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
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
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!
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their BOSS 4xCD – a tribute to the original 60’s ska & reggae sounds. The Jump Up vinyl 7″ singles have JUST arrived – and we think this 4 song EP is absolutely brilliant!! One side is on a roots reggae Jamaican tip, while the other has a 2-TONE ska 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each and will go fast! FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!
BOSS – Tribute to the Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP (JUMPTCT11) : Kingston All Stars f/ Stranger Cole “Step Up / Keith & Tex w/ Akasha “Stop That Train” / The Crombies “Rough & Tough” / Arthur Kay & The Clerks “Sea Cruise” Continue reading BOSS – Tribute To Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP available now – feat Keith & Tex, Stranger Cole, The Crombies, and Arthur Kay!
Two nuggets from the early 80s on vinyl for the first time! In the fall we were saddened to hear about the passing of founding member and original bass man Jim Robinson – we were already working on a Thanksgiving weekend Heavy Manners show ad quickly decided to turn the evening into a tribute to Jim. With help from new Chicago pressing plant Smashed Plastic and a fun 2-Tone inspired design by Destroy Brand graphics, we cranked out a limited edition one time press of 200 7″ singles to benefit Jim’s family. If you can’t pick one up at the show, get it here. If you never got around to picking up our last Heavy Manners reissue project then here’s another chance as we have a couple boxes left on clear/white vinyl. In 2011 Chicago ska/reggae legends HEAVY MANNERS recorded their first new music since the early 80s: “Get Me Out Of Debt” is a fun, whimsical and witty 2 TONE ska dancer with great keyboards and sax! “Fight The Good Fight” is a darker, political conscious reggae tune ripe for fans of original Island Records sounds. The B side is a musicologist treat – an original 80’s tune recorded back in the day and finally unearthed! “Could Not Get Enuff” is nearly 6 minutes of PETER TOSH at the tail end of disco, wonderfully mixing Heavy Manners’ Jamaican riddims into dance styled 2-TONE meets Chicago grooves. PETER TOSH also provides backing vocals!!! Not to be missed! A sound that also was utilized by THE ENGLISH BEAT on later 12″ singles! Comes in CLEAR or WHITE vinyl – add to your 7″ vinyl order for only $5 more!