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Jamaicat – Jamaican Sounds From Catalonia

Jamaicat is a compilation featuring 21 tracks (most of them previously unreleased) of Jamaican music at it’s most classic mood. All the bands are from Catalonia, nearly five thousand miles away from the treasure island, and fifty years after the golden age on which these bands gets the inspiration from.

Most of the bands featured have been around for quite a long time, some of them over two decades. It looks like the Jamaican grooves are now part of the Catalonian musicians DNA 

This compilation just wants to be some kind of family portrait which shows the wide musical specter born from those Oldies but Goldies tunes written back in the time in the West Indians.

On the streets on February 17th!

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The Oldians – Roots’N’Soul, new album!

The Oldians are back again on time to their biennial record release rendez-vous and launch their seventh studio album “Roots ‘n’ Soul – Nice & Easy”: what an awesome skill this from the Catalans, leaded by Javier García (guitars, music, arrangements, lyrics, recordings, mixing) and… what a non-stop pure joy for connoisseurs, band followers and Jamaican music lovers in general it is!

For this new strike The Oldians draw 12 new songs with the root and the soul as the square and the bevel, dropping lines free on their own way and almost eye-blinded, because these kids go like this: nice and easy. This “Roots ‘n’ Soul – Nice & Easy” new album find a perfect-drilled version of the Oldians when playing at the crossroad of Jamaican and Jazz traditions: whether it’s rocksteady time, a ska beat or getting the reggae the band print its signature trademark in every of the album tracks. It comes easy to The Oldians with a well rooted rhythmic base (when occupation meets craftmanship); beautiful it is with those keys on four hand and those dreamland pistons and reeds with its; nice and easy are each and every of the solos you will find in “Roots ‘n’ Soul – Nice & Easy” (top of the crop, that’s what they are). 11 out of the 12 songs of this new collection are lighted by the one and only Saphie Wells, vocalist of the band who might be the guest star at the vocals if only she was not, more than recruited, fully-incorporated to the band: Saphie made the difference in the two previous albums by the Catalans and she glitters again bringing forward the songs to higher levels of magic and seduction.

If this new album is the first release by The Oldians you are holding on your hands, get your turntable on a rush and don’t miss the chance to jump in the legacy of the band: rewind, stop by and enjoy the large discography of the band. If, on the other hand, you already know about this little hidden musical treasure called The Oldians, you better get ready because “Roots ‘n’ Soul – Nice & Easy” is, up to the date, the best of the musical gems of the band. And of course, you will enjoy it just as if this new record wasn’t the last shot of the band ever: you know you can trust them!

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Nuevo single de Alpheus!

Liquidator Music label announces another quality Alpheus release via a new double sided single. 

‘Rudies’ is the title track featured on the A side, a vibrant uptempo dancing Ska song where Alpheus sings resonantly to all. The song is a call for all Rudies to come out for a jubilant night of dancing, adorned in their best Rude garments’. The superb composition of the music by Roberto Sánchez certainly gives us the air of that retro authentic 60’s Ska sound. Played by Musicians of the highest order Lone Ark Riddim Force. 

On the flip side is ‘Our Time Will Come’, an early Reggae song which Alpheus sings with positive endearing intent. A message of hope and perseverance on this early reggae rhythm composed and elegantly constructed by the maestro Roberto Sánchez and played again by his Lone Ark Riddim Force band. 

This brand new single will be out on December 12th. as an advance of their forthcoming album to be released on 2020. B side is a rarity which won’t be issued on the new album.

Order your copy now.


Tracklist

A.   Rudies
B.   Our Time Will Come

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Top Shotta Band featuring Screechy Dan, new 7″ out!

Formed in 2010, Top Shotta Band featuring Screechy Dan is Brooklyn’s freshest and hardest hitting live ska and reggae band. 

Led by trumpeter/producer djMush1 (formerly of The Slackers and Murphy’s Law) the group features a 4-piece horn section, a full 4-person riddim section, and live percussion, as well as the inimitable Screechy Dan (original Vital Crew/Big Yard/Shaggy Posse or with his alias Leon Dinero on Daptone Records) on vocals. With a powerful, soaring, and versatile vocal style, at times invoking R&B/soul greats such as Frankie Lymon and Otis Reading, Screechy Dan is a New York City musical icon, and an in-demand international touring artist. 

