TRAVELERS ALL STARS / KING HORROR – skinhead reggae singles!

We’ve picked up two classic skinhead reggae reissues from Mad Buthcer and a brand new import from Mexico’s TRAVELLERS ALL STARS! Very limited stock snatch these up quick!

KING HORROR “Cutting Blade” b/w “Vampire” 7 inch
KING HORROR “Frankenstein” b/w WINSTON GRIEVY “I Can’t Stand It” 7 inch
TRAVELERS ALL STARS “Reggae Gordo” EP 7 inch (limited edition yellow vinyl!)

Restocked! LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time

First time on vinyl for this classic Moon Ska NYC title released in 1999 – “Ska Titans” is a wonderful collaboration between the “Godfather of Ska” Laurel Aitken and the legendary Skatalites recorded in the studio during 1996’s European Ska Splash tour – it was the first time the titans met up on record since 1964!  The album features original Skatalites Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, and Lloyd Knibb alongside longtime members Devon James, Will Clark, and Nathan Breedlove backing Aitken’s amazing vocals on a set of classics, including several Aitken originals. As an added bonus three live tracks are included, taken from the Ska Splash’s stop in Amsterdam. Continue reading Restocked! LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time

NORTH EAST SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA “Stompin’ & Rollin'” / “Self Titled” (2nd album) LP in stock NOW!

Two HOT SHOTS from BRIXTON RECORDS Spain! LP vinyl release of the debut album of Italian maestros North East Ska Jazz Orchestra, originally released in CD format in 2015. NESJO delivers in this first album, Stompin’ & Rollin’, ten remakes of jazz and swing classics performed in the Jamaican style of the ’60s. From original ska to rocksteady and reggae, the young big band from Triveneto (north east Italy) conveys in this work energetic enthusiasm for Jamaican music, stylishly enriched by the coolness of the dance music of the golden era of swing. Stompin’ & Rollin’ features two outstanding collaborations: Mr. T-Bone (Africa Unite, Bluebeaters) and Olly Riva (Shandon, Olly Riva & The Soul Rockets) who join forces with the voices of Freddy Frenzy, Rosa Mussin, and Michela Grena, the ten-piece brass section and the sound rhythm base of this young big band. The album was recorded at Studio Jork in Koper (Slovenia) in March 2015 and mixed and mastered in The Volcano Lounge, Sherman Oaks (California) by Brian Dixon (ex The Aggrolites). Continue reading NORTH EAST SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA “Stompin’ & Rollin’” / “Self Titled” (2nd album) LP in stock NOW!

NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Break Thru” LP / “Minor Moods” LP / Live In Gouvy LP

It’s hard to believe that we now have fourteen NYSJE albums to enjoy! Quite an accomplishment in today’s music world, and maybe even more impressive for a “modern” traditional ska band. Think back to the humble beginnings of Rocksteady Freddie when he left The Toasters to start this wonderful project in the 90s – for us it’s crazy to think that the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble was the first ska concert at the Chicago House of Blues! As always you can expect top notch jazzy arrangements of foundation Jamaican sounds, over the years the players have changed but the vibe and energy remain the same. Freddie Reiter will never steer you wrong on these ten glorious tracks! Includes a fun version of “Love & Affection” and a tribute to the late great Tom Petty with “Learning To Fly”. “Break Thru” is a great mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that covers many Caribbean styles, of course all channeled through American jazz / blues arrangements that’s unique to this long-standing ensemble. Get This! Continue reading NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Break Thru” LP / “Minor Moods” LP / Live In Gouvy LP

JAH JAZZ ORCHESTRA “Introducing” LP / WILD MAN RIDDIM “Worldwide Frequency” LP – Modern Ska Jazz Classics!

Back in stock, first shipment sold out in a week! Comprised mainly of Swiss and French jazz musicians with a serious love of ’60s-era Jamaican music, Jah Jazz Orchestra is a superb ensemble that is as equally comfortable playing ska, rocksteady, and reggae as they are jazz. “Introducing” is a fantastic debut, recorded with a warm feel and choc full of Jamaican 60’s ska classics as well as American jazz standards. A must for fans of “laid back” Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra vibes, Western Standard Time,  NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, or The (Brooklyn) Attractors. Another amazing Jamaican jazz ska classic came out in 2017 from Swedish band WILD MAN RIDDIM, their second album “Worldwide Frequency” “is the result of many spontaneous improvisational moments. The whole album was recorded in the old fashioned way: live, on tape, in 7 hours, and reflects WMR as they further explore the links between ska, jazz and reggae, showing without complexes the bridge they have built that spans from the tradition of the Scandinavian jazz school to the warm passion of ska and reggae.  Both these amazing releases on Spanish imprint BRIXTON RECORDS.

