2-TONE era American SKA: KYBER RIFLES “Rude Rebel Radio” LP and RUDE GUEST “Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1991” LP

Performing throughout California in the early 1980’s, the KYBER RIFLES quickly made their mark on a burgeoning ska / mod scene. Along with bands like The Untouchables, Fishbone, and The Uptones, the Kyber Rifles brought the sound of British 2-Tone ska to California. Founded by bassist Mark Mitchell years before Let’s Go Bowling, the Rifle’s sound would become instrumental in bridging the gap between LGB’s original 1986 lineup – a wonderful cocktail of 2-Tone ska, American surf, new wave and soul – all captured here on this 15 track vinyl edition on Axe Records. Includes their hard to find debut “100 Problems” 7 inch, inner sleeve full of original flyers and band photos, plus it’s pressed on half white half black vinyl! Very limited copies don’t delay!

We dug deep into Chicago’s 2-Tone ska history for RECORD STORE DAY 2017  with a limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies with a button! Rude Guest released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE.

But wait, there’s more! If you buy BOTH LPs not only do you save $$ with the bundle but we will also toss in as a bonus our HEAVY MANNERS “Ska Jam” 7″ single recorded in  1982 that we released on Black Friday 2018,

 

 

THE UPPERTONES “Easy Snapping” LP vinyl has arrived! A hot set of covers in Jamaican Rhythm & Blues style! Christmas 45 still available too!

Italy’s The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums who play pre-ska Jamaican rhythm & blues – fronted by Mr.T-Bone on lead vocals. Their style is rooted in 1950’s Jamaica when rural mento & calypso / folk music began to mix with boogie, swing , boogaloo, and American rock n’ roll – the seeds of ska. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing mixed with the Jamaican edge and style. Mr.T-Bone is a well known singer, composer, and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 10 solo albums in the last 15 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. Drummer Ferdinando Count Ferdi Masi is an Italian ska pioneer who founded Casino Royale and The Bluebeaters. Pianist Phil Cuomo is a very talented young musician, pianist and singer from Genoa, his hands run like a Louisiana train on the keys. The Uppertones first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in December 2015 to worldwide acclaim, then in 2017 returned with “Up Up UP!” featuring guest vocalist Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites. In 2019 Jump Up dropped a Christmas 7 inch covering Luis Prima’s “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” setting the stage for their new album “Easy Snappin” – 10 toe-tappers including re-works of “Mojo Workin”, “L.O.V.E.”, “That’s Amore”, “Down In Mexico” and the title track. It’s a must for fans of original ska like The Skatalites, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Blues Buesters as well as jump blues crooners Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and Louis Jordan. The Uppertones forte is without a doubt their live set – the trio has been touring non-stop playing close to 100 shows a year in 12 different European countries – hopping from club to club in addition to the summr festival circuit. Catch The Uppertones if you can! Continue reading THE UPPERTONES “Easy Snapping” LP vinyl has arrived! A hot set of covers in Jamaican Rhythm & Blues style! Christmas 45 still available too!

LAST COPIES: PYROTECHNIST “Dub Rocketry” LP vinyl (Ltd 300) – NICO from Moon Invaders / Caroloregians / Reggae Workers of The World!

PYROLPLOW STOCK WARNING! NICO LEONARD is back, once again at his famed PUM PUM HOTEL studios in Belgium cranking out the finest Jamaican sounds on the European continent, if not the world! Oh where do we begin? Well over 10 years ago we were introduced to the MOON INVADERS, a sweet New Orleans rhythm & blues fueled ska band that went on to make four incredible studio albums before calling it a day. In between those great albums they started the CAROLOREGIANS with several members of MOON INVADERS, focussing more on funky reggae and Jamaican “skinhead” sounds – we loved both bands so much JUMP UP sponsored a USA tour for them and released a limited TOUR ONLY vinyl LP, a split band CD, and selections from the PUM PUM HOTEL VOL 1 CD collection released on Grover Records. NICO has returned with a fantastic new dub / roots project enlisting a couple players Continue reading LAST COPIES: PYROTECHNIST “Dub Rocketry” LP vinyl (Ltd 300) – NICO from Moon Invaders / Caroloregians / Reggae Workers of The World!

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

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. Comes with a button set too! If you buy both 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 all American bands!

MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” LP REPRESSED on RED vinyl!

Red vinyl REPRESS  has arrived limited to 200 copies! Debut 1994 album from New York City satanic ska punk band, produced by Bill Laswell. Thirteen upbeat skankers, flush with brass, drenched with irresistible melodies and infectious choruses. Originally self released, the album soon went global after being licensed by Moon Ska Records. Far beyond 2-Tone with a slight nod to Jamaica’s originators, Mephiskapheles birthed their own ska-based niche. Go SATAN! Go SKA!  We also released the cassette tape for Cassette Store Day 2017, add one for the collection only 150 made!  Their second album “Maximum Perversion” is also available on vinyl and tape from us!

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MEPHISKAPHELES “Maximum Perversion” LP – repressed on RED vinyl + their latest Mini-LP

The year was 1997. Rabid fans worldwide had played “God Bless Satan” to death for 3 long years. Everyone wondered what they were in for with “Maximum Perversion” – and nobody expected what the band was about to unleash! If you were still a kid when it came out, you probably felt musically thrown from a moving car…wondering what had just happened! Simply put, this album was light years ahead of it’s time. The band’s extravagant rhythms heralded a new shift into experimental territories. From the funky breaks and avant-garde solos of “Break Your Ankle Punk” to the occasional forays into metal and hardcore territory and even more genre fusions, the band was taking chances left and right expending more energy on unusual arrangements and broadening its “ska” sound. The brass players continued to sound top-notch, while the manic rhythms propelled the album along with a demonic gusto. Twenty years later, we figured that you’d finally understand the avant-ska of “Maximum Perversion”…thus we have reissued it on vinyl to bring this masterpiece to a whole new generation of fans. God bless Mephiskapheles!

Did you miss MEPHISKAPHELES’ latest mini-LP released a couple years ago? No fear we’ve got some copies in stock NOW on the original blood red vinyl edition. These are hard to find now so don’t delay! Six tracks of classic demon-ska: 1 Satan Stole My Weed 2 Hell on Earth 3 Let Them Come 4 Snakes In The Garden 5 Friends Like You 6 Any Fool.  And that’s not all! If you didn’t get the bonus “demos” 7″ single years ago when we released “God Bless Satan” – here’s your chance to get it as we have a small stash set aside!

 

VOID UNION “Return of The Super Vape” LP vinyl / CD / Tape

Void Union has a simple mission statement: preserve the Jamaican music of the 1960’s, collaborate with Ska’s originators, and actively recruit guest players from the ensembles that have proven equal to the task of reinventing the genre. On this brand new album David Hillyard (The Slackers), Steve Jackson (The Pietasters), Alex Desert {Hepcat), Jr Thomas, The Expanders all guest on what surely will become a modern ay classic! Top-shelf collaborations are nothing new, in the past Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Lynval Golding (The Specials), King Django, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack),and David Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) all have been featured on Void Union recordings. In November of 2010, Vin Gordon (The Skatalites, Bob Marley and the Wailers) joined the group for a watershed European tour. Thaddeus Merritt (Bass), Rick Smith (Drums), Rich Graiko (Trumpet), Alex Stern (Guitar, Keys), and Anant Pradhan(Tenor Sax), comprise Void Union’s core, but, the band’s philosophy lends itself to a collective atmosphere in which like-minded musicians sit in and assure that no show is the same as the one that preceded it. The audience at a gig is not a mere handful of die-hard Ska enthusiasts; a survey of the crowd yields suits, working stiffs, parents, children, dreadlocks, moptops, and…hipsters? All turn out to bear witness to a versatile ensemble that is as at ease providing the jazz-tinged instrumental foil to a Jamaican legend as it is leading a sing-along at a neighborhood bar. “Return Of The Super Vape available now on CD, limited edition tape, and vinyl limited to 300 copies. Red vinyl limited to 100.

