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MAXADO: Upon A Smile EP (Vinyl 7″)

MAXADO: Upon A Smile (Vinyl 7Brazilian early reggae outfit Firebug might have disbanded (no pun intended) but singer Maxado is still flying the boss flag with new 45 single Upon A Smile once again produced by former Firebug bassist and Latin Grammy award-winning producer Victor Rice. The PR says our man is ‘equally at home in all three early Jamaican styles’ – i.e. ska, rocksteady and reggae and the proof is
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PHOENIX CITY ALLSTARS feat. FREDDIE NOTES: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Vinyl 7″)

FREDDIE NOTES SatisfactionRating: ★★★★★ Now I know it’s already been a bit of a week for retro reggae thrills, but this one is massive and its promised vinyl 7″ appearance has taken a while. Indeed it’s just over eight years since monkey first posted about ska supergroup Phoenix City Allstars’ gigantic Studio One-style ska cover of The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, featuring vocals from Jamaican
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PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS: Skatisfaction (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ The stock-in-trade of ska supergroup Phoenix City All-stars (boasting members of Kasabian, Pama International, The Bongolian, The Delegators, Sidewalk Doctors, Intensified, Dub Vendor All-stars and The Loafers) is Studio One ska-style versions of classic standards. As stock-in-trades go, it’s not a bad one and when it’s executed this well, it’ll have you skankin like Frankie Dan
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THE CRABS CORPORATION: The Many Faces Of The Crabs Corporation EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ The many faces of The Crabs Corporation indeed! The Sort displays ‘funky reggae’ face, Breakdown adopts ‘James Taylor’ face and, most pervasively, Do It, Hush It and The Hard Mod Beat (the latter two featuring former Belle Star legend Jennie Matthias and UK ska stalwart Andy Keys respectively) give good ‘second wave of UK
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PHOENIX CITY ALLSTARS feat. FREDDIE NOTES: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ It’s been a while since I was so excited when I heard a track that a little bit of wee came out but who cares about a few drips when something’s this good? A brand-spanking-new, dancefloor-gold ska version of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction featuring legendary Trojan Records vocalist Freddie Notes and backed by the Phoenix City Allstars who feature members of Pama Intl
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BOMBSKARE: ‘Triplet Fiasco’ video (old school skanking masterclass feat. Frankie Dan) (2013)

Did you know there were somewhere around eighty or ninety different styles of ska dances back in the day – all with their own name? Nope, me either. Nor, it seems, Bombskare, “Scotland’s ska juggernaut”), who were dismayed to find that these ‘skanks’ are apparently undocumented. Given that it’s the sort of history unlikely to turn up on the new curriculum of that prick Gove, the band
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DAYTONER: Treat Me EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
One of my favourite tracks off Daytoner‘s Sunburst Radio LP from last summer was the Motown-groove-with-nineties-indie-vocals of Treat Me. It was clearly single material and is here given the full EP treatment with remixes from Suonho and Tenoshi. Suonho replaces that sixties Motor City beat with something that’ll have them trippin’
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THE CAROLOREGIANS: UK Tour (2012)

Ahh Belgium – famous for luxury chocolate, lager for wife beaters (allegedly), and boss reggae. Er – rewind a second – it sounded like you just said ‘boss reggae.’ I did actually – and with soul-fied heavy syncopation to boot. That’ll be The Caroloregians then, who (PR hype has it) rock their shit like The Meters getting it on with The Upsetters. And for once – that’s not wide of the
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LITTLE ROY: Lithium (2011) + video

Studio One legend Little Roy releases his sixties ska version of Nirvana’s Lithium next week. It’s the best track off his Battle For Seattle album (produced by Prince Fatty and Mutant Hi-Fi) and the relentlessly upbeat backing manages to reduce Cobain’s grungey miserablism to a faint undertone of melancholia on an otherwise jaunty number. It’s prompted such descriptions as ‘daring and brilliant’ (bbc.co.uk), ‘Glorious’ (Daily Torygraph), ‘Stunning’
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CHART – August 2011

(NEW) 1. Totalcult – Cyan Rock Steady

Massive hip-hop skank and MB’s favourite Totalcult track to date
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