We’ve been working on this release for a VERY long time, but as you could tell from the tracks we leaked on our free CD samplers – it’s well worth the wait! Five amazing ska & reggae gems backed by NYC’s finest THE SLACKERS – DANI returns to full stride after leading the SOUL RADICS around the world for years. Such a natural collaboration, produced by DAVE HILLYARD and features all members of the band plus Buford O’Sullivan (The Scofflaws / Easy Star All Stars / Skatalites) on trombone, Mike Sarason (Far East) on keys and LARRY McDONALD on percussion. Recorded in Brooklyn NY and Pum Pum Studios in Belgium with Nico Leonard. Pressed in Italy on blue (SOLD OUT), red (SOLD OUT), and classic black vinyl (less than a box remain). Available in the EU though our partnership with Grover Records.
RUDE GIRL REVUE made their debut live performance at Supernova Ska Festival 2021, and this all-female all star band stole the weekend!! The project was almost a year in the making with band members sharing ideas and songs to perform remotely, only getting together a couple days before the fest to rehearse. If you were there you know they nailed it! The main movers and shakers of the band also got into the studio to record two amazing originals at Jon Quan’s studio in Virginia Beach, featuring vocals and instrumentation from Jade Tremba & Kristen Forbes (aka Lady Hatchet) from SCOTCH BONNETS and Jenny Whiskey from HUB CITY STOMPERS and RUDE BOY GEORGE. Pressed on orange vinyl in fold over full color sleeve, one time pressing of 500 copies.
Two more special CASSETTE TAPE releases for our Black Friday Celebration! The earliest demos of Brooklyn NY traditional ska warriors STOP THE PRESSES are now available on one cassette tape limited to 50 copies. And not to be outdone we have been able to get our hands on more Amy Winehouse tapes! It’s a classic clocking in at almost 90 minutes – and yes it’s all ska and reggae baby! Ask the internet for a track listing!
Longtime fans of MEPHISKAPHELES know that JUMP UP has reissued their first three classic full lengths on vinyl over the past decade, plus we’ve distributed their self titled mini-LP from 2015. In 2019 the band released a brand new 4 song EP and since then we’ve been trying to figure out how to make this a cool vinyl release. Then one day we were shown a process where a printer can put a digital print on a blank side of a record – and the idea behind the “NEVER BORN AGAIN” vinyl was born! MEPHISKAPHELES added two never before released demo versions brining the music side to 6 songs total, pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Due to the complex nature of this project this will remain a one time pressing! Originally set to ship out the second week of December, a pressing and printer delay unexpectedly kicked this to the beginning of January.
The Jump Up holiday tradition continues! Every year since 2010 we have released a new Christmas single, we are especially pleased with this year’s being original music from two bands tearing up the international ska scene – Britian’s THE SKAPONES and the SCOTCH BONNETS from Baltimore/DC. Both songs are full of sleigh bells, chimes, and lots of holiday cheer! THE SKAPONES “Ring The Bells” and SCOTCH BONNETS “Winter Reggae Party” will be new holiday traditions for sure!
LOLLIPOP LORRY formed in 2008, and from their earliest shows the band gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last 12 years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and toured all across Mexico, where they enjoy a massive fanbase. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites, the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions, as witness on their recent “Goes Dub” album. “Live At Octopus’ sessions were so popular on YouTube that Russian label Magnetic Loft released it on vinyl in 2019! New for 2020 is the band’s first 7 inch vinyl single – and a Christmas ska double header at that! “Magic Moments” made famous by Perry Como in 1954 backed with “Skankin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on the flip. Red and green vinyl each limited to 200 copies. Comes with a Christmas card too!
