If one band could be cited for the emergance of ska, it would be the Skatalites. Formed around June 1965 and built around the many musicians that had honed their craft at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, the early line up consisted of Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy Mccook, Johnny Dizzy Moore, Lester Sterling, Jerome Jah Jerry Hines, Jackie Mitoo, Lloyd Brevett and Lloyd Knibbs. The time span of the Skatalites career, considering their output of literally 100s of sides of music, was a relativly short one of just over two years. Here, Kingston Sounds have delved into the vaults of wirl records and have selected some tunes that show the dexterity of the band and what great sounds this group of musicians were capable of producing.
After 9 years a new album by the British Ska-Crazy, who started his career in 1979 inspired by the specials and the beat of his ska-punk band The Secret Meeting and after refining his ska sound in 1989 under the name of Mark Foggo's Skaster's released album "Ska Pig" picked up his genre classic. His songs are also characterized by a dark, observant comic style, Foggo describes his sound as "modern, bizarre, non-influenced, up tempo ska". * Jump Up Records.
Federal Records was the first domestic Jamaican studio. It opened its doors in 1961 owned by Ken Khouri, who first licensed American records to Jamaica before cutting his own songs, which were some of the earliest Jamaican RnB and Ska singles. In 1981 Ken Khouri sold the complex to Bob Marley, who renamed the premises Tuff Gong Studios and whose legacy continues to this day. Here are some of the best ska tracks to emerge from the Federal Vaults, featuring some of the best artists, musicians of the time. The great Lord Tanomo, Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez, Roland Alphonso and some lesser known artists.
Vinyl repress via Pirates Press for the 20th anniversary of the album! The 1997 album of the Slackers is probably the most famous of the trad. Ska Band from New York. With the classics "Married Girl", "Rude and Reckless" and many more all-time Classics!
With their third album "Fight the Good Fight" the Interrupters put another ska punk board in the pipeline. The songs sound more mature and the density of the really good songs increases and rises. The three Bivona brothers and frontwoman Aimee Allen hit the ska-rude-boy attitude of Rancid and Co. Surely anything but a coincidence, because you find guitarist Kevin Bivona on the keyboard of Rancid and Tim Armstrong himself not only appears here as a producer, but the song "Got Each Other" is featured by Rancid. Who likes the early No Doubt or finds "Distillers meets Rancid" interesting should listen in !
The American SKOIDATS, founded in 1995, unfortunately managed only two albums. The re-released debut "The Times" from 1997, then released on Moon Ska and a little later as vinyl on Vinyl Only Releases, the Grover sublabel, definitely deserves to be excavated again.
Back in Press. 2nd album , an excellent mix of ska and skinhead reggae, garnished with Oi! Even though the troupe disbanded more than 2 decades ago, the songs enjoy a certain cult status in the scene. Hardly any other band understood it so well Die trad. Ska/ Early Reggae rail with rough punk and Oi! link.
New album of the Spanish band founded in 2005 by Carlos Dingo. With the current album, the Red Soul Community is making a stylistic change from the trad. Ska/ Early Regaae to punky third wave ska sound that could make the hearts of fans of the Interrupters, Tim Timebomb and Rancid beat faster. Released on Jump Up!
The musician, discovered by Laurel Aitken in 1966, was part of the legendary Pyramids and had created true scene classics as a solo artist as Symarip with hits like "Skinhead Girl" or "Skinhead Moonstomp". Now a new album of the Ska"Boss", which he recorded together with the Galician Transilvanians. Ska and Rocksteady in the best manner, crowned by Ellis's unmistakable soul voice. In addition to numerous original compositions, a cover version of Billy Joel's "I love you just the way you are" is included. Published on Liquidator
Rerelease of the 1969 album by the Skatalite saxophonist.Recorded by Arthur Duke Reid at his legendary Treasure Isle Studios - named after the family-run liquor store where the studio was located on Bond Street in Kingston. The album also includes some classic vocal performances by the biggest names in ska history: Justin Hines, Stranger Cole and Millicent Patsy Todd. It is a perfect mix of skatalites instrumentals and vocals.
Brand new album of Ireland's finest UK ska revival between Hotknives, Mr. Review and The Specials. "Another Round" marks a new step and is dedicated to her former guitarist Stephen "Bob" Kavangah, who died after recording this masterpiece.
LP Re-Issue of the 89 album via Mad Butcher! Definitely a classic of the '89er 2-Tone Revival. Hardly any other ska troupe stood for sweaty and sprawling parties like Mr. Review. Too bad the boys don't play anymore.
