Three original members of legendary 60’s skinhead band are back together to do some ol’ MOONSTOMPING! Symarip evolved from the UK ska/soul/reggae band the Pyramids, who had recorded with the then leader of the Equals, Eddy Grant. The group formed in 1969, comprising Monty Naismith, Roy Ellis, Michael Thomas, Joshua Roberts and Frank Pitter. The success of ‘their single Skinhead Moonstomp’ led to the release in 1970 of an album of the same name, including versions of Roland Alphonso’s ‘Phoenix City’ as ‘Phoenix Reggae’, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, ‘Fung Shu’ and ‘Skinhead Girl’. The band was a major influence on the 2-Tone movement and have been cherished by fans worldwide for 50+ years. In 2014 Jump Up began releasing new vinyl singles from singer / songwriter / organist Monty Neysmith backed by The Bishops and Soul Radics. In 2016 a full length was released with The Bishops leading to tours across the USA, including a headlining slot at the Supernova festival. Fast forward to 2019 and Monty reunites with two of his original band mates Frank & Mike to create SYMARIP PYRAMID – ad a European tour and here we proudly present the debut two track 7 inch vinyl single! “War On Mars” is a mid tempo vocal ska groover, “Skinting” is an uptempo organ drenched skinhead reggae tune loosely based on the battle hymn of the republic. Limited edition of 300, 100 on red 100 on green and 100 on goldenrod! Goldenrod is reserved for our 7 inch of the month club members and is also available in the 3 color collectors bundle.
Jump Up is leading the way supporting cassette culture with 12 releases for the yearly Cassette Store Day celebration! We lead ALL LABELS with the most new titles dropping on Saturday October 12th! One again we ask you to call a participating shop and request that they stock our titles for the day – we want to support brick and mortar stores first. As always we will be offering our titles on our website that day we do understand that not everyone is close to a participating store. Tapes are fun and inexpensive, and are always more limited than the vinyl or CD versions. In many cases tapes allow us to add bonus material that we simply can’t fit on a vinyl record. In this day and age it seems everything is available on vinyl and records have become mainstream, thus cassette culture has really taken off once again for true collectors. Do yourself a favor and pick up a vintage tape deck or boombox this year – you’ll be glad you did! For a list of participating shops go to the Cassette Store Day site HERE. To see close ups on the tapes and videos of them playing on our vintage boombox collection – follow us on Instgram
We are gearing up for another Cassette Store Day! 2019 will be our 4th year as an official label – once again we lead the pack with the most CSD releases of ANY label – 12 scheduled so far – www.cassettestoredayusa.com and check out all the glory! It’s crazy, when we jumped back on board in 2016 we released the “Pressure Drip” collaboration tape with Dark Matter – a Jump Up label sampler to be enjoyed while sipping on our exclusive coffee blend. Every year since then we have added more and more new titles and retro classics to the catalog. Tapes are super fun and very collectible, and they are more limited than vinyl! They are also VERY affordable – more and more tape decks, Walkman or Boombox style portable players are being made now too! Due to many requests we decided that it was time to designate a page to the tape catalog we have available. Everything BUT our first CSD tape “Pressure Drip” is currently available. See pics and lists – the more you order the cheaper the tapes get! Continue reading JUMP UP loves TAPES! We have released 43 cassettes to date! Get all catalog titles HERE!
Screaming Records in Denmark have been putting out great ska singles for years! They started with releasing homegrown Danish modern ska bands LEO & THE LINEUP and BABYLOVE &THE VAN DANGOS, both incredibly soulful 2-Tone influenced neo-trad bands that eventually also released LPs on Jump Up Records! The LEO & THE LINEUP single features two songs from the “HIT THE STREETS” sessions that did not make the vinyl LP (but appeared on the CD). A few years later the label released a truly interesting solo record from THE BEATs RANKING ROGER – an early 2000’s tune that revived the :”acid ska” sound of the late 80’s UK rave scene, flipped wih a late 80’s unreleased gem with SLY & ROBBIE. Roger will truly be missed – but we stress that all fans pick up this interesting piece of his ska history before it’s sold out for good!
