New releases from El Paso Records

El Paso Records attacks with two new Western Reggae Hits at 45rpm on 7″ vinyl with awesome artwork, as usual on this label’s editions.

On one hand we can find the West Kensingtons from Philadelphia (USA) offering two spaghetti western covers such as ‘Ecstasy Of Gold’ from Ennio Morricone and ‘Django’ from Luis Bacalov. Both tracks never heard before on these versions. Cover art has been designed by Jordi Duró and the back cover and labels by Txarly Brown.

The other release is The Upshitters from Barcelona that, this time, plays tribute to ‘For A Few Dollars More’ from Morricone and ‘C’e Sabata (aka Bootboys Go West)’ from Marcello Giombini. This gem’s cover art has been designed by, as usual, Txarly Brown, official El Paso Records designer.

Both releases are now on the streets, available in the best record stores only. Both of them are limited editions, so you better run for your copy before it’s sold out!


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Akatz – A Go Go, 2

The band Akatz, that is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, releases the second volume of the successful ‘A Go Go’ series. The first volume, nowadays out of print, had a great success of sales, and this second one looks like is going to be about the same.

‘A Go Go, 2’, as its predecessor, is released on 10″ and will feature 6 cover songs from other artists.

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The return of Glen ‘Greyhound’ Oakley

Reggae lovers are celebrating the return of Glenroy Oakley, Greyhound’s singer and leader, who will be back on stage offering two unique gigs in Valencia and Madrid backed by Los Offbeaters. They will be offering a show full of Reggae, Rocksteady, Soul and Ska including all Greyhound classics. Glenroy, who still has got the same gifted voice that took Greyhound to the UK charts by the end of the 60’s, with tunes like Moon River or the anthem Black & White, will be kicking ashes during two nights next christmas.

22nd December 2017, 23h.
16 Toneladas
C/ Ricardo Micó, 3
+ Mango Wood
+ The Oldfashioneds
+ DJs: Bredda Crew Selectors and guests

23rd December 2017, 23h.
Rock Palace
C/ Vara de Rey, 6
+ Mango Wood
+ DJ Luis Navarone
+ Rudy King
+ DJ Toni Face

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Hugo Lobo – Ska Is The Way, 7″ EP

After having sold over 200,000 albums with his band Dancing Mood, Hugo Lobo presents his new solo album ‘Ska Is The Way’ featuring luxury guests such as Carroll Thompson, Natty Frenchi Metsch and Publik Report.

Hugo Lobo is an Argentinian artist, recognized for being the trumpeter, producer and leader of Dancing Mood, the instrumental Ska band most representative of Latin America.

With more than 20 years of independent trajectory, Dancing Mood is the band that, with the direction of Lobo, introduces the genre within the current popular music, re-covering great classics. The quality of these Ska arrangements from Hugo leads the band to have 15 records recorded with more than 200,000 copies sold, selling events for more than 2500 people in consecutive weekly cycles.

Throughout his career, the renowned trumpet player recorded, produced and performed with international artists such as Rico Rodriguez, Winston Francis, Pauline Black, Dennis Bovell, Winston Reedy, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Gaz Mayal, Georgia Ellis, The Skatalites, Doreen Shaffer, Lynval Golding and AJ Franklyn, among others. As well as with Argentine artists like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Mimi Maura, Los Cafres and many others of diverse genres.

It should be noted that this year was called to play the ‘London International Ska Fest’ as well as the tribute to Rico Rodriguez with his original musicians and Jerry Dammers.

Hugo Lobo, with his solo project, has managed to take his music to Paraguay, Chile, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala or Nicaragua, to name a few countries. Hugo Lobo, however, does not leave his militancy based on sharing the music, returning it to the purest underground, going through every possible corner of the planet understanding as a necessity to pay attention to independent musicians, and somehow demystify as the only point of “cultural encounter” the capitals of the countries.

This challenge gives the name to his new EP ‘Ska Is The Way’, which has international participation as Carroll Thompson in the classic tracks ‘Do not Stay Away’ and ‘Why Did You Leave Me’, Also in his own track ‘Ska Is The Way’ with the guitar of Natty Frenchi Metsch collaborating plus the Jamaican voices of Publik Report. Also featured is ‘Melody For Rico’, song dedicated to who was his master in the style and with whom he played and recorded many times, the great Rico Rodriguez.

