Akasha is the premiere reggae band on the Chicago musical landscape, sounding like they stepped out of a 1972 session at Studio One, but also embroidering on the Jamaican canon with diverse modern influences. Powerfully authentic but also accessible to the contemporary ear, Akasha’s approach to reggae is both a refreshing and earnest tribute. Akasha’s new LP, Mother Of Exiles, is a concept album dealing with issues such as immigration, discrimination, and oppression. This recording is as on point a statement on our current tumultuous times as one can imagine, and is certain to resonate with any listener. Given Mother of Exile’s thematic material and Akasha’s continued musical evolution, this new album is certain to set a new standard for the reggae genre. Cosmos Ray’s lead vocals, Doug Bistrow’s bass, Scott Moss’ guitar, Shane Jonas’ horns and keys, and John Barbush’s drums along with their hallmark four-part harmony come together to forge Akasha’s signature sound, which has backed Jamaican legends including Dennis Alcapone, Charlie Organaire, Johnny Osbourne, Keith and Tex, Ranking Joe, Carlton Livingston, Ky-Mani Marley and most recently Niney The Observer. Akasha also hosts what has become Chicago’s best-loved monthly reggae night, Simmer Down Sound, which features both live performance and DJ sets from established and emerging national and international talent. Heavyweight vinyl with bonus DJ 7″ vinyl single is limited to 100 copies. Ships for December 7th street date! Special Deal – add the Specialized Marley Tribute 7″ EP (features “One Cup of Coffee” with Charley Organaire) or the brand new BOSS Tribute 7″ EP (features”Stop That Train” with Keith & Tex) for only $5 each. What a bargain!
We couldn’t forget about our growing cassette tape obsession! CULTURE SHOCK is an English ska punk band formed in 1986 by Dick Lucas, previously of THE SUBHUMANS. Over their initial history the band played hundreds of gigs, including frequent appearances at free festivals, and released three studio albums on the Bluurg record label. Lucas’ lyrics were mostly concerned with social and political issues, from cruelty to animals, Northern Ireland, war, and social alienation, but were far from angry rants, often finding a positive and empowering perspective. Culture Shock split at the end of 1989 – Dick went on to form Citizen Fish with Jasper, the bassist on Culture Shock’s final album, and two other former members of the Subhumans. Interest in the band was revived by the release of the Everything CD retrospective in 2012; CULTURE SHOCK reformed as a gigging band and have been playing since 2013. “The Humanity Show” is their brand new 6 song mini-album – now available on cassette tape limited to 100 copies. In the holiday spirit we took all of the Christmas LPs and 7″ singles (and more!) we released and made a “mixtape” for the holiday season. Limited to 50 copies! Check out this FUN tracklisting: Continue reading CASSETTES! Christmas Compilation Mixtape + CULTURE SHOCK “The Humanity Show” Mini-Album TAPE
THE CROMBIES are an American 2-TONE band! They’ve now been around long enough to have rarities in the vaults, this collection delivers some of those rarities to you! Back in the late 80’s many bands issued singles with cool b-sides on 3″ mini-CD format – we return to that tradition today! This mini-CD is 24 minutes long and features 7 tracks – plus it comes with a limited edition patch! We’re only making 200 of these and they are sure to go FAST! Shipped ANYWHERE in the world for only $10 postage paid!
Tracklisting: 1) Blood and Fire (Original Recipe 7″ version) 2) Gangsters (Live at Reggie’s Music Joint) 3) Hooligans (Studio Version) 4) English Civil War (Original Recipe 7″ version)
5) Hey Little Rich Girl (Live at Reggie’s Music Joint) 6) Blood and Fire (Original Rehearsal Version) 7) The Prince (Live from Cobra Lounge)
JUMP UP is so proud to be working with one of our favorite bands of all time, an act that was a missing link connecting 2-TONE with the first European ska explosion at the end of the 80’s – Denmark’s smart-dressed Nutty Boys NAPOLEON SOLO! Their first new studio album since 1989 – “OPEN CHANNEL D” – has arrived! NAPOLEON SOLO’s unique blend of British 2 Tone, Jamaican ska, and rhythm & blues mixed with sixites-style soul has attracted legions of fans worldwide since their formation in 1984. In fact, as early as 1988 BUSTER BLOODVESSEL of BAD MANNERS championed the band and produced their first mini-album “How To Steal The World” for Unicorn Records. He also presented them to UK fans on the legendary Blue Beat Explosion Tour, which featured BAD MANNERS (UK), BIM SKALA BIM (USA), and future PORK PIE acts SKAOS and THE BRACES. After that tour New Music Express proclaimed NAPOLEON SOLO as one of the top 10 ska bands in the entire world! Continue reading Danish 80’s SKA/SOUL legends! NAPOLEON SOLO “Open Channel D” LP vinyl / Import CD
Of course we have been fans of Argentinian (via Puerto Rico) reggae/ska chanteuse MIMI MAURA for ages, in fact we have spent countless dollars buying albums on her Canary imprint off of Amazon! When we heard she had teamed up with Argentinian early reggae masters LOS AGGROTONES to do a reggae version of TIMI YURO’s “northern” nugget “It’ll Never Be Over For Me” – we were really excited. Then we found out the song was being released as a limited edition 7″ single on legendary UK imprint ACID JAZZ?!?! WOW! This is a must have single for the DJ crate, and we are proud to now bring this in direct exclusively for the USA. The flip is an original early reggae instrumental tune called “You Don’t Mean Me No Good”. Quantities are limited. Check out the VIDEO.
