What more can be said about The Slackers? Having released over 20 albums and countless singles over a decades-spanning career that dates back to 1991, the New York City hometown heroes have managed to thrive both underground and internationally in the firmly entrenched revival scenes of ska, punk and rock ‘n roll. Their generational impact may be unmatched, especially considering the incredible run and reach that they’ve made throughout a myriad of tours across North America, Europe and South America. Easily standard bearers for the modern day, working, independent musician, The Slackers have also embodied a very thoughtful and respectful brand of Jamaican roots music and production into their own skilled compositions and writing. It’s a concrete connection to the musical roots that makes this particular one-off release on NYCT a prime example of The Slackers in their most classic and reverential stance. Two unreleased exclusive instrumentals in the canonical Jamaican stylee: one ska, one rock steady, two burners on the preferred 7-inch format.
released December 6, 2019
BABA ROOTS WRITTEN BY A. BABAJIAN (REXALO MUSIC, BMI).
150 SECONDS WRITTEN BY D. HILLYARD (RELAXO MUSIC, BMI).
ARRANGED BY THE SLACKERS.
RECORDED & MIXED BY AGENT JAY.
MASTERED FOR VINYL BY FRANK AT THE CARVERY, LONDON.
PHOTO BY IMELDA MICHALCZYK.
ARA BABAJIAN – DRUMS
MARCUS GEARD – BASS
DAVID HILLYARD – TENOR SAXOPHONE
JAYSON NUGENT – GUITAR
GLEN PINE – TROMBONE
VICTOR RUGGIERO – PIANO, ORGAN
Kingston-London-Brooklyn. Old school reggae with NYC cool and spot on retro look 45 label and sleeve. Apparently the band covers my fave Little Ann track in their live set. Now that would make a really nifty 7”! Nifty O.G.