WAREHOUSE FIND – THE SKOIDATS “A Cure For What Ales You” LP vinyl

Grover Records’ recent warehouse cleaning has unearthed another vinyl nugget from the good ol’ Moon Ska days! THE SKOIDATS “A Cure For What Ales You” was their second and final album released at the beginning of the millennium – another killer dose of streetpunk / Oi fused ska including covers of original skinhead reggae legend JOE THE BOSS and COCK SPARRER. Original 2002 vinyl now comes with a  fold over sleeve – and we have only 50 copies available so act quick! Sorry, there are no more copies of :THE TIMES” available that sold out immediately.

Tracklist:
A1 The Ballad Of Breckenridge  A2 Too Long  A3 Jeckyll Vs. Hyde  A4 The Tempest  A5 Oi (When The Rain Come…)  A6 Apathy  A7 Free Consultation  B1 R’aggro B2 Skinhead Revolt B3 Lines On Ale B4 Night Of The Droogs  B5 Patriot Decay  B6 Happy Drunk  B7 Back To Work  B8 We Will Never Stop  B9 Running Riot (Live In Amsterdam)

THE RED STRIPES “Made In Hong Kong” LP vinyl / CD – traditional ska /reggae gems produced by KING ZEPHA

The Red Stripes are Hong Kong’s premier Ska band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia. Their brand of Ska from a vintage era features a full 10 piece band and hail originally from the UK, Canada and Australia. Over the past six years they have played festivals and shows around Asia including Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, China, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Seoul and London. They have performed at top events in Hong Kong and as backing to Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation (The Specials), and supported the likes of Roy Ellis, Keith and Tex, The Toasters and The Skatalites among others. After releasing their debut 10 track album ‘In The Ska East’ with legendary Ska vocalist, writer and producer Sean ‘Cavo’ Dinsmore’  (The Toasters / Unity 2) at the helm the band received much critical acclaim including a top 20 album nod ‘by Do The Dog’ skazine.  The band are also featured on recent Specialized Records tribute albums to Trojan Records (Boss Sounds)  and 2 Tone (Check One-2).  In 2019 the band went into legendary Avon Studios in Hong Kong and recorded their brand new album ‘Made In Hong Kong’ with top recording artist and producer KING ZEPHA at the helm. Recorded on vintage equipment to create an authentic Ska sound that blends elements of Soul, Dub, Reggae and Rocksteady. The band have been asked to perform at the 2020 London International Ska Festival in April and will be touring Asia later in the year. Once again we are proud to carry their new record on imported red vinyl LP (limited 200) and compact disc (limited to 100).

2-TONE era American SKA: KYBER RIFLES “Rude Rebel Radio” LP and RUDE GUEST “Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1991” LP

Performing throughout California in the early 1980’s, the KYBER RIFLES quickly made their mark on a burgeoning ska / mod scene. Along with bands like The Untouchables, Fishbone, and The Uptones, the Kyber Rifles brought the sound of British 2-Tone ska to California. Founded by bassist Mark Mitchell years before Let’s Go Bowling, the Rifle’s sound would become instrumental in bridging the gap between LGB’s original 1986 lineup – a wonderful cocktail of 2-Tone ska, American surf, new wave and soul – all captured here on this 15 track vinyl edition on Axe Records. Includes their hard to find debut “100 Problems” 7 inch, inner sleeve full of original flyers and band photos, plus it’s pressed on half white half black vinyl! Very limited copies don’t delay!

We dug deep into Chicago’s 2-Tone ska history for RECORD STORE DAY 2017  with a limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies with a button! Rude Guest 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.

But wait, there’s more! If you buy BOTH LPs not only do you save $$ with the bundle but we will also toss in as a bonus our HEAVY MANNERS “Ska Jam” 7″ single recorded in  1982 that we released on Black Friday 2018,

 

 

BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS “The Golden Cage” LP vinyl + GROVER RECORDS returns with THE MAGNETICS “Coffee & Sugar” LP / DANI RADIC & MOONHEAD PROJECT 7 inch

Welcome back GROVER RECORDS Germany who have supplied us with not only two of their most recent label titles but also the latest album from Danish legends BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS!  Since they first set sail from the salty docks of Copenhagen in 2004, they’ve managed to place them selves among the top acts of the ska scene. Their music has brought them all over Europe and as far away as the land of the rising sun. They’ve played over 700 concerts ranging from some of the biggest festivals in Europe to stages not quite suitable for a seven piece band. They’ve released five studio albums and appeared on numerous compilations. The latest album “The Golden Cage” is released in 2019 and followed by an extensive tour in Europe. With their roots planted deep in the tradition of early Jamaican music, such as Ska and Rocksteady, Babylove & the van Dangos has let their branches grow wild with out any pruning. Listen closely and you will hear influences from everything from Blues to Doo Wop and the lyrical pendulum swings from political to the abstract. The codeword is timeless music that moves your soul as well as your feet. In the tradition of Jamaican music, this is dancing music and Babylove and the van Dangos is a band you want to catch live since it is through their live performances that they’ve managed to build a solid fan base through out all of Europe. Limited copies on the band’s own label – includes a PIN!

