Rockers Revolt! Sean Flowerdew Launches Phoenix City Records Hear 2 Tracks

HOT! HOT! HOT! news on the label front …

From the UK’s finest longest running (founded in 1978) & truly independent record label Cherry Red Records comes a brand new subsidiary label – Phoenix City Records run by Sean Flowerdew of Pama Intl/The Loafers/ Rockers Revolt fame. The label aims to release only the finest Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae from around the world, from classic reissues to blistering new sounds.

Sadly the launch of Phoenix City Records, work on The London Intl Ska Festival and a new band we will mean winding down the 3 year old Rockers Revolt label. They had releases from Pama Intl, Slackers, Pietasters, Ed Rome, Mungos Hi Fi & more. They’re holding a closing down sale with low prices, so grab yourself a bargain while stocks last at their site here. There’s loads of titles to flick through so feel free to browse. Everything must go! Any problems ordering email

The new label launches in August with a series of previously unreleased digital releases from The Caroloregians, King Fatty (the original Prince Fatty ft.members from Big Boss Man, The Bongolian & The Loafers), Intensified, The Sidewalk Doctors, plus Pama Intl and Capone & The Bullets reissues. Also due in August is the first in a series of monthly samplers Phoenix City Scorchers showcasing the hottest ska, rocksteady & reggae sounds of now. Volume One includes previously unreleased material from Sir Horace Panter (The Specials) and many more. Plans are well underway for some fantastic releases on CD/vinyl (including a collectors vinyl series). More on all this very soon.

The label is looking for new and established acts to sign as well, so if you represent a band/solo artist ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub or soul is your thing send an email to with a mp3 or link to your music. Now’s your chance!

A side arm to the label will be the artist booking agency Phoenix City Agency. Bands already on the roster include: The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra (starring Lee & Bedders from Madness), The Sidewalk Doctors & The Caroloregians. If you’re a promoter interested in booking our acts email

Sean has kindly sent a couple of of songs to preview.

Below are the first 6 digital releases slated for August including samples from 2 of the releases that you might not have heard.

Various Artists – Phoenix City Scorchers Vol.1
featuring Sir Horace (The Specials), Pama Intl ft. Rico, Hotknives, The Caroloregians, King Fatty (the original Prince Fatty), The Sidewalk Doctors, Capone & The Bullets, Maroon Town, Babyhead, Intensified & Pama Intl meet Groove Corp.

King Fatty “Zoo”

Pama International – Love Filled Dub Band
Although Love Filled Dub Band was issued in 2008 it hasn’t appeared in digital format until now. Featuring Lynval Golding & Sir Horace Panter (The Specials), Michie One and legendary Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez MBE, it was the bands first release after leaving Trojan Records, where they’d become the first band in 30 years to sign to the illustrious label. Produced by John Collins (Ghost Town) and Sean Flowerdew, 60s Soul, 70s Reggae & 21st century commentary is the order of the day.

Pama International meet Groove Corp – Dub Store Special
Pama Intls 2005 Dub Store Special ep was produced by the mighty Groove Corporation (who have previously mixed Sly & Robbie, Dillinger, Bim Sherman, Thievery Corporation, Overproof Sound System and Bob Marley) after an introduction by dub legend Adrian Sherwood. Bone shaking dubs vs. soul-fuelled ska & reggae, all built on beautifully crafted songs, featuring Lynval Golding (The Specials), Lee Thompson (Madness) alongside members from Style Council, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Pop Will Eat Itself and more.

Intensified – Lunar City Groove
Inspired by the authentic sounds of 1960’s Jamaica, the bands goodtime feel has taken them around the globe. Playing alongside ska and reggae legends; Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker, Dennis Brown, Phylis Dillon, The Skatalites, Rico Rodriguez, Dennis Alcapone, Alton Ellis, Pat Kelly, Dave Barker and contemporaries; Jools Holland, Morgan Heritage, Hepcat, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Pama Intl.

The Sidewalk Doctors – Music Is Medicine
This is The Sidewalk Doctors debut album. Nine tracks of truly authentic rocksteady sounds exquisitely delivered by Lenny Bignell (whos has previously worked with Pama International and Acid Jazz soul-stars Lord Large) and lead singer Nathan Thomas. The album features guest appearances from Steven Large (Lord Large), Sean Flowerdew (Pama Intl) and Dread MacDready (African Headcharge, Gregory Isaacs).

“Every Dog Has It’s Day”

The Caroloregians – Fat Is Back
Introducing the deep fried funk-dipped reggae sounds of The Caroloregians. Fronted by the New Orleans soul stylings of Matt Hardison and backed by a boss rhythm section, in one almighty soundclash of funkified reggae.

Drawing inspiration from musical cousins The Meters & The Upsetters, The Caroloregians burst onto the European scene 4 years ago with dramatic effect. They soon became the choice backing band for touring Jamaican legends: Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, The Pioneers, Rico Rodriguez MBE, Pat Kelly, Doreen Shaffer and most recently superbly backed Dave & Ansel Collins on their first show since the 1970’s at The London Intl Ska Festival. It is, however, with their own electrifying show & songs where The Caroloregians truly excel.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.