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Harlem Shuffle are fast becoming one of our favourite labels specialists in killer reggae reissues and the brilliant Hot Sauce compilation we reviewed a while back. They’re back with a volume 2 of the series, this time dedicated to the Trojan label and its associated UK labels, namely Amalgamated, Beverley’s Records, Blue Cat, Clan Disk, …

Los Angeles-based ska/punks Matamoska are bringing you a special FREE LIVE STREAM on Saturday, May 22nd. Music kicks off at 8pm PST, Watch it Live at mygrito.net  Based in Los Angeles’, Matamoska are considered “OG’s” of the current ska/punk revival and movement. Matamoska has developed a dedicated following locally and internationally, propelling them to appearances/tour support spots with legendary ska acts such as Reel Big Fish, …

In my formative years I was madly in love with what is termed as the second wave of ska – bands like The Specials, Madness and The Beat. There was a third wave which didn’t move me much, but if The Spitfires represent a fourth wave, then welcome back. ‘Life Worth Living’ is quite frankly …

In the eighties Madness were massive; kids loved ’em, your gran loved ’em. They scored hit after hit. While The Specials were personifying the grim zeitgeist of Thatcherite Britain in a parked car, Madness were dressing as garden gnomes and swinging from high wires. They were the nutty boys who became the lost boys, and …

Ahead of their tenth studio album While We’re At It, mixed by Grammy ward winning producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, The Bouncing Souls, The Gaslight Anthem), ska punks The Mighty Mighty BossToneS have revealed the first track to be released from it, Wonderful Day for the Race, with vocalist Dicky Barrett saying …

Noisy London three piece Amber had a motto upon entering the recording studio. “If it can’t be done live, it can’t be done”. It was from this motto that their latest single ‘David Dimbleby’ was born. As lead singer Ben Kelly explains: “There’s only three of us and we want to sound not just big, …

Ska and Rocksteady pioneer Prince Buster died on the 8th of September, at his home in Miami at the age of 78. Cited as creating the ska sound when he told his band to play on the off-beat, his influence on Jamaican music was vast. Buster (real name Cecil Campbell), a street boxer, teamed up …

I was 11 when I first really got in to music. As a young impressionable kid, I not only wanted to make an impression I was looking for an identity. They were difficult times for me. My parents had just divorced – which, at that time, was a rarity where I came from – I’d …

“Are you ready to have a good time?” It’s a question that Pauline Black knows the answer to before it’s left her lips. The Selecter are in town and it’s a full house. Before taking to the stage, Pauline and Gaps were working their own merch stall. Both of them more than happy to chat, …

1980 was the year I first properly got into music. Not quite in my teens I’d received a stereo radio cassette player for my birthday and a wedge of Boots vouchers, (sounds shit today, but at the time most Boots had a semi-decent music department; as well as a chemist???). With those vouchers and a …