FLYING VIPERS are deconstructed rhythms, mutating melodies, and stark grooves. They are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. Since the advent of digital technology, however, the art of achieving these qualities through live fader pushing and knob tweaking has largely been lost to the convenience of automation and programmed perfection. Enter the Flying Vipers, 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, their first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) simultaneously build on this foundation while traveling deep through time and space. The core trio of Marc & John Beaudette (Destroy Babylon, The Macrotones) and Zack Brines (Pressure Cooker, Kings of Nuthin’) have 15+ years in the New England scene, sharing the stage with legendary reggae acts from around the world. We are so proud to release their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! For Record Store Day 2017 we’ve got 50 copies of this single on olive green vinyl!
THE DRASTICS return with two more MICHAEL JACKSON tunes on limited edition “Jamaican Blank” style 7″ vinyl! “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” and “REMEMBER THE TIME” never sounded better, the original MJ accapellas with new music arranged in ska/reggae style! The limited edition LP / download released in 2009 had 6 songs and took the world by storm! By popular demand, we have pressed a limited edition CD (only 250 copies) with the original 6 tunes PLUS the 2 new ones AND dubs! 10 tracks in all: “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “Rock With You”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “Billy Jean”, “Smooth Criminal”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”,”Remember The Time”, “The Dub You Save”, “Remember The Dub”.
They crew at MAD BUTCHER Germany really outdid themselves with these reissues from the late 8os!! ARTHUR KAY’s “RARE AND TASTY” was released on SKANK Records in 1988 but actually compiled his rare self-released singles during the beginning of the 80s during the height of 2-TONE. Songs like “PLAY MY RECORD” and “SOOTY IS A RUDY” are stone cold 2-TONE classics, but his “SKA WARS” single was not far behind. This album is essential for all fans of “lost” UK 2-TONE sounds! The other reissue from the same period is 1989’s 4 track EP from the RUDE BOYS, this was the new orleans r&b styled ska band fronted by Roddy Moreno of The Oppressed. Originally released on 12″ single on SKA RECORDS, Mad Butcher has put this exact repro on 7″ single once again!
Continuing the UNICORN reissue restocks – we restocked the brilliant debut album from Italy’s finest 2-TONE influenced ska act CASINO ROYALE – “TEN GOLDEN GUNS” was released in 1989 to critical acclaim and launched the career of a band that would last decades, but who would change stylistically. The debut is simply the best for SKA fans! “Someone Says” is a true 2-TONE sing along classic – one that we played on our earliest radio shows back when it came out! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER reissues late 80’s European Revival classics! THE RIFFS “Who Wants It” LP + THE BRACES “Prime Cut” & “Blue Flame” LP
It’s so exciting to see these late 80’s / early 90’s European revival albums originally released on UNICORN and SKANK RECORDS back on wax from our friends at MAD BUTCHER in Germany. To put it simply, labels like UNICORN, SKANK, SKA, and PORK PIE bridged the gap between the end of 2-TONE and the beginning of what became known as the “third wave”. Super melodic with catchy vocals and gentle horns, THE HOTKNIVES “THE WAY THINGS ARE” was truly a modern British ska classic. To this day, this album is still my stone cold favorite from the Unicorn catalog. Songs like “DAVE & MARY”, “OLD MAN AND HIS DOG” and “DON’T GO AWAY” are so perfectly English, strong lyrics that stay in your head forever. Exact replica from the 1990 issue – we can not recommend this enough for people who like 2-TONE ska!!