Napoleon Solo formed in the summer of 1984 by eight youngsters living in Copenhagen, their unique blend of sixties-influenced soul, R&B, Jamaican ska and British Two-Tone proved to be a massive success from the get-go. The band’s first big break came when they visited Hamburg in 1985 supporting Stiff Records’ mod-pop band Making Time – this concert was to be the first of many performances in Germany. In 1988 Napoleon Solo went to England to record the first mini-LP ”How To Steal The World”, it was produced by Buster Bloodwessel of Bad Manners and released on Unicorn Records. In support of the album, the band joined the Blue Beat Explosion Tour with Bad Manners, plaing concerts all across the UK. Continue reading NAPOLEON SOLO “Early Recordings 1984/1985” LP vinyl – last copies!
Last year’s Christmas 7″ single is back in stock! We are SO PROUD of this record!! In the late 80’s there were a handful of bands across the world that kept the ska flame alive, one of our favorites was NAPOLEON SOLO from Denmark. An amazing soul/ska band, keeping the 2-TONE flame with modernist vibe, their first mini-LP “HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD” on UNICORN is still a stone cold classic to this day! They’ve been at it for over 30 years, but haven’t released a new record since the early 90’s. LEO & THE LINE UP are also from Denmark – they’ve become one of the hottest ska bands in Europe with releases on PORK PIE, GROVER, and of course JUMP UP. An amazing soul ska band with three amazing female back up singers – it just made sense to unite the two on this Christmas vinyl single! DANISH DYNAMITE BABY! LEO & THE LINEUP penned a new holiday classic “CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU” while NAPOLEON SOLO covers the classic “MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY”. Limited edition of 500, available on RED and GREEN vinyl.
Our yearly tradition of releasing Christmas ska/reggae wax continues into it’s 6th straight year! BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS have returned with two killer jazz-reggae nuggets for your holiday pleasure: “Ras Nick” and “Upon The Housetop”. This all star band features Eddie Ocampo-drums / Bid Dan Jeselsohn-bass / Andy Bassford-lead guitar / Matt Kursmark-rhythm guitar / Mike Sarason-piano and Rhodes / Larry McDonald-percussion / Anant Pradhan-alto/tenor saxophones and Bansuri flute / Luke Penella-flute and tenor saxophone / Philip Cooper-trombone / Rich Graiko-trumpet. This year’s new 7″ single has an added special treat – cover artwork painted by Danny Rebel. Limited to 200 copies, 100 on green and 100 on red.
PAMA INTERNATONAL “Love & Austerity” CD now in stock! On their latest album two new female lead vocalists compliment the returning all star veterans – kicking things off is an upbeat reggae cover of the classic Martha Reeves soul number “Heatwave”. Songs like “Austerity Skank”, “Man Next Door” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” show off the bands strong reggae roots while tracks like “I Cried Till I Stopped” and “Skies Are Blue” showcases the new vocalists’ soul and blues influences. Hand assembled “LP style” eco wallet with mini poster. PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS are an all-star UK group that release fantastic tribute albums, we’ve restocked the band’s excellent ROLLING STONES cover album “SKATISFACTION”. Not to be outdone, PAMA INTERNATIONAL’s “Trojan Sessions” has finally been reissued! Originally released in 2006, this classic features DERRICK MORGAN, DENNIS ALCAPONE, DAWN PENN, RICO RODRIGUEZ, DAVE & ANSIL COLLINS, and WINSTON FRANCIS.
It’s that time of year again – when we help fire up tape decks and boomboxes worldwide! Once again this year we lead the charge in the ska reggae world releasing a grip of new tapes – many classic 90’s gems on cassette for the first time ever! Peek at our boombox and see this years tapes!
CSD 2018 releases each limited to 100 copies:
THE SLACKERS “Better Late Than Never” Tape (Debut alum – Moon Ska Classic!)
DAVE HILLYARD & THE ROCKSTEADY 7 “Playtime” Tape (Debut album – Hellcat classic!)
THE PIETASTERS “OohLooLoo” Tape (Moon Ska classic)
THE PIETASTERS “S/T” Tape (Debut album from the early 90’s!)
MEPHISKAPHELES “Maximum Peversion” Tape (Second album – Moon Ska Classic!)
Various “DRINK THE SKA” Tape (Our RSD collaboration with Ska Brewing)
KINGSTON ALL STARS “Rise Up” Tape (Brand new album from Jamaican reggae legends)
THE FUSS “Ourselves” Tape (Wash DC female fronted soulful ska/reggae)
RUDE BOY GEORGE “Play Anything” Tape (NYC band who do ska versions of new wave classic)
You can now order these limited items here and NOW. After placing your order send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know which tapes you want! Continue reading CASSETTE STORE DAY 2018 exclusive releases from THE SLACKERS / THE PIETASTERS / MEPHISKAPHELES and more!