Christmas Ska: DETROIT RIDDIM CREW and FRIENDS LP vinyl (red / white) and TAPE

We’re proud to team up with Abbey Productions for the debut full length from DETROIT RIDDIM CREW – featuring tracks from THE TELLWAYS and a holiday classic from J. NAVARRO &THE TRAITORS featuring Rachael Stokes. Detroit Riddim Crew is a collective of musicians spearheaded by Eric Abbey (J. Navarro & The Traitors / Tellways / Superdot / 1592) who record at Castle Hooligan in the heart of Detroit. Previous vinyl 45s featured Dave Hillyard on sax over the “Castle Riddim” dubbed by Agent J on the flip – the second 45 release was “Oh Shepard” featuring Jah Ques on vocals with the riddim on flip. This debut album contains music recorded in Detroit & Kingston, JA – side A features Christmas & holiday tunes in a rocksteady & ska style, side B features a collection of riddims showcasing up-and-coming deejays Jah Ques, Esne da Goddess, and Eddie Riott, concluding with a dub version mixed by Fatta. The Kingston session was engineered by Delory ‘Fatta’ Pottinger, who worked with Sly and Robbie and many others, and was performed by Steve Golding on guitar, Keith Bennet on drums and Glen Browne on bass. Limited edition of 400 copies with 150 each on white and red vinyl for the holidays! Initial orders come with a BONUS Detroit Ridim Crew 7 inch single!

Christmas 45: LOLLYPOP LORRY “Magic Moments” b/w “Skankin’ Around The Christmas Tree:”

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!

Christmas 45: ROGER RIVAS “Christmastime Is Here” b/w “Linus & Lucy” 7 inch / THE UPPERTONES “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” b/w “Rudy The Red Noised Reindeer” 7 inch

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!

British Classics: INTENSIFIED “Yard Shaker” LP / AMPHETAMEANIES “Now’s The Time” LP + 7 inch

We’re digging back into the late 90’s for this vinyl repress! British traditional ska band INTENSIFIED released “Yard Shaker” in 1997, and to this day it stands as one of the best 60’s inspired Jamaican ska albums of the decade, on par with HEPCAT, The Articles, Scofflaws, etc. Listen to the cut “FAT CAT” from this album and the comparisons to HEPCAT jump out at ya! This limited white vinyl re-press with fold around sleeve won’t be around for long!!!! THE AMPHETAMEANIES second full length “Now That’s What I Call” came out in 2006 and was a bright light in the UK ska scene, very English fast paced 2-Tone with a Madness circus appeal. Male and female vocals trade off in this pub friendly ska stomper! As an added bonus we are tossing in their 2008 4 track EP “Goodbye Boyfriend” at no extra charge!

Grover Classics: RUDE RICH & THE HIGHNOTES “Soul Stomp” LP / “The Soul In Ska” LP

Dutch stars RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES have been putting the soul in ska for decades, and we’re proud to have these two vinyl represses in stock once again! “SOUL STOP” from 2004 now on 180g black vinyl in a fold around sleeve, features 19 tracks including killer old school covers like “Prince Of Peace”  (Prince Buster), “High School Dance” (Freddy McKay),  “Hot Milk” (A Tribute To Jackie Mittoo), “Money Worries” (Ernest Wilson),  “I Won’t Let You Go” (The Blues Busters),  “Old Times” (The Heptones), “Ska Beat” (Alton Ellis), “Come Down ’68” (Lord Creator) – and of course amazing originals too! RUDE RICH and crew’s latest from 2016 “THE SOUL IN SKA” took that Motown sound and created incredible ska & reggae versions:  “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”,  “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”, “Back Stabbers”, “Love And Happiness” – but they also kicked out Jamaican classics like “Turn Your Lamp Down Low”, “Evening News” and so much more! This repress is on WHITE vinyl too! Get both and get a deal!

German Legends! NO SPORTS “TWANG!” LP + “King Ska” LP / “Stay Rude Stay Rebel” 7 inch EP

The late 80s / early 90s was a truly fantastic time for ska music on the European continent. Ska was still heavily influenced by 2-Tone and hadn’t been diluted yet by the forthcoming third wave. Labels like Unicorn, Skank, and Pork Pie ruled the scene and gave fans worldwide something to look forward to! German skasters NO SPORTS were one of those top acts and their first two releases are still classics to this day. Mad Butcher Germany has reissued their amazing debut “KING SKA” from 1989 as well as their follow up 4 song “STAY RUDE STAY REBEL” EP from 1990, now released on 7 inch single. OH MY GOODNESS!! NO SPORTS just released a BRAND NEW album in 2021 and it’s in stock now! Fourteen tracks of manic aggressive 2-Tone ska !!!

MAD BUTCHER 80s German Revival: SKAOS “Beware” & “Catch This Beat” LP / BLECHREIZ “Who Napped J.B.?” LP

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.

MAD BUTCHER 80’s German Revival: THE BRACES “Prime Cut” & “Blue Flame” LP

THE BRACES were part of the first wave of amazing post-2-TONE German bands, but (in our option) had a more pop oriented songwriting style that set them apart from “harder” edged bands like No Sports, Blechreitz, Skaos, or The Frits. Songs on their debut “PRIME CUT” (Unicorn Records) have stood the test of time, specifically “Julie Julie” and “Her Smile Means Nothing” which we played to death on our radio show back in the day!  A couple years later they returned with their follow up “BLUE FLAME” on Pork Pie Records.

 

DR RING DING German import vinyl from PORK PIE & RING OF FIRE

Can’t get enough of the good Doctor? Neither can we! That’s exactly why we have imported some of his recent Germany import classics proudly sit next to “The Remedy” album we released late last year! We’ve got limited copies of two stone cold classics – “BINGO BONGO” with his Spanish group SKA-VAGANZA and “GWAAN” with German collective SHARP AXE BAND. Both these albums are varied with ska, roots reggae, dancehall, and calypso – if you dug “The Remedy” you’re definitely need to add these to your collection. And if you also love vintage DUB sounds we also have “March Forth” – his dub counterpart to “GWAAN”.  All on heavyweight vinyl! Don’t delay, this shipment took nearly 90 days to arrive!

German SKA Vinyl: SPICY ROOTS

SPICY ROOTS “Get Ready” LP from 2006 on Grover/VOR records, beautifully catchy 2-TONE tempos, big horn arrangements, and wonderful vocal harmonies.  We felt too many people missed out on these incredible gems – all budget priced to get you to try some great new GERMAN ska!