Noticias

The Crepitans – New EP in May

The Crepitans will release new stuff on Liquidator on May 17th. This new disc will be entitled ‘Tribulations’, an EP pressed on 7″ featuring 4 new Rock Steady and Reggae songs.

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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Mighty Megatons, new single!

The new classic-Jamaican-sounds super-band from Madrid, the Mighty Megatons, releases their debut single as a limited 7″ vinyl to 500 copies only, which is out on Liquidator Music label.

The band started playing live in 2018, we saw them backing Alpheus in Madrid, at Rototom Sunsplash, Reggaeboa festival and some other shows in the Spanish territory, but not only backing Alpheus, also playing gigs presenting their own stuff and backing other jamaicans like Roy Ellis.

With this brand new single they present two tracks: a Blue Beat and a Ska old flavored tunes, an instrumental and a vocal, that keeps the original Jamaican spirit, sound and attitude alive. This long awaited release is going to be the first one, but they plan to keep releasing new stuff periodically. Meanwhile, the band is confirming dates, they will be playing with Alpheus in Barcelona in May, also backing Roy Ellis in several cities.

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Roy Ellis – Almighty Ska, available on double LP, CD and download

Brand new album by the Jamaican legend Roy Ellis, also known as Mr. Symarip, as a Trojan Records artist. This new studio recording has been registered with Transilvanians backing band, they have been touring together for the last 10 years and released some other recordings with such a great result.

This new album features 12 songs that goes from Ska to Reggae and including some cover versions that Roy Ellis takes to his own territory, adapting to his style and giving these tracks quite a new dimension. Transilvanians prove to be a perfectly greased machine, contributing with a perfect rhythm section, full brass and even strings on the great ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’.

Roy Ellis has sold over 7.000.000 copies of his classic ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ album up to date since 1969 on Trojan Records, and still kicking. Currently is the most successful Jamaican foundational artist, since he came back to the stages in 2005, has released 8 albums in 3 different continents and played all around the world including some countries like Japan, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil and, of course, all around Europe.

His starting in the show business was leading Rhythm & Blues and Ska bands in the 60’s like The Bees, The Seven Letters, The Pyramids, etc, but the success came with Symarip in 1969 selling over 7 millions of copies with the classic ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ album for Trojan Records, introducing the Reggae sounds from UK and the rest of Europe.

Up to date he is still the artist who has sold the biggest number of records for Trojan Records, even more than others like Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff.

Transilvanians, on the other hand, is a Spanish Ska and Reggae band based in Vigo, not too prolific but with 3 albums and 5 singles under their belt, and have been backing Roy Ellis during the last ten years in Europe. They know each other quite good, are good friends, and are the perfect complement for such a star like Roy Ellis.

Almighty Ska comes wrapped in a stunning design by artist Pedro Poyatos and is available on LP, CD and digital download.

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Stranger ‘Soul’ Cole – More Life, LP

Stranger is back!

Is back with a brand new album recorded with german band The Steadytones, entitled ‘More Life’. The album features 6 new songs with the unique and particular Stranger Cole’s touch, fed by many different musical influences that makes his personal brand.

After years of backing up ‘The Originator of Reggae’ on many European stages here it is, a collaboration between Stranger Cole and the explosive Steadytones from Germany. After locking themselves in with the Grandmaster, they took 6 tracks to the studio to record the Oldschool Reggae album ‘More Life’ featuring originals, arising from the basement sessions, as well Mr. Cole’s beloved tunes from back in the day which he didn’t recorded so far! 

The ‘Soul Cole’ and the ‘Kraut-Reggae Brothers’ from Bavaria deliver a leg shaking, fresh sounding mix between Traditional 60s SKA and funky reggae, all wrapped up in the Spirit of 69 and played in a soulful manner!

Making history:

Cole was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1942 and nicknamed “Stranger” by his family, as they considered that he didn’t resemble any member of his family.

