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Stay at home and watch Perú Ska Festival Online

It’s getting hotter and hotter and the pandemic restrictions on the organization of cultural events in Poland loosen up. Small concerts and open-air parties are slowly coming back to Warsaw. But in other parts of the world, online events are still the best pastime. This weekend, it’s worth staying at home and virtually going to a ska festival in Peru.

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Travelers All Stars – reggae fatties with yellow laces

I’ve spent the last two weeks embracing summer heat and sweet laziness. Yet, there are some topics that enforce you to write a few words. This time it’s the premiere of not one but two Travelers All Stars singles and it’s definitely worth your full attention.

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Comeback of Long Beach Dub Allstars

After almost 20 years, Long Beach Dub Allstars are back with a new record. A self-titled album often means a new opening, sometimes a big change of a band’s sound. Is it the case with this Californian legend known for merging reggae, punk rock, ska, dub, hip-hop, and pretty much everything around?

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Steady Social Club – „Take One”

Do you sometimes order a record without first hearing it? Without knowing even one song? Steady Social Club’s album was the first in a very long time that I purchased without hearing a single second of it.

Online festivals happening this weekend

We have a 4-day weekend ahead of us in Poland and although we’re coming out of lockdown, sometimes it’s important to ask oneself if  I really need to leave my flat. The promoters of virtual festivals made sure that it was worth spending the next few days in front of the screen.

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Dub Pistols feat. Rhoda Dakar – Stand Together

Sometimes reality catches up with the words of a song. The new Dub Pistols single was released on June 4, when people in the United States were protesting and rioting after the death of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a police officer. “Stand Together” seems to be a song written for the moment, but it was created two years ago.

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Pyrotechnist – second round with dub out of Belgium

Have you ever wondered what do producers do after the last musician leaves their studio in the evening? Well, they just take all their toys – microphones, tape machines, echoes, reverbs, mixers, and any other retro junk and play with it the whole night long. They do dub!

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Mango Wood – Stomp You Down

Many great records have been released this year. Lots of good ska, reggae, even rocksteady. Yet, what Mango Wood created still managed to make a huge impression. Imagine that you put on the record, hear the first sounds, next tunes and suddenly you realize that something is not quite alright, it’s gotta be a mistake, someone has put the wrong record into the sleeve. It was supposed to be fresh stuff from this year, not an early reggae compilation from the 60s. I got conned!

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The Players Band – Skamörgåsbord

This album’s title kinda sounds as if the Vikings were coming and the only reasonable line of action was to quickly evacuate. There’s something to it as smörgåsbord means Swedish table. In this case, the buffet is all about ska music and relates to a plentiful, all-around set of dishes prepared by The Players Band.

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In Buena Onda Reggae Club Caribbean music meets Brazilian heritage

I like to listen to bands from warmer countries in the summer. I imagine beach concerts and tropical drinks with umbrella straws. In Poland the heat is already lurking around the corner, we are slowly coming out of lockdown, and only live music will be missing in this puzzle, at least for some time. Fortunately, there’s an album coming to the rescue and although it came out in January, it will be good to listen to in our part of the world right now.

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Lunchin’ with The Dendrites

If you were wondering if anyone plays solid ska in Denver, Colorado, I assure you they do. There’s at least one ensemble, which for the second decade makes sure that fans in need of such sounds have their local crew on whose gig they can always count. “Lunchin’ with The Dendrites” is their latest EP, which quite stirred up my perception of the band.

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The Red Stripes – Made In Hong Kong

Red Stripes are a 10-piece band from Hong Kong. In March They released their second album. I associate Asian ska primarily with ska-jazz and rather classic kind of playing truthful to Jamaican 60s roots. But here we have music subtly but firmly touched by typical British  2 Tone.

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Freedom Sounds Festival 2020 – new date and line-up – FESTIVAL POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the September edition of Freedom Sounds will also not take place as planned. Restrictions on the organization of large events in Germany have been extended. All we can to do is wait for 2021.

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Listen to Steady Social Club’s “Take One” ahead of its official release

The first Polish rocksteady band, Steady Social Club, is releasing its debut album on May 11. On RudeMaker you can listen to this record today!

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The Makeways are feeling good and sharing some new music

As another week of isolation passes, the thoughts of going to a gig become more and more intrusive. Especially, when I listen to records that sound like a preview of enjoyment. The Makeways new EP is certainly one of those.

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Crazy Baldhead is back with the new album

Jay Nugent a.k.a. Agent Jay a.k.a. Crazy Baldhead is to most known as the guitarist of The Slackers. While there he’s disciplined to give the band a good backbone, he lets himself loose in his solo project.

Chainska Brassika – Shmanny Ska

Members of Chainska Brassika during home isolation recorded a new song encouraging people to dance. In the music video they used recordings sent by their fans.

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Los Aggrios on vinyl

If you’re looking for a decent old-school instrumental early reggae, Los Aggrios from Los Angeles will be a good choice. They recently released their first 45.

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The Aggrolites Live at Sugarshack Sessions

The Aggrolites played a short acoustic show in the Sugarshack Inc. compound. You can listen to songs from this session also on Spotify.

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Victor Rice releases a new album

The previous album, “Smoke” was the first part of a musical trilogy documenting Rice’s attempts to combine rocksteady and samba. The next release containing these experiments will see the light of day in mid-May. Listen to the first single.

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The Uppertones & Friends – musical support for medics

During the pandemic, the artists are not bored at all. They write new songs, broadcast their shows in limited line-ups on social media, or, like Mr. T-Bone, support the needy with their music.

The Aquabats – Kooky Spooky​.​.​. in Stereo!

We already know two first songs from upcoming Aquabats album. Both got pretty cool lyrics videos and their sound lets me be quite optimistic about fast aproaching premiere of “Kooky Spooky…In Stereo”.

Taapa Groove – “Punto Negro”

I’m always very happy when I manage to find on the internet a band I’ve never heard before, and whose sound is way above average. Of course, I am even more surprised it turns out to be a band with more than 10 years of experience. That’s the case with Taapa Groove, who in 2018 released their 4th album – “Punto Negro”.

Once again Alpheus proves what he’s capable of

Today is the premiere of new Neil Martin’s album. You might know him better as Alpheus, a singer specialized in rocksteady music. Will his new piece of work be actually a winner as the title suggests?

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The Aggrolites – “Move Em Groove Em” (Live at RevivalHouse Records)

Just when I almost forgot about The Aggrolites and their beautiful record from last spring I was suddenly reminded how great it is. What a mood!

“Ska Delight” documentary finally available online

Although this movie’s premiere took place almost six years ago, many of you probably didn’t have a chance to actually see it. Tomorrow it’s going to change and Ska Delight will hit the internet.

First Polish rocksteady band releases a debut album!

At last! Finally someone in Poland has put together a group focused exclusively on playing rocksteady music. You can read all about it on RudeMaker – who are the members of Steady Social Club, when will they release their debut and most importantly you’ll hear what all this fuss is about.

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The Skapones – Dorian’s Going Grey

These are not easy times for artists, but where there’s a will there’s a way. The Skapones in conditions of “home isolation” managed to record a cool video for their latest single “Dorian’s Going Grey”.

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Thee Sacred Souls – Can I Call You Rose?

Some time ago we wrote about the new imprint of Daptone Records – Penrose Records, for soul artists from Southern California. One of the bands from its catalog, Thee Sacred Souls, recorded a music video for their single “Can I Call You Rose?”.

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The next big thing is coming from Switzerland

Kalles Kaviar recorded a new album. Will it be as big as its title suggests? Check it out for yourselves.