RED SOUL COMMUNITY 7 inch singles from Casual Records! New LP out in September on Jump Up!

We are SO excited to be working with RED SOUL COMMUNITY !! Spain’s top act returns with a new punky 3rd wave meets 2-Tone ska sound for fans of The Interrupters and Tim Timebomb. Formed in 2005 by Carlos Dingo, the band soon became one of the world’s top rocksteady, early reggae, and ska acts led by the captivating lead vocals of Isa Garcia. Full length albums on Spain’s Liquidator Records (2010) and Germany’s Grover Records (2013) received critical acclaim worldwide, now the band have returned from a short hiatus with an uptempo and energetic 90s American ska sound, and what better label to unleash this new direction then on Jump Up Records, right? Lookut for the brilliant new “Holidays In The City” album released in September.  As a teaser we have imported once again their latest singles from Casual Records in France showing the band’s unique mix. “Radio Shots” is described as “when a reggae/ska band decides to make an old skool punk record”, showing shades of The Clash, X-Ray Spex, Stiff Little Fingers into the mix. “Granada Jamboree” is two wonderful slices of uptempo skinhead reggae with Dave Barker style chatting and 2-Tone ska – delivered on yellow vinyl too! In our humble opinion when you mash the sounds of these two singles together you create the vibe on the forthcoming album! Continue reading RED SOUL COMMUNITY 7 inch singles from Casual Records! New LP out in September on Jump Up!

THE TOASTERS “Frankenska” LP vinyl back in print – one time press of 500 + “PIRATE RADIO” LP now in stock!

The first ever LIVE album from NYC SKA legends THE TOASTERS is back on vinyl for the first time! Recorded in 1989 in London, features the first every appearance of COOLIE RANX on vocals, who was a temporary fill in due to the sudden departure of THRILL ME UP era singer CAVO and NENE (aka UNITY 2). Little did we know COOLIE would come back a few years later permanently. Originally issued on UNICORN records thanks to MAD BUTCHER Germany a whole new generation of ska fans gets to hear this classic on vinyl…..gulp….30 years later. Limited to 500 copies. Read all about this great release at the DUFF GUIDE TO SKA.  Tracklisting:  A1 Matt Davis  A2 Weekend In L.A.  A3 Go Girl  A4 Run Rudy Run  A5 Thrill Me Up  B1 Don’t Blame Me  B2 One-Track Mind  B3 Ska Killers  B4 East Side Beat  B5 Pool Shark

In 2002 we released “Enemy of The State” – the “new” album by The Toasters on picture disc vinyl – which went out a print a short time after. Now it’s back on black vinyl under a different name – “PIRATE RADIO”. Fourteen great songs still being performed today!! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “Frankenska” LP vinyl back in print – one time press of 500 + “PIRATE RADIO” LP now in stock!

HAPPY PEOPLE UK: V/A Rudies All Around Vol 1 LP + Phoenix City All Stars “Clash Version Rockers” LP + King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP

Three killer vinyl releases from HAPPY PEOPLE UK – the label run by the London International Ska Festival. The PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS is a British super group that has covered the Rolling Stones, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, 2-Tone done 60s style – and now they have taken on The Clash with an all version / dub excursion! Hand numbered and stamped, very limited !

A1 Tommy Gun Dub  A2 London Calling Dub  A3 Bankrobber Dub A4 Career Opportunities Dub A5 White Riot Dub
B1 This Is Radio Clash B2 Guns Of Brixton B3 Clash City Rockers Dub B4 White Man In Hammersmith Palais Dub

The world have been raving about KING ZEPHA – the alter-ego of one Sam Thornton, musician, singer, songwriter and producer supreme. From his family home in Yorkshire, and in true DIY spirit, Mr. Thornton has written a superbly uplifting and infectious album with a set of the finest musicians. Recorded in his attic on his 8 track tape machine, the album blends rhythm & blues, rocksteady, dub & jazz to great effect. Four part vocal harmonies, honking sax and thumping bass litter the tracks that tackle politics, drinking and observations of Brits abroad, captured on the bands many excursions touring the continent. In addition to 10 fine original tracks there’s the sublime cover of Doris Troy’s Just One Look. 180g vinyl limited to 300 copies!

We’ve also got the amazing international ska collection RUDIES ALL AROUND on wax! Holy cow there’s some amazing bands on here – South Korea, Italy, USA, Canada, Mexico and more! Check out this incredible tracklisting: Continue reading HAPPY PEOPLE UK: V/A Rudies All Around Vol 1 LP + Phoenix City All Stars “Clash Version Rockers” LP + King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP

HAPPY PEOPLE UK: PAMA INTERNATIONAL “Trojan Sessions” LP / “Dub Sessions” LP / “Altruistic Sounds of…..” LP

We’ve got more great UK imports landing this summer! One of our fave releases from the beginning of the millennium is on vinyl for the first time! British roots champions PAMA INTERNATIONAL were the first new band signed to legendary label TROJAN back in 2006 – and “Trojan Sessions” did not disappoint. Guests included Dawn Penn, Rico Rodriguez, Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker, Ansel Collins, Derrick Morgan and Winston Francis! Not to be outdone Nick from Manasseh dubbed up 8 of the tracks in fine King Tubby style and we have the limited vinyl edition to shake those sound system speakers! To top it off we have a very small amount of the band’s 2019 soul / funk album which is limited to 250 copies!

