Flying Vipers’ sound is of another time and place. Deeply in debt to the original Jamaican engineers of the ’70s who turned their mixing consoles into the lead instrument, the Vipers lay down steady drum & bass driven rhythms with jazz tinged melodies and post-punk attitude. Recorded and mixed on a vintage cassette 8-track in a dank basement in Waltham Massachusetts, the songs are manipulated with twists and turns of the console, saturated tape delays and exaggerated EQ until the track becomes something new. Cuttings is the Vipers first full length album, building on the foundation of The Green & Copper Tape EPs while adding more horns, vintage synths, and eccentric effects. The band may have been begrudgingly prophetic when they released the first single “Two Twenties Clash” in February 2020, as shortly after the world turned upside down dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and America struggles with reconciling its racist foundations. Within its 12 instrumental tracks, Cuttings is a sonic search for meditation amidst the madness. Purple / orchid vinyl is limited to 200 copies. Limited edition cassette tape 100 copies. We are so pleased to welcome the Vipers to the Jump Up Records roster!
Welcome to the magnificent seven of Cassette Week 2020! This year’s event is a bit different with everything going on these days, not to mention the multiple RSD drops (that just seem to keep coming) and the collapse of the label that ran Cassette Store Day USA for years. This year our friends at Tapehead City were so good to take over the event at the last minute and brand 2020 as CASSSTTE WEEK, which runs Sunday October 11th through Saturday October 17th, which was the original Cassette Store Day. Since shop participation is very spotty this year we recommend you call ahead to see if the store actually ordered the product. Anyway since you are already here at Jump Up HQ maybe you should pick these up from us! Just place the order below – the more you buy the more you save – email selections to email@example.com. For more info on this year’s event visit www.cassetteweek.com or www.tapeheadcity.com
DUFF GUIDE TO SKA review. Enough said!! “Take One” is the impressive debut album from Poland’s first rocksteady act Steady Social Club, and is filled with really terrific original tunes and ace performances–all recorded live in the studio on analog gear in one take, warts and all, with no edits, overdubs, etc. (hence, the album title). It should be noted that Steady Social Club are not newcomers to the scene, as members hail from other Polish and (one) German ska groups (Vespa, The Bartenders, Real Cool Sound, Big Fat Mama, and Spartan Allstars). They joke that they’re ska veterans, but older now, so they play slower (hah!). And this really is a late night, end-of-the-afterparty record, when people couple or uncouple, and don’t necessarily make the best decisions (practically all of the songs on Take One are about falling in or extracting oneself from a romantic relationship). The rocksteady tempos are markedly (almost stubbornly) unhurried, giving the male and female singers (Wioletta Baran, Anna Teliczan, and Boris Borowski) plenty of time to do their thing, and the song arrangements are uncomplicated, yet completely appropriate and effective (the band is rounded out by Artur Grochowski on drums, percussions, and keyboards; Bartłomiej Kościański on bass, guitar, and keys; and Maciej Januchowski on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; the later two wrote all of the tracks here). Top cuts here include “Let’s Do Rocksteady,” which has wonderful harmonizing and offbeat use of male falsetto (“Let’s forget all the daily trouble/Now it’s just you and me together/Hold me tight, till you feel my heartbeat/All the world can come back tomorrow”); the gorgeous ballad “Magic Feeling” (which, of course, is that of being in love); and the incredibly sultry tracks “Set Me Free” (who could resist this entreaty?) and the you’re-headed-for-a fall “Slow Down.” “You Kept Me Waiting” is more Harry J skinhead reggae than rocksteady and features really amazing Jerry Dammers-esque organ during the chorus (the singer knows he’s not ever going to get what he wants, but still can’t help himself: “I’ll keep on waiting/Up through the night/I’ll keep on waiting/Until the dawn/Why?”). “Friend or Foe” also is excellent dirty reggae about someone getting what they’re owed in a Niney the Observer “Blood and Fire” kind of way (“I say one day/You gonna pay/And the lies you’ve said/Will be exposed!”). Perhaps the fiercest song on the album is “There’s the Door” (I’m warning you/This game won’t be played be no more/It is last chance for you to change/And otherwise there’s the door”)–you won’t be able to resist singing along with the ominous “ohs” of the chorus. Thanks again to www.duffguidetoska.com
Not to be outdone are these two amazing releases from The Baertenders, currently they top traditional ska jazz act in Poland! We were able to get ahold of a limited supply of the band’s 2016 album “Poles Are Moving” pressed by the band themselves on 180g vinyl. We also have copies of their 2020 two track 7 inch single on Polish imprint Bad Look Records. Special deal on the LP plus 7 inch now!
