New York’s STOP THE PRESSES have been hard at work becoming one of today’s top traditional ska rocksteady acts, touring across the USA and wowing crowds at Supernova Ska Festival in 2021! This self released debut is a classic was engineered and mixed by Agent Jay and features a guest appearance by Dave Hillard of The Slackers. Includes the live fan favorite cover of OINGO BOINGO’s “DEAD MAN’S PARTY” too! Gold vinyl.
We are so pleased to have these must have 80’s classics from THE TOASTERS back in stock! One of my faves to this day is their 1989 classic “THRILL ME UP”, originally released on Skaloid. That was the heyday of singers Sean ‘Cavo‘ Dinsmore and Lionel ‘Nene‘ Bernard, who became so popular from this album that they got signed to a major label as the UNITY 2. “POOL SHARK” was released on Unicorn in 1987 and contains early classics that the band still performs to this day! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “THRILL ME UP” & “POOL SHARK” LP vinyl reissued on MAD BUTCHER Germany! Must have 80’s classics!
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”
Our debut release on PAY ATTENTION is also available on CD and cassette – two wonderful formats that flourished in the 90’s when the American ska punk sound was becoming an international force! CDs are in simple full color jackets limited to 300 – buy 2 for hella cheap and hook up a friend! Cassette Tapes on purple shells limited to 60 (there will be a second edition in October for Cassette Week 2021).
We’re VERY proud of the SOUL RADICS. In 2012 we released their debut album on JUMP UP and the rest is history! Lead by the charismatic DANI RADIC, the SOUL RADICS soon were known the would round and toured Europe more than the USA. A wonderful new-traditional ska sound that appealed to pretty much everyone. So much energy and great songs! Long time fans will be happy to hear that DANI RADIC has a new mini-LP coming out this year backed by THE SLACKERS on Jump Up! But to hold you over, we have imported their 2016 10″ mini-LP “Radication” (black vinyl remains) and final 7 inch single. In addition we have picked up more copies of DANI’s solo ska single recorded with European backing band, known as the MOONHEAD PROJECT (black vinyl)
Another incredible 90’s Moon Ska NYC classic gets a vinyl on BLACK FRIDAY! ! St Louis’ ska darlings debut album from 1996 on orange vinyl limited edition of 200 copies! Not familiar with The Skalars? Too young? Here’s a great review from back in the day: Continue reading Moon Ska Classic! THE SKALARS “Skoolin’ With The Skalars” LP – orange vinyl
Andy Bassford, born in Hartford, Connecticut, is the reggae legend you’ve never heard of. After initially playing several years in rock, reggae, latin jazz, and country bands, he then was discovered by Horace Andy, which led to his recording debut on the classic album ‘In The Light’ in 1977. In 1980 he went to Jamaica and began playing on sessions with the Roots Radics. Soon after he joined Lloyd Parks and We The People, thus performing or recording with nearly every reggae artist of the era, most notably Dennis Brown. Upon his return to the US in late 1980’s he joined Toots and the Maytals among many others and became the house guitarist for the seminal Studio One label. Currently, Andy performs internationally in Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express reggae-jazz fusion project, with whom he has also recorded two albums. In 2003, he was honored by the Jamaica Federation of Musicians for Outstanding Contributions to the Jamaican Music Industry, one of the only-non Jamaicans to receive this award. In 2019, he won his first Grammy as a composer and guitarist on Sting & Shaggy’s “44/876”, which took the honor of best Reggae album. Andy Bassford’s first ever solo album “The Harder They Strum” pays homage to the movie and album that lured Andy into the wonderful world of Jamaican music. Continue reading Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE sold out
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 !
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!
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!