Pum Pum what? This "hotel" is by no means a descent in the traditional sense, but rather the studio that Moon Invaders and Caroloregians – founder Nico Leonard set up in 2008 in the heart (namely the red light district) of the Belgian working-class city of Charleroi, in order to play wonderful ska and reggae tunes with beautifully antiquated analog technology. There are mostly exclusive songs by old master Pat Kelly, of course also from the Moon Invaders and the Caroloregians, but also other traditional acts like the Ratazanas and the Red Soul Community. In addition, unknown formations like The Twin Spans, Bassy Riddim, Nicky Black & the Mystery Strings and others. Trendy very organ-heavy, Upsetters let salute. (Source: moloko-plus.de)
Sampler of some reggae and soul acts of the Angel City label from Los Angeles
Roots Reggae Compilation
Best-Of album of the Legendary Jamaican troupe with all the big hits.
With the fourth album of the Dutch Early Reggae Sensation, the band is breaking new ground! In addition to the typical upsession reggae and ska sound, there are also some Calypso numbers to be heard here. And if that weren't enough they have invited the reggae and dub old master Lee Scratch Perry as support, who enriches the album with brisk sayings and toastings. Unlimited purchase recommendation for every reggae fan!
The Netherlands has long been a spearhead in Europe with bands such as Mr. Review and Rude Rich & The High Notes. Since 2005 you have to add to this list the upsessions around singer/guitarist Boss van Trigt, who now present their third album with "Below The Belt". They have learned their lesson between Toots and the Maytals and The Meters really thoroughly. The melange of grooving rhythm section, rousing organ sound and rich voice works true wonders. And while the Dutch present an extremely danceable first single with "Beat Me Reggae", the remaining 11 pieces offer hardly any weaknesses. The Upsessions, which dance live across the stage in tracksuits, have energy for 12 rounds.
The Dutch UPSESSIONS present on "Beat You Reggae", apart from small soul and rocksteady excursions, (almost) exclusively well-kept early (skinhead) reggae. Everything fits here! The 13 pieces all sound very authentic, and those who like to ride the 69 retro train will be well served here.
Here comes authentic traditional fabric, vintage ska, rocksteady, somewhere in between, incredibly warm and charmingly interpreted. The 7-member troupe with multi-ethnic roots truly conveys a wonderful old-school feeling and we wouldn't know better, we would consider the recordings to be a find from about 50 years ago. The wind band evokes pleasant memories of Don Drummond and his special sound at the Skatalites. They stand for the album as a silent godfather in the background, this spirit is ubiquitous on "Trouble in paradise". The Steady 45s, along with the Frightnrs, Soul Radicts and Jr. Thomas & the Volcanos, are currently the best in the Trad Ska range. (Source: Excerpt from Review by moloko-plus.de)
The debut album of the Belgians: Mix of Rocksteady and trad-Ska with great harmonies - produced by Victor Rice
The "Moonies" celebrate their tenth anniversary and thank their fan base with 14 brilliant tracks! Perfect mix of early reggae, rocksteady,ska,something R&B, soul etc., garnished with "Funky" winds and great vocals. Authentic Kingston sound made in Belgium.
The second album of the "Moonies". Stylistically, there are fourteen pieces on "Breakin' Free" between Cool Jazz, Traditional Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Soul. The songs come across very relaxed, maybe it's because, as with the debut album, Victor Rice was sitting at the controls during the recordings. The pieces are written almost exclusively by the drummer Nico Leonard. Compared to the debut, the MOON INVADERS have clearly evolved, they sound more compact.
The band's debut album from Hungary. There are 13 songs between old-school reggae, rocksteady and lover's rock, along with male-female vocals and also some instrumentals.
The second work in a short time. It seems that the MAGIC TOUCH wants to set a record in terms of output. Anyone who thinks that the whole thing is somehow at the expense of quality is definitely on the wrong track. The band around singer and mastermind Alex Buck has retreated to Jochen Ströh in Berlin's LoveliteStudio for this production and has brought another vintage pop to the world. The recordings, in contrast to the predecessor in Stereo, convince musically as well as in terms of sound again without compromise. Ska, Early Reggae & Rocksteady at its finest.
The great first album of the Leipzig/Berlin band, which combines Rocksteady and Early - Reggae or Skinhead Reggae with many influences from Meters-Funk to Rub-A-Dub. Although the band has only been in existence since the summer of 2009, the record contains 15 original compositions, which you can't hear every day in this quality, with the recordings finished after only 5 days in the studio. Friends of the mono sound carrier should really access here!
Early Reggae! Re-release on Trojan from the 1969 Hippy Boys' album
A couple of young men from East L.A. formed this band during their high school days. Less than 10 years later, your sound is a decisive influence on California's ska and reggae scene. As a backing band, the Delirians have already earned themselves for various Jamaican legends such as the Jamaicans, Derrick Morgan, Pat Kelly and many more. Your 2014 album "Get Up!" proves that you also play solo great, funky & soulful reggae.
"Funky reggae for the working class", is how THE CAROLOREGIANS describe themselves. The Belgians prove on their second longplayer on Grover that a cool reggae and ska troupe does not need any winds. The focus is on guitar and organ work without degrading the craftsmanship and artistic work of the remaining musicians. Very positive ly not only that the two soloists work with different sounds in order to create a very special atmosphere for the individual songs. The bottom line is that THE CAROLOREGIANS win across the board. A fantastic, varied and well-arranged album that should not only please the traditional reggae and ska fan community, despite the 60s touch. (Source: ox-fanzine.de)
The title of the disc is the program: skinhead reggae with the usual dominant organ and a certain feverish nervousness and hustle and bustle, which already 40 years ago made records like "Funky Kingston", "Battle Axe" or "Funky Chicken" classics. The Belgians perfect their sound on their now third record and thus emancipate themselves from their largely identical brother band, the MOON INVADERS. Bee-industrious as they are, they have put together an all-round successful package of tradition, as Lee Perry's Upsetters could hardly have done better, back then. And as with the predecessor "Pum Pum Hotel" again a simply beautiful cover.
The US sextet around organist Roger Rivas (also active at The Aggrolites) presents a convincing mix of soul and early reggae on "Sweet Misery". From "Chrystal Necklace" to "Canyon City Life" to "Her Nature" there is no doubt that there is more than one hit-suspicious title to be heard. Those who previously only knew and loved the Aggrolites will also enjoy the creative minds of the Bullets and like to follow their musical path to ancient Jamaica
Third studio album of the band from Montreal! Singer Hugo Mudie gives the Beatdown Sound a very refreshing input. 11 songs that know how to convince.
The live album of the Dirty Reggae heroes from LA with all their hits plus the popular live songs "Banana" and "Don't let me down" finally pressed on disk.
The Dirty Reggae heroes THE AGGROLITES with their fifth studio album.10 incoming tracks accompanied by the fantastic soulful voice of the singer Jesse Wagner.