Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The sweet sound of Motown as personified by Diana Ross & The Supremes. The Jam has covered "Back in My Arms Again" early in their career, Madness had their rendition of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" which was included on their "Dangermen Sessions" cd, "Can't Hurry Love" covered by Phil Collins - giving their respect to Motown's most successful vocal group. You know the drill, play this loud and dance to this!

1. Where Did Our Love Go
2. Baby Love
3. Come See About Me
4. Stop! In The Name Of Love
5. Back In My Arms Again
6. Nothing But Heartaches
7. I Hear A Symphony
8. My World Is Empty Without You
9. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
10. You Can't Hurry Love
11. You Keep Me Hangin' On
12. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
13. The Happening
14. Reflections
15. Love Child
16. I'm Livin' In Shame
17. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
18. Someday We'll Be Together

Another Cup of Coffee

Sophomore album launch of one of the most hard-working, dedicated and talented group of men within the ska, rock-steady and reggae community. They are everywhere! COFFEE BREAK ISLAND. Nuff said.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Skinhead reggae from Trojan Records, you can never go wrong on this one. Play this loud!

1 . Dry Acid - Upsetters
2. Vampires - Upsetters
3. Don't Trouble Trouble - Maytals
4. Pee Pee Cluck - Pioneers
5. Foey Man - George Dekker
6. Reggae Pressure - Hippy Boys
7. Hold You Jack - Derrick Morgan
8. Lock Jaw - Dave Barker
9. Biafra - Crystalites
10. Dynamic Pressure - Music Specialists
11. Swan Lake - Cats
12. Children Are You Ready - Versatiles
13. Dolly House On Fire - Reggae Boys
14. Good Time Rock - Hugh Malcolm
15. Movements (The Joe Gibbs Way) - Count Matchuki & The Destroyers
16. Derrick Top The Pop - Derrick Morgan
17. Look Who A Bus Style - Meditators
18. Barbwire - Nora Dean
19. Hold Down - Kingstonians
20. What A Fire - Ethiopians
21. Bangarang - Stranger Cole & Lester Sterling
22. People's Choice - Winston Williams
23. Lee Van Cleef - King Stitt
24. Birth Control - Lloyd Charmers
25. Jesse James - Laurel Aitken
26. Do The Raggay - Maytals
27. Check Him Out - Bleechers
28. Long Shot - Pioneers
29. Love Up Kiss Up - Termites
30. Rooster - Tommy McCook & Jeff Barnes

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Deep Beats 60's Northern Soul Vol. 1

This is Deep Beat's first excursion into the netherworld of Northern Soul presenting 23 all time classics from several legendary labels and producers both American and British. Completing this collection is perhaps the greatest of all Northern instrumentals' Father's Angels stupendous "Bok to Bach". Awesome tunes! Grab 'em quick!


Purple Haze - Jones, Johnny & The King Casuals

Baby Boy - Hughes, Freddie

Tryin To Find My Woman - Courtney, Lou

There Was A Time - Chandler, Gene

Who Who Song - Wilson, Jackie

Marble And Iron - Douglas, Carl

Our Love Is Getting Stonger - Knight, Jason

What About The Music - Harner, Billy

Boc To Bach - Father's Angels

What Love Brings - Bernard, Kenny

Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Arnold, P.P.

Scrub Board - Trammps

Ton Of Dynamite - Crocker, Frankie 'Loveman'

Soul Improvisations - McCoy, Van

Goodbye Nothing To Say - Javells

Bring Him Back - Starr, Stella

Stop What You're Doing To Me - Playthings

What About The Music - Billy Harner

I Get The Sweetest Feeling - Wilson, Jackie

Love Makes A Woman - Acklin, Barbara

I'm Gonna Miss You - Artistics

Stay Close To Me - Five Stairsteps

Hold Back The Night - Trammps


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Deep Beats- 60's Northern Soul, Vol. 2

This second compilation from Deepbeats is very much in the same vein as the first and just like its predecessor it also concentrates on sixties releases. My personal favourites are 'Turning my Heartbeat Up' by the MVP's, 'One in a Million' by Maxine Brown and 'Livin' the Nightlife' by The Charts. The Adam's Apples track 'Don't Take It Out Of This world ' is also quickly growing on me.

