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BRIXTON RECORDS imports: MAROON TOWN “Freedom Call” LP / NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Minor Moods” LP

The latest imports from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain have arrived! First off is the brand new album from UK ska legends MAROON TOWN, who were formed in the mid 80’s and created a fantastic sonic cocktail of Jamaican ska, Latin/World rhythms, hip hop vocals and modern acid jazz funky/soul styles. Maroon Town’s classic early material was featured on over 45 compilations, including releases on top European revival imprints Staccato, Unicorn, and Skank. One of our all all time favorite albums from that time was “HIGH AND DRY”, songs like “NOSTALGIA” and “POUND TO THE DOLLAR” are stone cold hip hop ska classics! That energy and feel is back in full force on this brand new album “FREEDOM CALL” – a must have for old and new fans alike! Also just issued on vinyl for the first time is NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE’s 2002 classic “MINOR MOOD” – featuring new jazz ska classics and reinterpretations of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and even Paul Simon. Last but not least, we have a handful of the NORTH EAST SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA’s debut 7″ single featuring DAVE HILLYARD of The Slackers and FRED REITER of NYSJE. Great ska/swing from Italy!

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Mad Butcher: THE OROBIANS “Slave To The Rhythm” LP – 80s classics done traditional ska


We’ve restocked the fun-loving full length from Italy’s THE OROBIANS, who take 80’s covers and turn them into traditional ska gems. Just look at the tracklisting: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) / Johnny Come Home / Kiss / Smalltown Boy / Whose Side Are You On? / Who Can It Be Now? / Centro Di Gravità Permanente / Don’t Go / Thriller / Close To Me. That’s right, covers of Yaz, MJ, Men At Work, Prince, Eurythmics and more!

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MAD BUTCHER reissues late 80’s European Revival classics! THE RIFFS “Who Wants It” LP + THE BRACES “Prime Cut” & “Blue Flame” LP

riffsContinuing the UNICORN reissue restocks –  we restocked the brilliant debut album from Italy’s finest 2-TONE influenced ska act CASINO ROYALE – “TEN GOLDEN GUNS” was released in 1989 to critical acclaim and launched the career of a band that would last decades, but who would change stylistically. The debut is simply the best for SKA fans! “Someone Says” is a true 2-TONE sing along classic – one that we played on our earliest radio shows back when it came out! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER reissues late 80’s European Revival classics! THE RIFFS “Who Wants It” LP + THE BRACES “Prime Cut” & “Blue Flame” LP

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MR T BONE & YOUNG LIONS “NOTHING TO LOSE” CD / LP (OUT OF PRINT) (JUMP101)

If you didn’t snag your copy of his new album on JUMP UP on his 2011 USA tour, it’s time to do so now! ITALY’s top traditional ska/reggae artist returns – MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and big trombone often is compared to Germany’s DR RING DING, but he truly is a unique singer, instrumentalist, and bandleader whose YOUNG LIONS return for 14 tracks of rootsy ska, early reggae, and funky rock steady. Fans of THE SLACKERS totally love the YOUNG LIONS’ tight groove, and after the recent Chicago show a close friend of mine said he reminded him of a cross between LOUIS PRIMA and DENNIS BROWN! Now that’s an amazing compliment indeed! 

Check out the album preview!   Mr T Bone’s YouTube Album Preview!

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MR T BONE “HEROES” LP (GREEN WAX) (JUMPMRTBONE)

Great 2010 album from ITALY’s top traditional ska / reggae artist MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS!  Just finished a tour of California with THE SLACKERS’ DAVE HILYARD and THE ROCKSTEADY SEVEN. MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and great trombone playing brings comparisons to Germany’s DR RING DING, but plain and simple: if you like roots ska and early reggae sounds, this is your new favorite band!

Since 1999, Mr. T-bone has been a member of the BlueBeaters and Africa Unite, which are two of the most influential ska and reggae bands in Italy. During that same year he founded the Jamaican Liberation Orchestra, the first Italian ska-jazz band and recorded the album “THAT’S IT!” (2002). He then composed and interpreted the soundtrack for the movie “Ravanello Pallido” which was a great success in Italy. In 2002 he joined the “New York Ska Jazz Ensemble” and with them he played two European tours and recorded the album “MINOR MOODS”. In 2004 came “MR.T-BONE SEES AMERICA”. He Continue reading MR T BONE “HEROES” LP (GREEN WAX) (JUMPMRTBONE)

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MR T BONE & FRIENDS “Instrumental Sessions Vol 1” CD (LP sold out) (JUMP091)

Instrumental Sessions Vol.1 was conceived over the years while MR T BONE toured across Europe and the United States. The caliber of bands and musicians he came across was so staggering, MR T BONE knew he had to make this album! Collecting some instrumental tracks of tunes that he loved, he composed new melodies for these songs and called up his favorite horn players to re-record the songs. The final result is Continue reading MR T BONE & FRIENDS “Instrumental Sessions Vol 1” CD (LP sold out) (JUMP091)