Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. The Bonnets self-released their debut album “Live Ya Life” in 2012 and dropped “Quest” in 2014, an EP done in collaboration with their legendary friend HR of BAD BRAINS. In April 2015, the band supported and backed guitarist RODDY RADIATION of THE SPECIALS on a tour of the Eastern states. That same month, they released a video for their contribution to Hooligans United, a Smelvis Records’ tribute to Rancid. In 2017 we proudly released “The District” 7” vinyl single (that included a reggae cover of THE EVENS) and the band shot a video for A-side “Go! Adrian”. They also had a song released on “Recutting The Crap”, a Crooked Beat Records’ LP that reinterprets The Clash’s final album “Cut The Crap”. The Bonnets had the privilege of recording their track at DC’s punk pantheon Inner Ear Studio with owner Don Zientera. They also have a track on Baltimore Does Bowie, Morphius’ upcoming tribute to David Bowie, and their second full-length album “COME ON OVER” has just arrived! CD and tapes available now, vinyl soon. Tapes are super-loaded with bonus tracks that are NOT on the CD or forthcoming LP vinyl. FYI CD and tapes are part of the subscription clubs!
The Prizefighters perform ska and rocksteady from Jamaica’s golden era, their brilliant new studio album “Firewalk” is their first since 2010’s “Follow My Sound”. Since that release the band has perfected their craft working side by side with the stars that created the music back in the 60’s. That resume is now quite impressive, it includes backing the “King of Ska” Derrick Morgan at Reggae Fest Chicago, twice with Stranger Cole including a duet show with Patsy, plus Chicago and Montreal showcases with the dazzling Roy & Yvonne. Their relationship with legendary harmonica player and vocalist Charley Organaire might be the most special, as he joined The Prizefighters in the recording studio for a session that lead to the 2014 mini-album Charley Organaire Meets The Prizefighters which lead to their first European tour. In the band’s words “it’s not just about playing the songs well; it’s about playing them correctly and authentically” – and the several years worth of authentic 60s Jamaican music conservatory experience between the first record and “Firewalk” really shows. Working hard on tunes with a mantra of “will this be good enough for Derrick Morgan? Or for Stranger & Patsy?” has conditioned the band to push themselves to ever higher standards. We are so proud to present this stunning new album in 2019 from one of our favorite bands. Let’s face it, without The Prizefighters we wouldn’t have been able to bring so many Jamaican legends to Chicago and keep the spirit of 60’s Jamaica alive. Currently available on CD and Tape, vinyl coming soon! CD and tape will be part of the subscription clubs.
Two great bundle deals! Not only do you have a 7 inch vinyl single to DJ with but you also get a full length CD to enjoy! STAYA STAYA is an incredible ska band from Argentina that reminds us of early LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – shades of 2-TONE mixed with Latin rhythms. STAYA STAYA can play fantastic traditional ska too as witnessed on their debut full length “SOUL GEDDES”. For the 7 inch we teamed up with CHEMA SKANDAL for the deluxe edition – he designed and hand screened the sleeve art – he even put an inset! Red colored vinyl limited to 50 copies. For our second bundle we have Boston’s FLYING VIPERS, they are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. Armed with antiquated instruments, an archaic tape recorder, and a dangerous combination of strong coffee and stronger herb offering their own quirky twist on the tried and true formula for dub. The first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) have been collected here on their debut full length CD. We are now bundling that with their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! Limited to 50 copies on green vinyl
One silver lining of the vinyl reissue world is that overlooked albums get a second chance, we are experiencing this euphoria with POLISH SKA and JIMMY JAZZ RECORDS! VESPA is a traditional ska/reggae band that has been around since 1995, their debut album “BRUJAJ SIE” is finally on vinyl plus we have a limited amount of their new 4 track 7″ vinyl EP in our bundle! This new EPranges from organ fueled uptempo early reggae, both instrumental and vocal, slow and dirty space age 70’s reggae, with both male and female vocal leads sung in Polish. ALIANS 2000 release “Rowne Prawa” got the double vinyl gatefold sleeve treatment – after listening to the record we keep asking ourselves “How did we miss this the first time around?”. What a fantastic record – at times it channels the late 80’s European revival sounds of THE BUSTERS, MR REVIEW, and NO SPORTS. Our fave tunes are the very 2-TONE ones with tight horns – and that minor key gives it the slight flavor of a former Soviet block nation. Mixed in are slower dubby punky reggae tunes, an homage to PETER TOSH on “Equal Rights” and two fantastic covers of THE CLASH. A manic accordion permeates the band’s sound throught, giving the record a bit of a Spaghetti Western feel – and when they abandon the ska altogether it’s fast manic punk with shades of Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly or THE POGUES ala Straight To Hell soundtrack. Yes, we think that this record is THAT good. Gatefold sleeve double vinyl import, sung in both English and Polish. Continue reading Polish SKA Power! VESPA “Brujaj Sie” LP + ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue
