Originally formed in 2010 by Ali Culotta and Danny Portilla, Stop The Presses has come a long way since their early days in Miami. The band deliver an incredible mix of traditional ska & reggae with pop hooks – new wave style and punk rock attitude with a splash of British 2-Tone. In 2019, they released “Money in the Bank”, produced by Agent Jay and featuring Dave Hillyard of The Slackers. This album quickly put the band on the international map with it’s a retro 80s sensibility and modern edge that won over ska fans of all types! Lockdown 2020 brought multiple high profile live streams, collaborative videos, and their “Dub in the Bank” 7 inch release. In 2021, Stop the Presses hit the ground running with an east coast tour, a stand out performance at Supernova Ska Festival and the contribution of their single “Make the Best of It” for the Jump Up / Supernova Alpha Boys School benefit double album “SKA CARES”. In 2022 the band recorded their second full length “Got It” right before heading out on an extensive US tour including an official SXSW showcase and a return performance at Supernova. This new album was entirely recorded in Brooklyn, mixed once again by AGENT JAY at STABBY ROAD. Eight tracks that prove how exciting and diverse a modern traditional ska band can be! Includes a fantastic cover of Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl”! As Agent Jay describes them: “A live natural feel, but a big sound with detailed arrangements.” Available on blue vinyl, compact disc, and cassette tape! (This WILL be part of the 2022 subscription clubs we’re packing them up as fast as we can!)
In 2010 when the album „The Senior Allstars In Dub“ was released, it was the first time that this German instrumental ska / reggae band gave compositions of theirs into the hands of others for remixes – curious to see what various dub producers would do with their material. The results not only excited the band tremendously but were enthusiastically received by their listeners and fans. On their last album, „What Next?“ (2012), the quartet created a unique and original kind of collectively and improvised dub when each member – equipped with mixing devices and effects – steered his input self-sufficiently and live. “Verbalized And Dubbed“ is not at all a second infusion or act of mere recycling, the band cooperated with dub-mixers and vocalists, just as in the case of BRUKKY and CRAZY BALDHEAD who recorded their opening track „Just Another Youth“ (a song marked by its alluring understatement) in New York. Or with VICTOR RICE, a longstanding friend of the band, who went into the studio in São Paulo with the Angola-born Pitshu. Dubmatix und Ammoye met in Toronto. Sometimes greater distances had to be bridged: for the collaboration between Sarah Winton (Manchester) and Dubvisionist (Hannover) for instance who also provided the ambience for Longfingah’s vocals. Tokunbo recorded her part for „I Dare You“ in Berlin, Umberto Echo did his mixing work in Munich. DR RING DING, former front figure of the Senior Allstars, joined forces with Dubolik in Zagreb and marched as proudly as relaxed through the dancehall on „Come Back Alive.“ KING DJANGO from New Jersey did not waste time nor space: he sang and remixed his track „It’s A New Day“ completely own his own. We are very proud to finally have these incredible dub albums available in the USA!
Geier Sturzflug is a German musical group created in 1979, playing a style of “West German New Wave” originally derived from post-punk/wave with electronic influences. Stylistically they combined rock, pop, ska, and jazz, always with cynical lyrics. They are best known for their hits “Bruttosozialprodukt” (Gross national product), “Pure Lust am Leben,” “Einsamkeit,” and “Besuchen Sie Europa.” – the first of these was number one in Germany for the entire month of May 1983. The band has stayed active over the years and returned in 2022 with an entire ska/reggae album entitled “IN DER GROSSEN” which shows signs of their 80’s new wave roots combined with a bluesy European revival ska sound (think The Busters, Braces, No Sports). A tight sound and infectious groove, highly recommended even if you don’t speak German. A pleasant surprise! Speaking of 80’s punk/ska/new wave THE PIRANHAS (UK) original album (that was shelved) has finally been re-released on vinyl (a few CD box sets exist with this material). The Piranhas formed in 1977, and were a British ska-influenced punk band from Brighton, first coming to prominence when DJ John Peel started playing their single “I Don’t Want My Body” on his BBC Radio 1 program, but achieved their biggest success with their cover version of the South African kwela song “Tom Hark”. When “Tom Hark” became a hit the band suddenly signed to SIRE and the original album recorded for ATTRIX was shelved with much of the material re-recorded. Finally we can enjoy on vinyl this incredible and historic piece of unsung 2-Tone history!
Many years ago we released the MJAROCKER project that took Michael Jackson vocals and matched them up perfectly with ska and reggae cuts performed by The Drastics. Not a mash up, modern artists writing and arranging vintage Jamaican ska/reggae tracks to perfectly accompany the vocals. We have another project in the same tradition from the mysterious producer that goes by C.B. A limited promo run of DJ 45s were distributed earlier this summer with edits of two of these tracks, punk anthems “London Calling” and “Astro Zombies” gone dub! For Cassette Week 2020 we unleashed a tape with the extended versions of these tunes plus 4 more – “Passenger”, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Pretty Vacant” and “Holiday In Cambodia” – and you guessed it we now have limited edition color vinyl! A must for all fans of The Clash, Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Misfits!