With its roots originally in instrumental and horn-laden dub, Top Shotta Band’s latest 7” single returns to Mush1’s musical roots and deepest love, foundation ska music, and features two original compositions by Screechy Dan and the band.

This brand new 7″ single is the advance of their forthcoming vinyl LP to be released in 2020, entitled “Spread Love”. “Share My Love” and “Cool and Deadly”, the tracks featured in this new 7″ 45, are two genuine roots ska tunes pressed in a limited vinyl released for fans and DJs.

Purchase your copy here.

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Laurel Aitken – En Español, 20th anniversary

20th Anniversary edition of this Laurel Aitken classic. This one is Liquidator Music label best seller ever!

As you might know, Jamaican icon, Mr. Godfather Of Ska, Laurel Aitken, was born in Cuba where he lived until he was 8 years old and moved to Jamaica. His career started singing Calypso, Jazz, Cuban and Boogie Boogie for tourists in Jamaica in the early 50’s.

This one is his only Spanish album in such a long career, he recorded it in Spain in the late 90’s, when Laurel was in his seventies, along with Skarlatines band.

Expanded and remastered edition housed in gatefold jacket featuring a bonus track that wasn’t released in the original CD edition.

This is Latin Ska!

Purcahse you copy here.

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Ska Jazz Messengers – Mil Veces No, 7″

It has been ten years since the formation of Ska Jazz Messengers; a decade of changes and metamorphosis as they follow their musical quest.  Numerous musicians and lineups have allowed the band’s roots ample time to reassess ideas that are finally coming to fruition in 2019. 

Ska Jazz Messengers may well be the sole representatives of Venezuelan Ska Jazz today; survivors of a very fruitful period for this genre in their home country.  As political and social situations made it harder for other groups to keep going and their members dispersed across the Venezuelan Diaspora, SJM have soldiered on. Even though their musical style might be considered “underground” in most countries, they’ve managed to spread their name to fans of Jamaican music across the globe, as well as expose new ears to these captivating styles.

Between 2014 and 2016 the band’s popularity exploded, in their own country, as well as abroad, thanks to their cover of Pharell William’s “Happy”, which has so far garnered almost half a million plays. This song earned them an appearance on the German compilation “Skannibal Party”, while in Venezuela they were nominated for the Pepsi Music Awards for two consecutive years.

In 2016, the band was  invited by Hakase Sun (respected session player in the Japanese Reggae/Ska/Alternative music scene since the late 80’s) to collaborate on one track for his 8th solo album. Hakase has played and recorded with a number of Jamaican and British legends, and has participated in important Japanese bands including Little Tempo, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Tsuyoshi Kawakami and His Moodmakers and Fishmans.  This collaboration has gained SJM such notoriety in the Land of the Rising Sun that they will not only have Hakase himself on their new album, but also a number of other guests from all over the world, including the bassist and wonderful producer: Victor Rice, Joey Altruda (Jump with Joey), Esteban Descalzo (fantastic Argentinan producer, sound engineer and musician), Emerson Kitamura (Mute Beat/ ASA CHANG duo and many more), Horacio Blanco (Desorden Público), Prince Fatty, and Satoru Takeshima (Ego-Wrappin’).

Ska Jazz Messengers’ debut album will be released in late 2019 on Madrid’s Liquidator Music, a label that has published some of the most relevant Reggae/Ska/Soul releases of the last twenty years.  “Introspección” leverages all the hard-work the band has put in, against all obstacles, to finally record their long-awaited debut album; twelve vibrant tracks that express the maturity and sensibilities of its members. Without looking to emulate current “retro” trends, or ostentations big band arrangements, Ska Jazz Messengers build sonic bridges that connect everything from Nu Soul to Anglo Pop, Brazilian Music, Soul, R&B, Funk, Afro-Venezuelan sounds and Modal Jazz to that rich and authentic sound of Traditional Jamaican Music. 

