Dutch stars RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES have been putting the soul in ska for decades, and we’re proud to have these two vinyl represses in stock once again! “SOUL STOP” from 2004 now on 180g black vinyl in a fold around sleeve, features 19 tracks including killer old school covers like “Prince Of Peace” (Prince Buster), “High School Dance” (Freddy McKay), “Hot Milk” (A Tribute To Jackie Mittoo), “Money Worries” (Ernest Wilson), “I Won’t Let You Go” (The Blues Busters), “Old Times” (The Heptones), “Ska Beat” (Alton Ellis), “Come Down ’68” (Lord Creator) – and of course amazing originals too! RUDE RICH and crew’s latest from 2016 “THE SOUL IN SKA” took that Motown sound and created incredible ska & reggae versions: “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”, “Back Stabbers”, “Love And Happiness” – but they also kicked out Jamaican classics like “Turn Your Lamp Down Low”, “Evening News” and so much more! This repress is on WHITE vinyl too! Look what else showed up – TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS with 10 great covers of classic reggae hits just peep the cover art!
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 restocked by popular demand!
In 2010 when the album „The Senior Allstars In Dub“ was released, it was the first time that this German instrumental ska / reggae band gave compositions of theirs into the hands of others for remixes – curious to see what various dub producers would do with their material. The results not only excited the band tremendously but were enthusiastically received by their listeners and fans. On their last album, „What Next?“ (2012), the quartet created a unique and original kind of collectively and improvised dub when each member – equipped with mixing devices and effects – steered his input self-sufficiently and live. “Verbalized And Dubbed“ is not at all a second infusion or act of mere recycling, the band cooperated with dub-mixers and vocalists, just as in the case of BRUKKY and CRAZY BALDHEAD who recorded their opening track „Just Another Youth“ (a song marked by its alluring understatement) in New York. Or with VICTOR RICE, a longstanding friend of the band, who went into the studio in São Paulo with the Angola-born Pitshu. Dubmatix und Ammoye met in Toronto. Sometimes greater distances had to be bridged: for the collaboration between Sarah Winton (Manchester) and Dubvisionist (Hannover) for instance who also provided the ambience for Longfingah’s vocals. Tokunbo recorded her part for „I Dare You“ in Berlin, Umberto Echo did his mixing work in Munich. DR RING DING, former front figure of the Senior Allstars, joined forces with Dubolik in Zagreb and marched as proudly as relaxed through the dancehall on „Come Back Alive.“ KING DJANGO from New Jersey did not waste time nor space: he sang and remixed his track „It’s A New Day“ completely own his own. We are very proud to finally have these incredible dub albums available in the USA!
Geier Sturzflug is a German musical group created in 1979, playing a style of “West German New Wave” originally derived from post-punk/wave with electronic influences. Stylistically they combined rock, pop, ska, and jazz, always with cynical lyrics. They are best known for their hits “Bruttosozialprodukt” (Gross national product), “Pure Lust am Leben,” “Einsamkeit,” and “Besuchen Sie Europa.” – the first of these was number one in Germany for the entire month of May 1983. The band has stayed active over the years and returned in 2022 with an entire ska/reggae album entitled “IN DER GROSSEN” which shows signs of their 80’s new wave roots combined with a bluesy European revival ska sound (think The Busters, Braces, No Sports). A tight sound and infectious groove, highly recommended even if you don’t speak German. A pleasant surprise! Speaking of 80’s punk/ska/new wave THE PIRANHAS (UK) original album (that was shelved) has finally been re-released on vinyl (a few CD box sets exist with this material). The Piranhas formed in 1977, and were a British ska-influenced punk band from Brighton, first coming to prominence when DJ John Peel started playing their single “I Don’t Want My Body” on his BBC Radio 1 program, but achieved their biggest success with their cover version of the South African kwela song “Tom Hark”. When “Tom Hark” became a hit the band suddenly signed to SIRE and the original album recorded for ATTRIX was shelved with much of the material re-recorded. Finally we can enjoy on vinyl this incredible and historic piece of unsung 2-Tone history!
Many years ago we released the MJAROCKER project that took Michael Jackson vocals and matched them up perfectly with ska and reggae cuts performed by The Drastics. Not a mash up, modern artists writing and arranging vintage Jamaican ska/reggae tracks to perfectly accompany the vocals. We have another project in the same tradition from the mysterious producer that goes by C.B. A limited promo run of DJ 45s were distributed earlier this summer with edits of two of these tracks, punk anthems “London Calling” and “Astro Zombies” gone dub! For Cassette Week 2020 we unleashed a tape with the extended versions of these tunes plus 4 more – “Passenger”, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Pretty Vacant” and “Holiday In Cambodia” – and you guessed it we now have limited edition color vinyl! A must for all fans of The Clash, Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Misfits!
