LIMITED REPRESS in on RANDOM COLOR VINYL! Mostly RED but other variations do exist! At last year’s Ska Brewing anniversary party in Durango CO – Ska Brewing and Jump Up sat down and decided to unleash an all-USA collection for Record Store Day 2018! It was a nail-biter, but in the end we squeaked out enough copies to supply release shows in Colorado and Chicago and the balance have been shipping worldwide ever since! Then we released the collection on limited edition cassette for Cassette Store Day! Seventeen bands with all kinds of ska styles represented. Forthcoming tracks from JUMP UP albums appear from THE FUSS, BOSS RIOT, BIG SKA BAND, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – plus CHRIS MURRAY (with CapsLock), BOOMTOWN UNITED, BREACHERS, BANDULUS, MONTY NEYSMITH & THE BISHOPS, DENDRITES, BLUE HORNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, BOWCAT, BUSTER’S GHOST, THE CROMBIES, 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS and THE TOASTERS! Continue reading DRINK THE SKA repress on RED VINYL – 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Tapes too!
First time on vinyl for this classic Moon Ska NYC title released in 1999 – “Ska Titans” is a wonderful collaboration between the “Godfather of Ska” Laurel Aitken and the legendary Skatalites recorded in the studio during 1996’s European Ska Splash tour – it was the first time the titans met up on record since 1964! The album features original Skatalites Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, and Lloyd Knibb alongside longtime members Devon James, Will Clark, and Nathan Breedlove backing Aitken’s amazing vocals on a set of classics, including several Aitken originals. As an added bonus three live tracks are included, taken from the Ska Splash’s stop in Amsterdam. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!
After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by fans worldwide. Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER imports: THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!
Jump Up is leading the way supporting cassette culture with 12 releases for the yearly Cassette Store Day celebration! We lead ALL LABELS with the most new titles dropping on Saturday October 12th! One again we ask you to call a participating shop and request that they stock our titles for the day – we want to support brick and mortar stores first. As always we will be offering our titles on our website that day we do understand that not everyone is close to a participating store. Tapes are fun and inexpensive, and are always more limited than the vinyl or CD versions. In many cases tapes allow us to add bonus material that we simply can’t fit on a vinyl record. In this day and age it seems everything is available on vinyl and records have become mainstream, thus cassette culture has really taken off once again for true collectors. Do yourself a favor and pick up a vintage tape deck or boombox this year – you’ll be glad you did! For a list of participating shops go to the Cassette Store Day site HERE. To see close ups on the tapes and videos of them playing on our vintage boombox collection – follow us on Instgram
Screaming Records in Denmark have been putting out great ska singles for years! They started with releasing homegrown Danish modern ska bands LEO & THE LINEUP and BABYLOVE &THE VAN DANGOS, both incredibly soulful 2-Tone influenced neo-trad bands that eventually also released LPs on Jump Up Records! The LEO & THE LINEUP single features two songs from the “HIT THE STREETS” sessions that did not make the vinyl LP (but appeared on the CD). A few years later the label released a truly interesting solo record from THE BEATs RANKING ROGER – an early 2000’s tune that revived the :”acid ska” sound of the late 80’s UK rave scene, flipped wih a late 80’s unreleased gem with SLY & ROBBIE. Roger will truly be missed – but we stress that all fans pick up this interesting piece of his ska history before it’s sold out for good!
The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums lead by he one and only MR T BONE – dedicated to the sound of 1950’s “pre-ska” Jamaica. The kick start to homegrown Jamaican music came from American R’n’B (rhythm & blues) mixed with mento and other folk styles – from that ska was birthed and the rest is history! This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing style with a Jamaican edge, you hear mento, calypso, shuffle-blues with a nod to New Orleans via Kingston. This hotpot of sounds is captured in THE UPPERTONES latest album “UP UP UP!” – which we have on Italian import for the first time! You may remember Jump Up released the limited edition cassette at the end of 2018! ! We also have a VERY small handful of MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS “Heroes” LP left – add one now before it is out of print forever!
The link between Jamaican music and US soul/blues is very strong, and the tunes on this Screaming Records import EP are directly influenced by that 60’s vibe. All these songs were mixed by The Toasters frontman Bucket over the course of different projects, “Ska Jerk” is post “Don’t Let The Bastards Drag You Down” album and was originally intended for a compilation project that never saw light of day. The song in many ways sums up the vibe of the mid-1960s and the popular culture of that era. The style, the fashion, the dance halls, the attitude…and the soul music. Rounding out the single is their fantastic cover of the DAVE CLARK FIVE’s “Bits And Pieces” and the James Bond inspired. “Ska Finger”. We have a limited amount of copies back in stock with varied covers – if you prefer a specific cover message us and we will get that one to you!
Two amazing 7 inch singles in stock now in very limited quantities! REGGIE MSOMI formed & led the HOLLYWOOD JAZZ BAND in 1962, he wrote scores of hits for big South African stars including MIRIAM MAKEBA. On this 45rpm single we get two 1963 ska cuts originally issued on rare 78 rpm imports. Beautiful, distinctly African takes on the Jamaican tradition. Limited gold vinyl edition of 100 copies. Jamaican trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ recorded “AFRICA” for BLUE NOTE’s “MAN FROM WARIEKA” LP in 1977, a limited edition single was released with vocals from I JAH MAN. Back on wax with original label art, previously unreleased vocal bonus track “FREE GANJA” on the flip. Big hole for DJ play!
We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!
Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, Derrick Morgan and Charlie Organaire here i Chicago but their new 2019 album is appearing on many “best of ” lists already! Since more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, we’ve re-stocked their crowd sourced 3×7″ series and got some black vinyl debut LP copies too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading RESTOCKED! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP)