Wild Man Riddim, a 6-piece ska/jazz/reggae band from Oslo, Norway, has released their third album called Panatlantic. The concept of album is to take the listener on an extravagant and suggestive journey between the shores of the North Sea and the warm waters of the Caribbean. The record kicks off with heat and sun on “On A Jetpack To Cuba” before entering the northern seas of Norway and Lofoten on the track “Moskenes Ferga”. Then the band goes into cumbia mode with “Zipline Timetravel” telling about childhood in the suburbia of Oslo called Gjønnes. Next is a travel down to Uganda hitting the pulsating “Bombo RD Boogie” before feeling homesick and returning to the cold “Tigertown Lockdown”, watching bars and restaurants dark and lonely in streets of the eastern part of Oslo where people used to meet and greet. “Salska” takes the listener into Latin America before leaving for the Northwest to Britain, Liverpool, to dance and taste the British ale. The ship leaves for Mumbai, India, where the smells, sounds and visuals float around at the local market. The ten instrumentals on the album are mixed by Latin Grammy award winning engineer, musician, and producer Victor Rice. Very limited import from Norway only 250 pressed. NOTE: slight dent crease in one corner from overseas travel.
We’re celebrating the SUMMER OF SKA and the debut release on our PAY ATTENTON label with a killer vinyl sale! This deal is so good you’ll try some new bands! Feel good about helping a DIY business where buying vinyl won’t break the bank! If you’re new to vinyl records stick with us – we’ll beef up your collection real quick! We release more ska LPs than any other label in the world and promise not to steer you wrong! This brand new deal lets you chose from over 75 titles including color vinyl and import editions – only 20 deals act now! Slipmat added automatically! List of titles below. Please purchase the deal first then send your list of choices to email@example.com – Thanks! Chuck
New York’s STOP THE PRESSES have been hard at work becoming one of today’s top traditional ska rocksteady acts, touring across the USA and wowing crowds at Supernova Ska Festival in 2021! This self released debut is a classic was engineered and mixed by Agent Jay and features a guest appearance by Dave Hillard of The Slackers. Includes the live fan favorite cover of OINGO BOINGO’s “DEAD MAN’S PARTY” too! Gold vinyl.
Three more great German reissues from MAD BUTCHER! First off is the debut and second album of bouncy 2-Tone rhythms from SKAOS! These stone cold classic originally were released in 1989 on PORK PIE Germany, but also appeared later on UNICORN UK. From the get go this album gets your feet moving much in the same way as others from the era: MR REVIEW, NO SPORTS, NAPOLEON SOLO immediately come to mind. SKAOS was always compared to MADNESS back in the day, and I can still see that – this album does have a constant “ONE STEP BEYOND” feel to it with it’s hypnotic horns and tight keys. Oh my listening to this once again brings back some memories! Reissued in original German art. Another gem from Germany is BLECHREIZ “Who Napped J.B.?”, a soul influenced 2-Tone gem that originally was released on the short lived RUDE RECORDS in Germany.
After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by fans worldwide. Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading Restocked! THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!
British 2-Tone ska punk band THE TALKS formed in 2006 and had the distinct honor of opening for The Specials on their 30th anniversary tour way back in 2009. Their albums are a smorgasbord of catchy tunes, well crafted engaging songs that fit extraordinarily well within the confines of ska’s structural boundaries. We have stocked both of their classic albums from 2014 and 2015 released on Grover Records in Germany, a must for fans of Buster Shuffle, classic 2-Tone. and modern American third wave ska. “Hulligans” features a song with Neville Staples too!
For more than 20 years German band the SENIOR ALL STARS have dedicated themselves to the instrumental form of Jamaican music. Reggae, jazz, dub: the three terms still define the framework in which the sound of the all-stars has changed and developed. In terms of composition and play, the band is deeply rooted in the reggae of the 70s and 80s, the musicians go one step further in composition, interaction and sound and create their personal continental-european dub-reggae style. In 2017 their ninth album “Elated” was released then soon after corresponding dub versions on “Related”. Both albums new to our webshop, “Elated” on limited edition yellow vinyl. Also new to the shop are RED vinyl copies of their Skatalites tribute 7 inch “Freedom Sounds” b/w the dub on Grover Supreme. If you buy both LPs we’re give you the 7 inch FREE automatically!
We’ve restocked some incredible Grover classics from Dutch skinhead reggae acts The Upsessions & Boss Capone! Both sharp-dressed & infectious, with an unbelievable organ sound and incredible stage performances! Playing early reggae, ska, funk, Calypso and soul, their debut 2005 album “The New Heavyweight Champion” was released on the legendary Moon Ska Europe label, plus we have also restocked their final 2016 album “This Is The Upsessions”. “Cool and deadly, rough and badly, this band is gonna rock you up madly!” BOSS CAPONE are another incredible early reggae band from Holland, we’ve got more copies of their debut 2013 album “Another 15 Dance Floor Crashers” too!
ARTHUR KAY is the unsung hero of 2-Tone, his early 80’s ska singles predated The Specials yet as the story of 2-Tone enjoys it’s 40th anniversary Arthur Kay is still not getting the recognition he deserves!!! GROVER teamed ARTHUR up with THE CLERKS for a fantastic new album in 2017 called “The Night I Came Home” – we finally have received more copies at a great price! It’s a 2-Tone delight in the vein of European ska explosion releases of the late 80s! Speaking of which, during the UK ska revival of the late 80s Skank Records collected all of Arthur Kay and The Originals’ released and unreleased 2 Tone-era recordings and issued “Rare ‘N’ Tasty”. At the time of its release, all of the 1979/1980 cuts on Rare and Tasty were right in synch with the contemporary UK ska scene, showing that KAY clearly had influenced many of the late 80s UK ska acts like The Loafers, The Hotknives, and The Riffs. His career was revitalized! In 2018 we released a special 4 track EP for Specialized BOSS SOUNDS project that featured Arthur Kay & The Clerks – Sea Cruise, Kingston All-Stars Featuring Stranger Cole– Step Up, Keith & Tex with Akasha – Stop That Train, The Crombies – Rough & Tough.