Thanks to Shane Cosgrove for this brilliant gem!

This one's for you, mate!

Track Listing:

First Choice - This Is The House Where Love Died

The MVP's - Turning My Heartbeat Up

Al Wilson - Help Me

Leon Young Strings - Glad All Over

Billy Harner - Sally Saying Something

Chris Farlowe - Don't Just Look At Me

Chuck Jackson - Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Adam's Apples - Don't Take It Out Of This World

Wayne Gibson - Under My Thumb

The Charts - Livin' the Nightlife

Linda Jones & the Whatnaughts - I'm So Glad I Found You

Jackie Wilson - I'm So Glad I Found You

The Shirelles - Last Minute Miracle

Maxine Brown - One in A Million

Billy Thompson - Black Eyed Girl

The Devonnes - I'm Gonna Pick Up My Toys

Carmen Taylor - You're Puttin' Me On

Marvin Smith - Have More Time

Curtis Blandon - In The Long Run

Tony Lamarr - Just In The Nick Of Time

Young Holt Unlimited - California Montage



Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Daptone Records is a funk and soul indie label formed by Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman and based in Brooklyn, New York. Daptone Records brings that classic funk & soul with roots as deep as the genre’s heyday. This album is an odyssey through the label’s premiere acts, an overview of just what they’ve been working on creating for the past decade.

I don’t care who you are, what this album represents is an impressive feat of talent and perseverance. By their own hand, recording their

blend of funk, soul, and afrobeat acts on vintage equipment, in a studio they built themselves out in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, this label elevates appreciation of classic sound to the level of worship.

Both the sheer amount of talent on the label and their ability to generate innovative and creative material shines through on the album. Stuffed with rare cuts and clocking in at over 80 minutes, each of the larger acts has three or more tracks, while less well-known combos/acts get some much-needed exhibition.

Their headliner, a powerhouse act that underlines this neuvo funk endeavor, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings continue to excite and produce mountains of memorable tracks, to say nothing of their shows. Having the most songs on the album, I was excited to hear the tracks that were new to me, while enjoying the selection of those cuts I had come across before.

The other acts are just as pleasing; Budos Band, an instrumental only funk and soul group with an impressive number of members is a local favorite, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens take soul out of church and to your ears, while Lee Fields’ hardest man workin’ vibe had me aching all the way alongside him. I was equally impressed with the Antibalas track, an act that I was happy to see settle at the label.

The rawest, funkiest, most soulful label since Stax went under - Daptone Records - released one of the best collection that really earns the title. It's all good: jaw-dropping instrumental and vocal talent, tight arrangements, sterling recording. Less than a minute into this retrospective from Brooklyn's Daptone Records, the wonderfully named Binky Griptite welcomes you to ''four solid sides of soul,'' and that serves as an excellent indication of how out of step the label is with the MP3 era. Many of the tracks are funky instrumentals that feature horns, rhythm and lead guitar providing that Daptone sound that really is just simply gold. Defiantly check this one out!

1. Introduction by Binky Griptite
2. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “I’m Not Gonna Cry”
3. The Budos Band “Up From The South”
4. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done”
5. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?”
6. Lee Fields “Could Have Been”
7. Antibalas featuring Mayra Vega "Che Che Cole Makossa"
8. The Budos Band “Budos Rising”
10. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Got A Thing On My Mind”
11. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band “The World”
12. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Make It Good To Me”
13. Lee Fields and Sugarman & Co. “Stand Up”
14. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens “What Is This”
15. Binky Griptite with the Sugarman Three “A Lover Like Me”
16. Menahan Street Band “Make the Road by Walking”
17. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Tell Me”
18. Sugarman & Co. “Down To It”
19. The Dap-Kings “Nervous Like Me”
20. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Giving Up”
21. The Budos Band “Ghostwalk”
22. The Gospel Queens feat. Cynthia Langston “I Need You To Hold My Hand”
23. Binky Griptite & the Mellomatics “The Stroll Pt. 2”
24. Sharon Jones & Lee Fields “Stranded In Your Love"

Monday, August 16, 2010


Nuff said! Be there or be square!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Long Time

Hello friends, it's been a long time that we had our last post. We've been busy with our day job. We'll update and upload new materials possibly next week. Cheers!

