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Primo Sonic Rhythms Vol. 1

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Unless you're from Riverside, California, there's a good chance you haven't heard of any of the bands here, but if you're a fan of credible ska and rocksteady, you'll probably want to move there. The bands collected on Primo Sonic Rhythms, Vol. 1, play their ska and reggae with a breezy California flavor, but without the gloss of No Doubt or the punk sneer of Operation Ivy. It makes for a pleasing and refreshing listen, and the genuine admiration for Jamaica's finest sounds is both educated and infectious. It's a crime the low-key grooves of the Debonaires and the Dynamics haven't received more exposure, but here's your chance to catch up. The fact that Rivercidal Syndicate Records started in a scooter club just makes it all the more cool and groovy.

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