Did you pick up one of our Dr Ring Ding Christmas records in the past year and discover for the first time one of today’s top international ska / reggae singers? Or have you been a fan since the 90s? Either way we have great news – we’ve got a limited amount of three recent DR RING DING LP vinyl imports, act fast as these won’t be around long! In 2016 DR RING DING teamed up with the SHARP AXE BAND for the reggae delight “GWAAN”, a high octane rootsy digi-style dancehall affair with rub-a-dub lyrics, it even included a wicked version of JOHNNY CASH’s “Ring of Fire”. Later that same year they unleashed the dub version of the album titled “MARCH FORTH”, in which additional vocal tracks and instruments were recorded and transported into a brand new context by Dr Goldphibles. Lastly (but not leastly!) we picked up some calypso 10″ LPs from the good doctor, originally released in 2013. Includes his fantastic versions of “The Needle” and “Obeah Wedding” plus “All Because I Love You” and “The Cat & The Roster”. Classic calypso sounds never get old! Don’t miss DR RING DING at this year’s SUPERNOVA SKA Festival in Virginia over Memorial Day Weekend!
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!
KING PÉPE & HIS CALYPSO COMBO not only are inspired by the Latin American and Afro-Caribbean music, they revisit it. They take us to distant lands in the middle of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, combining Caribbean rhythms with Latin and New Orleans jazz; it is a journey through time, from Trinidad to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cuba and Colombia until Brazil, and up through the banks of the Mississippi. It’s the grace and beauty of Calypso and Mento mixed with Goombay, Highlife, Mambo, Son Cubano, Changui, Samba, Cumbia, Merengue, Jazz, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, and Oldies – a tasty musical stew indeed. This hard working French combo is a perfect fit for our “78RPM style 10” LP calypso series. It has the look and feel of those original Jamaican Mento albums, recorded in 33 rpm (don’t worry!). Antique olive green vinyl. Limited edition on JUMP UP Records. Continue reading KING PÉPE & HIS CALYPSO COMBO “Tropical Invasion” 10″ LP (JUMP109LP) (OUT OF PRINT)
Count Kutu & The Balmers is a Calypso and Mento band from Manila, Philippines. Formed in 2002 by original members Count Kutu, Senyor Lucca, Don Ustollano, Lord Santadio and Doctor Turbo, the band plays strictly rural style Jamaican mento music, lead by Count Kutu’s nasal voice and vintage acoustic instrumentation ranging from low end guitars, Tenor Banjo, maracas, catacoo, sand block, bamboo drum and rumba box. Continue reading COUNT KUTU & THE BALMERS “Take Me” 10″ LP – Mento / Calypso and Ska-lypso from The Phillippines! (JUMP107)
The seeds of Lord Mike’s Dirty Calypsonias were planted years ago within the ska/reggae scene of Chicago. As the legendary singer of Deal’s Gone Bad, Mike toured endlessly across America and recorded three full length albums for JUMP UP Records. Mike retired from Deal’s Gone Bad in late 2003, being replaced by Todd Hembrook (formerly of Heavy Step). At this time, Mike’s calypso calling had not surfaced yet…but a few months later it came suddenly in the dark of the night! A vision! Was it an apparition of the Mighty Sparrow himself? Could it have been the voice of Lord Kitchener? We will never know exactly what occurred in the deep of sleep that night! That next morning, as the newly christened “Lord Mike”, the Dirty Calypso vision began to spring into action. Recruiting an all star Chicago lineup including several former Deal’s Gone Bad Continue reading LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS – “More” CD/10″ LP (now on OLIVE wax) – (JUMP070)
Debut 10 trx LP from Europe’s top vintage big band calypso act finally on wax! Having the look of an old Jamaican 78RPM 10″ right down to the vintage green sleeve/label art, includes new versions of “WASH YOUR HANDS”, “FE DA RE”, “CALYPSO BE” + many cool original. For fans of KITCHENER, MIGHTY SPARROW, etc. Click on the image to visit the band’s MYSPACE page and look at all the pretty gals that make up the KALYPSO KATZ!
DR RING DING’s began his professional career in 1987 playing trombone with EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS, one of Germany’s most famous ska bands. His experience in EL BOSSO lead to his life long love for Jamaican music. By early 1993 he had formed his very own band, DR RING DING & THE SENIOR ALL STARS, and over the next ten years they would release five albums, numerous singles, and two albums backing legendary Jamaican vocalists DOREEN SHAFER and LORD TANANMO. American releases on MOON SKA and JUMP UP helped solidify his fan base in the United States, and soon DR RING DING was enjoying a worldwide audience for his snappy vocal style and tremendous Continue reading DR RING DING – “Back and Forth” CD – (JUMP074)