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  • Keith Hudson “Dark Prince of Reggae” & Debut Album Reissued

    Keith Hudson “Dark Prince of Reggae” & Debut Album Reissued

    There were two sides to Keith Hudson’s musical career, his producing and his singing. Production wise he was top flight and he enjoyed considerable success from the late sixties well into the 70?s. As a singer he was at best an aquired taste and it’s no great surprise that he recorded only for himself and no other producer employed him for this “talent”.



  • Jr. Thomas Volcano Sessions on the Horizon

    Jr. Thomas Volcano Sessions on the Horizon

    Breaking up is always hard to do. No one likes it and it’s never going to be fun. But maybe, just maybe with this tune in your head it can be at least be bearable. A new track from an upcoming album from Jr. Thomas & The Volcano Soundstorm is available to stream on SoundCloud (embedded below for your listening pleasure). The track is a rocksteady tune that features Chiquis Lozoya (Expanders/ Boogaloo Assassins) and Alex Desert (Hepcat) on background vocals.


  • The Trojans Finally Release New Album After 15 Years

    The Trojans Finally Release New Album After 15 Years

    The TrojansThe Trojans are Buena Vista Social Club of UK Ska!

    The Trojans are one of those bands that truly defy genre classification. They play Ska for sure and are known to helping launch the late 80’s/ early 90’s UK Ska explosion that saw bands such as Judge Dread, The Hot Knives, Potato 5, The Loafers, The Skadows take over the usic scene at that time.


  • The Lions This Generation Album is Simply Sublime

    The Lions This Generation Album is Simply Sublime

    The Lions This GenerationThe Lions second release came out last year on Stones’ Throw Records. At the start of 2013 I declared that it would be the best Reggae album of the year. Anticipation was very high for the release indeed after the debut sort of came out of nowhere and blew all of us off our feet. I don’t think calling it a masterful work is being verbose.


His Story Of US Ska

  • Dave Hillyard His Story of U.S. Ska

    A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing in San Diego as a founding member of the Donkey Show. It’s an understatement to say he’s had a long music career let alone one devoted to the likes of Ska. He of course has a distinct and passionate perspective on music in general and pointed thoughts on the state of Ska in the U.S. having toured here for over 20 years.

Interview

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    Laurel Parker (Mobley Street Productions) recently directed a new video for Roy Ellis released on Liquidator Music. I’m a big fan pf Liquidator. They have a management arm that deals with a bunch of Jamaican legends. They of course release some of the best music coming out right now too. Toni is the man in charge of this magical musical bus. Laurel thought it would be fun to get him to answer a few questions about Roy, the label, himself and the state of digital music today. So get on the bus gus and let’s ride!

100 Greatest Rocksteady Tunes

Vinyl Junkie

Hard Copy

  • Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora

    Dub is the avant-garde verso of reggae, created by manipulating and reshaping recordings using studio strategies and techniques. While dub was one of the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, it is far from being fully explored. Tracing the evolution of dub, Remixology travels from Kingston, Jamaica, across the globe, following dub’s influence on the development of the MC, the birth of sound system culture, and the postwar Jamaican diaspora.

Reissue Sensation

  • Jeith Hudson Entering the Dragon

    There were two sides to Keith Hudson’s musical career, his producing and his singing. Production wise he was top flight and he enjoyed considerable success from the late sixties well into the 70?s. As a singer he was at best an aquired taste and it’s no great surprise that he recorded only for himself and no other producer employed him for this “talent”.