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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.

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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!

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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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Alpheus ‘Light Of Day’ :: New album OUT NOW

We are delighted to announce the release of Alpheus brand new album entitled ‘Light Of Day’. After the successful Roberto Sánchez produced prequels  ‘From Creation’ (2011) and ‘Good Prevails’ (2014), now in 2018 we are graced with this formidable singer-songwriter’s new album again produced by talented musician / producer Roberto Sánchez.

Fortunately, we now witness a trilogy and a new musical masterpiece consisting of 11 brand new tracks (including the recently released 7” Jeggae single ‘Just A Little’) that will no doubt stand the test of time.

This great new album is released and published by none other than the well renowned  Liquidator Music and all the tracks are original compositions. Attention to detail is very evident in every aspect of this record. The composing of the musical content by Roberto Sánchez and penmanship of Alpheus are both superb. On this brand new record you will listen and dance to songs of upliftment, positivity, everyday life related topics and love.

The Dynamic Duo have again taken their personal individual love of roots reggae music and ska, rocksteady and early reggae and combined their admiration of these genres to create a selection and mixture of special originally composed and written retro style Reggae Music for all to enjoy.

‘Light Of Day’ album will no doubt be a classic, this brand new quality music is available now, purchasable in all formats.

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Jim Murple Memorial – Stella Nova, LP+7″

Twenty-seven years separate the singer and the drummer in this multi-generational band of seven musicians. With their rare and colorful show, the Jim Murple Memorial will rock you on the timeless groove of Ska, Rocksteady, Rhythm and Blues, Calypso and Reggae.

Currently on tour in EU for the release of their new album Stella Nova, the Jim Murple Memorial is finally back! Produced entirely by the members of the group, Stella Nova is both the continuation of this beautiful journey that made the history of Jim Murple Memorial and the beginning of a new adventure.

At the age of twenty, Celia, the daughter of Nanou (original singer of the band) takes over and offers to you, with talented musicians, sixteen new songs added to an already rich repertory which made dance more than once on the vibes of a music as beautiful as intemporal.

Released on vinyl by Liquidator Music label, deluxe edition combo set of one LP and one single 7”.

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The Oldians – We Are Reggae, new album out now!

We Are Reggae. Yes, it’s true. And we are not discovering America when we say The Oldians are neither Jamaican, nor rastafarian. Despite all the Catalan band will release on February 2018 their sixth studio album, entitled ‘We are reggae’, via Liquidator Music.

After the XL collection of songs comprised in their las double LP ‘Out of The Blue’ (Liquidator Music – 2016), The Oldians are back on duty in their mission with 12 new songs, including 11 original cuts and only 1 cover song: a magnificent reggae adaptation of Jimmy Van Heusen’s ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’.

‘We are reggae’ is a new and perfect invitation to discover the amazing way this band play almost all the foundation rhythms of the Jamaican tradition (ska, rocksteady and reggae) under a smooth and jazzy mood: both solid and versatile rhythm section, great solos for all performers in the line-up and, of course, Sir J ‘The Oldian’ everything-guitar-driven and the heartbreaking vocals by Saphie Wells.

Number of songs and styles included in ‘We Are Reggae’ could be mentioned but we would rather emphasize all the musical highlights passages you will find in this album from the very first song to the last one. The album also features the mythical Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald (Carlos Malcolm, Toots & the Maytals, Count Ossie, Gil Scott Heron, Taj Mahal…) spicing all the songs of ‘We Are Reggae’, and also Dutch saxophone player Tommy Tornado (Rude Rich & the Highnotes, The Soulsnatchers) with a huge solo on the very first track ‘Short Walk’ and Dani Lampérez (KinkyLab Allstars, The Kinky Coocoo’s, The Crabtones) adding magical hammond bubbles on six tracks.

‘We are reggae’ has been recorded as the band usually do: rhythm section recorded live at Stroika Lab (Manresa, Barcelona) and both overdubs and mixes are on charge of Javier ‘The Oldian’ Garcia at Sir J’s Home in Ripollet (Barcelona). Alex Psaroudakis has mastererd the whole lot in NYC on September 2017 and it’s Catalan acclaimed graphic designer Txarly Brown signs again the fantastic art of this fantastic album.

‘We are reggae’ is the newest gift of The Oldians to all those who have tracked the band the previous 5 albums and the sixth and yet another chance to celebrate with the band the crossroads of Jamaican stylees and jazz music that The Oldians keep on fixing with capital letters.

The Oldians:
Xavier Angulo – drums
Álvaro Taborda – double and e-bass
Eduard Fernàndez – piano
Javier ‘Sir J The Oldian’ García – guitars
Pol Omedes – trumpet and flugelhorn
Ricard Vinyets –tenor sax
Saphie Wells – vox

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Le Grand Miercoles & Friends – new single!

Surf-Steady band, Le Grand Miercoles, invites some friends and re-work on two tracks from their last album, that one entitled Ghost Cowboys, like ‘Western Standart Time’ and ‘Cowboy Fantasma’, this time with brass section and mixed by top producer Mike Mariconda.

Brass section featured in this new single is formed by well know musicians like  Tommy Tornado (sax), Sensi Simon (trumpet) and Jonas J. Sanchez (trombone).

This new 45 is limited release to 500 copies, wrapped in a beautiful design by Don Rogelio J, that makes this new disc a very special 7″ pressed on virgin 140 gram vinyl.

Tracklist
A. Western Standart Time
B. Cowboy Fantasma

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