Successful as a songwriter, writing ‘In And Out The Window’, which was a hit for Eric ‘Monty’ Morris. This success gave him the chance to make his recording debut in 1962, instantly finding success with singles such as ‘Rough And Tough’ and ‘When You Call My Name’ (a duet with Patsy Todd) for producer Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid. 

Further success followed with singles for Reid through to the mid-1960s, and he also worked with other producers at this time, including Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd (a duet with Ken Boothe on ‘Worlds Fair’), and Prince Buster. Further duets included recordings with Gladstone Anderson (on “Just Like a River”) and Hortense Ellis, the tendency to record duets apparently due to his shyness when it came to singing alone.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s he recorded with several producers, including Bunny Lee, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Sonia Pottinger. These included further material with Todd as ‘Stranger & Patsy’.

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King Hammond – 21st Century Scorchers – The ‘Skinhead album’

New album by the Ska and Reggae English legend (and also Grammy award winning) Nick Welsh, also known as King Hammond. 

Ex-member of Bad Manners, The Selecter and musician of Dave Barker, Laurel Aitken or Lee Perry, for whom he wrote the Jamaican ET album. With this brand new album Nick pays tribute to Jamaican Reggae and Rock Steady and the original Skinhead multiracial cult.

In his own words: “When I returned as King Hammond to the musical arena in 2010 it was to make music I affectionately called “21st Century Scorchers”, which was to create a modern day Skinhead Reggae with a tip of the trilby to the ‘spirit of 69’. I’ve always taken the ‘write what you know about’ school of songwriting so that basically means… me and my life!.

Although on this album it’s made up of less ‘confessional’ material and much more dance floor orientated grooves, but non the less it’s still music from the heart“.

Despite of being an album focused in a musical style one thing that the listener finds out is the variety of the music: “’Rocking On Ridley Road’ is me revisiting the East London street market, I would visit as a teenager to buy my my Reggae & Soul records back in the mid 1970’s, ‘Cuban Missile’ is my musical tribute to the late great Ska originator Laurel Aitken, and ‘Skin 2 Skin’ Well that’s what I call feather cut bedroom music for the rude boy/girl generation. I could go on and on and… but instead I suggest you just sit down and listen to ‘21st Century Scorchers’ and have yourself your own personal ‘Reggae Riot’.

The album features both instrumental and vocal tunes, from frenetic Reggae stompers written for the dancehall to sweet Rock Steady tracks. Only released on vinyl in a very special edition with ‘cut out’ cover sleeve and two different covers.

Now on the streets!
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Ken Boothe, new single out now!

Ken Boothe, the Studio One legend, one of the best Reggae and Soul singers ever,  well known for his distinctive vibrato and timbre, presents a brand new single along with the Argentinian musician and producer Hugo Lobo entitled ‘Master Plan’.

This 7″ vinyl features on the B side a wicked instrumental Lobo’s composition, under the title of Laba Laba Craven.

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Kingston Factory Presents…. The East Coast Sessions. Out on the streets!

Most records are just a collection of tracks without much in common other than a particular artist, genre, or sound. But some other records tell us a story.

“Kingston Factory Presents The East Coast Sessions” ranks high among this last category. It is not a conceptual rock opera or any other themed effort put to vinyl, nonetheless. This is a very different case. Here, what makes the narrative distinct is the production process itself.

In the fine tradition of the great Jamaican labels and studios, there is a producer and a trademark sound behind this LP. The producer is Esteban Descalzo, born and raised in Argentina, and the studio is Kingston Factory. This Buenos Aires recording facility has served, in the past few years, some of the most renowned local Jamaican-bound talents as well as an impressive string of international luminaries, from Derrick Harriott, Pat Kelly, and Freddy Notes, to Joe Mansano, The Silvertones, Val Douglas, and even British star Hollie Cook.

Top labels around the world often require Descalzo’s services and certify him as a global reference behind the mixing board. Nevertheless, in this new project, the man sought to expand his already vast field of action even more. That is the tale that “The East Coast Sessions” tell: the story of a journey.

