL! Guess what? The MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB has a very similar sound, they remind me of EASTERN STANDARD TIME in the sense that spy-themes and cocktail jazz is a heavy part of their sound. Their debut “GIVE ME THE WAY” LP is a MUST HAVE too!! Check out the tunes at the label’s Bandcamp! Keep a look out for the WHEELER DEALERS as they are the next big act from the Russian Federation!
It’s import single time again and we have a nice and diverse collection today! First of is the debut 4 song 7″ EP from Germany’s T-KILLAS, co released by CASUAL (France) and GROVER (Germany). These guys play fantastic 2-TONE influenced ska in the vein of modern acts like PIETASTERS, INTERRUPTERS, LIPTONES, CROMBIES. It’s fast and furious and guaranteed to get your feet moving, a truly top notch debut. ROCKSTEADY SPORTING CLUB are back, our favorite darlings from the former French holding of Reunion Island (off of Africa) bring us another two tracks of uplifting traditional ska with sultry female lead vocals. “ISLAND IN THE SUN” and “SHEEPISH SHEEP” are both more uptempo than previous singles, the 2-TONE vive does remind of a bit of THE SELECTER. Nice! THE UPSESSIONS celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special 7″ EP + CD release on Grover – the vinyl features some hard to find cuts back on wax again: “I Can’t Believe You’re Gone”, “The Woman Is A Shark”, “Forget What Your Mother Said”, and “Lincoln County War” plus you get these and an additional 5 bonus tunes on the CD. Very limited!
It’s always a pleasure for us to introduce fans to new foreign bands, both on our weekly radio show and in our mailorder. This time we are featuring two bands playing top-shelf early reggae sounds from Poland and Indonesia! xROB BLACK released a 7″ single a few years ago that we carried in our mail order – and it simply blew us away! Wicked instrumental organ heavy early reggae sounds. These ten tracks sound like vintage UPSETTERS material, with a total Spaghetti Western vibe to it. THE UPSESSIONS are another good reference point, both those bands are on the same vive. This limited edition vinyl LP was extremely hard for us to get, one shot deal don’t delay! (we do have these set aside for our club members!). D’JENKS self titled CD is more of the punk variety of skinhead reggae, most definitely influenced by THE AGGROLITES. Powerful lyrics and a manic reggae pace, these guys are really a sight to see – also pick up the SOUNDCLASH INDONESIA cassette tape if you want more of D’JENKS!