Legendary 1991 alt rock/ska album on vinyl for the first time, adding 3 bonus tracks from the original sessions. Boston’s Bim Skala Bim are one of a handful of veteran ska bands that have kept ska in America alive through the decades, and for this set the group collaborated with Lou Giordano and other rock producers. The lyrics were more focused than on previous efforts, highlighting the group’s political engagement and familiarity with contemporary futuristic literature. Taking their cues from the jazz oriented Skatalites rather than British 2-Tone, this early release by the group’s five core members shows why they were one of the best. Dan Vitale’s compelling lead vocals and Jim Arhelger’s drums are firmly rooted in the rock arena, but they meet the band’s swelling horns and jazzy ska arrangements for a smooth, upbeat sound that’s paced at just the right tempo to demand dancing. For many of the band’s most devoted fans, “Bones” was the quintessential summer album, tunes like “Wandering Soul”, “In Our Midst”, “People In The World” and “At Wo’s” became the beach party soundtrack for college towns all across the Eastern seaboard. This has been in production for a LONG time (pressing mishaps out of our control) – but totally worth the wait! Limited edition of 500 with 200 on clear orange vinyl.
It’s finally here….the debut vinyl album from top Russian traditional ska band LOLLIPOP LORRY on Magnetic Loft Records! From their earliest shows, Lollypop Lorry have gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last ten years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, visited many Russian cities, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and many others. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites, the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions. This debut vinyl album is a MUST HAVE for every TRUE Jamaican music fan! Period. Limited edition Russian imports. Continue reading LOLLYPOP LORRY “Ural Station LP – debut album from Russian traditional ska/reggae band on Magnetic Loft!
Los Apartamenos have been spreading Jamaican mento folklore since 2016 – from private pool parties to international festivals. Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska/reggae music. It is often confused with calypso, a musical form from Trinidad and Tobago, and although the two share many similarities they are distinct musical forms. Mento’s focus on acoustic instruments is preserved here, and all songs were recorded with one microphone with nearly no overdubs, capturing that old timey feel. Members of Los Apartamentos have played in well known German ska acts The Braces, Monkey Shop, and Kapelle 3. This debut album is inspired by 1960’s Jamaican sessions by Count Owen, Lord Fly, Count Lasher, and Lord Flea, and was produced by Boss Van Trigt (Boss Capone, The Upsessions) in the Masons Arms studio. “Water Di Garden” is guaranteed to excite the tourist inside you as you cry “take me to Jamaica where the rum comes from!” You loved our limited edition flexi postcard – now get the debut full length! Limited to 300 copies on black and poolside blue vinyl. Continue reading Mento Madness from LOS APARTAMENTOS – debut album “WATER DI GARDEN” out now!
Two great vinyl releases from The Toasters label MEGALITH! The 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS hail from Arizona and deliver an album full of high octane traditional based ska and laid back rocksteady grooves that will put a kick in your step! The faster songs kind of have a vibe of early 90’s European bands like The Busters or No Sports, and the slower reggae tunes fit in with many bands on Moon NYC back in the heyday. A nostalgic listen indeed! Next up is CARTOON VIOLENCE from Wales – their sound is an insanely catchy affair that mixes super bouncy 2 tone ska with distinctly British sounding pop & indie stylings. Their songs capture the classic Brit Pop storytelling vibe of the likes of The Kinks, Madness, Squeeze, The Hotknives & Parklife-era Blur, with each tune lyrically being like a mini kitchen sink drama in its own right! Endless soaring energy, great sing-a-long choruses & wonderful piano/organ melodies are all hallmarks of the band’s unique ska sound.
Phoenix City All-stars “Clash Version Rockers” CD: Following their Jamaican ska takes on 2 Tone Records, The Rolling Stones and Dexys Midnight Runners, Phoenix City All-stars return with their fourth studio album – Clash Version Rockers – an incendiary dub take on The Clash. Tracklisting features 9 devastating 70s style rockers cuts of White Riot, Bankrobber, London Calling, Career Opportunities, White Man In Hammersmith Palais, Clash City Rockers, This Is Radio Clash, Tommy Gun and Guns of Brixton. Pama International meets Manasseh “Trojan Sessions In Dub” CD: In 2006 Pama International became the first new band to sign to the legendary Trojan Records in 30 years. The album ‘Trojan Sessions’ was produced by band founder, writer, keyboardist Sean Flowerdew and Nick Manasseh and featured numerous reggae legends including; Rico Rodriguez, Derrck Morgan, Dawn Penn, Dave & Ansel Collins, Dennis Alcapone and more. Now, for the first time, all 8 Manasseh dubs from the Trojan Sessions have been released! Various “Rudies All Around” CD: The compilation stars the very best in todays ska, rocksteady & reggae scenes. Continue reading HAPPY PEOPLE UK import CDs have arrived! Clash City Rockers / Rudies All Around / Trojan Dubs
The Prizefighters perform ska and rocksteady from Jamaica’s golden era, their brilliant new studio album “Firewalk” is their first since 2010’s “Follow My Sound”. Since that release the band has perfected their craft working side by side with the stars that created the music back in the 60’s. That resume is now quite impressive, it includes backing the “King of Ska” Derrick Morgan at Reggae Fest Chicago, twice with Stranger Cole including a duet show with Patsy, plus Chicago and Montreal showcases with the dazzling Roy & Yvonne. Their relationship with legendary harmonica player and vocalist Charley Organaire might be the most special, as he joined The Prizefighters in the recording studio for a session that lead to the 2014 mini-album Charley Organaire Meets The Prizefighters which lead to their first European tour. In the band’s words “it’s not just about playing the songs well; it’s about playing them correctly and authentically” – and the several years worth of authentic 60s Jamaican music conservatory experience between the first record and “Firewalk” really shows. Working hard on tunes with a mantra of “will this be good enough for Derrick Morgan? Or for Stranger & Patsy?” has conditioned the band to push themselves to ever higher standards. We are so proud to present this stunning new album in 2019 from one of our favorite bands. Let’s face it, without The Prizefighters we wouldn’t have been able to bring so many Jamaican legends to Chicago and keep the spirit of 60’s Jamaica alive. Currently available on CD and Tape, vinyl coming soon! CD and tape will be part of the subscription clubs.
Two great bundle deals! Not only do you have a 7 inch vinyl single to DJ with but you also get a full length CD to enjoy! STAYA STAYA is an incredible ska band from Argentina that reminds us of early LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – shades of 2-TONE mixed with Latin rhythms. STAYA STAYA can play fantastic traditional ska too as witnessed on their debut full length “SOUL GEDDES”. For the 7 inch we teamed up with CHEMA SKANDAL for the deluxe edition – he designed and hand screened the sleeve art – he even put an inset! Red colored vinyl limited to 50 copies. For our second bundle we have Boston’s FLYING VIPERS, they are modern day saviors of vintage dub, as invented by engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970’s. 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. The first two releases on Music ADD Records, The Green Tape (2015) and The Copper Tape (2016) have been collected here on their debut full length CD. We are now bundling that with their debut vinyl record, an incredible 7″ featuring Jamaican 70’s roots legend Johnny Clarke on vocals, with a crucial version on the flip! Limited to 50 copies on green vinyl
One silver lining of the vinyl reissue world is that overlooked albums get a second chance, we are experiencing this euphoria with POLISH SKA and JIMMY JAZZ RECORDS! VESPA is a traditional female fronted ska/reggae band that has been around since 1995, their debut album “BRUJAJ SIE” is finally on vinyl! ALIANS 2000 release “Rowne Prawa” got the double vinyl gatefold sleeve treatment – after listening to the record 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! VESPA “Brujaj Sie” LP + ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue
As you already know JUMP UP has been working with SPECIALIZED UK since 2012, releasing limited edition vinyl singles 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. Obviously, this collection was an immediate success because Paul Weller is a god across the British Empire! As you would expect, this collection was less ska/reggae based, but when we heard the fantastic ska/reggae tunes that DID appear we thought to ourselves….let’s do a full length colored vinyl LP. Limited edition repress on random marbled color vinyl, 100 copies only. Perennial faves KING HAMMOND, LYNVAL GOLDING (The Specials), and PRESSURE TENANTS (Laurel Aitken’s old backing band) all appear along with a who’s who of top UK acts: MEOW MEOWS, ERIN BALDWELL COLLECTIVE, AMPHETAMEANIES, BIG FAT PANDA, THE SKAPONES and THE BIG. The USA is represented in fine fashion by THE CROMBIES, RUDE BOY GEORGE and CONTRA COUP, plus THE VALKYRIANS from Finland and LOS CHICKLETS from Mexico round out the collection. Continue reading GIFTED: SKA Tribute to THE JAM LP vinyl repress + Dance Crazy Tape! Proceeds benefit the UK SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust!
Mad Butcher celebrates the 20th anniversary of Italian ska super group THE OROBIANS with a brand new all covers album limited to 500 copies on colored vinyl. This new set includes covers of KOOL & THE GANG, RAY CHARLES, BEE GEES, LOU REED, the STARSKY & HUTCH theme and many more! A fun set get your copy today! We’ve also restocked their earlier “Slave To The Rhythm” album that takes 80’s covers and turns them into traditional ska gems! Continue reading THE OROBIANS “Oro Pulp” LP – New all covers SKA album + “Slave To The Rhythm” LP restocked!