By mid-2017, Esteban Descalzo packed his gear and a bundle of work-in-progress tracks and took off for the East Coast of the United States with a simple plan: to record, on site, some of the local artists that, lately, had been catching his selective attention. Like an original traveling producer on a bonafide road movie, he visited these musicians and worked at their studios and homes over a period of three weeks.

This authentic production-tour around Washington D.C., Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey, resulted in ten tracks, first laid down in Buenos Aires and then completed in the States with the vocals and music of stellar contributors. “I wanted to travel, record, and produce artists at their own homes, not from a long distance; to get to know them, exchange ideas, chat,” said Descalzo, who, like many of his colleagues nowadays, is very much used to work online with people living at the most remote corners of the world —a process that can certainly bring individuals closer, but not always with the warmth (and coolness) of a great live session.

Indeed, “Kingston Factory presents The East Coast Sessions” gathers an East Coast all-star line up that no East Coast record has managed to assemble so far (one has to wonder, thus, what will the American listener make of this rare accomplishment coming, as it does, from such an unexpected source). Add Descalzo’s Midas touch and you will have a profoundly original record, a record that tells a story that no one has told before —which, by the way, happens to be the essential quality for an LP to become a classic.

Daniel Flores
(Musician and journalist)

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Double Jabs – Million Dollar Reggae, LP

After four years of hard training, here comes the long awaited album by upcoming band Double Jabs. These people aren’t just a bunch of beginners at the gym, they have been part of the great and the good of the Jamaican music scene over the last 20 years in Catalonia.

The front man of the Double Jabs team is ‘Gos The Boss’, the legendary keyboardist and songwriter from the ska band The Cabrians. Gos has been throwing power punches into the ska scene for many years and has created anthems for a whole generation of lost youth. In this album, his new project, he compiles his most personal works and plays them in reggae style, his passion.

The other fighters of Double Jabs team, Alejo Peloche and Javier García, are his old mates who already have shared some battles in the band Flight 404. Alejo is a master of reggae drum grooves and a renowned trombonist in bands like The Kinky Coo Coos or The Blackstarliners. Javier is the incredible guitarist and songwriter for the fantastic band The Oldians. He is a session guitarist who also plays in the main backing bands that tour with Jamaican stars when they come to our country.

The key piece in the rhythm section on Double Jabs is the neck and four strings of a real bass guitar soul groover, ‘Fran Palmero Mystic Man’. His dangerous playing with Soweto, Ranking Soldiers, and Slingshots is enough to take anybody’s breath away. The elegant touch in this group of reggae fighters comes from the most charming saxophonist that has ever jumped into thering, Ricard Vinyets. His agile and refined saxophone has been playing for twenty years in bands like Amusic Skazz Band, The Oldians or The Cabrians.

These guys are jumping into the ring with courage and enough battles behind them to sound like the Jamaican session bands from the late 1960s, such as Upsetters, Dynamites, Crystalites, Hippy boys, or Sound dimension. This killer combo has the perfect support of a genuine diamond in the rough on vocals, Memi Sillah. Sillah’s beautiful voice and her Jamaican attitude transform the songs of Double Jabs into undeniable hits. These guys throw eight powerful rocksteady and skinhead reggae punches on their great first album, Million Dollar Reggae. That will be released this 2018 by Liquidator Music. The bell rings so let’s get ready to rumble!

Special edition in vinyl with gold stamping, get your copy here.

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The Kinky Coo Coo’s – Face To Face / Sunshine Of Freedom, 7″

The veteran Barcelonian band The Kinky Coo Coo’s, one with the longest trajectories in Europe, playing live all around, releasing new stuff (not as often as we’d liked, but great stuff, anyway) and as renowed backing band for Jamaican artists, releases this brand new single.

This record features two new own compositions: Face To Face and Sunshine Of Freedom in the trad. Ska and Reggay mood!

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