Ska-Line A Round Up Of The Global Ska News 28th March 2021
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 to it. Preston sounds pretty good on this.
Next up is a little project by Erin Bardwell (Erin Bardwell Collective, Skanxters, Pop-A-Top Records). Now we have already been treated to a solo album earlier in the pandemic and the extended lockdowns have given Erin the opportunity to record a project called Get Organ-Ised. This is an 8 track album that is laced with intrigue and a 60s / 70s styled sound coupled with a More Specials vibe.
Not only do we get this fantastic collection of tunes (The CD and poster has already sold out!) but Erin also set the music to a short film. A really entertaining piece and just shows how creative Erin is. Get the digital album from https://erinbardwellcollective.bandcamp.com/album/get-organ-ised
(the whole digital discography is available for 50% off!)
Crusty punk skankers Culture Shock (see Citizen Fish / Subhumans) have released their latest album 'Mandemic' on Bluurg records. I believe this is their 6th release and possibly their best since the seminal Onwards and Upwards.