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!
The Freecoasters create a fresh and original sound by infusing the best of American southern soul with infectious reggae and rocksteady rhythms. Specializing in tuneful, danceable originals, their broad repertoire is influenced by classics such as Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, The Beatles, and The Temptations to contemporary acts like Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, and Sharon Jones. Whatever the song, The Freecoasters’ sound is unmistakably authentic and original, lead by powerhouse vocalist Claire Liparulo. Their second album, “A Different Kind of Heat” features a dozen songs once again produced by Jesse Wagner and recorded/mixed by Roger Rivas, both from California reggae superstars The Aggrolites. Arguably one of the most soulful & heartfelt releases to emerge from the ska scene in years, it truly is a modern day classsic. Limited edition pink vinyl limited to 150 copies! Black vinyl available too! Add the bands first self released album at the same time for only an additonal $10 !
We’ve got a real great JUMP UP 45 for all you dancers out there! It’s been in the works for a couple years now! When we put RODDY RADIATION’s version of FRANKIE FORD’s 1959 boogie piano rhythm & blues jam “Sea Cruise” on a free CD sampler years ago, fans begged for this to be released on a 45. A true classic that had a beat that anticipated ska, it’s been covered many times over the decades but most famously in our Jamaican world by Jackie Edwards in 1964, and Rico Rodriguez (with The Specials) on 2-TONE. But all these years later we never could decide on a fitting tune to compliment it ….until NOW!
Chicago’s roots queen BAILEY DEE has been thrilling audiences worldwide for years, and little did we know that she was a huge ska fan! Bailey started tossing in more focussed ska rhythms on songs during her live sets, fully witnessed during the last BRING IT UP HIGH festival where she played alongside a rare reunion by St Louis’ THE SKALARS. We were SO thrilled! When we told Bailey we had this RODDY tune and needed another she immediately suggested “SEA OF LOVE”, a rhythm & blues nugget from 1959 sung by PHIL PHILLIPS and THE TWILIGHTS. BAILEY enlisted members of DEAL’S GONE BAD (bassist SPYDER was already part of her band) and HI FI & THE ROADBURNERS and the rest is history! Of course making the package perfect is beautiful label art by the one and only CHEMA SKANDAL, who knocked it out of the park with this rockabilly roots homage! Available on classic black (no substitute for roots purists!), orange, green, and white vinyl. Email color choice to firstname.lastname@example.org – all colors are limited! Continue reading RODDY RADIATION & Skabilly Rebels “Sea Cruise” b/w BAILEY DEE’s Kingston Affair “Sea of Love” 7 inch – Rhythm & Blues SKA!
The Tellways mix their Motown Detroit roots with retro Caribbean sounds on their debut full length “OUT TO THE COSMOS”, which features 7 unreleased new songs plus 5 from their demo CD re-recorded in 2020. A relatively “new” name on the scene – but don’t be fooled – the band is comprised of many ska/reggae veterans! The Tellways officially formed during the summer of 2018 and deliver a unique; catchy sound full of harmonic vocals, vintage organ and pianos, heavy bass and drums, and jazzy melodic horn lines and solos. Lead singer Rachael Stokes’ voice is to die for, old timey and sultry. THE TELLWAYS have elements of rocksteady, ska, reggae and soul mixed in their own way, and it will make you smile, dance, and sing along within minutes. The world is catching on too – did you catch their track on the recent “RUDIES ALL ROUND VOL 2” collection released by HAPPY PEOPLE UK, curated by the LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL? “OUT TO THE COSMOS” was recorded, mixed and produced by Eric Mazurak at Super Tiger Studio with crazy vintage analog gear, illustrations by lead singer Rachael Stokes! Orange vinyl limited to 300 copies!
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!)
Boomtown United is St. Louis’s premier ska collective, a powerful 8 piece delivering horn driven harmony-laced 2-Tone style songs, their catalog is overflowing with an innovative sound that has captivated audiences worldwide. Comprised of veterans from the StL ska and reggae scene, Boomtown United bring an energy that is both refreshing and therapeutic on their debut full lengh “Tuffer Than I”. A must for fans of classic 2-Tone like The Specials, English Beat, and Madness; early American and European third wave ska like The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Let’s Go Bowling, Hotknives, Potato 5 and Mr Review. The wait is finally over, you heard them on the SKA BREWING collaboration DRINK THE SKA and on the 2_TONE tribute CHECK ONE-2 and finally the full length has arrived on Jump Up! Light blue vinyl press limited to 200 copies. Tape limited to 50 copies. A co-label release with Grover Records in Germany!
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
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!
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
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.