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Victor Rice: I feel like I’ve taken my place back

It was a very hot edition of the Freedom Sounds Festival, still at Gebäude 9. The organizers opened all the doors, but during the shows you didn’t feel the airflow. Given these conditions, it was good to slow down a bit. Jamaicans came up with this already in 1966, when they turned ska into rocksteady. And that is a genre Victor Rice loves.

Special album to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s debut

“Skapara tōjō”, the first TSPO long-play, with one of the band’s earliest hits, “Monster Rock”, was issued in 1990 by Epic Records. And on the occasion of the jubilee, the Japanese have prepared a special release for their fans.

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Moon Stomper – Stay Rude

In times of the Covid-19 pandemic and limited social and concert activity, we watch music videos more often. Especially those where people have a great time.

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Journey into extraterrestrial orbit with Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics

Read what one of our Readers liked the most about Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics’ debut album.

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.

Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation released a second album

Are you ready for “Trouble”? German band Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation has released a new album and it’s a proper dose of urban ska.

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Rude girls to the front or 7 female-fronted bands we like

The music industry is still a very masculine world. That is why on International Women’s Day we recommend you several contemporary bands, in which women play an important role.

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Chainska Brassika ft. Frank Harper – Simple Things

Do you remember Billy from “Football Factory”? Frank Harper played the part. The British actor guest starred in the new song and music video of the London band Chainska Brassika.

Penrose Records is releasing soul artists from Southern California

The founders of New York’s Daptone Records have an ear for soul music. And because it pulsates all over Southern California, that’s where they launched the new imprint – Penrose Records.

Vespa – Ściemniacz

Polish ska scene was boiling up when last year Vespa announced that their former singer and saxophonist, Alicja will be joining the band again. The lucky ones witnessed her return during the 3rd edition of Gdańsk Ska Jamboree. Others were still wondering if all this was true. Till this day.

Iconic No Sports records reissued after 30 years

Every time I see the slogan “stay rude stay rebel” somewhere, I hear the No Sports song in my head. At the beginning of the year, Mad Butcher Records reissued their EP and debut album on vinyl.

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Polish 90s ska legends are back!

They were supposed to never play again, but after ten years they decided to come back. Skankan, one of the pillars of Polish ska, reactivated. They’ve already played several concerts and are planning to release an album. Here’s the story.

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The Bartenders – Tańcz i Klaszcz

I’ve heard several times that Poles can’t clap to the beat. In my experience, other nations also have some problems with this. Perhaps The Bartenders’ new song will be the cure for this condition. Watch the music video!

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Claude Fontaine: reggae and bossa nova

The history of this album is very charming. Here is an American living temporarily in London. One day she finally enters the record store, which she passes by every day on her way home. And because it was not a completely random store, after passing the threshold the American finds herself in a completely different world.

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Win Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics record

Check how you can win the Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics vinyl record.

Badasonic Records – Belgian label worth keeping an eye on

When you want to release a record that sounds too soul for some and too reggae for others, you don’t have many options. You can opt-out and switch to black metal, try some DIY methods or start your own label. The creators of Badasonic Records decided on the third option.

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The Tellways – ska and rocksteady from Detroit

Are you looking for a pleasant soundtrack for a lazy Sunday? Check out some fresh blood from Detroit – The Tellways.

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This is the line-up for Freedom Sounds 2020 – FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public events, concert and festival promoters are forced to cancel or postpone them. The Freedom Sounds Festival, scheduled for the end of April in Cologne, found itself in the latter situation. The promoters set a new date – 4/5 September and announced the first bands – The Bluebeaters and Kalles Kaviar. We will inform you about the new line-up as soon as it is confirmed.

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Jesse Wagner & The Badasonics: Soul music is what got me into reggae and ska

Plenty of stars play at Freedom Sounds Festival, but usualy the artists listed slightly lower on the event poster cause my heart to beat faster. That was the case with Jesse Wagner & The Badasonics. After a great gig we had an opportunity to talk a little – listen or read the interview.

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The Uppertones: Jamaican boogie, that’s what we do

The Uppertones are coming back to Poland! Next week, with a refreshed line up and maybe also with some new songs, they will play in Poznań, Warsaw and Gdańsk. On this occasion, we want to take you back in time to last spring, when Mr. T-Bone and company visited us last time.

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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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Mighty Sounds 2019

Among the festivals that combine different alternative genres in one place, Mighty Sounds is my favorite. Every year you’ll find punk, hardcore, rock’n’roll bands and of course those that we like the most in their program . Check out why you should go to the Czech Republic this weekend.

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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.