BLUE VINYL + BONUS 7″. First time on vinyl for 1993 classic from ska originators. Part of the the Shanachie trilogy of 90’s albums from legendary Jamaican big band that invented the genre in the early 1960’s. Released in 1993, Ska Voovee finds original saxophonist Tommy McCook leading a lineup that includes original members (bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling ) alongside newcomers and jazz guests, including trombonist Steve Turre and trumpeter Frank Gordan. This edition of the Skatalites was quite faithful to the band’s history, lively instrumentals like “Skamaica” and “Skapan” are instantly recognizable as authentic Skatalites performances. These dozen tunes are solid and engaging, an effort that both die-hard and casual fans will equally enjoy. Blue vinyl LP with bonus “Jamaican Blank” style 45 rpm 7 inch single, originally scheduled for Record Store Day 2020 – but we pulled the title to keep our fans safe! We don’t want you to have to wait in a line this fall….it’s just too dangerous. Ska At Home Saves Lives!
LAST COPIES! SILVER NOW SOLD OUT , sorry. Less than 10 each! Hand SCREEN PRINTED SLEEVES! Far too often when a band claims to combine two dissimilar styles of music into an all powerful “new” hybrid, fans get a wee bit skeptical. After all, in most cases these creative endeavors fail miserably – and quite often it involves ska music. Simply put, this stereotype does not apply to the SKABILLY REBELS. RODDY RADIATION’s band successfully takes the best parts of rockabilly, minus the cheesiness that all too often is associated with the genre, and then puts it to a laid back traditional ska beat. Should we expect anything less? Of course you already know him as the legendary guitarist of The Specials (who also wrote their classics ‘Rat Race’, ‘Concrete Jungle’ & ‘Hey Little Rich Girl’), who also later formed blues influenced acts The Bonediggers and The Tearjerkers. He’s a veteran and true innovator of both the 2-TONE ska movement and the English rockabilly revival scene. Roddy’s voice is smooth and melodic, yet with pub grit. The fact that his guitar playing is superb goes without saying, but his ability to seamlessly combine both ska and rockabilly without losing the integrity of either genre is downright amazing. Roddy Radiation has proven again that he is a truly innovative musician and may be in the process of once again reinventing the face of ska music. Guess this album forces rude boy mods and skins to mix with rockers and teddy boys. What can’t we all just get along? Continue reading RODDY RADIATION & SKABILLY REBELS “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP) -Limited Repress in screen printed sleeves!
We’ve restocked some classics from Washington DC’s jazz ska pioneers! Back in 2010 we released “Tempus Fugit” in the USA on that ol’ compact disc format and imported German vinyl copies from Grover Records. We realize many of you were’s hooked on the wax then – that’s why we are bringing it back! We even have the limited edition blue vinyl repress! In between “Tempus Fugit” and 2019’s “Time For Change” the band released their own 7 inch single entitled “The Dragon”, which is available through us for the first time ever! Get both and get a deal!
Inspired by bands like The Clash, The Specials, and Redskins, Germany’s T-KILLAS released their debut album “It’s Up To You!” in 2014 full of energetic 2-Tone ska mixed with a heavy dose of mod, garage, and punk. It’s fast, snotty and cheeky, with lots of guitar and organ as well as a dominant saxophone that brings to mind many of the European bands from the early 90’s ska explosion. 2016 saw the band’s first vinyl release with the 7 ” single “Kicking The Pressure ” on Grover Records and Casual Records. In 2020, after a 6 year wait, the second album “Awareness” is finally here on Fire and Flames Music and Grover Records. Not to be outdone are Holland’s Downbeat Detonators who play their own unique brand of rocksteady and ska, inspired by the era of Jamaican music during the ’60s and ’70s. Horn driven melodies, organ scorchers, sweet vocal harmonies and a strong rocksteady riddim section are the main ingredients of their explosive mix of ska, rocksteady, early reggae and calypso. Original songs inspired by artists like Don Drummond, Prince Buster, Jackie Mittoo, Toots & the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker . It’s Detonation Time with their band new vinyl album “Reggae Boomshot!”. Both these albums have been in heavy rotation here for months, get both get a deal and discover some new bands from the European Union!
