Whenever successful bands from the past reform they invariably start trading in nostalgia and become “heritage” acts. No one expects them to grow artistically or continue to excel at the same things that brought them popularity in the first place, but that’s what The Selecter have done in the past few years. They’ve played at major festivals, headlined 3 UK tours and recorded three studio albums, the latest of which, Subculture, is mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty. Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, released their new studio album SUBCULTURE to critical acclaim in June last year on DMF Records.
The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, whose recent series of shows on BBC 6Music were hugely well received, and whose book ‘Black By Design’ continues to sell in droves worldwide, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, including Neil Pyzer (Spear Of Destiny) Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp) and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson (who features extensively on Subculture).
The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era, when they toured with the Specials and Madness at the peak of their early fame is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) seem more driven than ever. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio.
DJ Rhoda Dakar
Rhoda Dakar began her musical career as lead vocalist with all female 2 Tone band, The Bodysnatchers. They only ever released two singles, 'Let's Do Rocksteady' and 'Easy Life'. After a year together they split and Rhoda went on to guest with The Specials in Europe and the USA, having featured on their second album, 'More Specials'. After their demise, and before joining Jerry Dammers' new project, she recorded The Bodysnatchers' first original song, 'The Boiler', a harrowing tale of date rape, which was inevitably banned. The Special AKA spent the next two years recording 'In The Studio', spawning a top ten hit with 'Free Nelson Mandela'. Disillusioned, Rhoda left the music business, only returning occasionally to guest with friends like Dr Robert, The Communards and Apollo 440. In the early noughties, Rhoda was enticed back by the opportunity to work with both Pauline Black of The Selecter and Jennie Matthias of The Bellestars. Though the project was short-lived, she was back on the road and soon began writing and recording again. In 2006, Rhoda released her first solo album, the semi acoustic 'Cleaning In Another Woman's Kitchen', followed in 2009 by 'Back To The Garage', an old school Garage Rock album with collaborator Nick Welsh. In the meantime, she was featured on Madness' brilliant 'Liberty Of Norton Folgate' album, duetting 'On The Town'. Rhoda has appeared with them from time to time in venues as varied as Newmarket racecourse, London's O2 Arena in Greenwich and the House Of Fun weekender in Butlins Minehead. Five years after recording the album, Rhoda finally got to play a set featuring songs from 'Back To The Garage' at Blackpool's famed Rebellion Punk Festival, with longtime friend Tony Feedback, aka Tony Perfect, guitars turned up to eleven! In 2015, she released what has been hailed as "the lost 2Tone album", 'Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers', including many previously unrecorded tracks. It was crowd funded through Pledgemusic, reaching the target in just 16 days! Featuring old friends from The Specials, Horace Panter and Lynval Golding, plus the cream of current Ska scene musicians. It was launched on Halloween at London's Jazz Café to the delight of many fans from back in the day. The LoTek Four, Vol I EP is Rhoda's latest release. Beautifully packaged and available on four track vinyl and vinyl effect CD. Recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studio on a day trip. Volume I features her regular band playing live, all together and vibing off each other. The EP has a great old skool feel; wonderfully mixed and produced by Ska/Reggae guitarist Lenny Bignell and then mastered by Mr Dubstep, Jason Goz. So, even when the tunes are jazzy, there's a nod to the blues dance. Volume II is currently in production. As a reaction to the recent school shootings in Florida, Rhoda has recorded a version of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come', her modified lyrics reflecting the young people's plight and fightback. An in demand DJ, Rhoda is known for playing Rocksteady and Early Reggae. However, with an eclectic musical taste, there will always be a sprinkling of the unexpected. Taking the crowd along with her, she played Arabic pop, Punk, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Grime and Dubstep as The Specials’ tour DJ on 2016’s nationwide UK outing! Rhoda has a neat sideline in writing sleeve notes and has curated a brace of compilation albums, 'Ska Madness' volumes 1 (for which she just received a gold record) and 2. Having first trod the boards at the end of the Sixties, she now draws on her considerable experience to teach vocals and performance to some very talented young people. As a compere, Rhoda has hosted the Literary Stage at Rebellion Punk Festival and December 2016's Concert For Corbyn at the Brighton Dome!
"The Delirians movement began in the community of East Los Angeles with Angel Salgado. The unique sound developed by the group found it's roots in Latin, Jamaican, and Soul music. The Delirians transcended these traditional styles with a unique rhythm and harmony that grooves the soul to its core. This sound was first captured on their 2012 self-titled EP, The Delirians. As the band developed and continued to push the bounds of their musical abilities, they solidified their rhythm and style by adding drummer, Eric Alvarez, who has been featured with Western Standard Time. The Delirians’ debut album, Get Up!, released in 2014 with Angel City Records, planted the group in the forefront of the ska, reggae, and rocksteady scene.
For their most recent projects, The Delirians have joined forces with Roger Rivas from the Aggrolites to bring back the high fidelity recordings of old. The 2017 release, Mezcla de Musica y Amor, took an intimate look into the culture that nurtured the innovative sound. The culmination of the bands sound will be displayed in the much anticipated full album, El Remedio and this will solidify The Delirians as a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
The Delirians have been winning the hearts and ears of listeners across the world. Various tours in Europe and Mexico, and radio play in both France and Japan has helped spread The Delirians universal sound. In 2018, they made their biggest splash state side with their Coachella Festival debut on the Sonora Stage.
Stay on the hip side of this musical era by staying updated on the release of El Remedio and by tuning into the collaboration with FANIA on YouTube."