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GROVER imports: ARTHUR KAY & THE CLERKS “The Night I Came Home” LP (w/CD) – 86 CREW “Working Class Reggae” LP(w/CD) – SENIOR ALL STARS “Elated” LP

Three fantastic new releases from Grover Records Germany! South London eighties 2-TONE legend ARTHUR KAY teamed up with German 2-TONE ska act THE CLERKS for this great new album – it’s everything you’d hope for! Bouncey keyboard heavy ska rhythms and KAY’s unmistakable vocal style and wit. Heavyweight vinyl comes with a CD. France’s 86 CREW has returned with “WORKING CLASS REGGAE”, and contrary to the title this album is choc-full of 80’s 2-TONE ska! Sung mostly in French, 86 CREW has been a perennial seller for well over a decade for us! A skinhead band for rudies worldwide, this album is highly recommended. Heavyweight vinyl comes with a CD. Lastly, Germany’s SENIOR ALL STARS are back with an incredible roots reggae opus “ELATED”, heavy on dub with lots of wizardry from the mixing deck! There’s definitely some modern influences from the American roots reggae scene (EASY STAR) as well as vintage throwback to KING TUBBY, AUGUSTUS PABLO, and LEE PERRY.

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MUST HAVES for AGGROLITES fans! GROOVIN’ JAILERS “Take It Or Leave It” LP + 65 MINES STREET “Sick & Bitchin’ ” Deluxe LP – produced by BRIAN DIXON (ex-AGGROLITES)

groovinjailers65minesspreadOne again we are proud to stock the latest releases on French label CASUAL RECORDS!  Last year we stocked the 2012 10″ vinyl release from the GROOVIN’ JAILERS who hail from the north of France. A truly fantastic live band, they tour non-stop and have played with the likes of BRANLARIANS, RED SOUL COMMUNITY, and 65 MINES STREET, and their sound is a cool and retro mix of original Jamaican ska, funky 70s reggae, and vintage soul styles. Think DAPTONE meets STUDIO ONE, with French Ye-Ye influences here and there. And the artwork is super fun!

The title track sets the stage for the album, it’s a tough funky reggae soul workout, with powerful shout-style vocals and heavy keys. Tracks range from THE AGGROLITES inspired soulful dirty reggae in “HOLD ON”, “MORE LOVE”, “COUNTRY BOY”, “PICK ME”, “NO ONE BUT YOU”, “BB YOU CAN GO”, uptempo organ grinders “REGGAE RUSH”, “CALL PHONE”, and “EASY SHOT”, and the beautiful mellow grooves of “WANT TO DREAM” and lazy ska of “WORK SOLDIER”. A must have album for fans of that modern funky skinhead reggae sound! GET THIS! Pressed on heavyweight vinyl,  we’re sure this will be your new favorite for 2016!

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JAH ON SLIDE new “CELOS” 7″ + “Never Knocked Out” LP back in stock!

jahpnslideFRANCE really has it going on! If you love traditional big band ska with the energy of 2-TONE look no further! JAH ON SLIDE from France have been releasing great ska since the late 90s, they were one of our biggest import sellers back in the CD heyday! A fantastic traditional & 2 TONE mix, vocals in English/French, this is their first album in years! Back in stock for a limited time! CASUAL RECORDS has also just released the BRAND NEW 7″ single from the band, featuring members of El Gran Miercoles! “CELOS” is a nice female fronted tune sung in Spanish in a slower ska style, very old timey recording sound and vocal style! The flip “Jalousie” is a French trad ska gem! Limited edition! Check it out here!

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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)