Review: Dr Ring Ding is Germany's foremost ska trombonist and vocalist. While not that well known outside the ska scene, he's released a lot of records over the years, many of which are well worth picking up. One obvious example is 2013's Kalipso Times, a tasty four-track 10" that has now been given the reissue treatment. Recorded with a vast array of musicians, it's an effortlessly joyful and entertaining affair that sees him fuse his usual reggae and ska influences with nods to rhythm & blues (cheeky opener 'The Cat & The Rooster') and - more obviously - calypso. The latter inspiration is most potently explored on 'Obeah Wedding', which comes on like a long-lost Kid Creole track.
The Beat Goes SKA! (feat Marina P, Tippa Irie & Dennis Alcapone) (3:52)
Ivory Coast (3:51)
Review: This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 that offers a souped-up ska classic. This is often the way Mungo's Hi-Fi operates on RSD and this time they are in a catchy mood as they skew Sonny and Cher's 1967 standard 'And The Beat Goes On' through their own unique san filter. The big horns, light footed, swaggering groove and new vocals from France-based Italian Marina P all bring a bright and optimistic feeling. Add in to that the fact that legendary rocksteady and reggae DJ Dennis Alcapone serves up his own special toasting lesson in 60s and 70s Jamaican sound system history and you have a vital new 7".