It’s hard to believe that we now have fourteen NYSJE albums to enjoy! Quite an accomplishment in today’s music world, and maybe even more impressive for a “modern” traditional ska band. Think back to the humble beginnings of Rocksteady Freddie when he left The Toasters to start this wonderful project in the 90s – for us it’s crazy to think that the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble was the first ska concert at the Chicago House of Blues! As always you can expect top notch jazzy arrangements of foundation Jamaican sounds, over the years the players have changed but the vibe and energy remain the same. Freddie Reiter will never steer you wrong on these ten glorious tracks! Includes a fun version of “Love & Affection” and a tribute to the late great Tom Petty with “Learning To Fly”. “Break Thru” is a great mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that covers many Caribbean styles, of course all channeled through American jazz / blues arrangements that’s unique to this long-standing ensemble. Get This! Continue reading NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Break Thru” LP / “Minor Moods” LP
REPRESS HAS ARRIVED with a brand new color: MINT BLUE! JUMP UP has been working with SPECIALIZED UK charity since 2012, releasing limited edition vinyl to compliment their incredible tribute CDs – with proceeds benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust. Multi-CD tribute albums of THE SPECIALS, THE BEAT, MADNESS, THE CLASH, and BOB MARLEY have been released with JUMP UP issuing 10 limited edition 7″ singles from these collections. We even did a cassette tape edition of their DANCE CRAZE tribute! In 2017 the Specialized team released GIFTED, a four CD collection of bands covering mod revival legends THE JAM… we then compiled the best ska/reggae tunes on one full length colored vinyl LP. BOSS SOUNDS, a 4xCD tribute to the original Trojan era classics was released in 2018, from that we then released a limited 4 track 7” vinyl EP with Keith & Tex with Akasha, Arthur Kay, The Crombies, and Stranger Cole with Kingston All Stars. In 2019 the SPECIALIZED crew celebrated the 40th anniversary of 2-ONE with another incredible 4xCD collection: CHECK ONE-2: Spirit of ’79. Covers of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, THE SELECTER, THE BEAT, MADNESS, BODYSNATCHERS and more! We of course sprung into action to create some new vinyl classics – the good news is we’re releasing two LPs this time around! The first LP features American bands from the collection – and if you couldn’t guess the majority of the bands are Jump Up Records acts! Limited to 300 copies, 150 on red and 150 on white/natural. If you buy multiple colors we will toss in a free Specialized slipmat! Stay tuned for the second volume of international bands picked by the Specialized team ***UK FANS – COPIES ARE ON THE WAY TO SPECIALIZED UK NOW – PLEASE PLACES YOUR ORDERS WITH THEM!** Continue reading SPECIALIZED UK’s CHECK ONE-2: SPIRIT OF ’79 LP vinyl has arrived! First Edition includes American bands!
We are so excited to have these two amazing vinyl titles from LUCHA LIBRE RECORDS, who specialize in promoting bands from the Ecuadoran ska/reggae scene! Snatch these up as they are extremely limited and won’t be restocked! LOS BARRELSHOTS released their debut mini CD “Reggae Explosion” in 2017, and now the first Ecuadorian Early Reggae / Rocksteady band from Quito kick it into high gear with their debut full length entitled “REGGAE VOLCANO”. Featuring 10 original tracks, mainly instrumental, once again staking their claim as one of the top Latin American groups of the skinhead reggae genre. Los Barrelshots have been able to recreate in the studio this infectious sound, firmly rooted in the Jamaican musical heritage blended with soul, funk, and jazz, which has made them an essential live act of the national scene. Featuring Lady Lex on one track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. QUITO SKA JAZZ ‘s debut LP features 8 extended original instrumental jazz ska tracks, featuring Fred Reiter from New York Ska Jazz Ensemble on one song. This top Ecuadorian band formed in 2012 and quickly became active on the local scene, single handedly spreading the gospel of ska and Jamaican musical culture in Ecuador. “Ciudad of Ska” is truly the first Ska record from thee “middle of the world” to get the vinyl treatment! Including one dub version and a live track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies housed in an amazing fold out poster sleeve. BUY BOTH LPs and get a DEAL! Free DRINK COASTERS and STICKERS while supplies last!