King Django is NYC Ska. It's a tautology. Check his Wikipedia page if you've snoozed. We're lucky enough to have worked with him here to bring some of his finer vinyl to the digital domain. Wax Attacks is 8 big tracks including "Avenue A" - a time machine to pre-Rudy (Giuliani) NYC, and a slick version of "As Tears Go By" by some British dudes.
KING DJANGO / WAX ATTACKS
The eight sides represented here have previously appeared only on these vinyl releases:
Stubborn Records STU-1000 King Django 'Avenue A' 45rpm 10? 4-song EP (USA)
As Tears Go By
Trying to Be Something
Conquering Ruler CRR-304 7? 45 (Germany)
Be All Mine
You Said You Love Me
Freedom Sounds 45rpm 7? single
About King Django
King Django is without question one of the oldest of the old school when it come to ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and dub music in the New York City area. Appearing on the very first Moon Records release 'NY BEAT,' (which is regarded as the first-ever US ska compilation) as a member of the short-lived Too True, and currently gigging steadily with his King Django Septet and Roots & Culture bands, Django has quite a resume:
Member, leader of The Boilers
Founder, bandleader of Skinnerbox
Founder, leader of Stubborn All-Stars
Founder, owner, engineer/producer of Version City Studio
Producer and executive producer of many landmark East Coast ska & reggae recordings
Founder, owner of Stubborn Records (originally in NYC and now in NJ)
Founder, owner of Version City Records (Kingston, JA) Toured and recorded with Murphy's Law, Rancid, the Toasters, The Slackers and many others
Although his influence as a widely-respected artist and producer resounds deeply and widely through the sounds of American ska, rocksteady and reggae music, Django is not at all easy to slap a tag on, as he is equally at home crooning and playing trombone in an authentic 1960's-style Jamaican ska setting, singing and playing Yiddish folk tunes on the ukulele, or 'chatting the mic' ('deejay' or 'rapping') at a sound-system dance in the streets of Jamaica.
Since the release of his 2006 studio album 'Roots Tonic' Django has been in very high demand as a hired producer and engineer at his Version City Studio. He has also been releasing a very steady stream of high-quality music from other artists through his Stubborn and Version City labels.
While the only King Django CD release since Roots Tonic was the 2010's live 'Brooklyn Hangover,' Django has been steadily issuing new material through various outlets on vinyl only.