Los Apartamenos have been spreading Jamaican mento folklore since 2016 – from private pool parties to international festivals. Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska/reggae music. It is often confused with calypso, a musical form from Trinidad and Tobago, and although the two share many similarities they are distinct musical forms. Mento’s focus on acoustic instruments is preserved here, and all songs were recorded with one microphone with nearly no overdubs, capturing that old timey feel. Members of Los Apartamentos have played in well known German ska acts The Braces, Monkey Shop, and Kapelle 3. This debut album is inspired by 1960’s Jamaican sessions by Count Owen, Lord Fly, Count Lasher, and Lord Flea, and was produced by Boss Van Trigt (Boss Capone, The Upsessions) in the Masons Arms studio. “Water Di Garden” is guaranteed to excite the tourist inside you as you cry “take me to Jamaica where the rum comes from!” You loved our limited edition flexi postcard – now get the debut full length! Limited to 300 copies on black and poolside blue vinyl. Continue reading Mento Madness from LOS APARTAMENTOS – debut album “WATER DI GARDEN” out now!
THE BUSTERS are one of Germany’s most loved ska revival bands, formed in 1987. Playing 2 Tone-influenced ska, they became one of the best-known German ska bands, having a minor hit single with a ska cover of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” plus releasing albums on Sony Music Germany. Their first two albums “RUDER THAN RUDE” and “COUCH POTATOES” were stone cold European revival classics that reaching a die-hard fan base in the USA. THE BUSTERS even toured the USA at the beginning of the 90’s with releases on MOON SKA NYC. To this day the band tour Germany every Christmas and run their own independent record label, Ska Revolution Records. The Busters have recently released their fourteenth studio album “STRAIGHT AHEAD” – limited edition digipack import CDs will be back in stock soon. To keep the vinyl tradition alive, JUMP UP has released a limited edition 7″ single for the 2017 tour, limited to 500 copies in three colors: Dark Red, Lime Green (German Tour Only), and Goldenrod yellow (now sold out). The a-side “Hunky Dory” is a swingy jazzy ska number full of DR RING DING’s fun-loving crooner vocal style, the flip “SKA BANG 87” is an uptempo brassy ska instrumental that brings to mind vintage Let’s Go Bowling! Essential!
Did you miss out on the limited edition 180g LP + CD version of their previous record “Supersonic Scratch” ? Have no fear we imported another small batch, you have a second chance to get that great record!
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)
Calling all Chicks and Cats! It’s time to swing and skank to Germany’s hottest live act! Turn back the clock to the Swinging Forties and Fifties, add some Jamaican Ska to the mix, and in a nutshell you have BLACK CAT ZOOT! Formed in 2001, Black Cat Zoot has spent the past 5 years perfecting their unique swing-ska sound, playing over 60 live shows in Germany, Austria, and Italy alone! It’s no surprise that BCZ quickly came to the attention of the legendary DR RING DING, who offered to Continue reading BLACK CAT ZOOT – “Main Attraction” CD – (JUMP071) (OUT OF PRINT)