Saturday, April 11, 2009

Old Tunes are the New Tunes

Been getting really into the old ska/raggae/rocksteady music. Not that stuff out of Long Beach or from the British Mod scene, but the real thing "strait from da island, mon."

Persons like Duke Reid, Prince Buster, bands like The Wailers or Toots & the Maytals, are some of my current favorites - especially the last one. There's something happy and sad in this music, something fundamental, able to touch all the emotions, all the necessary pieces of ourselves.

My current highlights are two songs by Toots & the Maytals: Funky Kingston, and Pressure Drop.

Amazazing right? They also have a cover-song of Country Roads (interestingly titled, Country Road) that is really good, but I couldn't find it online for posting. Still, check it out on iTunes if you have the chance. You'll love it.

And if you're looking for new, modern ska/reggae/rocksteady influenced music, check out Bedouin Soundclash, who're interestingly enough from Canadia, currently Toronto to be specific. They've got three albums out, all equally awesome, but I recommend these two songs from Sounding a Mosaic, and Street Gospels respectively:

[The quality on this one is a little bad because the good ones on YouTube are all disabled for posting. I hate that lame-ass shit. Don't hide - spread the music!]

Anyhoo, check out the tunes, and feel free to give me your recommendations if you have any.


2 footnotes:

TeenCreeps said...

ive heard the second song "pressure drop" by the specials before and i fell in love with it,i didnt know that it was a cover.
alot of skinheads i know are really into ska/rock steady idk???
how that connection has come about...

Zek J Evets said...

iunno either really. lots of skinheads in long beach listen almost exclusively to ska, especially back in the late 80's early 90's.

the specials, eh? yeah, they're definitely after toots and the maytals. the specials are 2 tone, which is called the second wave in regards to ska music.

never knew they did a cover of that song though... cool beans