Ska Is The Way!

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Alpheus – Just A Little / Sleeping Giant, new single out now!

Born and raised by Jamaican parents in London, England, Alpheus developed a passion for singing after seeing an old recording of Sam Cooke perform on television, and performing on local sound systems in London as a youth. His love for Ska, rocksteady and reggae developed as he was exposed to singers like John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Don Carlos, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Michael Gordon, Keith Douglas, Thriller U, Maxi Priest, and many more great artists.

Whilst Alpheus was living in Florida, USA, In 1997, he was discovered by Tony Brevett of the famed vocal rocksteady group The Melodians. Mr.Brevett took Alpheus to the legendary Clement Dodd at his great Studio One Label in New York, where after honing his craft as a session vocalist and singing various singles, Alpheus recorded his debut album ‘Quality Time’ which was released in 1999, on some of those classic Studio One ska, rocksteady rhythms.

After Touring the USA and learning his stage performance skills with talented artists like Everton Blender and Richie Spice, Alpheus went on to sing a nice and even more contemporary reggae album with Special delivery label, ‘Everything For A Reason’ France, 2007.

Then the meeting of what we could now called the “golden duo” came to birth with music soul mate Roberto Sanchez who produced a couple of glorious singles, (7”and EP) “Two rocksteady riddims” – Dirty dozen and family rhythms.

Alpheus then progressed to sing his third critically and musically successful album entitled ‘From Creation’

produced by Roberto Sanchez for his A- Lone label (Lone Ark) in 2011. This is a superb album which consists of stunning re-creations and original composed ska and roots rocksteady music.

After performing From Creation on various renowned festivals in Europe, such as Garance, Rototom, Montreux Jazz, Reggae Sun Ska, Reggae Geel Reggae Jam , Freedom Sounds festival, Arhus Reggae Festival and many more.

In 2014 the golden duo teamed up again to make yet another quality album entitled ‘Good Prevails’ of more ska, roots rocksteady and early reggae music which was released by Liquidator Music label (Madrid). After much success with ‘Good Prevails’ album, now Alpheus and Roberto Sanchez combine their talents for a third time to make a trilogy of quality albums. So, as we await with bated breath for Alpheus highly anticipated new album produced by Roberto Sánchez, it will be preceded by this great new double AA sided Single.

Liquidator Music label releases now these two new songs entitled ‘Just A Little’ and ‘Sleeping Giant’, available in both digital and 7 inch vinyl formats.

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Soweto – Turn On The Music Again, LP & CD

‘Turn On The Music Again’ is the third full-length album by top Barcelonian band Soweto, a record composed mainly of own compositions, which they recorded just prior to their participation in the One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival in Jamaica. Wicked instrumentals and awesome vocal tunes compose the twelve songs of this brand new album that is going to be released on LP, CD and digital..

Soweto were born in 1998 in Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona, ​​with the intention of emulating their black idols, especially the Jamaican big bands of the 60s. Their main inspiration are the original artists who emerged on the Caribbean island, precursors of the rhythms that conformed Jamaican music as we know it and love it.

Soweto’s music transports you to an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1960s Jamaican dance floors, where orchestras made people thrill to jazz, ska, swing and other syncopated rhythms. The works published to date by the band are a good example of the good work under study, which always tries to record, arrange and produce as was done in the Jamaican studies of the sixties. Ska and Jamaican Rhythm and Blues are the main foundation and pillars that build the band, not forgetting Rocksteady, Reggae, Soul or Jazz.

Throughout all these years Soweto has shared stage with a good handful of original Jamaican artists, as well as accompanied as backing band, both on studio and live, to great legends of the Jamaican music like B.B. Seaton (The Gaylads), Winston Francis, Derrick Morgan, Dennis Alcapone, Rico Rodriguez and Roy Ellis. Live is where Soweto find themselves as fish in the water, their shows end up with a euphoric audience that always remains wanting more. They have played for almost all the Spanish geography and at many European venues and festivals.

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Do the ska!

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Akatz will release the 2nd volume of ‘A Go Go’

The band Akatz, that is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, will release the second volume of the successful ‘A Go Go’ series quite soon. The first volume, nowadays out of print, had a great success of sales, and this second one looks like is going to be about the same.

‘A Go Go, 2’, as its predecessor, is going to be released on 10″ and will feature 6 cover songs from other artists.

