Russian Imports: ST PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ REVIEW “Too Good To Be True” LP / Self-Titled Debut LP

MAGNETIC LOFT has reissued the first two albums from Russia’s premier ska-jazz band on vinyl! A powerful 10 piece led by strong female vocals,  both albums bring back the days of the large swinging jazz orchestras and are fused with early Jamaican ska rhythms to die for! These cats were plying big band ska long before the current craze! The band also excels in unconventional covers, on their self titled album from 2002 they did the SEX PISTOL’s  “ANARCHY IN THE UK” and on their 2005 album “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE” they did DEPECHE MODE’s “POLICY OF TRUTH”. Both albums were top sellers for us in the CD days and we are so happy to get these on Russian import vinyl, limited to 200 copies each!

MAGNETIC LOFT restocks: MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “Love You So” LP / “Give Me The Way” LP

Magnetic Loft Records in Russia have been on a serious tear releasing vinyl from the best bands in the Russian ska scene! The latest is the new MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “LOVE YOU SO” LP – a wonderfully soulful and funky ska/reggae act with a female lead singer, a wonderful follow up to their debut “GIVE ME THE WAY” album of a couple years ago. This album keeps your interest from start to finish, it’s is refreshing to hear a band take some chances with the Jamaican form, they remind me of EASTERN STANDARD TIME in the sense that spy-themes and cocktail jazz is a heavy part of their sound.

New 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!