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.
SKA compilations are back! Of course we have been including free label CD sampler comps in mail orders for 20+ years now, but in recent years we have seen more interest in various artist vinyl collections – we stepped up to the plate with chartity collections through Specialized UK – and our DRINK THE SKA collaboration with Ska Brewing. Today we have imported a CLASSIC collection from 1997 released on Grover Germany – an incredible worldwide traditional ska compilation put together by DR RING DING that includes rare vinyl appearances by Venice Shorle Chris, The Insteps, Bluebeats, Stubborn All Stars, The Slackers and more: Continue reading SKA Vinyl Collections: OLETIME SOMETHING LP / SKA’D FOR LIFE LP
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!
It been a LONG time since we hosted the MOON INVADERS and CAROLOREGIANS in Chicago on their incredible tour – and we released some killer tour only wax back then too! We were lucky to get a small amount of this incredible funky reggae classic back – limited orange vinyl with a poster sleeve. Once they are gone…..
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.
We’re VERY proud of the SOUL RADICS. In 2012 we released their debut album on JUMP UP and the rest is history! Lead by the charismatic DANI RADIC, the SOUL RADICS soon were known the would round and toured Europe more than the USA. A wonderful new-traditional ska sound that appealed to pretty much everyone. So much energy and great songs! Long time fans will be happy to hear that DANI RADIC has a new mini-LP coming out this year backed by THE SLACKERS on Jump Up! But to hold you over, we have imported their 2016 10″ mini-LP “Radication” (black vinyl remains) and final 7 inch single. In addition we have picked up more copies of DANI’s solo ska single recorded with European backing band, known as the MOONHEAD PROJECT (black vinyl)