Exciting new imports from CASUAL RECORDS in FRANCE! First off is the fantastic debut vinyl album from French skinhead reggae band THE BERBISEYANS, think of an AGGROLITES vibe with football chant style gang vocals. Dare I say skinhead Oi/reggae? That’s not all – we have two other CASUAL LPs from French skinhead soul/punk band LES PARTISIANS and funky Daptone female lead soul band DUSTBURDS. Very limited stock!
Did you pick up one of our Dr Ring Ding Christmas records in the past year and discover for the first time one of today’s top international ska / reggae singers? Or have you been a fan since the 90s? Either way we have great news – we’ve got a limited amount of three recent DR RING DING LP vinyl imports, act fast as these won’t be around long! In 2016 DR RING DING teamed up with the SHARP AXE BAND for the reggae delight “GWAAN”, a high octane rootsy digi-style dancehall affair with rub-a-dub lyrics, it even included a wicked version of JOHNNY CASH’s “Ring of Fire”. Later that same year they unleashed the dub version of the album titled “MARCH FORTH”, in which additional vocal tracks and instruments were recorded and transported into a brand new context by Dr Goldphibles. Lastly (but not leastly!) we picked up some calypso 10″ LPs from the good doctor, originally released in 2013. Includes his fantastic versions of “The Needle” and “Obeah Wedding” plus “All Because I Love You” and “The Cat & The Roster”. Classic calypso sounds never get old! Don’t miss DR RING DING at this year’s SUPERNOVA SKA Festival in Virginia over Memorial Day Weekend!
One silver lining of the vinyl reissue world is that overlooked albums get a second chance, we are experiencing this euphoria with Polish band ALIANS and their 2000 release “Rowne Prawa” – which is finally getting the double vinyl gatefold sleeve treatment from JIMMY JAZZ Records. 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! ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue + VESPA “Radzi” 7″ EP
Two classic 90’s album from American ska pioneers THE TOASTERS are once again back on vinyl! “DUB 56” from 1994 is a Moon Ska NYC classic, back in print on dark grey marble vinyl in cool poster sleeve! A fantastic album, a highlight of the “third wave” – influenced heavily by British 2 Tone yet distinctly American. 14 tracks on vinyl: Direction, Freedom, Mona, Dancin’, Dub 56, Sweet Cherie, Tunisia, Little Hidden Secrets, Marlboro Man, Ain’t Huthin’, Razor Cut, Legal Shot, Midnight Hour, Goody Goody. A couple years ago when we were chatting to Bucket from THE TOASTERS, we realized that there were a handful of albums that NEVER appeared on vinyl including the amazing 2 TONE ARMY collection which included their biggest MTV2 video hits! The artwork is a tribute to iconic NYC SKA artist STEVE HEX who we lost a few years ago, this must have album includes the hits “I WASN’T GOING TO CALL YOU ANYWAY” and the title track “2 TONE ARMY”. 10 tracks, on dark grey marble vinyl. A truly fantastic record, one we are so proud to have our name on!
If you’re a manic collector make sure you pick up these two albums on limited edition cassette tape too!
We’ve got some exciting new CDs in stock! PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS are an all-star UK group that release fantastic tribute albums – the latest one pays homage to the DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS debut 80s soul masterpiece “SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS”. A very English selection but HIGHLY recommended…DEXY’s was SO good before their huge mid-80’s success with “COME ON EILEEN”. We also restocked the band’s excellent ROLLING STONES cover album “SKATISFACTION”. Not to be outdone, PAMA INTERNATIONAL’s “Trojan Sessions” has finally been reissued! Originally released in 2006, this classic features DERRICK MORGAN, DENNIS ALCAPONE, DAWN PENN, RICO RODRIGUEZ, DAVE & ANSIL COLLINS, and WINSTON FRANCIS.
