• slackers The Great Rock-Steady Swindle (CD, £8.25)

    label: hellcat

    The Slackers return, bigger than ever before, to usher in their next chapter with some of the best music of their storied career. Featuring classic cuts like ‘Cheated’, ‘How It Feels’ and ‘Thank You’, the album retains the band’s unforgettable mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, soul, jazz, dub and garage rock while also adding fresh and vibrant elements to the music on tracks like the roots-rocker ‘Sabina’ and the gritty ‘Bo Evil’. For two decades the band has been spreading their signature ‘Jamaican rock n roll’ sound around the world, winning fans over with their fervent live shows and coveted studio albums.

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