One of the most active of the Jamaican old stars is certainly WINSTON FRANCIS. Born in Kingston Jamaica in 1948, his vita reads with pleasure for every reggae lover. There is talk of collaborations with Bob Andy, Dennis Brown or Bob Marley. Once again, Rude Rich & the High Notes are at his side - after various reshuffles now in outstanding form and seemingly better than ever. This cooperation was once again very fruitful. Like the fist on the eye, the fact that the record was mixed by the wonderful Nico Leonard, mastermind of the Moon Invaders in his 'Pum Pum Hotel in Belgium' fits.
A French export hit since 1995 are WESTERN SPECIAL from Reims, the capital of Champagne. With talent, musical craftsmanship and open hearts, they have found their very own authentic style over the years. The Jamaican Sound of the 60s
40 Jamaican Rude Boy Sounds!
Huge compilation with American Ska/ Reggae Bands on 4 CD's!
23 bands from 10 countries provide plenty of variety on this really successful compilation. Even if the partly unreleased songs have little in common with traditional ska; Friends of the modern offbeat are guaranteed to discover one or the other treasure between the Japanese scapulars "Nicotine" and the Spanish Routiniers "Skarlatines"
Compilation with 19 bands around the globe from the fields of Trad. Ska, Ska Punk and Reggae
On 'Blue Beat In My Soul' the style of the 'Blue Beat' (synonym for the ska, rocksteady and reggae in the 60's, was created by the label 'Blue Beat Records') in the form of this CD is taken into account. - Together the sampler was produced by Siggi Seide, who hosts the eponymous show on 'Radio FLORA' from Hannover every second Sunday of the month, and what was then pressed by 'Nasty-Vinyl' is neatly produced: bands like Godzilla, Rudy Willy's Soundsystem, the Calamities, Ska Trek and Schwarz Auf Weiss and many others are absolutely worth listening to here."
Since the early eighties of the last millennium, the toasters have been on the road in terms of ska, giving the dinosaurs the scene. Given the biblical age at which the bread roasters find themselves, it is not surprising that after the tragic divorce of the first ska label after the Crusades, Bucket Hingley's Moon Ska NYC, it took them three years to find a new nursing home for their next disc. In the spirit of a well-oiled network, they have found their home on Asian Man, Jump Up!, Grover and the various Moon Ska offshoots. At a typically high level, social criticism is sometimes presented, sometimes lamented about supposed friends, but also the way to the party in Rio is described. (Source: allska.de)
14 smooth, almost light-footed songs that invite you to skanken. including a cover version of Bob Dylan with "Wanted Man"
The music of The Skoidats is a mixture of ska, Oi!, jazz and punk. Unusual about the skoidats is the mixture of rough street punk and traditional ska. Therefore, both Oi! Fans as well as ska fans to their loyal listeners. This is exactly the brand of the band: Ska and Oi! to mix in such a way that ingenious music comes out of it! And the music of the Skoidats is therefore suitable for all situations of life: you can dance if you want, or plunge into punk rock. The energy that the band also spreads during their live performances is enormous and standing still is almost impossible.
The Australian power-skapunk septet announces with a new sweep! 10 songs that continue where the predecessor "See You In Hell" ended. For 8 years, the crew around singer and mastermind FRANCIS HARRISON has been offering impeccable live entertainment, which regularly even takes audiences who are not at home in the genre. The fact that this level is always maintained on their albums is clearly a plus. With atmospheric songs like Black Jack Swing, Buy More Shit, Pretend Friend or the RANCID cover Old Friend, THE RESIGNATORS prove their class again and highlight their individual touch with a little rockabilly and wave feeling in addition to influences from US acts like MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES or OPERATON IVY. Impeccable Ska-Punk Album!
With "Follow My Sound", The Prizefighters from Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota present their first work, which is stylistically located somewhere between Madness, Intensified and Hepcat. What is certain is that they are concerned with honestly made music and the recordings come along accordingly rough. The organ always weighs heavily in rhythm, the multi-voiced vocals provide variety and leave neither punk nor soulattitüde missing. Honestly made ska sound, straight out of the belly, from reggae to ska and back. "Follow My Sound" just.
The Italians play 2-tone / 3rd Wave Ska and are probably most likely to be compared to Scrapy. Good disc with danceable muck
The third album of the Moon Invaders impresses with 14 tracks that go to the ear. The work was produced by Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers)
The first studio album of the well-known pop skasters from Brighton, with many great classics.
The album of the pop-ska band from Brighton - great mix of ska and Britpop, the last album with Mick Clare as lead singer
Founded in the mid-1990s, the SKA formation BLASTER MASTER, which originates in Oulo, Finland, is one of the outstanding acts of the local scene, along with the VALKYRIANS, VOIMARHYMÄ and jazz GANGSTERS. Known for their vital 2Tone sound, with which the nine-piece troupe always makes the clubs shake, the band has released three successful longplayers in addition to various singles and sampler contributions (e.g. United Colors of Ska Vol. 3). On their now released album 'Rude Boy Life', the politically active band in the Ska Against Racism expands the stylistic limits of their previous 2Tone sound and enrich it skilfully and full of game lovers with occasional reggae and dub elements, without losing the party-ready ground grip.
Best of double album including all top 10 hits of The British 2-Tone legends
Inspired by bands like The Clash, The Specials, The Offenders and Redskins, friends Till and Schnall have been doing their own thing since 2003. It's the energetic skabeats that they take care of and provide with a good portion of mod and garage to punk. It's fast, reddish and cheeky, with lots of guitar and organ as well as a dominant saxophone that builds the necessary wind front all by itself. Ska for party people and with the necessary dose of political engagement: "Strictly Antifa". Sound-wise, this is reminiscent of successful acts such as Mr. Review, The Offenders, Cartoon Violence, The Hotknives or even some role models from the Two Tone era, and yet carries its very own touch with mod attitude.
"Move Along" is the first album by the ten-piece skaband from Darmstadt, which are completely dedicated to the traditional sounds of Jamaica style of the 60s. Ska Trek, however, have a flair for sugar-sweet melodies, excellently instrumented with very skilful and soulful woman/man singing.
Sampler CD with 16 tracks
Double album of the Hungarian trad. Ska heroes the ska and reggae similar to the previous Open Season games and season the whole with a dash of Eastern European dance music. The good piece by PANNONIA ALLSTARS SKA ORCHESTRA was produced by none other than Victor Rice.
Rise Up" is the latest album by NH3, an Italian band that describes itself as a ska-core and was released by Mad Butcher. The sound is reminiscent of Talco again of Los Fastidios. The lyrics are very reminiscent of Los Fastidios especially when, as in "Rude Love", the Rudeboys and Rudegirls are paid homage. A total of a record that is fun and that you can like for only the first 6 numbers alone. NH3 is a band worth discovering and certainly not hiding in the shadow of Talco, RedSka and the like successful imports from Italy. Solid muck for fans of Talco, Ashpipe, Los Fastidios... (Excerpt from Review sub-cultures.de)
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.