The Slackers – The Great Rocksteady Swindle (For fans of The Toasters, Westbound Train, The Skatalites)

C’mon ska lovers, let’s be honest with ourselves. While we love those upstrokes and off-beat rhythms, 97% of people would rather be tied to tree being forced to listen to Duran Duran for the next 20 hours. So when you’re in the car with your Jamaican roots hater friend, and you want to change his views… what do you listen to?

The answer is the newly released “The Great Rocksteady Swindle” by NYC ska kings The Slackers. For some reason, even those who don’t like ska seem to have a soft spot for the Slackers, and it’s no surprise, as they bring in many influences into their traditional ska sound, including rock and roll, reggae, rocksteady, and generally perfect music for the summer.

On The Great Rocksteady Swindle, The Slackers kick back to their original, easy sounding music. Songs like “How It Feels” shows what the band is all about: updated ska jams without forgetting the spirit of earlier bands such as The Skatalites.

Definitely a perfect summer soundtrack, and I’ve been listening to this one pretty much nonstop as of late.

The Slackers – Mr Tragedy

Ruder Than You – Big Step
The Slackers – Self Medication
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles


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