Monday, June 7, 2010


Funk, Northern, Mod, Rock-a-billy and Ska.......can you ask for more? Friday June 11, 7PM at Ten02 bar Timog Q.C. you have to be there to taste the true and authentic sound of Keb Darge, considered as one of the most important figure in the Northern Soul and Funk scene in the U.K.

Opening up the night will be Steady Movin' Beat, Neighbors and Juan Pablo Dream. No jukebox music, just pure pleasure and madness. See you there or Keb will kick the hell out of you.....PUSSY!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Another wonderful set from The Style Council. This is a direct soundboard recording thus resulting in a very good overall sound. You know the drill ladies and gents.

(Mick Talbot, Dee C. Lee & Paul Weller. Drummer Steve White not present)

1. Big Boss Groove
2. Shout To The Top
3. See The Day
4. With Everything to Lose
5. Down in the Siene
6. Mick's Up
7. Our Favorite Shop
8. Homebreakers
9. A Stone's Throw Away
10. My Ever Changing Moods
11. It Just Came to Pieces In My Hands
12. Walls Come Tumbling Down
13. Long Hot Summer
14. When You Call Me
15. Luck
16. Move On Up
17. You're The Best Thing
18. Money Go Round / Streght of Your Nature
19. Internationalist

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Keb Darge gig is cancelled

Keb Darge will not be able to come here in Manila because of the volcano eruption in Iceland that resulted to a massive ashfall all over Europe cancelling all flights to and fro from the affected countries including the U.K. This happens, we have no control over Mother Nature. Let's just pray that Keb and his family are all safe. See you in June Keb. Cheers

" flights till Monday. I'm sorry, but we'll have to cancel the gigs this time. I am fully booked in Europe now until the 8th of June. We would have to re-schedule for the weekend of the 11th to 13th of June... "
- Keb Darge

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Paul Weller's love of soul, funk and jazz music is well known, as is the fact he is an avid collector of vinyl, whether it be singles or full albums and he has amassed a vast collection of quality recordings over the years. He was invited on to BBC Radio 2 as a guest DJ and recorded 3 shows (I think) back in 2001. The shows are presented here for your pleasure and trust me on this, they're well worth it and show fascinating insights into Weller's tastes in music and to what influences him. Essential listening to all Paul Weller fans or not. Three volumes of crucial sounds for your soul.

Monday, April 12, 2010


There's no need for some fancy introduction to this band. Just the name itself commands awe and respect, carries more weight than anybody else - THE SKATALITES.

In 1983 Herbie Miller, manager of Peter Tosh brought the original Skatalites (minus the late Don Drummond) back to Jamaica from all over the world to perform at the 1983 Jamaica Sunsplash.The Skatalites had broken up 18 years earlier, after their short career of two years (1963-1965). Personal disagreements, conflicts and animosities had driven these inventors of Ska and master musicians to seek their own future as individual artists.

Miller, who became their manager, owned a nightclub in Kingston, Jamaica called The Blue Monk Jazz Gallery. Here, after 18 years of separation they reconciled their differences, (for a time), and rehearsed for Sunsplash '83 and performed live at the club before a crowd of local fans, friends, and fellow musicians.There were no restrictions on the length of sets, no barriers on solos or improvisational experiments, and no recording studio limits on how long each song should last. They stretched out, played out, and had a joyous 18th anniversary celebration and reunion. Miller recorded the rehearsals and nightclub performances and captured for history all the spontaneity, fire, electricity, and good fellowship of that unique moment. Re-grouping after twenty years and in great form performing to a live and appreciative audience. There may have personal differences in the past but the band seemed to thrive on these frictions. When they met for rehearsals, all the old friends and close buddies came out and with them the numerous pipes, filling the air with the good aroma of ganja.

Following the release of "Stretching Out" as a cassette only album, it went on to become a collectors item and at the same time served as a call for the band's readiness to emerge as a working unit. A few years later, this album was re-issued a double disc album with five bonus tracks and at present, the album is also being sold in vinyl in two volumes. More than two decades after re-grouping, the originators of Ska reign supreme. They still continue to tour the world with the remaining original members together with their worthy continue the legacy of the greatest Ska band in the world.

All songs were recorded live using a TEAC 2 track tape deck and on a Sony cassette deck on June 27, 1983 at the final rehearsal for Reggae Sunsplash and on July 17, 1983 as The Skatalites performed in concert.

