The Unlimiters

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The Unlimiters
Background information
OriginBerlin, Germany
Years active2010 – present
LabelsHighscore Publishing
MembersNathan Moore
Erika Carmen Abalos
Stefan Kulaszewski
Steffen Hein
Andreas Bergmann
Mathias Wegner
Claudio Jolowicz
Mathieu Pé

The Unlimiters are a German ska band from Berlin, formed in 2010 by members of the German ska band The Essentials (active since 2003). Their music is influenced both by the early years of ska and its later revival in the 2 Tone era. This is mixed with sounds from genres such as soul, surf and dub.

The Unlimiters released their eponymous debut album in October 2010 on the German independent label Highscore. The song Hard Times from the album was released as a single in September 2010, and appeared in the soundtrack of the 2012 German feature film Reported Missing [de].[1][2] The album received favourable reviews in media such as the German reggae magazine Riddim[3][4] and the German daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung.[5][6] On 22 October 2010, the German television channel ZDF invited the Unlimiters to perform in front of a national audience in their morning show Morgenmagazin.

2011 saw the release of the two EPs In Dub and In Club, both containing remixes of songs from the first studio album. This collaboration involved dub artists such as Victor Rice as well as cumbia producers such as Erick Rincón. The remixes received airplay internationally on radio stations such as BBC 6 Music[7] and Radio 3 of Radio Nacional de España.[8]


Current members

  • Nathan Moore – lead vocals, trombone
  • Erika Carmen Abalos – lead and backing vocals, percussion
  • Stefan Kulaszewski – electric guitar
  • Steffen Hein – keyboards
  • Jeff James – bass guitar
  • Mathias Wegner – drums
  • Daniel Sauerborn – tenor saxophone
  • Jan Kalb – alto saxophone
  • Wolf Dörffel – trumpet

Additional musicians

  • Geoffrey Vasseur – electric guitar

Former members

  • Andreas Bergmann – bass guitar
  • Claudio Jolowicz – tenor saxophone
  • Mathieu Pe – trumpet
  • Stefan Grosse Rüschkamp – trumpet
  • Nick 'The Greek' Briggs - tenor saxophone


The Unlimiters have released one studio album, two EPs and one single.

Year Details
2010 Hard Times (Single)
2010 The Unlimiters (CD, LP)
2011 In Dub (EP)
2011 In Club (EP)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (9 February 2012). "Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Die Vermissten - Reported Missing". Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  2. ^ Highscore Publishing (17 February 2012). "Hard Times by Unlimiters used in Die Vermissten". Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ Birk, Alexander (November 2010). "Spiel ohne Grenzen". Riddim Magazine (in German) (6/10): 89.
  4. ^ Henry, David (February 2011). "The Unlimiters. Grenzenlose Nostalgie". Riddim Magazine (in German) (2/11): 10.
  5. ^ Mauch, Thomas (8 October 2010). "Thomas Mauch hört auf den Sound der Stadt". Die Tageszeitung (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  6. ^ Winkler, Thomas (4 March 2010). "Zweierlei Traditionspflege: The Unlimiters schätzen den frühen Ska und Sister Fa will ihre afrikanische Heimat nicht einfach so vergessen". Die Tageszeitung (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  7. ^ Don Letts (21 November 2011). "Culture Clash Radio". BBC. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Capitán Demo" (in Spanish). 16 December 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011.

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