BLACK BUTCHER issues the legendary last CBGB’s set from THE TOASTERS in 2002, originally released my MVD Audio in 2015 and immediately went out of print! A great set captured professionally during the final weeks of the NYC club’s existence: Shocker! / I’m Running Right Through The World / Shebeen / Sitting On Top Of The World / Modern World America / Mona / Can I Get Another? / Run Rudy Run / 2tone Army / Social Security. We’ve also restocked the the first ever LIVE album recorded in 1989 in London, featuring the first every appearance of COOLIE RANX on vocals, who was a temporary fill in due to the sudden departure of THRILL ME UP era singer CAVO and NENE (aka UNITY 2). Little did we know COOLIE would come back a few years later permanently. Originally issued on UNICORN records thanks to MAD BUTCHER Germany a whole new generation of ska fans gets to hear this classic on vinyl 30 years later. Limited to 500 copies. Read all about this great release at the DUFF GUIDE TO SKA. Tracklisting: A1 Matt Davis A2 Weekend In L.A. A3 Go Girl A4 Run Rudy Run A5 Thrill Me Up B1 Don’t Blame Me B2 One-Track Mind B3 Ska Killers B4 East Side Beat B5 Pool Shark
We are CRAZY psyched to stock one of our all time faves from the late 80s UK ska explosion – MAROON TOWN’s debut album “HIGH & DRY” from 1990, produced by John Bradbury of THE SPECIALS for Staccato Records. In late 1980s England, Ska wasn’t quite in fashion as it had been earlier in the decade, the advent of rap, hip-hop, and underground/indie dance music ruled the airwaves and charts. This did not stop the multiracial, multi-culti band MAROON TOWN, named after clandestine villages set up by anti-British rebels in occupied Jamaica. Rooted in the hybrid formula of Two-Tone, “High and Dry” was an immediate success with it’s thrilling and diverse collection of fresh sounds blending rap, funky groove, and acid jazz – as well as just being downright fun! With two energetic singers, STEVIE B (who many call a vocal/stylistic dead ringer for Michael Franti) – and female counterpoint Carolyn McCookweir, it’s extremely difficult to not be caught up in their one-two punch! The horn section is pure fire and the foundation ska rhythm is so tight it’s hypnotic! Songs like “Fire” and “Nostalgia” are unforgettable, while the political edge is never shied away from, either: “Pound to the Dollar” and “Thatcher’s Children” are takes on the politics of the day, while McCookweir’s empowerment anthem “Women Say No” is a song that is as equally relevant today as it was 32 years ago. “High and Dry ” is a must have, exciting debut record, and MAROON TOWN continue to this day, and are a popular concert draw all across Europe. DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS REISSUE from MAD BUTCHER Germany! Want to wax late 80s ska nostalgia? Pick up in stock import re issues from The Hotknives, Mr Review, The Burial, and The Trojans! We just received a small batch of MAROON TOWN’s new album “FREEDOM CALL” on Brixton Records, but they arrived with slight corner sleeve damage – thus if you add a copy to your purchase it’s only $10!!!
To celebrate New York Ska Jazz Ensemble’s brand new album (vinyl and CD arriving soon from Brixton Records Spain) we have restocked a classic from the MOON SKA NYC era, 1996’s “Low Blow” on 180g blue vinyl. Rock Steady Freddie and Victor Rice get down with an incredible rotating all star band that included Vic Rugiero, Devon James, Buford O’Sullican, Caz Gardner, Agent Jay, Jack Ruby Jr and more performing classic jazz standards in Jamaican style!
We are so excited to have these two amazing vinyl titles from LUCHA LIBRE RECORDS, who specialize in promoting bands from the Ecuadoran ska/reggae scene! Snatch these up as they are the very last copies that exist! LOS BARRELSHOTS released their debut mini CD “Reggae Explosion” in 2017, and now the first Ecuadorian Early Reggae / Rocksteady band from Quito kick it into high gear with their debut full length entitled “REGGAE VOLCANO”. Featuring 10 original tracks, mainly instrumental, once again staking their claim as one of the top Latin American groups of the skinhead reggae genre. Los Barrelshots have been able to recreate in the studio this infectious sound, firmly rooted in the Jamaican musical heritage blended with soul, funk, and jazz, which has made them an essential live act of the national scene. Featuring Lady Lex on one track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. QUITO SKA JAZZ ‘s debut LP features 8 extended original instrumental jazz ska tracks, featuring Fred Reiter from New York Ska Jazz Ensemble on one song. This top Ecuadorian band formed in 2012 and quickly became active on the local scene, single handedly spreading the gospel of ska and Jamaican musical culture in Ecuador. “Ciudad of Ska” is truly the first Ska record from thee “middle of the world” to get the vinyl treatment! Including one dub version and a live track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies housed in an amazing fold out poster sleeve. BUY BOTH LPs and get a DEAL! Free DRINK COASTERS and STICKERS while supplies last!
Black Butcher Germany has just reissued the 1970 stone cold party classic on vinyl for the first time – original UK copies have become rare in recent years and are fetching high prices. Most original copies are also worn out from constant play! Twelve BEATLES classics in an uptempo early/skinhead reggae style, vocals are reminiscent of Desmond Dekker too! The origin of this band is still a mystery! A must for fans of THE AGGROLITES, and SYMARIP ! Don’t delay a minute, this limited edition one time pressing will go fast!
Tracklisting: Let It Be / Ticket To Ride / I Want To Hold Your Hand / Michelle / Can’t Buy Me Love / The Fool On The Hill / Get Back / Yesterday / Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da / Eleanor Rigby / All My Loving / Hey Jude