We are so excited to have these two amazing vinyl titles from LUCHA LIBRE RECORDS, who specialize in promoting bands from the Ecuadoran ska/reggae scene! Snatch these up as they are extremely limited and won’t be restocked! LOS BARRELSHOTS released their debut mini CD “Reggae Explosion” in 2017, and now the first Ecuadorian Early Reggae / Rocksteady band from Quito kick it into high gear with their debut full length entitled “REGGAE VOLCANO”. Featuring 10 original tracks, mainly instrumental, once again staking their claim as one of the top Latin American groups of the skinhead reggae genre. Los Barrelshots have been able to recreate in the studio this infectious sound, firmly rooted in the Jamaican musical heritage blended with soul, funk, and jazz, which has made them an essential live act of the national scene. Featuring Lady Lex on one track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. QUITO SKA JAZZ ‘s debut LP features 8 extended original instrumental jazz ska tracks, featuring Fred Reiter from New York Ska Jazz Ensemble on one song. This top Ecuadorian band formed in 2012 and quickly became active on the local scene, single handedly spreading the gospel of ska and Jamaican musical culture in Ecuador. “Ciudad of Ska” is truly the first Ska record from thee “middle of the world” to get the vinyl treatment! Including one dub version and a live track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies housed in an amazing fold out poster sleeve. BUY BOTH LPs and get a DEAL! Free DRINK COASTERS and STICKERS while supplies last!
GAZ MAYALL is a British legend. World known DJ, record collector, producer and singer – he started THE TROJANS during the mid 80s creating a tremendous mix of R&B, Jamaican Ska, soul and Celtic sounds. He started his own label GAZ’S ROCKIN’ RECORDS to release music by THE TROJANS, and “A LA SKA” was the band’s debut from 1987. Thirty three years later it has been reissued by Mad Butcher Records in Germany! Not to be outdone we have restocked the amazing 4 track EP from another British rhythm & blues ska band from 1989 called THE RUDE BOYS!
The late 80s / early 90s was a truly fantastic time for ska music on the European continent. Ska was still heavily influenced by 2-Tone and hadn’t been diluted yet by the forthcoming third wave. Labels like Unicorn, Skank, and Pork Pie ruled the scene and gave fans worldwide something to look forward to! German skasters NO SPORTS were one of those top acts and their first two releases are still classics to this day. Mad Butcher Germany has reissued their amazing debut “KING SKA” from 1989 as well as their follow up 4 song “STAY RUDE STAY REBEL” EP from 1990, now released on 7 inch single.
The Skunks were a third wave ska band formed in 1988 by a group of high school friends from suburban Maryland. They recorded three albums, performed extensively in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland area, and toured across the United States. “Chaos in Skaville” was the band’s first album, issues as a limited self-released cassette in 1991. The success of this release saw the band’s schedule become much more active, and during the summer of 1992 the band toured with The Toasters including legendary gigs at he Masquerade in Atlanta, Wilmington NC, Madison & Milwaukee WI and at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. The tour culminated, on February 27, 1993, with Moon Ska’s Skalapalooza at The Ritz in New York City, where The Skunks appeared with The Toasters, Bad Manners, The Skatalites, The Scofflaws, and Ruder Than You. After the tour, the Skunks signed with Moon Ska and shortly thereafter, “Chaos in Skaville” appeared in Moon’s catalog, where it was listed as MR034. Continue reading Third Wave 90’s classic: THE SKUNKS “Chaos In Skaville” LP on vinyl for the first time!
Fronted by Mitch “King Kong” Girio, famously of legendary 90’s Canadian ska heroes KING APPARATUS, the King Kong 4 have dedicated themselves to recording catchy organ and guitar driven power-pop 2-Tone ska for fans of Elvis Costello, The Specials, Joe Jackson and The Slackers. Each member has done their time working with other bands (King Apparatus, Prince Perry, Lo & the Magnetics) and they bring these experiences together for this exciting studio project. In the years 2017 and 2018 the King Kong 4 put out five EPs, collected here for the first time on one vinyl LP for Jump Up Records. Limited to 350 copies with a very limited amount on blue vinyl. Continue reading Summer SKA spectacular: KING KONG 4 “Punch It!” LP – ex-KING APPARATUS Mitch Girio’s power-pop 2 Tone masterpiece!
Washington DC’s Loving Paupers formed in 2015, featuring a talented cast of established and diverse regional musicians, including current and former members of third wave ska legends The Pietasters and The Smooths. Make no mistake, The Loving Paupers are a reggae/dub outfit, but their music is heavily influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies, The Supremes, to the late Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and Dennis Brown. Featuring powerhouse lead vocalist Kelly Di Filippo, whose emotive style brings immediate comparisons to Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Jane Birkin, Kate Bush and even Joni Mitchell, in modern reggae circles the band is likened to recent output by Hollie Cook, The Frightnrs, and The Skints. The Loving Paupers recorded their debut EP in 2016, working alongside Grammy Award winning Brazilian producer Victor Rice, and since have received rave reviews for performances at various festivals, to venues such as DC’s 9:30 Club. “Lines” is the band’s debut full length album – ten melancholic songs that touch upon heartbreak and emotional dissidence, moody melodies enhanced once again by Victor Rice’s loving touch. Broken hearted roots reggae. Dreamy Lovers Rock vibes. Limited edition of 400. CD version includes a bonus album of dubs by Victor Rice.
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).
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! SORRY THIS IS TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT
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.