In the past we have brought holiday cheer through 45 rpm records with the Pepper Pots, Brooklyn Attractors, Roger Rivas, Leo & The Line Up, Napoleon Solo, and Dr Ring Ding! Every year since 2014 we have released Christmas 45s and this is now our third with The Aggrolites legendary organist ROGER RIVAS! There’s nothing more memorable than gathering the whole family around the TV to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, with the classic soundtrack created by American pianist Vince Guaraldi. On this 45 two of the most beloved songs are turned into early reggae gems, Roger’s versions will definitely bring a smile to fans worldwide! White vinyl repress for 2021 now available! In 2019 we turned to our longtime friend MR T BONE and his latest project THE UPPTERTONES – a three piece that plays the music of Jamaica that pre-dated ska – a West Indies inspired version of Rhythm & Blues with a touch of mento and Latin styles. This holiday single puts a Jamaican rhythm & blues spin on Louis Prima’s classic “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” – the flip “Rudolf The Red Noised Reindeer” in mento style!! Limited to 350 copies, red vinyl remains!
We’re so happy to announce our second release on PAY ATTENTION – our brand new imprint with Ska Punk Daily! What better than a brand new full length album from California’s HALF PAST TWO, who were featured on our first release TOO HECTIC earlier this summer! Having formed in 2006 and gigged with national acts Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats, Less Than Jake, The Skatalites, RX Bandits, The Selecter, The English Beat, Mustard Plug, and The Toasters, Half Past Two are veterans of the ever-thriving Orange County ska scene, but their forward-thinking approach also aligns them with with ska’s bold new generation. Their recent single “Shine” was a highlight of the 2020 compilation ‘Ska Against Racism’ and truly forecasted the amazing new album we have here today! The album-making process took a little longer than usual due to COVID, but HP2 kept the momentum going by rolling out singles on a regular basis throughout 2020 and 2021 — first “Shine,” followed by “All About You,” “Mean Green,” and “Some Nights” – all included here on the new self titled album. As you can hear on the pre-release singles, Half Past Two pull inspiration from multiple eras of ska as well as anything from driving punk rock to shiny pop. They cite such influences as Reel Big Fish, Weezer, The Hippos, RX Bandits, and Mad Caddies, and they’re proud to coat their songs with a little sugar. ‘Bubblegum Ska” is honestly the best description for HALF PAST TWO and we can’t get enough of this wonderful 12-track album! Blue and yellow vinyl each limited to 200 copies, both with full color insert / lyric sheet! ***2021 LP CLUB SELECTION already on it’s way to you!***
STAY TUNED in 2022 for a small REPRESS! PAY ATTENTION RECORDS is a joint venture between SKA PUNK DAILY and JUMP UP, our debut compilation release TOO HECTIC is finally here! This 17 track compilation features unreleased and first time on vinyl selections from our favorite current Californian Ska bands – bringing you that upbeat, catchy AF Ska Punk tracks – all personally selected by SKA PUNK DAILY’s fearless leader PHILLP! And we gotta tell ya he’s got mighty fine taste! Obviously we are a bit biased, but this is an absolute banger of a compilation! Artwork created by Sam Grinberg who works for this little show you may have heard about called The Simpsons. First Vinyl Edition: 300 yellow/gold and 300 purple. Check out the track listing:
DAY LABOR “Next Year” / HALF PAST TWO “Curtain Call” / TUNNEL VISION “Holes In My Shoes” / LEFT ALONE “West End Girl” / SOUTH CENTRAL SKANKERS “Hello Again” / CODENAME:ROCKY “Silos” / THE GHETTO ON PHYRE “Dad Bod” / AT BOTH ENDS “Jump Ship” / THE GOODWIN CLUB “See No Color” / BITE ME BAMBI “Like That” / NOISE COMPLAINT “In The Ground” / THE MEDDLERS “Koolero” / THE STEP DAUGHTERS “We Are One” / MONKEY “Mr Invisible” / OCEANSIDE SOUND SYSTEM “Give Me A Chance” / HOORAY FOR OUR SIDE “This Future” / GABRIELA PENKA “Abajo El Poder”