German Neo-Trad Ska Legends – SPICY ROOTS! Import Vinyl in stock at budget prices!

SPICY ROOTS was founded in 1994 and are one of the most famous traditional ska bands still active in Germany. In their initial year the band shared the stage with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, plus nationwide tours with numerous international ska acts. In 1997 the band recorded the first EP “Export” , which was released under the SOS Records label. In 2001 their debut album was released by Grover Records, touring all over Germany and Europe. After releasing their second studio album “Get Ready”, Spicy Roots toured across Japan in 2008. In 2010 “Just In Time” was released and the band played Moscow and at numerous festivals, such as The Irish International Ska & Reggae Festival and the Mighty Sounds Festival in the Czech Republic. After a long absence the band triumphantly returned with “PENNY BLACK” in 2019, delivering their catchy European revival sounds to fans worldwide once again! We’re so happy to be able to make these great albums available in the USA again at a budget price!

 

Restocked: LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!

We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading Restocked: LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!

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.

Grover Vinyl Classics: SENIOR ALL STARS – jazz dub reggae all stars

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!

DR RING DING “The Remedy” LP (OUT OF PRINT – REPRESS IN 2022)

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.

Mento Madness from LOS APARTAMENTOS – debut album “WATER DI GARDEN” out now!

Los Apartamenos have been spreading Jamaican mento folklore since 2016 – from private pool parties to international festivals. Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska/reggae music. It is often confused with calypso, a musical form from Trinidad and Tobago, and although the two share many similarities they are distinct musical forms. Mento’s focus on acoustic instruments is preserved here, and all songs were recorded with one microphone with nearly no overdubs, capturing that old timey feel. Members of Los Apartamentos have played in well known German ska acts The Braces, Monkey Shop, and Kapelle 3. This debut album is inspired by 1960’s Jamaican sessions by Count Owen, Lord Fly, Count Lasher, and Lord Flea, and was produced by Boss Van Trigt (Boss Capone, The Upsessions) in the Masons Arms studio. “Water Di Garden” is guaranteed to excite the tourist inside you as you cry “take me to Jamaica where the rum comes from!” You loved our limited edition flexi postcard – now get the debut full length! Limited to 300 copies on black and poolside blue vinyl. Continue reading Mento Madness from LOS APARTAMENTOS – debut album “WATER DI GARDEN” out now!

THE BUSTERS “Hunky Dory” b/w “Ska Bang 87″ 7” vinyl (OUT OF PRINT)

THE BUSTERS are one of Germany’s most loved ska revival bands, formed in 1987. Playing 2 Tone-influenced ska, they became one of the best-known German ska bands, having a minor hit single with a ska cover of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” plus releasing albums on Sony Music Germany. Their first two albums “RUDER THAN RUDE” and “COUCH POTATOES” were stone cold European revival classics that reaching a die-hard fan base in the USA.  THE BUSTERS even toured the USA at the beginning of the 90’s with releases on MOON SKA NYC. To this day the band  tour Germany every Christmas and run their own independent record label, Ska Revolution Records. The Busters have recently released their fourteenth studio album “STRAIGHT AHEAD” – limited edition digipack import CDs will be back in stock soon. To keep the vinyl tradition alive, JUMP UP has released a limited edition 7″ single for the 2017 tour, limited to 500 copies in three colors: Dark Red, Lime Green (German Tour Only), and Goldenrod yellow (now sold out). The a-side “Hunky Dory” is a swingy jazzy ska number full of DR RING DING’s fun-loving crooner vocal style, the flip “SKA BANG 87” is an uptempo brassy ska instrumental that brings to mind vintage Let’s Go Bowling! Essential!

Did you miss out on the limited edition 180g LP + CD version of their previous record “Supersonic Scratch” ? Have no fear we imported another small batch, you have a second chance to get that great record!

LORD MOUSE & THE KALYPSO KATS 10″ LP (JUMP089) (OUT OF PRINT)

Debut 10 trx LP from Europe’s top vintage big band calypso act finally on wax! Having the look of an old Jamaican 78RPM 10″ right down to the vintage green sleeve/label art, includes new versions of “WASH YOUR HANDS”, “FE DA RE”, “CALYPSO BE” + many cool original. For fans of KITCHENER, MIGHTY SPARROW, etc. Click on the image to visit the band’s MYSPACE page and look at all the pretty gals that make up the KALYPSO KATZ!