Prior to THE HOTKNIVES debut studio album – SKANK records releases an amazing LIVE double LP capturing the band at it’s prime!! A two LP set full of tunes that would become popular worldwide, including covers of “LIQUIDATOR”, “DOUBLE BARRELL”, and “AL CAPONE”. Tracklisting: A1 Cryin’ A2 Alcoholic Nightmare A3 Don’t Go Away A4 Dick Barton A5 Turkey Stomp A6 Doing Alright B1 Skin Up Harry B2 Believe It B3 Driving Me Mad B4 She’s A Lady B5 Liquidator B6 Holsten Boys C1 Rio C2 W. L. N. C3 Jack The Ripper D1 Dust Of Death D2 Double Barrel D3 Al Capone
NST & THE SOUL SAUCE 7″ single is OUT NOW, a co-production of JUMP UP RECORDS and EASTERN STANDARD SOUNDS from Seoul South Korea!! These amazing roots reggae nuggets can finally spin on your turntable!! A tribute to the late great Rico Rodriguez, this amazing roots reggae band just played the Fuji Festival in Japan! Limited edition vinyl with gorgeous artwork from Chema Skandal. A must for fans of that 70’s groundation reggae style definitely with a Count Ossi rasta vibe. Trust us, this is as incredible as it looks!
Babylove & The Van Dangos are one of Europe’s top live ska acts, the band guarantees an extravaganza of ripping skanking, heavy one-drops, and blasting horns, with the energetic frontman Daniel Broman spreading the love of old school ska and rocksteady music. It’s a soulful ska/reggae ride, and their unique take on the Jamaican tradition has brought them around the world and earned them a place in league with the top live acts on the ska scene. Continue reading BABYLOVE AND THE VAN DANGOS “On My Life” LP vinyl
LEO & THE LINEUP – SKA got SOUL! With their brand new album this Danish 9 piece are not only hitting the streets, but also venues all across Europe – with their high octane soul-fuelled mix of ska and dirty reggae tunes! Their charismatic singer and songwriter LEO directs a divine choir of beautiful ladies who will warm your hearts and your dancing feet! “HIT THE STREETS” is brimming over with stellar smash hits like the 2-TONE flavored “LIVE GOES BY”, the time tested party stomper “WOOLY BULLY”, and the sweet reggae ballad “MOLLY GIRL”, these Copenhageners are now in the premier league of the genre! For “old timers” like us we describe it as the ENGLISH BEAT, NAPOLEON SOLO, PEPPER POTS, THE SPECIALS, and THE PIETASTERS all wrapped up into one. It is THAT good my friends! Continue reading LEO & THE LINEUP “Hit The Streets” LP vinyl – SKA with SOUL! A must for 2-TONE and DIRTY REGGAE fans!
OUT OF PRINT, SORRY! We at JUMP UP are so proud to be working with Original SYMARIP keyboardist / singer / songwriter MONTY “Neysmith” MONTGOMERY in 2015! The partnership started at the end of 2014 when we booked him for a Jamaican Oldies show at Mayne Stage, for that gig we called on THE BISHOPS from Omaha, Nebraska to learn the SYMARIP songbook plus some of Monty’s modern moonstomp classics. We figured since everyone was in town, let’s go into the studio and see what happens! Produced by Mike Corcoran of Deal’s Gone Bad at his Legendary studios, the gang went in to re-record two of Monty’s classics from the new millennium – “JUMP” is a midtempo ska groover with great horn hooks and soulful vocals calling you to the dancefloor! The flip is a tribute to the Laurel Aitken – “Laurels For Laurel” thanks the Godfather of Ska for taking a chance on a young group called THE BEES – who would eventually morph into the mighty SYMARIP! It’s also a midtempo ska groover with THE BISHOPS providing excellent backing vocals as well as that steady backbeat. Continue reading MONTY “Neysmith” MONTGOMERY of SYMARIP returns! New 7″ singles with THE BISHOPS and SOUL RADICS + BOSS HOOLIGAN release!
Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, and Charlie Organaire for our Jamaican Oldies series in Chicago, but they have a new 7″ series with Charlie Organaire and will be on tour with him in Europe this winter!
We’ve realized more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, so we’ve got their crowd sourced 3×7″ series now available here at JUMP UP plus we’ve re-pressed the blue vinyl debut LP too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP) – CD available too!