THE LOVING PAUPERS / VICTOR RICE “Lines In Dub” LP vinyl / CD

Washington DC’s Loving Paupers have been taking the world by storm with a broken hearted reggae vibe that appeals to lovers rock and roots fans alike.  The Loving Paupers recorded their debut EP in 2016, working alongside Grammy Award winning Brazilian producer Victor Rice, and since have received rave reviews for performances at various festivals and their 2019 debut album “LINES” – ten melancholic songs that touch upon heartbreak and emotional dissidence, moody melodies enhanced once again by Victor Rice’s loving touch. It’s an album heavily influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies, The Supremes, to the late Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and Dennis Brown. Featuring powerhouse lead vocalist Kelly Di Filippo, whose emotive style brings immediate comparisons to Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Jane Birkin, Kate Bush and even Joni Mitchell, in modern reggae circles the band is likened to recent output by Hollie Cook, The Frightnrs, and The Skints. Victor Rice dubbed the entire 10 songs from “LINES” which we first unleashed on our official Cassette Store Day release back in October. Of course vinyl fans wanted to hold a slab of wax in their hands and play these amazing dub versions on their platters! Limited edition of 250 copies on heavyweight black vinyl.  We also did a limited run of 100 CDs that feature the vocal ans dubs! Happy Black Friday!

 

BLACK FRIDAY 90s Reissue: MEPHISKAPHELES “Might-Ay White-Ay” LP – white vinyl limited to 300 copies!

NYC satanic ska/metal band’s third album from 1999 finally on vinyl for the first time! Demanded by fans – we heard you! After our reissues of “GOD BLESS SATAN” and “MAXIMUM PERVERSION”of course we’d be dropping this on you for Black Friday 2019! At the time of this release the band was having issues with their new label, and it suffered from promotion and distribution problems. The final master was not up to snuff either. We are proud to announce that this has been completely remastered by the band, perfected for vinyl! Limited edition of 300 on white vinyl . Did you pick up heir 6 song mini-LP from  few years ago? Add that to your order at a discount! Here’s a classic review from back in the day: Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY 90s Reissue: MEPHISKAPHELES “Might-Ay White-Ay” LP – white vinyl limited to 300 copies!

PICK IT UP – SKA IN THE 90s Documentary VHS TAPE (w/download) – SOLD OUT! Check back on VCR DAY June 7, 2020

WE ARE SOLD OUT! Check with www.skamovie.com to see if they have any left! We hope to have a small amount in the future for VCR day in June! PICK IT UP – SKA IN THE 90s is the documentary that everyone in our ska world is talking about! We were so happy to be interviewed in the movie, even happier to see  close friends featured too …especially Mephiskaphales, Bucket from The Toasters, Vic an Jay from The Slackers, Chris Murray, Dan from MU330, Dave from Mustard Plug, Jay from Suicide Machines, Roddy Radiation, Desorden Publico….and many more! Watching the movie was like a class reunion – seeing old live footage once again – and getting the old gang back together once again . Truly nostalgic!  And what can be more nostalgic than owning a 90’s ska documentary on the format that dominated that entire decade – the beautiful VHS tape! This is the ultimate collector’s edition – the VHS tape will be limited to 50 copies initially… and if people beg we will make 50 more! Just like the old days when you walked into Blockbuster and held video cases in your hand – this has a full color printed cardboard sleeve and labels! Comes with a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD in case your old VCR is currently in the garage underneath your high school yearbooks. An incredible gift this holiday season! Continue reading PICK IT UP – SKA IN THE 90s Documentary VHS TAPE (w/download) – SOLD OUT! Check back on VCR DAY June 7, 2020