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!
We’ve restocked the fun-loving full length from Italy’s THE OROBIANS, who take 80’s covers and turn them into traditional ska gems. Just look at the tracklisting: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) / Johnny Come Home / Kiss / Smalltown Boy / Whose Side Are You On? / Who Can It Be Now? / Centro Di Gravità Permanente / Don’t Go / Thriller / Close To Me. That’s right, covers of Yaz, MJ, Men At Work, Prince, Eurythmics and more!
It’s import single time again and we have a nice and diverse collection today! First of is the debut 4 song 7″ EP from Germany’s T-KILLAS, co released by CASUAL (France) and GROVER (Germany). These guys play fantastic 2-TONE influenced ska in the vein of modern acts like PIETASTERS, INTERRUPTERS, LIPTONES, CROMBIES. It’s fast and furious and guaranteed to get your feet moving, a truly top notch debut. ROCKSTEADY SPORTING CLUB are back, our favorite darlings from the former French holding of Reunion Island (off of Africa) bring us another two tracks of uplifting traditional ska with sultry female lead vocals. “ISLAND IN THE SUN” and “SHEEPISH SHEEP” are both more uptempo than previous singles, the 2-TONE vive does remind of a bit of THE SELECTER. Nice!
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
One again we are proud to stock the latest releases on French label CASUAL RECORDS! Last year we stocked the 2012 10″ vinyl release from the GROOVIN’ JAILERS who hail from the north of France. A truly fantastic live band, they tour non-stop and have played with the likes of BRANLARIANS, RED SOUL COMMUNITY, and 65 MINES STREET, and their sound is a cool and retro mix of original Jamaican ska, funky 70s reggae, and vintage soul styles. Think DAPTONE meets STUDIO ONE, with French Ye-Ye influences here and there. And the artwork is super fun!
The title track sets the stage for the album, it’s a tough funky reggae soul workout, with powerful shout-style vocals and heavy keys. Tracks range from THE AGGROLITES inspired soulful dirty reggae in “HOLD ON”, “MORE LOVE”, “COUNTRY BOY”, “PICK ME”, “NO ONE BUT YOU”, “BB YOU CAN GO”, uptempo organ grinders “REGGAE RUSH”, “CALL PHONE”, and “EASY SHOT”, and the beautiful mellow grooves of “WANT TO DREAM” and lazy ska of “WORK SOLDIER”. A must have album for fans of that modern funky skinhead reggae sound! GET THIS! Pressed on heavyweight vinyl, we’re sure this will be your new favorite for 2016!
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!
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!