Their first single covers the iconic O’Brien brothers (Las 4 Monedas) and cements their sound with a mix of retro, modern, current and fresh, smoothly going from that memorable Spanish Soul A Go-Go sound to an elegantly addictive Ska. The versatility of this young lineup, combined with the know-how of producer and engineer Ricardo Martinez (Remoto Estudio), the arrangements of guitarist Rafael Frias, and the captivating vocals of Ruthsy Fuentes generate a peculiar sonic magic throughout the album, magic that helps make “Introspección” into a very special album.

Purchase your copy here!

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The Peeping Toms :: treble release at 45rpm

They are back with three new exclusive singles, now on the streets!

The Peeping Toms celebrates their 20th anniversary with a treble record release. Haven’t played live since 2007, they come back for such a special occasion like the band’s 20th jubilee, with two unique shows in Madrid and Barcelona.

Peeping Toms live
Two only shows presenting the treble release at 45rpm:
28th of June – Rock Palace (Madrid)
29th of June – Estraperlo (Barcelona)

Jaime Girgado – Guitar
Ruben Lopez – Vocals
Julio Fernández – Drums
Alberto Kiyoshi – Keys
Davit Bayés – Double bass
Agustín González Bueno – Sax
Santiago Cañada – Trombone

The Peeping Toms Are Back!!!

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The Crepitans – New now on the streets

The Crepitans were formed at the end of 2013 when Micki (Upsttemians) decided to create a group with various musicians and friends in Madrid area dedicated to the best Caribbean rhythms, a music which we all share a passion for!

This same music has influenced a lot of excellent bands on Madrid scene over the years; Ska bands, Reggae Roots bands, but perhaps there was a little space left for Rock Steady and early Reggae styles; the music we most appreciate.

Needless to say that some major influences are The Kingstonians, Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, The Ethiopians, The Tennors, Alton Ellis, Clancy Eccles and many more from this prolific era.

The band has gone through some changes – as most do in six years until now but we always continue with the same vision. All the time the passion continues, practicing and enjoying what we like most, making music!

In 2015 we released our first 7″ thanks to the help of the renowned Madrid based Liquidator Music label who have for more than 20 years been dedicated to the best vintage sounds and a love for good old fashioned analogue recording.

Now, in 2019, we release our second 7″ disk using the same recording methods! It is entitled ‘Tribulations’, four songs in slightly different styles but with the same heart. Our small tribute from Madrid to those timeless sounds of the Caribbean.

Oscar Martos recording and mixing (Greenville Records, Madrid), Esteban Descalzo mastering (Kingston Factory, Buenos Aires) and Benedicto Moya on the photos and videos complete the working team.

If you want something cool and classic at the same time ‘Tribulations’ is your EP and The Crepitans your band.

Purchase now your copy here.

Tracklist:
A1. True Love
A2. Pick It Up Strong
B1. Tribulations
B2. Wise Man

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Le Grand Miercoles – Lone Gunman Theory, 7″

New release from the fugitive Surf-Steady foursome on 7″ with an unreleased track on the A side, that one called ‘Lone Gunman Theory’. A nervous dirty reggae with a duel under Montego Bay’s sun climax.

On the B side there is a rarity with which breaks with their instrumental only band tradition, inviting to ride to Rubén López (Malarians, Peeping Toms, Diatones, etc.) voicing, inna surf stylee, ‘Man Next Door’ (A.K.A I’ve Got To Surf Away) classic Jamaican tune from The Paragons. That’s something really new from Le Grand Miercoles.

A new challenge without losing a bit of the style and magic that forged them as real beach outlaws. Once again mixed by Mike Mariconda, who also was under the controls of the band’s previous single.

Liquidator’s stray black sheeps are making noise again. Sheriffs and county bounty hunter: new single in search and capture. Sharpen the aim!

AJ.

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Ska Jazz Messengers, new single on July 5th!

Ska Jazz Messengers first single covering the iconic O’Brien brothers (Las 4 Monedas) and cementing their sound with a mix of retro, modern, current and fresh, smoothly going from that memorable Spanish Soul A Go-Go sound to an elegantly addictive Ska. The versatility of this young lineup, combined with the know-how of producer and engineer Ricardo Martinez (Remoto Estudio), the arrangements of guitarist Rafael Frias, and the captivating vocals of Ruthsy Fuentes generate a peculiar sonic magic throughout the album, magic that helps make “Introspección” into a very special album.

On the streets on July 5th!

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