Saturday, August 18, 2018

#514 :: Windy City Sound System #8 :: The Humble 45 Rides Again (15 Aug 2018)

Here at Windy City Sound System HQ, we have more records than we know what to do with, especially 45s. A few months ago, we decided to put together an on-the-fly mix, picking records straight from the box, which is exactly what we did for this month’s edition of the show. Sit back and enjoy another appreciation of the humble 45! 
~Jim Cascino

Baby Version - Prince Buster & Jah Fender
Illya Kuryakin - Ike Bennett & The Crystalites
Unity - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Dragon Fiyah - Dave Hillyard & The Version City Rockers
Jesse James Rides Again - The Bees
Home - Chris Murray
Ice Water - Jack Sparrow
Tings A Gwan - The Hypocondriacs
You Done Me Wrong - Tyrone Evans
Night & Day - The Maytals
Vostok 1 Bop - The Upshitters
Real Ring Ding - Derrick Morgan
You Say - The Shifters
Have You Seen Her - Derrick Harriott
Anywhere I Roam - King Django & The Forthrights
Troubles - Charley Organaire & The Prizefighters
Joseph - Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra
Come Back Home Meh Boy - Lord Kitchener
Kingston 13 - Bell’s Group

That's the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra in the pic. A Hungarian ska band formed in Budapest, in 2003. The band's musical style has fused Jamaican-style ska and reggae with jazz melodies and elements of traditional Hungarian folk music: Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra

Thursday, August 16, 2018

#513 :: Rockin' Sensation (8 August 2018)

Tunes from all over the globe. From J.A. to the U.K to Australia and Germany. This is a rockin' sensation!

The Oldians - Come Here Baby
The Delirians - Leave This Town
Delano Stewart - Rocking Sensation
Kid Nesian - Into You
Nahko and Medicine For The People - Love Letters To God
The Fuss - We're Going Out
Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation - Oi Oi Oi
Dermott Lynch - Hot Shot
Hugo Lobo feat. Gaz Mayall - Ina De Graveyard 
Sonny Burke - Rudy Girl
The Capsouls - Took My Love
Orquestra Brasileira de Música Jamaicana - Whysky A Go Go
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Bus Driver
Johnny Longshot - Misery

That's Chrissy Reggae in the pic, she's from Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

#512 :: SOUL # SKA # SKINHEAD (1 August 2018)

Beautiful musical morsels. Enjoy!

Alpheus - Love Life
The Hempsteadys - The Moon Laughs Knowingly
The Rudies - Boss Sound
Angel Town Combo - Adorable You
Ska Beat City feat. King Hammond - Bad Till I Die 
Martha High - Don't Throw Your Love in The Garbage Can
Tanika Charles - Money
Supertonic Sound Club - I Need You
Martha Ren & The Groovelvets - I'm Not Your Regular Woman
Supertonic Sound Club - Please Don't ask
Desmond Dekker - Jamaican Ska
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - Measure of a Man
Monty Neysmith & The Bishops - Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Skinheads
Dr Woggle & The Radio - Tenderim
Two Tone Club - One In A Million
The Skamotts - Super Tanker
Bonus Track

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#511 :: Natural High :: Studio One Mix (25 July 2018)

Natural High: The Bongo Man Collection is a brand new 2xLP compilation from Studio One, featuring a multitude of singles from Coxsone Dodd’s infamous Bongo Man imprint. See more details at

Jackie Bernard – Jah Jah Way
Emperor D.P. – Jah Jah Rock
The Classics (aka The Wailing Souls) – Got to Be Cool
The New Establishment – Reggae Lady
Prince Jazzbo – Little Joe
Ernest Wilson – Money Worries
Cliff Stewart – Burn Collie
The New Establishment – Burn Collie Version
Leroy Wallace – Far Beyond
The New Establishment – Far Beyond Version
The Beltones – Soul People
Wentworth Vernal – I Gave You My Heart
Horace Andy – Darling Dear
Prince Lincoln – Live Up to Your Name
Pablove Black & the New Establishment – Poco Tempo (aka Pocco Tempo)
Prince Jazzbo – Ring a Ting
El Tibby and the Stingers – Stepping into Zion
Big Joe – Nanny Version Skank
Sleepy and Jazzbo – Skylarking Disco Mix

