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Four Fab New Ska & Reggae Albums – July 2015

Still catching up from the summer break, it seems that July was quite a slow month when it came to album releases. Other months may bring 10 to 15, in July 2015 only four longplayers reached us. But then again, we may have missed some. Please let us know in the comments.

Like with the videos, we changed the focus with our recurring album posts from finding the “Album Of The Month” to giving you an overview on all the good stuff that’s out there. Plus, we also feature new compilations of old tunes.

You can still vote your favourite further down.

The July 2015 albums come from Western Standard Time (USA), The Rukumbines (Spain), Bunny Striker Lee (Jamaica), Phoenix City Retaliators (Netherlands).


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WST Ska Orchestra - Vol II

Western Standard Time – Vol II

WST Ska Orchestra: The American big band tribute to the ska originators The Skatalites is back, entering the second phase of this amazing project. Again, an all star line-up including members of Hepcat, The Aggrolites, The Slackers and many more comes together to celebrate ska music. This has “quality” written all over.

released: 1 July 2015
country: USA
style: original ska
label: self, bandcamp

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The Rukumbines - #7

The Rukumbines – #7

The Rukumbines are one of the numerous bands from Spain who are masters in playing original ska music: with sweet sax solos, steady styles and an old-school sound. Ironically, this retro affair is only available digitally via bandcamp. Let’s hope for a future release on vinyl.

released: 7 July 2015
country: Spain
style: original ska
label: self, bandcamp
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Bunny Striker Lee - Next Cut
Bunny Striker Lee – Next Cut!

“Next Cut!” is a great addition to the otherwise well-documented back catalogue of Bunny Striker Lee. Next to never-heard outtakes and alternate mixes are some unreleased tunes that shouldn’t be missed.

released: 10 July 2015
country: Jamaica
style: reggae
label: Pressure Sounds
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Phoenix City Retaliators
Phoenix City Retaliators – same

Taking influences from early Jamaican music, The Phoenix City Retaliators from Rotterdam in the Netherlands boast a hot mix of reggae, funk and ska with a strong horn section and a drive hard to resist. After playing loads of shows since their start in 2012, the band managed to preserve their live energy on the self-titled debut album.

released: 11 July 2015
country: Netherlands
style: original ska
label: self
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Note: We made it obligatory to log in to take part in our polls to make sure that it’s “one person, one vote”.

Which releases do we call albums?

All …

– have a ska, rocksteady, early reggae sound or feel.
– can be listened to on the Net (at least in parts), via bandcamp, amazon, itunes etc.
– are an album, at least 20 minutes long.
– have been released for the first time that month.
– consist of predominantly new material.

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Deadline for voting your favourite is Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 20:00 (Central European Time).

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With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes

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