Two years after the last album "The Sound of Revolution" here is the ninth Los Fastidios album on Kob Records in collaboration with Potencial Hardcore (Madrid), with the support of Fire and Flames Music! The album includes 13 songs in typical Los Fastido's style and is a successful mix of streetpunk, ska, Oi !, rocksteady, reggae, melodic punk and a touch of pop, sung in Italian, Spanish, a bit French and for the first time also a German song together with Dickenvon Slime!
"O'Farrell" was recorded in 1999, but has never been released through a label, let alone regular distribution. "O'Farrell" is certainly the band's punkiest and most unpolished album, but considering that it was made more than two decades ago, it's amazing how close the band was to their now highly popular, casual trademark sound. Although uptempo ska numbers like "This City" and "Untitled" are hard to imagine on the band's albums today, they have their own charm, with "Shit Jobs For Rock" the band shows early on the preference for bridging the gap to hip-hop and rap. "O'Farrell" clearly proves the class of the band, which is rightly more popular than ever today.
Ajaja... Repress of the third album from 1975. The Judge performs with his slippery post-pubertal lyrics over crispy skinhead reggae and ska to the highest form, among others there are the hits "Je T'Aime", "Rudeness Train", "Big Ten". Published on Radiation.
After a few years of hard work, "Awareness" is the second album of the outstanding Ska/Mod Quintet from Aschaffenburg. T-KILLAS deliver 10 mature songs that skillfully combine Two Tone Ska, Reggae, Soul, Mod and Punk Rock. A distinctive saxophone meets an insane organ and soulful vocals. Sometimes smooth, sometimes powerful, always danceable and with political ambition. If you've ever heard of The Movement or Scrapy, you should listen here urgently!
The new Yorker's second studio album! The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble is a true all-star band formed in 1994 by members of established and prestigious bands. In addition, the NYSJE is the first American ska band to perform in Poland after the fall of the Wall. In the meantime, the Jazzmen have gained a large fan base and can record hundreds of concerts all over Europe and America on their credit page.
Olly Riva and his Magnetics have already made the scene listen and dance with their first album "Jamaican Ska". Now the 2nd prank of the Milan combo: "Coffee and Sugar" - a very balanced, swinging album. Definitely traditional ska, but quite idiosyncratic – one could also say Italian – interpreted. In Italian Ska there is a beautiful tradition of wanting to entertain with performances and music, which means that a lot of emphasis is usually placed on danceability as opposed to beer-like authenticity. "Coffee and Sugar" continues this tradition without restriction. As a guest, Mr. T-Bone from the Uppertones joins in (Source: irieites.de)
Wiesbaden in Ska fever? The nine guys from "Mrs. Doctor" from the Rhine-Main area deliver a truly colorful mix of ska, punk and a lot of pop and rock on their fourth recording called "Penner Superdisco". "Frau Doktor" does not play the classic brass-heavy ska in the footsteps of Jamaica and England, but a very down-to-earth sound from Germany. Almost all texts on German, with texts to listen to and not listen away. It is stories of life on the street, of everyday skirmishes between scenes, left versus right, love passion and dreaming. Gentle Ska Rock from Wiesbaden, for the more poppy faction, which prefers something more melodious and demanding
Probably The Next Big Thing» is the name of the new record by Kalles Caviar. The title song is about a boxer who is traded as the next big sensation. In the big fight he goes in the first round K.O. The next big thing of the longest-serving Swiss ska-haudegen Kalles Caviar is quite different. The Baselers are releasing album number seven with "Probably the Next Big Thing" after almost a quarter of a century of existence. Twelve new songs - all original compositions - are on your ears. Reinhauen is worth it. Kalles Caviar has heard time and again since its foundation in 1996 that Ska is becoming "the next big thing". That's why they christened their new LP. Winking and serene.
The Selecter, the wild maschine from Coventry, which was already part of the multicultural 2 Tone Explosion in England in 1979, publishes with »Daylight her already 15-tes (!) Studio album. The 8-piece band is reunited with the original members Paul Black and Arthur »Gaps» Hendrickson and delivers compelling, politically engaged and uplifting songs that follow on from the time of »Too Much Pressure» and »Celebrate The Bullet".
Perfect 7th album of the Kombo, founded in Brixton in 1990, which, based on scant rhythms, risks a furious all-round turnaround in ska-based summer songwriting, leaving only happy faces, also because the songwriting of the 9-piece formation convinces in breadth and leaves the production nothing to wish for. Pop-oriented choruses ensure sustainability, the vocals include various members, the combo integrates elements from dub, hip-hop, Balkan, soul, gospel and reggae and likes to play razor-sharp one-chord attacks in the breakneck uptempo that the shreds fly to set up a cool instrumental with ingenious wind fanfares. Incl. guest appearance by Fermin Muguruza.