As you already know JUMP UP has been working with SPECIALIZED UK since 2012, releasing limited edition vinyl singles 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. Obviously, this collection was an immediate success because Paul Weller is a god across the British Empire! As you would expect, this collection was less ska/reggae based, but when we heard the fantastic ska/reggae tunes that DID appear we thought to ourselves….let’s do a full length colored vinyl LP. Limited edition repress on random marbled color vinyl, 100 copies only. Perennial faves KING HAMMOND, LYNVAL GOLDING (The Specials), and PRESSURE TENANTS (Laurel Aitken’s old backing band) all appear along with a who’s who of top UK acts: MEOW MEOWS, ERIN BALDWELL COLLECTIVE, AMPHETAMEANIES, BIG FAT PANDA, THE SKAPONES and THE BIG. The USA is represented in fine fashion by THE CROMBIES, RUDE BOY GEORGE and CONTRA COUP, plus THE VALKYRIANS from Finland and LOS CHICKLETS from Mexico round out the collection. Continue reading GIFTED: SKA Tribute to THE JAM LP vinyl repress + Dance Crazy Tape! Proceeds benefit the UK SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust!
Mad Butcher celebrates the 20th anniversary of Italian ska super group THE OROBIANS with a brand new all covers album limited to 500 copies on colored vinyl. This new set includes covers of KOOL & THE GANG, RAY CHARLES, BEE GEES, LOU REED, the STARSKY & HUTCH theme and many more! A fun set get your copy today! We’ve also restocked their earlier “Slave To The Rhythm” album that takes 80’s covers and turns them into traditional ska gems! Continue reading THE OROBIANS “Oro Pulp” LP – New all covers SKA album + “Slave To The Rhythm” LP restocked!
This is your LAST CHANCE to get this amazing album on vinyl!!! Jamaican ska originators’ Grammy nominated 1994 album will be available for the first time on vinyl – an official selection for Record Store Day 2018! Recorded 30 years after the breakup of the original Skatalites, “Hi-Bop Ska” finds the band’s blend of R&B, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music continuing to sound healthy and exuberant. Throughout the 1990s, the band’s studio/live ranks ranged from newcomers to survivors of the band’s classic 1960s lineup, including saxmen Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, and vocalist Doreen Shaffer. The Skatalites are joined here by several prominent guests including fellow Jamaican legends Toots Hibbert (of Toots & the Maytals) and Prince Buster; jazz improvisers Lester Bowie on trumpet, saxman David Murray, trombonist Steve Turre, and Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. The jazzers get plenty of room to shine on this mostly instrumental album, from Alexander’s “Renewal” and Murray’s “Flowers for Albert” to remakes of iconic 60’s ska anthems “Man in the Street”, “Guns of Navarone”, “You’re Wondering Now”, and “Ska Ska Ska”. “Hi Bop Ska” harkens back to the heyday of Jamaican independence, when the freedom sounds of ska ruled the dancehalls. These dozen songs are an essential journey for fans who discovered ska from it’s Third Wave (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Toasters, Mephiskapheles) and Second Wave (The Specials, Madness, English Beat), but is also a wonderful addition to the band’s short lived 1960’s output on Studio 1 and Island Records. We at JUMP UP are SO PROUD to finally give this album a breath of new life in 2018 – to an entire new music buying generation that are preferring to discover classics like this on vinyl.
After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by fans worldwide. Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER imports: THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!
We’re very lucky to have restocks on the latest studio album from Japanese traditional ska legends SKA FLAMES – last year our initial batch was gone before the holidays were over! Here’s your second chance – these cats started in the 80’s and literally became Japan’s answer to The Skatalites – releases on Gaz’s Rockin’ Records helped solidify their legend worldwide! Heavyweight vinyl in a hard-stock sleeve with Obi strip – very stylish! Also on the celestial theme are the GEORGETOWN ORBITS from Portland, Oregan – we have limited copies of their latest release “Solar Flares” that shows us why they are one of the best traditional ska/reggae acts to come out of the Pacific Northwest. A very catchy new album, diverse styles of traditional Jamaican music and a great listen start to finish. Get both records and save a bundle!