The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums lead by he one and only MR T BONE – dedicated to the sound of 1950’s “pre-ska” Jamaica. The kick start to homegrown Jamaican music came from American R’n’B (rhythm & blues) mixed with mento and other folk styles – from that ska was birthed and the rest is history! This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing style with a Jamaican edge, you hear mento, calypso, shuffle-blues with a nod to New Orleans via Kingston. This hotpot of sounds is captured in THE UPPERTONES latest album “UP UP UP!” – which we have on Italian import for the first time! You may remember Jump Up released the limited edition cassette at the end of 2018! And as a SECRET ADDED BONUS the first copies sold will come with a BONUS UPPERTONES 7″ that hasn’t been released yet!! We also have a VERY small handful of MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS “Heroes” LP left on green vinyl – add one now before it is out of print forever!
The link between Jamaican music and US soul/blues is very strong, and the tunes on this Screaming Records import EP are directly influenced by that 60’s vibe. All these songs were mixed by The Toasters frontman Bucket over the course of different projects, “Ska Jerk” is post “Don’t Let The Bastards Drag You Down” album and was originally intended for a compilation project that never saw light of day. The song in many ways sums up the vibe of the mid-1960s and the popular culture of that era. The style, the fashion, the dance halls, the attitude…and the soul music. Rounding out the single is their fantastic cover of the DAVE CLARK FIVE’s “Bits And Pieces” and the James Bond inspired. “Ska Finger”. We have a limited amount of copies back in stock with varied covers – if you prefer a specific cover message us and we will get that one to you!
Magnetic Loft Records in Russia have been on a serious tear releasing vinyl from the best bands in the Russian ska scene! The latest is the new MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “LOVE YOU SO” LP – a wonderfully soulful and funky ska/reggae act with a female lead singer, a wonderful follow up to their album of a couple years ago. This album keeps your interest from start to finish, it’s is refreshng to hear a band take some chances with the Jamaican form. Magnetic Loft has also reissued the incredible 2001 debut album from Moscow ska-jazz pioneers ST-PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ REVIEW, thirteen classics for fans of New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Eastern Standard Time, and Western Standard Time! Swingy jazz jams, mostly instrumental, includes fun versions of “John Jones”, “Anarchy In The UK”, “Dr Ring Ding” and many more! This album was one of our best CD sellers nearly 2 decades ago – so glad it’s now back…and now on vinyl! Not to be outdone is the debut vinyl album from top Russian traditional ska band LOLLIPOP LORRY! From their earliest shows, Lollypop Lorry have gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last ten years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, visited many Russian cities, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and many others. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites, the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions. This debut vinyl album is a MUST HAVE for every TRUE Jamaican music fan! Period.
Two amazing 7 inch singles in stock now in very limited quantities! REGGIE MSOMI formed & led the HOLLYWOOD JAZZ BAND in 1962, he wrote scores of hits for big South African stars including MIRIAM MAKEBA. On this 45rpm single we get two 1963 ska cuts originally issued on rare 78 rpm imports. Beautiful, distinctly African takes on the Jamaican tradition. Limited gold vinyl edition of 100 copies. Jamaican trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ recorded “AFRICA” for BLUE NOTE’s “MAN FROM WARIEKA” LP in 1977, a limited edition single was released with vocals from I JAH MAN. Back on wax with original label art, previously unreleased vocal bonus track “FREE GANJA” on the flip. Big hole for DJ play!
We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!
Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, Derrick Morgan and Charlie Organaire here i Chicago but their new 2019 album is appearing on many “best of ” lists already! Since more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, we’ve re-stocked their crowd sourced 3×7″ series and got some black vinyl debut LP copies too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading RESTOCKED! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP)