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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

It couldn’t happen in April, so we keep our fingers crossed for September. Ravenous after the first summer without festivals in many years, we will be more than willing to go on a trip to Germany.

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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!

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“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.

Dr. Ring Ding & Bongoroll – Stay At Home (Covid-19)

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the music industry in many ways. Canceled gigs, postponed festivals, reduced record and merchandise sales. Isolation forced artists to create creative solutions – now they play for their fans online and write songs about the virus. One of them was recorded by Dr. Ring Ding

We know the winners of International Reggae and World Music Awards 2020!

International Reggae and World Music Awards have been presented for the 38th time. Recognized ska and rocksteady artists received statuettes in special categories.

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The Fanculos – What You See Is What You Get

The Fanculos is a ska band from Mumbai, India. In 2017 they released the “Gangsta TV” EP, and at the beginning of last year their debut longplay “The Fanculos Album”. The five-member band is primarily inspired by British 2 Tone. This is their first music video.

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Retro hits in Jamaican boogie style

Italian trio The Uppertones released a new album. This time the gentlemen took some hits from the 1950s and recorded them again in their characteristic style.

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Polemic feat. Dr. Ring Ding live at Pohoda 2018

If you ever wondered, how a concert looks from the bands’ perspective, watch Polemic and Dr. Ring Ding‘s live video from festival Pohoda.

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Ska and reggae at Mighty Sounds 2020 – FESTIVAL POSTPONED

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on movement and organization of mass events, most music festivals have been postponed to next year. This is also the case with Czech Mighty Sounds festival, which according to the new plan is to take place at the turn of June and July 2021.

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Bad Habit – Budapesti Karnevál

Budapest band Bad Habit is planning to release a new EP this year. Their debut  self-titled album came out in 2017. They promote the upcoming one with a music video for “Budapesti Karnevál”.

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“Dorian’s Going Gray” – The Skapones new single

Do you feel old when you realize that 2 Tone is 40 years old? You’re not alone. The Skapones recorded a song about this.