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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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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.

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”.

Italian Covid Ghost Town 2020

Ghost Town in Italian? I honestly didn’t see that coming while browsing through musical novelties on YouTube yesterday night. Statuto crew couldn’t even suspect how up to date their cover will be on its release day, when they were recording the song in fall.

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Short Movie About Skanking

A week ago, nine years after shooting, “Short Movie About Skanking” had its premiere. What piece of work is that? – you might ask. Collaboration of Polish pioneer of punk rock and reggae, Robert Brylewski and cinema first of all brings to mind “Polskie gówno” (“Polish shit”) from 2014. Meanwhile, around 2010, Robert left his mark on musical and, as it turns out, also cinematic climate of Sosnowiec, city known for its dynamic ska and reggae scene.

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This Is Ska Festival 2019

One of the best summer ska festivals in Europe, it’s a well known fact. There’s always a great company there, picnic atmosphere till around 3pm and later on lots of great gigs until late night. Two or, if you’re really interested, even three days of great party in ska, rocksteady and reggae rythms. What more could you possibly want? I’ve been there many times and I’ve seen so many Jamaican legends at the Wasserburg castle, I think there’s no other place like that for me. What This Is Ska promoters prepared for this year? Here are my recommendations.

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Reggae Now! – this summer’s soundtrack

In May I’ve already shared with you my optimistic predictions about new Aggrolites album. Two tracks presented before the premiere allowed me to rub my hands with glee and to prepare my player for some intensive work. The physical record arrived just today, but the truth is I’ve already had it memorized.

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Dr. Cycos – Polish Ska legends on vinyl

This had to happen. Polish Ska legend finally goes into wax. Originally this self-titled album was released as a cassette in 1996. Few years later CD edition followed. Now it lands on vinyl by Oldschool Records and Jimmy Jazz Records celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Break Thru

NYSJE is kind of like a speeding train which races forward for 25 years now without any decelerations. Occasional exchange of passengers doesn’t have any serious impact on the general direction and definitely not on the great reputation of this ska-jazz torpedo. Last Saturday New Yorkers released “Break Thru”, their first studio longplay for eight years. Is there any break through here?

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The Aggrolites – Pound For Pound

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Travelers All Stars debut

One of the best bands I got to know during last few years has finally released a record. Even if we’re only talking about a 45, I still consider it a big event. Energy that this band can put into several minutes tune could be envied by quite a few scene’s veterans with many albums on their accounts.

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Los Apartamentos – Water Di Garden

At the very beginning I must confess, that I actually have no clue about musical genre called mento. It doesn’t change the fact that the Los Apartamentos’ debut album is soo good and it raises so much positive emotions in me, that I feel downright obligated to write a few words about it and encourage you to make a closer acquaintance with it.

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Riverside Stomp XV

I’ve been at Riverside Stomp Festival only once and it was 12 years ago. That’s where I’ve seen Derrick Morgan for the first time and if only because of that I have very fond memories of this event. Mainz is not very close to Warsaw, so during all those years I haven’t been able to repeat my visit, but every year I observe line-ups offered by the promoters with true pleasure. This time it’s also interesting.

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Never Thought – Renaldo Domino, Lone Ranger and xRobBlack

We like this kind of premieres. Polish reggae producer xRobBlack sends his instrumental to an american label Happy As A Lark. Guys from Chicago say they need a strong soul vocal here and they recruit a legendary falsetto of Renaldo Domino for this project. To make things even more fun they add Lone Ranger’s toasting to the set. And that’s how “Never Thought” song and its alternative version „Think Again!” were born.

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Daptone Records goes ska!

Yes, you’re seeing this right. Brooklyn based label known for promoting such fantastic performers as Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones or above all The Frightnrs this time decided to bet on the classic 60s ska sound. Since yesterday you can preorder “Lover Like Me” 7″ vinyl by Leon Dinero and The Inversions.

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The Aggrolites – Reggae Now!

There aren’t a lot of bands which had such a huge impact on contemporary reggae scene as The Aggrolites. You could say that their 2003 album “Dirty Reggae” was actually a new opening and started a whole wave of bands inspired by dirty funky early reggae sounds. Countless tours all over the world, five next releases and.. 8 years of break. Now they’re back and we’ll be able to judge the quality of this return on June 24th.

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North East Ska Jazz Orchestra: Jamaican and Caribbean rhythm mixed with the swing big band style

It was one of the largest teams on stage of Freedom Sounds Festival 2018. The North East Ska Jazz Orchestra consists of up to twenty people! They have been playing together since 2012, and set themselves a goal to rebuild the Italian ska scene. In March they released a new, self-titled album, which I talked about with the bassist of the band, Roberto Amadeo, last year.

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Freedom Sounds Festival 2019

It’s only few days left till 7th edition of Freedom Sounds Festival. We’ve written many times that this is probably our favourite recurring event in ska, rocksteady and reggae rythms. Spring indoors festival in Cologne, Germany has definitely earned this name. We’ve been there three times already and each time it was simply perfect. The bar is set very high but this year’s lineup allows to expect new record results.

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Mad Caddies – I’m Going Surfing for Xmas

California ska-punk band Mad Caddies has a musical gift for the fans for Christmas.

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KoNoPiAnS – Bangoraa

Here’s a new clip by Konopians. Song is surely not a very fresh one, it comes from “Mental Skataklism” album released 4 years ago. Yet, it’s still very nice, sweet reggae. Check it out while waiting for some completely new material.

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SKAcowani – 500+

SKAcowani is a Polish band from Cracow and they have a St. Nicholas Day gift for you. It’s a new song and lyrics video. You’d think it’s a nice and jolly occasion, but what they’re singing about touches some serious social topics. 500+ is a name of Polish government’s controversial program granting monthly finantial help to families with kids. Anyway, enjoy.

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The Uppertones – 3 on 1 EP vol. 2

The Uppertones is an Italian trio with famous vocalist and trombonist Mr. T-Bone as a leader. As they are known for quite extensive touring, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard their mix of jamaican R’n’B, calypso, mento and ska. Besides all those gigs guys sometimes decide to visit the studio. Latest effects of that kind of activities are three songs released on a 45.

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Yellow Umbrella – The Weasel

If you’re planning to make use of the winter season and spend some time on the slopes, Yellow Umbrella has a perfect soundtrack for you. A song from “Hooligans Of Love” album recorded two years ago just got a brand new snowboard video.