RECORD STORE DAY 2020: THE SKATALITES “Ska Voovee” LP + 7″ single – first time on vinyl for 1993 masterpiece!

WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE TRANSLUCENT 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!

SPECIALIZED UK’s CHECK ONE-2: SPIRIT OF ’79 LP vinyl has arrived! First Edition includes American bands!

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!

LOS BARRELLSHOTS & QUITO SKA JAZZ – Traditional Ska & Reggae from Ecuador:

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!

Mad Butcher Reissues: THE TROJANS “A La Ska” LP – a true Celtic Ska masterpiece!

GAZ MAYALL is a British legend. World known DJ, record collector, producer and singer – he started THE TROJANS during the mid 80s creating a tremendous mix of R&B, Jamaican Ska, soul and Celtic sounds. He started his own label GAZ’S ROCKIN’ RECORDS to release music by THE TROJANS, and “A LA SKA” was the band’s debut from 1987. Thirty three years later it has been reissued by Mad Butcher Records in Germany! Not to be outdone we have restocked the amazing 4 track EP from another British rhythm & blues ska band from 1989 called THE RUDE BOYS!

Mad Butcher Reissues: MR REVIEW “Walking Down Brentford Road” / “Lock Stock & Barrel” LP vinyl

The European late 80s / early 90s classics keep coming! MR REVIEW are literally still one of our favorite bands of all time!! An incredible nutty sound full of uptempo manic 2-Tone ska, these Dutch superstars write some of the catchiest tunes of all time. A Unicorn Records classic in 1989, Mad Butcher Germany reissue in 2020! Check out the tunes “Another Town”, “Ice & Snow”, and “The Feeling’s Alight” if you don’t believe me! When the band returned in 1994 for their second album on Grover Records…..it oddly never came out on vinyl. Now it exists 25+ years later!

Mad Butcher Reissues: NO SPORTS “King Ska” LP / “Stay Rude Stay Rebel” 7 inch EP

The late 80s / early 90s was a truly fantastic time for ska music on the European continent. Ska was still heavily influenced by 2-Tone and hadn’t been diluted yet by the forthcoming third wave. Labels like Unicorn, Skank, and Pork Pie ruled the scene and gave fans worldwide something to look forward to! German skasters NO SPORTS were one of those top acts and their first two releases are still classics to this day. Mad Butcher Germany has reissued their amazing debut “KING SKA” from 1989 as well as their follow up 4 song “STAY RUDE STAY REBEL” EP from 1990, now released on 7 inch single.

Third Wave 90’s classic: THE SKUNKS “Chaos In Skaville” LP on vinyl for the first time!

The Skunks were a third wave ska band formed in 1988 by a group of high school friends from suburban Maryland. They recorded three albums, performed extensively in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland area, and toured across the United States. “Chaos in Skaville” was the band’s first album,  issues as a limited self-released cassette in 1991. The success of this release saw the band’s schedule become much more active, and during the summer of 1992 the band toured with The Toasters including legendary gigs at he Masquerade in Atlanta, Wilmington NC, Madison & Milwaukee WI and at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. The tour culminated, on February 27, 1993, with Moon Ska’s Skalapalooza at The Ritz in New York City, where The Skunks appeared with The Toasters, Bad Manners, The Skatalites, The Scofflaws, and Ruder Than You. After the tour, the Skunks signed with Moon Ska and shortly thereafter, “Chaos in Skaville” appeared in Moon’s catalog, where it was listed as MR034. Continue reading Third Wave 90’s classic: THE SKUNKS “Chaos In Skaville” LP on vinyl for the first time!

Summer SKA spectacular: KING KONG 4 “Punch It!” LP – ex-KING APPARATUS Mitch Girio’s power-pop 2 Tone masterpiece!

Fronted by Mitch “King Kong” Girio, famously of legendary 90’s Canadian ska heroes KING APPARATUS, the King Kong 4 have dedicated themselves to recording catchy organ and guitar driven power-pop 2-Tone ska for fans of Elvis Costello, The Specials, Joe Jackson and The Slackers. Each member has done their time working with other bands (King Apparatus, Prince Perry, Lo & the Magnetics) and they bring these experiences together for this exciting studio project. In the years 2017 and 2018 the King Kong 4 put out five EPs, collected here for the first time on one vinyl LP for Jump Up Records. Limited to 350 copies with a very limited amount on blue vinyl. Continue reading Summer SKA spectacular: KING KONG 4 “Punch It!” LP – ex-KING APPARATUS Mitch Girio’s power-pop 2 Tone masterpiece!

New JIMMY JAZZ from POLAND! 3 CITY STOMPERS & DR CYCOS have arrived!

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 3 CITY STOMPERS album for months! It’s wonderful female fronted 2-Tone ska that is guaranteed to make you dance! Reminds me of much of the early 90’s European explosion output on SKANK or UNICORN,  traditional based with strong horns and a modern 2-Tone energy. Some tracks rare similar to the SOUL RADICS, other a tad like the CHECKERED CABS. Something for everyone! If that wasn’t enough we have a 90’s vinyl reissue from the legendary gypsy 2 Tone ska band DR CYCOS! Great energy and an old world sound!!! Very limited this handful of copies is all we will every see!