Band line up:
Tommy McCook- Tenor Sax
Roland Alphonso - Tenor & Soprano Sax
Lester Sterling - Alto Sax
"Dizzy" Johnny Moore - Trumpet
Jackie Mittoo - Piano
Jah Gerry - Guitar
Lloyd Brivitte - Acoustic Bass
Lloyd Knibbs - Drums
Lord Tanamo - M.C. and Vocals.

Guest Musicians:
Arnold Breckenridge - Trumpet
"Bubbles" Cameron - Trombone
Cedric Brooks (Special Guest) - Tenor Sax Solo on "Tear Up"

Disc 1
1. Freedom Sounds
2. Bridge View
3. Latin Goes Ska
4. Tear Up
5. Guns Of Navarone
6. Man In The Street
7. Come Dung
8. Big Trombone
9. Ska Ba
10. Road Block
11. Eastern Standard Time
12. Confucius

Disc 2

1. Lee Harvey Oswald
2. Black Sunday
3. Mood For Ska
4. Fidel Castro (#1)
5. El Pussy Cat
6. Four Corners*
8. Exodus*
9. Old Fowl*
10. Fidel Castro #2*
11. Welcome Back Home*



Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Bad Manners.......there's nothing bad with this band. As one of the foundation of the British ska revival during the late 70's, they have peddled their own kind of ska to the skanking youths of Britain and around the world. Bad Manners became the novelty favorite of the UK pop scene during those times because of the bald and outsized frontman with a big tongue known as Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle) on stage antics. Just like their North London ska mates "Madness", their song is not heavily political as compared to the The Specials and The Selecter.
The tunes and the lyrics of their songs are more pop attuned, though there were some songs that stabs the British establishment. Bad Manners is still very active and doing the rounds in England, playing in different scooter rallies, colleges and their own music festival "Badfest." One of the foundation of the British Ska movement and one of the best and the baddest - Bad Manners! Play this loud!

1. Pipeline
2. Skinhead Girl
3. Stampede
4. Non Shrewed
5. Johnny's Knee
6. Skinhead Love Affair
7. How Big Do You Love Me
8. Baby Elephant Walk
9. Big Five
10. Rock steady Breakfast
11. Mafia
12. Viva La Ska Revolution

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


There were only three official live albums by The Jam - the first was "Dig The New Breed" released in 1983, the featured album today "Live Jam" released 1993 and "The Jam at The BBC" released a few years ago. All live tracks on all albums are recorded between 1977 to 1982 with the exception of the bonus 3rd cd that was included on Live BBC release which was recorded full in concert at the Rainbow theater in London, April 1979. From an angry young mod to a more soulful and RnB inspired young man. For the rest of us, there is LIVE JAM, the closest thing available to actually being drenched in Paul Weller's sweat. While LIVE JAM concentrates mostly on the Jam's more soulful later years, it does not skimp on earlier favourites such as "Modern World" and "Mr. Clean". However, it is in the later, more nuanced material that LIVE JAM truly shines. Somehow the obvious tension in the band(Foxton and drummer Buckler vs. Weller) led to truly transcendent versions of "Down in the Tube Station At Midnight" and "Town Called Malice". This live album is a lasting testament to a brilliant band. Pure power and one of the best and influential band from England.The Jam - they are fucking brilliant. Fire and Skill! Play this loud!!!

  1. The Modern World
  2. Billy Hunt
  3. Thick as Thieves
  4. Burning Sky
  5. Mr. Clean
  6. Smithers-Jones
  7. Little Boy Soldiers
  8. The Eton Rifles"
  9. Away from the Numbers
  10. Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
  11. Strange Town
  12. When You're Young
  13. 'A' Bomb in Wardour Street
  14. Pretty Green
  15. Boy About Town
  16. Man In The Corner Shop
  17. David Watts
  18. Funeral Pyre
  19. Move On Up
  20. Carnation"
  21. The Butterfly Collector
  22. Precious
  23. Town Called Malice
  24. Heat Wave


When Elvis Presley recorded That's All Right Mama on 5 July 1954 he changed the face of music forever, though he couldn't know it at the time. Of course his music did not appear fully formed out of nowhere and he barely wrote a song in his life. That's All Right Mama had been recorded by its author Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup nearly ten years earlier in Chicago and is just one of 21 recordings that provided source material for the aspirant rock and roller to be found on this instructive collection.