JUMP UP is VERY proud to announce the release of the colored vinyl edition of Desorden Publico’s latest album! Founded in 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela, the band mixes ska, latin rock, reggae and traditional Latin music styles into a truly intoxicating cocktail! The group’s lyrics are known for commenting on Latin American politics and society, and like the English 2-Tone movement that inspired their formation, they promote racial and social tolerance. With over a dozen releases to their name, platinum sales that include #1 and top 10 hits, the band regularly tours all over Latin America, Mexico, United States, and Europe. This brand new album features guest appearance from TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA, DR RING DING and RAGGABUND – and ranges from hi-octane 2-TONE and traditional ska, mellow roots reggae, and dancehall dub. Art designed by Chema Skandal, color vinyl is random and limited to 200 copies – we’ve got some PINK, YELLOW, RED, BLUE and OLIVE GREEN color vinyl. If you have a color preference message us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you a personal selection!
Last year our good pal DR RING DING released his very first holiday album, we had a small handful of CDs available for our SKA CD CLUB members. Everyone was asking about vinyl, and this year PORK PIE RECORDS in Germany has made everyone’s Christmas wishes come true! Heavyweight vinyl pressing, piano sheet music / lyrics, with our JUMP UP bonus 7″ tossed in as well on peppermint wax.
Tracklisting: 01. Once a Year 02. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 03. Dumpa Ska (Instrumental) 04. Petit Papa Noël 05. Ruba Dub Santa 06. Lulajze Jezuniu 07. Twelve Elves (Instrumental) 08. All I Wanna Do (On Christmas Day) 09. I Believe 10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 11. Les anges dans nos campagnes (Instrumental) 12. The Christmas Song Bonus Jump Up 7″ Christmas Again / Viele Bunte Packchen
Of course you can pick up the DR RING DING 7″ single on it’s own too on RED or PEPPERMINT vinyl.
Fresh of a big UK show the Specialized charity, our boys The Crombies brought back some signed CDs from KING HAMMOND that the man himself wanted to make available to US fans! All these CDs are super limited editions of 100, so act quick! These three CDs show the range of KING HAMMOND, from the old skool 60’s British Blue Beat style of “THE BEAT IS BLUE” (which is also on LP vinyl from JUMP UP), to the skinhead reggae homage of “21st CENTURY SCORCHERS” and the deejay version excursions of “DJ SPECIAL”. Email us your choices if you only want 1-2, but we recommend that you get all three and save some mega-bucks! (only 10 sets available). FYI: “Beat Is Blue” will be a part of the 2018 SKA CD OF THE MONTH club
MAD BUTCHER once again delivers the goods – two must have post 2-TONE classics from BUSTER BLOODVESSEL and NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND). “Return of the Ugly” is the sixth studio album by British 2 Tone ska band BAD MANNERS, released independently in 1989 on the resurrected “BLUE BEAT” label in the UK and on Relativity in the USA. A true return to form, many songs became instant classics and are still fan favorites to this day! Includes “SKAVILLE UK”, “THIS IS SKA”, “BONANZA SKA”, “SINCE YOU’VE GONE AWAY”, “RETURN OF THE UGLY” plus LAUREL AITKEN classics “SALLY BROWN” and “HEY LITTLE GIRL”. Not to be outdone, we also have back in stock the 1989 classic from BUSTER’S ALL STARS (the BAD MANNERS “side” project with Buster Bloodvessel) and their amazing 2 TONE inspired homage to skinheads: “Skinhead Luv Affair”. Featuring songwriting brilliance from NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND) – this album was much more than a novelty conceived while BAD MANNERS was on “hiatus” – it’s popularity actually helped reform the band! Members of BUSTERS ALL STARS and the remaining members of the original BAD MANNERS “merged” to create the BAD MANNERS unit that would record the modern day classic “RETURN OF THE UGLY”! These two albums are an important part of the link from the original 2-TONE movement to the birth of ska’s third wave worldwide!
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. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN LP reissues on Black Butcher Classics! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD albums from the 60’s!