BLACK BUTCHER issues the legendary last CBGB’s set from THE TOASTERS in 2002, originally released my MVD Audio in 2015 and immediately went out of print! A great set captured professionally during the final weeks of the NYC club’s existence: Shocker! / I’m Running Right Through The World / Shebeen / Sitting On Top Of The World / Modern World America / Mona / Can I Get Another? / Run Rudy Run / 2tone Army / Social Security. We’ve also restocked the the first ever LIVE album recorded in 1989 in London, featuring the first every appearance of COOLIE RANX on vocals, who was a temporary fill in due to the sudden departure of THRILL ME UP era singer CAVO and NENE (aka UNITY 2). Little did we know COOLIE would come back a few years later permanently. Originally issued on UNICORN records thanks to MAD BUTCHER Germany a whole new generation of ska fans gets to hear this classic on vinyl 30 years later. Limited to 500 copies. Read all about this great release at the DUFF GUIDE TO SKA. Tracklisting: A1 Matt Davis A2 Weekend In L.A. A3 Go Girl A4 Run Rudy Run A5 Thrill Me Up B1 Don’t Blame Me B2 One-Track Mind B3 Ska Killers B4 East Side Beat B5 Pool Shark
To celebrate New York Ska Jazz Ensemble’s brand new album (vinyl and CD arriving soon from Brixton Records Spain) we have restocked a classic from the MOON SKA NYC era, 1996’s “Low Blow” on 180g blue vinyl. Rock Steady Freddie and Victor Rice get down with an incredible rotating all star band that included Vic Rugiero, Devon James, Buford O’Sullican, Caz Gardner, Agent Jay, Jack Ruby Jr and more performing classic jazz standards in Jamaican style!
We are so excited to have these two amazing vinyl titles from LUCHA LIBRE RECORDS, who specialize in promoting bands from the Ecuadoran ska/reggae scene! Snatch these up as they are the very last copies that exist! LOS BARRELSHOTS released their debut mini CD “Reggae Explosion” in 2017, and now the first Ecuadorian Early Reggae / Rocksteady band from Quito kick it into high gear with their debut full length entitled “REGGAE VOLCANO”. Featuring 10 original tracks, mainly instrumental, once again staking their claim as one of the top Latin American groups of the skinhead reggae genre. Los Barrelshots have been able to recreate in the studio this infectious sound, firmly rooted in the Jamaican musical heritage blended with soul, funk, and jazz, which has made them an essential live act of the national scene. Featuring Lady Lex on one track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. QUITO SKA JAZZ ‘s debut LP features 8 extended original instrumental jazz ska tracks, featuring Fred Reiter from New York Ska Jazz Ensemble on one song. This top Ecuadorian band formed in 2012 and quickly became active on the local scene, single handedly spreading the gospel of ska and Jamaican musical culture in Ecuador. “Ciudad of Ska” is truly the first Ska record from thee “middle of the world” to get the vinyl treatment! Including one dub version and a live track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies housed in an amazing fold out poster sleeve. BUY BOTH LPs and get a DEAL! Free DRINK COASTERS and STICKERS while supplies last!
THE MAGNETICS are an Italian band formed in 2017 and led by Olly Riva, their sound mixes original Ska, early Reggae, Jamaican music, and Rocksteady filtered through a “vintage” soul rhythm n’ blues vibe. The band’s first album “JAMAICAN SKA” (2017) was nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ by many SKA webzines and radio stations around the world. The band’s second album “COFFEE AND SUGAR” was released in 2018 by GROVER RECORDS, soon after the single “COME PRIMA” was released, a cover song of the Italian classic pop tune feat Tony Dallara, one of the greatest voices in Italian music history. The band has toured restlessly, raking up more then 250 shows across Europe, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Holland, Belgium and overseas on a small Mexico tour. They have appeared on some of the greatest ska festivals including Zwarte Cross (NL), Reduit and Dynamite Fest (DE), Gdansk SKA Jamboree (PL), Tramore SKA fest (IRL), Rock N’Stock (FR). In November and December 2019 THE MAGNETICS toured and backed legendary Jamaican singer SUSAN CADOGAN, and recorded two studio tunes with her as well for a future 7 inch single. In August and November of 2020 the band released “Cocktails & Fairy Tales” Vol 1 & 2, which are both collected here on limited edition yellow vinyl, 300 copies. The album is a wonderful mix of songs about drinks from around the world! Booze! Cocktails! Scorching surf 60s ska, crooner big band vocals, Cuban-Jamaican mambo reggae and so much more! Songs about “Gin & Tonic”, “Bloody Mary”, “Campari”, “Tequila Boom Boom”, “Mojito”, “Jamaica Glow” and more! The perfect summer ska/reggae record of 2022! We’ve also restocked their first album “Jamaican Ska” too, add a copy at a discount price!