SUBCITY: Where: CD

A rootsy, retro ska album that branches out into a multitude of traditional genres with positive results. The most basic template is the U.K. ‘70s 2 Tone revival, but they mix it up with plenty of straight up soul and some incredibly tasty horn arrangements. SubCity’s songs tend to be mid tempo to slowish, confidently playing back in the pocket instead of the frantic sameness that drives me away from most ska. Highly recommended as a soundtrack to a pleasant day outdoors with friends and beers. –Jake Shut

 –guest (Transistor 66, transistor66.com)