Black Friday: DR RING DING “The Remedy” LP / Import CD

German ska & reggae virtuoso DR RING DING has returned with his seventeenth album, a wonderful collection of songs that range between reggae, old school dancehall, 2 Tone, traditional ska, cumbia and dub. Since 1987 he has performed with the top Jamaican influenced bands in Germany including EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS, SENIOR ALLSTARS, and THE BUSTERS. With the band SKA-VAGANZA he focused on traditional 60s Caribbean music, and that love continues with the songs on THE REMEDY – showing incredible diversity and talent as a singer, songwriter, entertainer and trombonist. Guests include Jamaican dancehall queen SISTA GRACY, the Grammy-nominated TIPPA IRIE, American jazz singer STEPHANIE K. and Swiss singer and Eurovision 2010 participant MICHAEL VON DER HEIDE. An absolutely enjoyable and well-rounded album! The remedy works – just call the Doctor! Sunny Yellow vinyl with a free drink coaster limited to 200 copies, “cloudy” white vinyl limited to 200 copies.

PUNK IN DUB full length LP in three colors! More than a reggae mash up!

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! Red, Yellow, and Green vinyl in stickered red sleeve with old school 80’s style badge!  A must for all fans of The Clash, Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Misfits!

HAPPY PEOPLE UK: PAMA INTERNATIONAL self titled LP from 2001

PAMA INTERNATIONAL are  an eight-piece reggae band from the United Kingdom who describe themselves as ‘Dub Fuelled Ska Rocksteady & Reggae’.   Pama Intl’s debut album, featuring members from Steel Pulse, Galliano, PWEI, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Style Council, Big Boss Man, The Loafers, Intensified and Ska Cubano was originally released in 2002 and immediately set out their soul-induced ska, rocksteady and reggae stall. The album is crammed full of eclectic sounds. Old school meets new in this soundclash of 60’s ska, northern soul, lovers rock, rocksteady, and even a Sly & The Family Stone classic. On vinyl for the first time ever limited to 237 copies!

Pork Pie Germany: JOHNNY REGGAE RUB FOUNDATION / SKA SKA SKANDAL VOL 6

Released on Germany’s legendary ska label Pork Pie, JOHNNY REGGAE RUB FOUNDATION kick out hard  grooving street ska and dirty reggae!  Sounding warm and powerful, with loads of boss vintage organ, tight off-beat guitar and deep reggae bass, full of amazing vocal arrangements and strong lyrics, topped off by a great mix by Victor Rice. 2017’s debut “NO BAM BAM” was an instant favorite worldwide!  Their second album from 2019 titled “TROUBLE” was produced by Johnny Ska. Twelve hard grooving songs that speak of energy, anger, mindset, power, good and bad forces and the overall question how we deal with the current changes in our everyday life. Dirty Reggae Scorchers, dancable ska tunes and damn good hooklines! One of today’s most promising new acts from Germany! Speaking of the modern German ska scene, we have also restocked the latest collection from PORK PIE on vinyl – SKA SKA SKANDAL series has been going on since the early 90s and VOLUME 6 is back in stock! Continue reading Pork Pie Germany: JOHNNY REGGAE RUB FOUNDATION / SKA SKA SKANDAL VOL 6

Grover Imports from California SKA superstars WESTERN STANDARD TIME and THE STEADY 45s

We are proud to finally have vinyl from the 7 piece rocksteady and traditional ska sensations form Los Angeles THE STEADY 45s! Beautiful harmonies, captivating rhythms and that driving Jamaican beat, the influences are strong: Desmond Dekker, Justin Hinds, Jackie Opel, Hepcat, Derrick Harriot, The Ethiopians, The Gaylads, The Techniques, The Heptones, The Wailers, Alton Ellis, Prince Buster,  Skatalites, Delroy Wilson, The Impressions, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Studio 1, Treasure Isle the list goes on!  Not to be outdone is the second album from all star big band ska supergroup WESTERN STANDARD TIME, and we have a limited batch on yellow / gold vinyl!