Thursday, July 19, 2018

#510 :: Windy City Sound System :: Best of 2018, so far! (18 July 2018)

With the amount of truly excellent music that has come out so far this year, we decided to forgo the tradition of waiting until December to make a best of list, and instead put together an episode of the best album, singles, and compilations that have come out so far in 2018. Things may change come the end of the year, but we couldn’t help but highlight some of the new releases that we haven’t been able to stop listening to!

The Fuss - Driving Me
Dave Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - Ulysses
The Silvertones & The West Kensingtons - Soffling Green
Beverley’s All Stars - The Great Mogul
Hub City Stompers - What’s She Got
Dan P & The Bricks - The Show
Matt Wixson - Homophobin’
Ernest Ranglin - On Higher Ground
The Royal Architects - Night Howler
The Pandemics - Killing Time
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Man In The Street
King Tubby - Psalms Of Dub
The Oldians - Suddenly
Le Birette - Wounded Man
Y-Bayani & His Band Of Enlightenment, Reason, and Love - Mi Sumolo
Gladstone Anderson - Words
Reggae Workers Of The World - Pot Of Gold
Alpheus - Nah Go Tek It
The Georgetown Orbits - Garden Of Love

Monday, July 16, 2018

#509 :: Rolling Like A Trojan (11 July 208)

A mixture of good songs. We're lovin' that new single from Acetones. 

Courtney John - Easier To Walk Away
Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation - Oi Oi Oi
Tony and Dennis - I Don't Want To Cry
Lord Creator - Kingston Town
The Determinations - Kiss Bam Bam
AceTones - Rolling Like a Trojan
Hugo Lobo feat. Hepcat - Rest Yourself
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - Somebody Done Changed The Lock on My Door
Conquer Rocks - Ska Haboob
Johnny Longshot - Lost Weekend
Two Tone Club - Three Little Words
Dennis Brown - Money in My Pocket
The Maytals - Pressure Drop
Roger Rivas - 10 Plagues

Friday, July 6, 2018

#508 :: Tribute to Duncan Campbell aka Mr DC (4 July 2018)

The trouble with trying to list all the many things a person was qualified at, good at, lived, breathed and emanated is that you're bound to miss some important things off the list. This is how I feel as I start to think about what to say about Duncan Campbell. Duncan, or as he was known, Mr DC, died in Auckland hospital after a brief illness on Monday, July 2nd, 2018. I knew him as a meek, humble, generous, passionate, friendly, caring guy who loved reggae music, in fact all Jamaican music.

Duncan was known and loved as a reggae broadcaster on Auckland's 95bFM, reggae and music writer in RipItUp music magazine and as radio news journalist. He was born in Whangarei but grew up in Auckland. Read a NZ Herald obituary here

In this episode I read a wonderful tribute by DJ Dubhead found here, and then play part of an interview Dubhead did with Mr DC for The 95bFM Historical Society. Go here to hear the full interview and some great selections of reggae by Duncan.

It was an absolute honor to have known Duncan. We will miss him for sure. To all his family and friends we send our sincere condolences to you all. God bless you all.

Fosm Ism has shared the following details on Facebook about a service for Duncan:
On behalf of Duncan's family may I just share the following 
(and please, share, so that everyone sees it):

It’s been a tough week for the family and friends of Duncan, I’m sure I don’t need to say that. Flailing a bit here. If only Dunc was here to help me write this. If he was, we’d probably have been sidetracked already… anyhoo….

Lots of flying and crying. Many tunes cranked, glasses raised.
Just want to update you all… at Duncan’s request there will be no funeral.


