A bit late this week - midweek edition! Let's kick off with BDR stalwarts The Bakesys. This band has quite the heritage from Bakesys Midday Joggers (a fun play on the Dexys monicker) circa 1991 through The Bakesys and More Bakesys... the thing that stands out is that every release has a different sound. 2019s Golden Slices of Brown Toast gave us an indication of their new direction featuring samples and some top mixing integrating advertising and soundbites to some top skanki
Yes, yes, yes! Here we go people – almost a third of the way through May and on the back of a MASSIVE Bandcamp Friday! TOP news has to be the eagerly awaited Mighty Mighty BossTones follow up to 2018’s While We’re At It – When God Was Great. While We’re At It was okay but… 3 years maturity (even though they formed in ’83) some amazing stimulus to write about -11 albums in and I’d say that this is their best yet! We were exposed to a couple of singles (The Killing of Georgie a
First up - news has to be about The Selecter's 40th anniversary reissue of Too Much Pressure which released this week and got ska back into the UK album charts. Number 1 in the vinyl album chart. We eagerly await our 3CD box set! Coolie Ranx is a well known name in the ska world, be it fronting The Toasters or The Pilfers or his highly entertaining car sessions, Coolie is such an important part of the scene. He is trying to get 5000 followers on his Bandcamp page at https://c
Morning all - first off, today is the birthday of the Original Rude Boy, Dr Neville Staple. Neville Staple found fame with the Specials lending his memorable toasting to the legendary 2 Tone band. Originally a roadie with the Coventry Automatics, he soon became a defining part of their sound - Bernie Rhodes Knows Don't Argue was the first voice we heard on 2-Tone! After the band separated, he went on to be part of Fun Boy 3 and then Special Beat. He now fronts his own band ''
Morning everyone - in the week that we celebrated the life of Ranking Roger, we get treated to the new single by Ranking Junior. Like Fly The Flag, it is another moving tribute to the great and much missed Roger Charley. This time he has teamed up with The Ordinary Boys - an interesting choice but it works. It gives a different feel to The Beat sound that we are used to but had me in bits the first time I heard it. The B side is Jump and Skank and has a more 'The Beat' feel t
Alright fellow humans! Let's GO! So we've been living with this pandemic thing for a year now and it sucks. However, a tiny silver lining in an otherwise very big, black cloud is that we are back and skanking - broadcasting to the UK, NETHERLANDS, MEXICO, GERMANY, SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, JAMAICA, GREECE, NEW ZEALAND, BELGIUM, HONG KONG, FINLAND, POLAND, ITALY & MALAYSIA 24/7. Can't hear us where you are? Get in touch and we will see what we can do. As of yesterday, we hav
Well to be honest, after Bandcamp Friday last week... it's been a bit quiet except for... BUTTON DOWN RADIO IS BACK ONLINE BABY! As we celebrate our 5th birthday, we have finally gotten hold of licensing and broadcasting again. So stoked to once again be playing you the best in ska, rocksteady, Madness, 2-Tone, blue beat, early reggae, skinhead reggae, ska explosion, boss reggae, ska-punk, 3rd wave, ska-core, Northern Soul and a dash of Motown here and there on www.buttondown
A pretty good week for music really! We have already told you about the new releases for Big Fat Panda and Cartoon Violence (what do you mean you haven't read about them yet? Get over to https://www.buttondownradio.com/post/cartoon-violence-new-single-friend-or-foe and https://www.buttondownradio.com/post/cartoon-violence-new-single-friend-or-foe then back here!) From The Specialized Project camp, good news on their delayed Tribute to Glam Rock 4CD set as it is hopefully on i