THE MAGNETICS are a tremendous traditional soulful ska act from ITALY, a fan favorite all across Europe for their authentic Jamaican groove! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, VOID UNION and STUBBORN ALL STARS! “COFFEE & SUGAR” is their latest album, 14 tracks that even include fellow countryman MR T. BONE on a track!   Not to be undone we have stocked the most recent solo offering from DANY RADIC (of SOUL RADICS) who teamed up with the VALKYRIANS producer for this fantastic ska groover “ON THE DANCEFLOOR”. The flip is the same tune recorded in Finish by burlesque singer MOLLY MOONSTONE! This track totally has a SLACKERS vibe if you ask me! Limited edition color vinyl too.

HAPPY PEOPLE UK: PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS “Searching For The Young Ska Rebels” LP / King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP / RUDIES ALL AROUND Vol 1 LP

Three killer vinyl releases from HAPPY PEOPLE UK – the label run by the London International Ska Festival. PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS is a British super group that has covered the Rolling Stones,  The Clash, 2-Tone done 60s style – and now their fantastic cover album of DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS debut “SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS” is on limited edition hand numbered  vinyl! This 1980 classic was stylistically very different than their later years, leaning heavily of the Wigan Northern soul scene for a set of uplifting soul stompers. Now in SKA style! Includes the singles GENO, BURN IT DOWN, SEVEN DAYS IS TOO LONG and more! And yes…..just for fun a dub version of their late 80’s mega-hit COME ON EILEEN is included. Only 300 copies made!

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: PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS “Searching For The Young Ska Rebels” LP / King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP / RUDIES ALL AROUND Vol 1 LP

MAD BUTCHER Import Vinyl Bundle Deals! Laurel Aitken / The Orobians

Mad Butcher celebrates the 20th anniversary of Italian ska super group THE OROBIANS with a brand new all covers album limited to 500 copies on colored vinyl.  This new set includes covers of KOOL & THE GANG, RAY CHARLES, BEE GEES, LOU REED, the STARSKY & HUTCH theme and many more! A fun set get your copy today! We’ve also restocked their earlier “Slave To The Rhythm” album that takes 80’s covers and turns them into traditional ska gems! Track listing: 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.

Not to be outdone are the LAUREL AITKEN reissues  two classics from the 1960’s and the fantastic late 90’s collaboration with THE SKATALITES. We’ll toss in the DJ single of “LAWD DOCTOR” too! Three LPs + 7 inch bundle!

 

 

Russian Import: LOLLYPOP LORRY “Live At Octopus” LP vinyl (Limited to 200 copies)

The wait is over! The YouTube concert sensation is finally pressed to vinyl by top Russian ska label MAGNETIC LOFT RECORDS! A wonderful set of covers from this top traditional ska band that has charmed the world! Songs from THE SKATALITES, WAILERS, BLUES BUSTERS and more!  This may be the only opportunity for you to get a copy of this incredible album – it is limited to 200 copies!

A1 Freedom Sounds A2 James Bond Theme A3 Simmer Down A4 The Man In The Street
B1 Swing Easy B2 King Solomon B3 Christine Keeler B4 Latin Goes Ska B5 I Won’t Let You Got

Magnetic Loft Russia: MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “Love You So” LP / LOLLYPOP LORRY “Ural Station LP

Magnetic Loft Records in Russia have been on a serious tear releasing vinyl from the best bands in the Russian ska scene! The latest is the new MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “LOVE YOU SO” LP – a wonderfully soulful and funky ska/reggae act with a female lead singer, a wonderful follow up to their album of a couple years ago. This album keeps your interest from start to finish, it’s is refreshng to hear a band take some chances with the Jamaican form. 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. 

 

JUST ARRIVED: THE BANDULUS “Love A Woman” LP vinyl on random color wax! Tape in stock too ! A modern SKA REGGAE SOUL gem!

THE BANDULUS are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, formerly of LOS SKARNALES and THE TRENCHTOWN TEXANS.  After the 2006 break-up of Los Skarnales and leaving Trenchtown Texans in 2010, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is THE BANDULUS. Their first full length album, SKA.REGGAE.SOUL was released in 2010 and got the world talking – then in 2012 the band released their second full length “The Times We Had”, which was featured on countless ska/reggae top 10 lists that year.  The Bandulus have already shared the stage with yesterdays and todays top ska and reggae acts including the originators of ska The Skatalites, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Aggrolites, and even Grammy award winners Los Lonely Boys.  The Bandulus are finally back with their long-awaited third album  “Love A Woman” – which we first released in October for Cassette Store Day!  A unique album with a heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics, its stays genuine to 60’s style traditional ska while crossing / mixing genres –  but one thing is for sure, it keeps one on your toes! Jamaican patois for bandit, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling! The Bandulus will be joining Void Union this year at Freedom Sounds festival in Germany!  We are so happy to stock this great new album on vinyl direct from the band! Pick up the cassette ape at the same time in our exclusive collectors bundle!

BLACK FRIDAY Bundle: STAYA STAYA “Tren Pelado” 7″ single + Tape (Bundle Deal!)

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.