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. Sure to go fast!
We’ve got some MOONDUST 7″ vinyl classics available now for a GREAT price! Some of the finest traditional ska and reggae sounds from this fantastic California label! Here’s what we’ve got available for a very limited time:
Irie Beats “People Need People” b/w “No Jodes Ver. 2″ 7” MD-6903
The Impalers “Mr. Upper Cut” b/w “Upper Cut” 7″ MD-6907
The Soulsteppers “Bout Time” b/w “Victory Dance” 7″ MD-6908
David Hillyard And The Rocksteady 7 “Evil” 7″ MD-7002
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.
CHRISTMAS RE-PRESSES! ROGER RIVAS’ holiday hot shots are back in print, limited to 100 copies on RED vinyl. Instrumental Organ Drenched Early Reggae versions of “Deck The Halls” and “Jingle Bells” from The Aggrolites keyboard master!! Big hole 45 rpm vinyl – act fast these won’t last!
BROOKYLN ATTRACTORS are an all star jazz ska/reggae band comprising of members of VOID UNION, WESTBOUND TRAIN, NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, STUBBORN ALLSTARS, DUB IS A WEAPON, THE ROCKSTEADY 7, THE TOASTERS plus original Jamaican percussion legend LARRY McDONALD! Their debut album “GOOD EVIL ALCHEMY” took the world by storm in 2014 receiving critical acclaim across the world, and at the end of 2014 the crew spread some holiday cheer – jazz reggae renditions of “JINGLE BELLS” and “GOD REST DEM IRIE GENTLEMEN”. This year we released their new album “THE MOVE” so people started asking for this nugget all over again – we repressed 100 more on RED vinyl!
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!
In November 2014 Chicago and Los Angeles were lucky to have showcases with one of the sweetest soul voices in Jamaican music history, Studio One legend WINSTON “Mr Fix It” FRANCIS. The 60’s hitmaker was one of Coxson Dodd’s biggest singers, and his 1969 “Mr Fix It” LP featured the hit songs “Too Experienced”, “Same Old Song”, “Fools Fall In Love” plus the title track. His second album “California Dreaming” continued the tradition of soulful reggae covers, including “Yester Me Yester You” , “Groovy Situation”, “Always Something There To Remind Me” and the hit Mamas & The Papas tune that named the album. In between these albums WINSTON would release two tunes that would drive collectors crazy 45+ years later – “THE BREAK” under the moniker BOB MELODY, and “YOUR CHEATING HEART” – a duet with LLOYD ROBINSON. Both these original 7″ singles fetch INSANE amounts on eBay – yet strangely both tunes have never appeared on reissue – UNTIL NOW! We’ve got pink 7″ vinyl back in stock now!
Have you been keeping up with our Jamaican Oldies shows in Chicago? If so you know that Jamaican foundation ska legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE is a regular fixture on the Chicago scene! THE harmonica sound on thousands of early ska sessions at Studio One, Treasure Isle, etc – he was also an accomplished singer / band leader / arranger / label owner who released singles in the 60s on his own ORGANAIRES imprint. The success of his Chicago appearances, dare we call it a “return to the scene”, has lead to a tremendous relationship with Minneapolis’ THE PRIZEFIGHTERS resulting in six tracks being recorded together in the Spring of 2014. Continue reading Jamaican Foundation SKA legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE with THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – 3 new 7″ singles + Limited Edition European Tour CD available now!
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their 4xCD tribute to BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS, and our vinyl has JUST arrived! We think these 4 song 7″ vinyl EPs are absolutely brilliant!! One single is on a Jamaican ska tip, while the other has more of a 2-TONE 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each. FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!
FLYING VIPERS are deconstructed rhythms, mutating melodies, and stark grooves. They are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. Since the advent of digital technology, however, the art of achieving these qualities through live fader pushing and knob tweaking has largely been lost to the convenience of automation and programmed perfection. Enter the Flying Vipers, 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, their first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) simultaneously build on this foundation while traveling deep through time and space. The core trio of Marc & John Beaudette (Destroy Babylon, The Macrotones) and Zack Brines (Pressure Cooker, Kings of Nuthin’) have 15+ years in the New England scene, sharing the stage with legendary reggae acts from around the world. We are so proud to release their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! For Record Store Day 2017 we’ve got 50 copies of this single on olive green vinyl!
Chicago’s LOS VICIOS DE PAPA are Chicago’s oldest Latin Ska Fusion band, remember back in the CD days we release their split album with LOS PIES NEGROS? Last summer we released their fantastic hour long “Live At Cumbiasazo” tape for their main stage RUIDO FEST performance, now in 2017 we get two of their fan favorites “VICTIMA” and “ESPERANZA” on 7″ vinyl, limited to 300 copies. We’ve got RED and WHITE vinyl available now – if you have a preference of color let is know at email@example.com ! If you’re a fan of MALDITA VECINDAD, DESORDEN PUBLICO, or LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – you will LOVE these guys!