Elvis was equally at home with hillbilly, gospel and blues music, as well as mainstream pop, and it was his amalgamation and assimilation of these influences that led to the creation of rockabilly and to his incendiary success.

The earliest recording is the Jimmie Rodgers version of Frankie And Johnnie from 1929, which had been recorded by Mississippi John Hurt the year before for Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, and the most recent included here, although he continued to cover contemporary material throughout his career, is from 1950, by Ivory Joe Hunter. He went on to become a friend of Elvis' and wrote several songs for him, such as My Wish Came True. Elvis's musical tastes were wide and while few would argue with the merits of Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys or Wynonie Harris, some might query his love of Old Shep by Red Foley.

One of his rare composer credits turns up on Love Me Tender, alongside that of Vera Matson. This comes from the film of the same name about the American Civil War, starring Elvis, and so it was fascinating to discover that it had been adapted from a Civil War poem from 1861 which had been set to music as Aura Lee, and recorded by many artists including the Shelton Brothers in 1937.

Other CDs in this series have been sparse on information but, apart from a lack of composer credits, the sleeve notes here break down every track with pertinent details (a couple of songs are written about that do not appear on the final version of the CD). No serious student of Elvis can afford to be without a thorough collection such as this.

Friday, March 26, 2010


I just discovered this band a few weeks ago. I was a little skeptical at first because there were so many bands that has covered "The Clash" without doing any justice to the song and to the band itself. This album is a split between Clash songs and reggae cuts that were covered by The Clash. After listening to AML, they really made sense - The Clash, a punk band incorporated reggae into their music when they released their first album in 1977. They had their own take on reggae and gave it a "Clash" treatment without losing the spirit and weight of JA's music, and then Germany's Anger Mangement League came along giving new life to the songs of John Mellor and Co. It makes perfect sense for the AML to re-visit The Clash's first batch of punk songs via The Upsetters.
There are hints of The Upsetters dub feel, Operation Ivy/Rancid punky reggae and The Agrrolites' dirty reggae in this album but I have to stress that they are not imitating these artist. AML are no copy cats as far as I'm concerned. This is AML second release by way of Jump Up records of Chicago. The AML's Clash covers aren't revelatory, but they're damn good and fun--and a good a reason as any for you to have this album.

01 London's Burning
02 Janie Jones
03 White Riot
04 Career Oportunities
05 Garageland
06 1977
07 Bring It Back
08 Why Why Why
09 New Blue Hat
10 My Only One
11 Mr. Hyde Park Dub
12 Police and Thieves

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Specials and 2Tone documentary BBC6

Thanks to a high speed connection, I'm now a regular listener of BBC Radio 6. There rumors that BBC6 will be taken off the air. I hope this will not happen. They happen to have good shows and documentaries. One particular favorite DJ is Steve Lamacq although Paul Sexton is presenting this 2Tone documentary. You'll only have 7 days to listen to this. This goes for all Ska fans around the world. This is to us. Quality education from BBC Radio 6.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Larry Ethnic Meets The Wailers

This one is a good find. The Wailers backing up some of Jamaica's prominent vocalists. This album consist of reggae versions of some popular songs during that time. Released in 1975 featuring the ever heavy and sticky Wailers providing the back beat to the soulful singers. Lovers reggae all the way.

Melinoco : Aston Barrett
Backing Band : The Wailers
Rhythm Guitar : Bob Marley
Lead Guitar : Ronnie Bop
Synthesiser : Ron Elliott
Percussions : Carlton Barrett

1. Jackie Paris - Once In My Life
2. Barrington Spence - Falling In Love For The First Time
3. Jackie Paris & Dennis Brown - Day Dream Believer
4. Barrington Spence - Tears On My Pillow
5. Dave Collins - My Heart Cries Out
6. Junior Delgado - Really For A Reason
7. Dave Collins - Get Ready Here I Come
8. The Chosen Few - Chain Gang
9. Sydney Rogers - People Living In Glass House
10. Junior Delgado - Reaction
11. Dave Collins - The People Band Wagon (Hitch Hike)