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!
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 REPRESS: THE SKALARS “Skoolin’ With The Skalars” LP – orange vinyl
THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” is finally back on vinyl! Reissue of 1992 third wave Moon Ska Records classic on random color vinyl, housed in a double sided full color poster sleeve with rare photos. Songwriter and lead singer Rob Hingley perfected a smooth, American-inflected vocal style across these eleven tunes, creating a blueprint for the top-ranking outfit’s authentic-yet-unique revival sound. And while New York Fever is founded on the best of the Jamaican and U.K. ska scenes, it also burns with the special flame of the hyperactive New York City outpost of ska’s international cosmos. The band’s playing is stunning on this third long-player, with brilliant bursts of horns punctuating an airtight rhythm section – every track provides the speedy rush that modern ska fans craze. Listening to NY FEVER again brought back memories of how great the US ska scene was before it was taken over by hype…um, and by bandwagon bands trying to be the next Reel Big Fish! This album is full of class, charm, and honest energy – elements that made the “third wave” ska scene great. Songs like “NEW YORK FEVER”, “HISTORY BOOK”, “SOCIAL SECURITY” and “PLOUGHSHARES INTO GUNS” are simply great songs – THEN and NOW. Hell, why else would JOE JACKSON get involved and mix the record?!? NEW YORK FEVER in many ways was the transitional record that positioned the band for major chart success in the 90’s. Personally, we grew up in the 80s and got hooked with their “POOL SHARK”, “THRILL ME UP” and “SKABOOM” albums – but when “NEW YORK FEVER” was finally released it was obvious to us that SKA was going to go big with bands like THE TOASTERS….it was just a matter of time. Issued on beautiful heavy weight marble grey vinyl, double sided full color poster sleeve.
Vinyl Tracklisting: New York Fever – Ploughshares Into Guns – History Book – Too Hip To Be Cool – Night Train – Social Security – Shebeen – Johnny Forsake Her – Too Much Happening – Pool Shark (Reprise) – B27 Download Card has all the above PLUS: Ploughshares Version – History Book Version – Pablo’s Night Train – Pablo’s Shebeen
Spy Kids were formed in 1990 in San Diego, California by like-minded souls who shared a love of Jamaican music and ska. The band drew its influences from a wide range of artists such as Bad Manners, The Upsetters, local San Diego bands The Donkey Show, Color Blind and Gangbusters, and contemporary California ska bands Let’s Go Bowling, Hepcat and The Specs, among others. After cutting their teeth playing local scooter club parties and ska shows around southern California, Spy Kids went into the studio to record a four-song self-titled demo tape. The pinnacle of the band’s whirlwind existence came shortly after, as they earned a supporting slot opening for UK ska legends The Selecter in Riverside California. By the middle of 1991, Spy Kids gradually came to an end as various members went on to join up with acts such as Flogging Molly, Unwritten Law, Buck-O-Nine, Unsteady and Pivit. Matt Hensley and Jason Bowen were also part of the early lineup of Chicago ska stalwarts Deal’s Gone Bad. Spy Kids last live performance was playing alongside the newly formed Buck-O-Nine at a wild party in Vista, CA which was broken up when the police threatened to send in a helicopter; perhaps a fitting end to the band’s short-lived yet frenetic initial incarnation. Fast-forward to a scooter ride in 2018 which brought several of the original members together; and discussion about re-recording the original songs sparked the process of getting the Spy Kids back together and into the studio. In February 2020, thirty years later, the band recorded the “Covert Action” album, consisting of five songs from its initial incarnation, the brand new reggae-influenced “Wrong Number”, plus versions of Jimmy Cliff’s “Harder They Come” and Prince Buster’s “Judge Dread”, featuring skateboard legend Ron Allen on vocals. White and red vinyl both limited to 150 copies! Comes with a “90s style fanzine” and sticker set!
We are proud to finally have vinyl from the 7 piece rocksteady and traditional ska sensations form Los Angeles THE STEADY 45s! Beautiful harmonies, captivating rhythms and that driving Jamaican beat, the influences are strong: Desmond Dekker, Justin Hinds, Jackie Opel, Hepcat, Derrick Harriot, The Ethiopians, The Gaylads, The Techniques, The Heptones, The Wailers, Alton Ellis, Prince Buster, Skatalites, Delroy Wilson, The Impressions, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Studio 1, Treasure Isle the list goes on! Not to be outdone is the second album from all star big band ska supergroup WESTERN STANDARD TIME, and we have a limited batch on yellow / gold vinyl!
In recent months we have been feeling nostalgic for those “quiet years” in the international ska / reggae scene. To read (false) articles that ska was “dead” in the early 2000’s is preposterous! In the early 2000’s we released album after album each and every year and helped (re) build the foundation – true REAL ska fans supported these record and bands and kept us going – THANK YOU! With that said we have restocked three of these albums from that time that out pals at Grover Records in Germany issued on vinyl. Austin Texas’ STINGER ATX originally released in 2002 plus the wonderful 2006 album from Victor Rice reggae legends FIREBUG. The stock we have is EXTREMELY limited and won’t last long, and it is most likely the final copies we will have for the USA.
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!