Tracklisting:

Trojan Sessions Vocal:

A1 Disobedient Children Featuring – Rico Rodriguez
A2 Neither High Nor Dry Featuring – Dennis Alcapone
A3 Betterment Blues Featuring – Dawn Penn
A4 It’s All About The Money
A5 I Know It’s Not Your Way
B1 Life Is What Happens
B2 It Ain’t Funny Featuring – Dave & Ansel Collins
B3 I Got So Much To Shout About
B4 One Step
B5 Pennywise Pound Fool Featuring – Derrick Morgan
B6 Fisherman Featuring – AJ Franklin*, Winston Francis

Trojan Dubs:

A1. “Disobedient Dub” (feat Rico Rodriguez) (3:15)
2. “It’s All About The Dub” (3:35)
3. “Betterment Dub” (4:06)
4. “One Step Dub” (5:28)
B1. “Neither High Nor Dub” (3:52)
2. “Fisherman Dub” (3:28)
3. “It Ain’t Funny” (feat Dave & Ansel Collins – instrumental) (3:18)
4. “I Know It’s Not Your Dub” (3:44)

KEITH & TEX limited edition 7 inch singles!

We’ve only got a handful of these  act fast!  The latest from 2019 sees the rock steady legends backed by Germany’s STEADYTONES for two killer tunes! And we were also lucky enough to score some of their 2014 single hat featured a TICKLA dub on the flip!

Magnetic Loft Imports: ST PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “S/T” LP + LOLLYPOP LORRY “Ural Station LP

Magnetic Loft Records n Russia have reissued the incredible 2001 debut album from Moscow ska-jazz  pioneers! Thirteen modern classics for fans of New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Eastern Standard Time, and Western Standard Time! Swingy jazz jams, mostly instrumental, includes fun versions of “John Jones”, “Anarchy In The UK”, “Dr Ring Ding” and many more! This album was one of our best CD sellers nearly 2 decades ago – so glad it’s now back…and now on vinyl! Not to be outdone is the debut vinyl album from top Russian traditional ska band LOLLIPOP LORRY! From their earliest shows, Lollypop Lorry have gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last ten years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, visited many Russian cities, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and many others. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites,  the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions. This debut vinyl album is a MUST HAVE for every TRUE Jamaican music fan! Period. Limited edition Russian imports.

 

LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!

First time on vinyl for this classic Moon Ska NYC title released in 1999 – “Ska Titans” is a wonderful collaboration between the “Godfather of Ska” Laurel Aitken and the legendary Skatalites recorded in the studio during 1996’s European Ska Splash tour – it was the first time the titans met up on record since 1964!  The album features original Skatalites Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, and Lloyd Knibb alongside longtime members Devon James, Will Clark, and Nathan Breedlove backing Aitken’s amazing vocals on a set of classics, including several Aitken originals. As an added bonus three live tracks are included, taken from the Ska Splash’s stop in Amsterdam. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!

LAUREL AITKEN LP reissues on Black Butcher Classics! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD albums from the 60’s!

We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK.  Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN LP reissues on Black Butcher Classics! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD albums from the 60’s!

NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Break Thru” LP vinyl / CD – pioneering jazz ska band releases their fourteenth album!

It’s hard to believe that we now have fourteen NYSJE albums to enjoy! Quite an accomplishment in today’s music world, and maybe even more impressive for a “modern” traditional ska band. Think back to the humble beginnings of Rocksteady Freddie when he left The Toasters to start this wonderful project in the 90s – for us it’s crazy to think that the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble was the first ska concert at the Chicago House of Blues! As always you can expect top notch jazzy arrangements of foundation Jamaican sounds, over the years the players have changed but the vibe and energy remain the same. Freddie Reiter will never steer you wrong on these ten glorious tracks! Includes a fun version of “Love & Affection” and a tribute to the late great Tom Petty with “Learning To Fly”. “Break Thru” is a great mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that covers many Caribbean styles, of course all channeled through American jazz / blues arrangements that’s unique to this long-standing ensemble. Get This!

Italy’s NORTH EAST SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA self titles LP vinyl and 7″ single have arrived! BIG BAND SKA!

Two HOT SHOTS from BRIXTON RECORDS Spain! Following critical acclaim for their 2015 debut album “Stompin´& Rollin” and a string of explosive performances on the international stage, this whopping 18-piece Italian orchestra unleashes their self titled second album!  Nine new original tracks that explore Jamaican sounds from the perspective of a contemporary big band. The three singers deserve a special mention: Freddy Frenzy and his unmistakable style always faithful to the tradition of original ska, Rosa Mussin showing her powerful and soulful range in tracks like the  scorching ska tune “Share With You All” and Michela Gena who steps forward without fear in “oldies” land. Highly recommended listening!

We’ve also restocked the band’s limited edition 7″ single that features collaborations with the two sax heroes of the contemporary ska scene: David Hillyard (The Slackers) and Fred “Rocksteady” Reiter (New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble). Each of the guest stars delivers an own penned composition,  Side A – Disco’s Revenge (featuring DAVID HILLYARD) and Side B – Prime Suspect (featuring FRED REITER)