On the streets on November 6th, only at the best record stores!

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Doreen Shaffer – First Lady Of Ska, 7″

Monika Johnson, better known as Doreen Shaffer, is arguably the most active original Jamaican singer of the last 50 years. A founding member of The Skatalites since 1963, she has toured the world countless times, taking the legacy of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae music to the most remote parts of the planet, from the most underground venues to the most important festivals.

Her work at the head of The Skatalites is probably the one that will consecrate her and for which she will be remembered for centuries, however, her brief solo work, like this single which we are presenting today, endorses her as one of the best Jamaican singers of all time.

The independence of Jamaica in 1962 brought a musical creativity of which not only the island still profits today. The Steadytones, from southern Germany, recreate that golden age, making it tangible, audible and perceptible. A perfect band for backing the ‘First Lady of Ska’.

Great interpreters of the variety of styles that emerged in the 1960s, especially in Jamaica, but also in other corners of the world, The Steadytones take their “explosive reggay” sound far beyond the borders of their native Germany. Their work with renowned and influential artists as Stranger Cole, Keith & Tex or Doreen Shaffer, endorse them as one of the most appreciated bands nowadays.

The chemistry produced when Doreen met The Steadytones was registered in the studio and pressed in this single of exquisite production in which you can find two standards from the last century, taking them to their field and giving them a complete new dimension for our enjoyment, an indispensable release In the discography of any good music lover.

A. Smile
B. I Can’t Give you Anything  But Love (Baby)

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Keith & Tex – Same Old Story, LP/CD

Keith & Tex are Jamaican Rocksteady icons, with classics for life, such as ‘Tonight’, ‘This Is My Song’, ‘Run To The Rocks’, ‘Goodbye Baby’ and, of course, the song ‘Stop That Train’, worldwide famous tune that was featured in Jimmy Cliff’s ‘The Harder They Come’ original film sound track.

Keith Rowe and Phillip Tex Dixon, both originally from Kingston, were introduced by a common friend and soon formed a singing group which contained three other friends singing everywhere possible, trying to get the chance to record fresh material. They auditioned for the most important producers at the time in Jamaica like Duke Reid, Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd, but were not successful as a five man group, so the group disbanded leaving the duo Keith and Tex.

They later auditioned for  Derrick Harriott who recognizing their talent, recorded the duo’s best moments on 7” by the end of the 60’s. Hits came soon: ‘Stop That Train’ (actually was a Spanishtonians original Ska track), ‘Tonight’, ‘This Is My Song’, ‘Don’t Look Back’ (a The Temptations cover) and ‘Hypnotizing Eyes’. Their Jamaican story didn’t last too long, as they stopped recording in 1970 when they both moved abroad: Keith to USA and Tex to Canada.

Keith served in the US Army, while Tex worked for the Canadian Government.  Keith continued playing the New York scene and also recorded a classic song with Lee “Scratch” Perry titled Groovy Situation. In 1994 they re-joined to play some gigs and to complete an album titled Together Again. That same year Keith started a new radio DJ career with ‘Sounds of the Caribbean’ show, an exciting adventure that lasted nineteen years until his departure for Tampa, Florida. He continues his radio career with his show ‘Reggae Rhapsody’ on Reggae King Radio, an internet radio station by VP Records. Since 2013 they have toured the world, and played some of the most prestigious Reggae/Ska festivals including North America, Europe and Asia.

2017 sees the release of new original music produced and composed by Roberto Sanchez at A-Lone Ark Muzik Studio with this brand new album. Composed exclusively with original material, keeping the Rocksteady essence the duet was known for during the golden period from 1967 to 1969. Also included are Ska and Reggae cuts within these 11 tracks. This album proves that Keith and Tex continues their excellence and with the stunning Roberto Sanchez’s production, this new Album is a must for all serious music lovers.

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Thorpedians – Strike Back, 7″

Hailing from Barcelona they were used to be defined as a ‘Hard Reggae’ band, even their first album from 2010 released by Redstar 73 record label, was entitled ‘Maximum Hard Reggae From The Top’. After a five years hiatus they come back now with a brand new 4 track EP on vinyl with 4 hot shots of Hard Reggae From The Top.

A1 Good Time
A2 You & Me

B1 Violator Strikes Back
B2 On The Top Of My Wall


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