In a few weeks there will be a PROPER throw down. Duncan’s family know that there is much to celebrate and are very keen that Duncan is given the send off he so deserves. And celebrate we shall. We will be sure to share the details when they are finalised. There will be laughter and tunes... and speeches too. Pretty sure Dunc would approve (but would pretend that he didn’t).

Peace and love

Ernest Ranglin - Ranglin Doddlin'
Alborosie Meets The Wailers - United Wailing Dub
The Roots Radics with Barrington Levy - Shine Eye Dub
Downbeat The Ruler feat. Soul Vendors - Death In The Arena
Dubhead interviews Duncan Campbell
Amos Milburn - One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
Rico Rodriguez & His Blues Band - Blues From The Hills
Burning Spear - Black Wa-Da-Da
Dr. Alimantado - Johnny Was A Baker
Winston Wright - Bubbling Organ
Playing For Change feat. Jack Johnson - Natural Mystic/Just a Little Bit


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#507 :: Live Recording Wednesday :: The Selector Live At The Roundhouse, 2017

Live performance from The Selecter on their Co- Headline tour with The Beat feat Ranking Roger, recorded and filmed at their sold out show at The Roundhouse in London on October 6 2017.

Live Album on CD, Black & White Splatter Vinyl with Bonus DVD
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First tune in this episode is a new single from Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation called This Is Ska (

1.The Avengers Theme
2.Three Minute Hero
6.Missing Words
7.Train to Skaville
8.James Bond
9.On My Radio
10.Too Much Pessure / Pressure Drop
11.Carry Go Bring Come / Everyday / Murder / My Collie

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

#506 :: Windy City Sound System :: Tribute to Anthony Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018)

This month's episode of WCSS on GO FEET! Radio is a bit of a personal one.
As you're no doubt well aware, earlier in the month Anthony Bourdain suddenly and unfortunately passed away. To say he was one of my favorite writers and television personalities would be an understatement, and the manner of his passing made the news all that much more shocking and sad. Rather than wax poetic about him or his many accomplishments/impacts, I made like a good selector and pulled together as many Jamaican songs about food and drink as I could fit within an hour. Hopefully this humble remembrance of one of my icons is a fitting one. Enjoy! 
-Jim Cascino

Baba Brooks - Duck Soup
Des All Stars - Night Food Reggae
The Viceroys - Fat Fish
Laurel Aitken - Rice & Peas
Glen Brown - Collie & Wine
The Soul Vendors - Chinese Chicken
The Skatalites - One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (Take 1)
Jimmy Riley - Ram Goat Liver
The Techniques All Stars - Lamb Chops
Jackie Opel - Push Wood
The Mellotones - Banana Water
King Stitt - Vigorton 2
Lee Perry - Roast Duck
Hubert Porter & The Jamaican Calypsonians - Rum & Coconut Water
Duke Reid’s Group - Duke’s Cookies
Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Soul Food
The J.J. All Stars - Soup
Boris Gardiner - Pork Chops
Phyllis Dillon - Don’t Touch My Tomato
Lord Kitchener - Black Pudding

Sunday, June 17, 2018

#505 :: Songs About Gals! 913 June 2018)

Here's a mix about Gals. 

Gladstone Anderson and Mudies' All Stars - Mad Mad Ivy
The Oldians - Laura
Phyllis Dillon - Perfidia
Toots And The Maytals - Sweet Sweet Jenny
The Dance Crashers - Ema
Reggae Workers of the World - Danielle
The Steady 45s - Maria Julia
The Jiving Juniors - Andrea
Desmond Dekker - Get Up Adinah
Pick it Up! - Artebella
Toy Tin Soldier - Liza Radley
The Brooklyn Attractors - Sonia
Erin Bardwell Collective - Edith New
The Beatdown - Mary
Crazy Baldhead - Victoria
The Tennors - Cleopatra