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. Add additional 7″ singles by The Toasters at the same time for only $5 each! We have th last remaining stock on “House of Soul” and a handful of their late 80s “Recriminations” EP too!
Dance-crashing British 8-piece, The Indecision, were raised on the soulful ska of Studio One. Authenticity coupled with deft songwriting skill, and forward thinking respect for the sounds of 1960s Jamaica, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan recently placed the band in his illustrious BBC list of the ‘Best of British Reggae’. Brixton Records proudly present the release of the first studio album of Leeds’ own The Indecision, ‘Give It Up!’ shows the maturity of a young band who assume the British ska and rocksteady tradition effortlessly, providing irresistible spontaneity to energetic and contagious tracks. Great three part harmonies and catchy songs that get stuck in your head for days! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, EASTERN STANDARD TIME and GREEN ROOM ROCKERS.
Two classic New York Ska Jazz Ensemble LPs from the early 2000’s are now in print n vinyl! “MINOR MOODS”arrived in 2002, “STEP FORWARD” released in 2008. Both are stunning examples of jazz ska & reggae bliss, a mostly instrumental delight that rivals The Skatalites in the modern era! Be it influenced by swing, boogie woogie, ragtime, big band….Rock Steady Freddie’s troop are still killing it year after year!
Do you like loungey jazz ska? Breezy Caribbean vibes, sunny warm sounds? Guitarist / band leader ALBERTO TARIN has your number! ALBERO TARIN has been releasing the finest ska / reggae / calypso sounds since 1997, he was a member of Seguridad Social from 1990 to 1996 and has played with Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Jeff Beck and John Williams. We’ve got two amazing BRIXTON RECORDS imports in stock now, both released in 2018. “EL CAMINO DE RITMO” is an instrumental delight, while “A MOMENT IN TIME” features the soulful vocals / deejay style of Jamaican legend DAVE BARKER! Stock is very limited don’t delay – summertime is here! Both these records are a MUST for fans of NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, BRIXTON SOUNDS, and MONTY ALEXANDER’S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS.
The latest import from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain has arrived, the brand new album from UK ska legends MAROON TOWN, who were formed in the mid 80’s and created a fantastic sonic cocktail of Jamaican ska, Latin/World rhythms, hip hop vocals and modern acid jazz funky/soul styles. Maroon Town’s classic early material was featured on over 45 compilations, including releases on top European revival imprints Staccato, Unicorn, and Skank. One of our all all time favorite albums from that time was “HIGH AND DRY”, songs like “NOSTALGIA” and “POUND TO THE DOLLAR” are stone cold hip hop ska classics! That energy and feel is back in full force on this brand new album “FREEDOM CALL” – a must have for old and new fans alike! We’ve also restocked Spanish traditional ska / reggae stars SOWETO earlier two albums “SOUTH WEST TOWN” and “YOU GIVE ME FEVER”. Very limited restocks act quick!
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!
After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by fans worldwide. Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER imports: THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!
It’s finally here….the debut vinyl album from top Russian traditional ska band LOLLIPOP LORRY on Magnetic Loft Records! 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. Continue reading LOLLYPOP LORRY “Ural Station LP – debut album from Russian traditional ska/reggae band on Magnetic Loft!
Two great bundle deals! Not only do you have a 7 inch vinyl single to DJ with but you also get a full length CD to enjoy! STAYA STAYA is an incredible ska band from Argentina that reminds us of early LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – shades of 2-TONE mixed with Latin rhythms. STAYA STAYA can play fantastic traditional ska too as witnessed on their debut full length “SOUL GEDDES”. For the 7 inch we teamed up with CHEMA SKANDAL for the deluxe edition – he designed and hand screened the sleeve art – he even put an inset! Red colored vinyl limited to 50 copies. For our second bundle we have Boston’s FLYING VIPERS, they are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. 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. The first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) have been collected here on their debut full length CD. We are now bundling that with their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! Limited to 50 copies on green vinyl
One silver lining of the vinyl reissue world is that overlooked albums get a second chance, we are experiencing this euphoria with POLISH SKA and JIMMY JAZZ RECORDS! VESPA is a traditional female fronted ska/reggae band that has been around since 1995, their debut album “BRUJAJ SIE” is finally on vinyl! ALIANS 2000 release “Rowne Prawa” got the double vinyl gatefold sleeve treatment – after listening to the record we keep asking ourselves “How did we miss this the first time around?”. What a fantastic record – at times it channels the late 80’s European revival sounds of THE BUSTERS, MR REVIEW, and NO SPORTS. Our fave tunes are the very 2-TONE ones with tight horns – and that minor key gives it the slight flavor of a former Soviet block nation. Mixed in are slower dubby punky reggae tunes, an homage to PETER TOSH on “Equal Rights” and two fantastic covers of THE CLASH. A manic accordion permeates the band’s sound throught, giving the record a bit of a Spaghetti Western feel – and when they abandon the ska altogether it’s fast manic punk with shades of Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly or THE POGUES ala Straight To Hell soundtrack. Yes, we think that this record is THAT good. Gatefold sleeve double vinyl import, sung in both English and Polish. Continue reading Polish SKA Power! VESPA “Brujaj Sie” LP + ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue