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)
REPRESS has arrived! 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!
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since we released the second album from Indiana’s funky soul reggae ska masters, now they are a name known around the world! We were lucky enough to get one last small “dirty repress” from the original stampers (so don’t be picky if there’s a little crackle love!), so act fast once these are gone they are GONE. Only 50 guys!
Though themes are of heartbreak, disappointment, and social worries, the end all be all is “don’t stop, keep moving.” From the Muddy Banks of the Wabash River comes the Soul Sonic, Blues Drenched, Sounds of Reggae and Ska that is the GRR. Their debut “HOOSIER HOMEGROWN” instantly had the ska scene taking notice. Could this band really have only formed in 2006? Hard workin and constantly touring, GRR quickly built up a solid fan base by playing shows big and small all across the USA, including stints with THE SLACKERS, MOON INVADERS, and AGGROLITES. On this self titled second album, producer DAVE HILLAYRD enhances these powerful influences: Trojan Records, Studio one, Motown, Stax, NYC Ska, Toots & the Maytals, The Wailers, The Skatalites, Lee Perry/The Upsetters, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Johnny Cash, James brown, Otis Redding & more. Its Motown & Kingston. Soul & Reggae. The result is brilliant, 14 amazing tunes that capture the high-energy that GRR have had at their shows since day #1. Green wax is sold out, black vinyl available. Housed in a two sided full color (well, at least green!) poster sleeve!
Two classic 90’s album from American ska pioneers THE TOASTERS are once again back on vinyl! “DUB 56” from 1994 is a Moon Ska NYC classic, back in print on dark grey marble vinyl in cool poster sleeve! A fantastic album, a highlight of the “third wave” – influenced heavily by British 2 Tone yet distinctly American. 14 tracks on vinyl: Direction, Freedom, Mona, Dancin’, Dub 56, Sweet Cherie, Tunisia, Little Hidden Secrets, Marlboro Man, Ain’t Huthin’, Razor Cut, Legal Shot, Midnight Hour, Goody Goody. A couple years ago when we were chatting to Bucket from THE TOASTERS, we realized that there were a handful of albums that NEVER appeared on vinyl including the amazing 2 TONE ARMY collection which included their biggest MTV2 video hits! The artwork is a tribute to iconic NYC SKA artist STEVE HEX who we lost a few years ago, this must have album includes the hits “I WASN’T GOING TO CALL YOU ANYWAY” and the title track “2 TONE ARMY”. 10 tracks, on dark grey marble vinyl. A truly fantastic record, one we are so proud to have our name on!
If you’re a manic collector make sure you pick up these two albums on limited edition cassette tape too!
It seems strange, but we are seeing a bit of a renaissance on this album! At the time it was generally overlooked (some flat out hated it!) – but the fact of the matter is that HOT STOVE JIMMY’s “Theme From A Major Hit” was a bit ahead of it’s time. Fast forward t0 2017, RIOT FEST does a post on the “Ska’s Strangest Strands” and mentions it alongside the BLUE MEANIES in a truly favorable light calling it AVANT-SKA: “Likeminded Chicago bands The Blue Meanies and Hot Stove Jimmy would embrace the ska tag and push it to its psychedelic, drugged-out limits, with their respective final albums, 2000’s The Post Wave and 1999’s Theme For A Major Hit, respectively, being the most prime examples. By then, ska-punk was de rigueur, and though both acts fell into that tag at one time or another, their final albums sounded like acid-drenched freakouts that just so happened to ska elements peppered in. Surely confounding at their time, The Post Wave and Theme For A Major Hit remain documents of a time when ska became its most untethered and experimental, something that would take years to be fully embraced.” Continue reading HOT STOVE JIMMY “Theme for a Major Hit” LP vinyl available! RIOT FEST approved! (JUMP027LP)
Can you believe that “THE RAMBLERS” turned 10 years old this year? Wow! Here’s your chance to get this stunning album on vinyl once again! “The production is superb; clean, but not slick, capturing and distinguishing every note, whilst creating a fleshy, warm sound. Arrangements are inspired – forget the many stellar solos and grand bass lines, those automatically garner attention, it’s the small musical passages – the three bars of organ swagger, the little drum fill, the guitar flourishes – that demand notice by their very understatement. The closer you listen, the more of these subtle interjections you’ll find, each immaculately timed, placed and delivered, all beautifully coloring the songs. Dare one compare it to Jackie Mittoo’s time at Studio One? Close, but I think Gladdy & the Allstars’s stellar work across the early reggae age is more apt. And then there’s the songs themselves, a diverse bunch but sharing one thing in common, their strong melodies, arguably the most powerful in DGB’s career. Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “The Ramblers” LP VINYL (w/CD) – RED VINYL 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION!
Far too often when a band claims to combine two dissimilar styles of music into an all powerful “new” hybrid, fans get a wee bit skeptical. After all, in most cases these creative endeavors fail miserably – and quite often it involves ska music. Simply put, this stereotype does not apply to the SKABILLY REBELS. RODDY RADIATION’s band successfully takes the best parts of rockabilly, minus the cheesiness that all too often is associated with the genre, and then puts it to a laid back traditional ska beat. Should we expect anything less? Of course you already know him as the legendary guitarist of The Specials (who also wrote their classics ‘Rat Race’, ‘Concrete Jungle’ & ‘Hey Little Rich Girl’), who also later formed blues influenced acts The Bonediggers and The Tearjerkers. He’s a veteran and true innovator of both the 2-TONE ska movement and the English rockabilly revival scene. Check out these YouTube album samplers for a taste: Continue reading RODDY RADIATION & SKABILLY REBELS “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP)
Did you hear that the original DGB lineup (being called O.G.D.G.B.) is played a one-off show in Chicago on April 2nd? In celebration of this we have knocked $10 off the vinyl box set so more fans can re-live the songs from the first three albums! Colored wax, 3xLP + 7″ for $25 is a STEAL!
This epic “WELCOME TO THE VAULTS” collection (which was released as a CD box years ago) is a 3 x LP colored vinyl set limited to 300 copies only: ”LARGE AND IN CHARGE” on yellow vinyl, “OVERBOARD” on blue wax, “GUIDE TO BOAT DRINKS & CRUISE COCKTAILS” on red vinyl. On these slabs of wax you’ll even find rare tunes only found on compilations, including ”STACK-O-LEE” (STAGGER LEE) and the Western inspired HANG ‘EM HIGH”. We are even tossing in a bonus 7″ featuring two legendary DGB covers – BOB DYLAN’s “MASTERS OF WAR” and JUDGE DREAD’s “Dread Rock”! If you were fan of the original Mike Park-era band (who is now fronting THE CROMBIES), or just want a piece of DEAL’S history, get this set now before it’s gone!
Nick Welsh Is KING HAMMOND – he is a SKA musician, producer, and songwriter from the UK. JUMP UP RECORDS is proud to release his first vinyl full length album since 1987’s “Revolution ‘70” – a skinhead reggae rarity released on Buster Bloodvessel’s resurrected Blue Beat label. What? Vintage 60s/70s skinhead reggae revival sounds in 1987? That’s like 15 years before THE AGGROLITES man! Can that be true?
“FLOORSHAKER!” is the hottest sound from reggae’s past, taking the best from KING HAMMOND’s “KING AND I” and “JACUZZI” CD releases- creating the finest vinyl release of 2011. MARCO ON THE BASS blog calls it “a startling crisp and addictive collection of skinhead reggae tracks that pay homage to the originals that inspired them but retains a contemporary pop feel”. It’s 14 tracks dripping with piercing organ, vintage disco-era keyboards, powerful brass, JUDGE DREAD / PRINCE BUSTER style chat/sing , and hypnotic guitar and bass – it truly is a FLOORSHAKER! Continue reading KING HAMMOND “Floorshaker!” LP (JUMP094LP – OUT OF PRINT)
This roots reggae classic has been out of print since 2007! Most copies ended up in Europe and Japan back then, so we figured it was time to dig up the old parts and make it available once again. Now on RED VINYL, limited to 330 copies once again!
SIDE A: 1 It’s All Over 2 Hard, Hard Thing 3 Fistful A Riddim 4 Too Many Things 5 In This Time 6 No Trial f/RockerT SIDE B: 1 Rock And Come In featuring – Dr. Ring Ding 2 Lyrics Architect 3 New York Neighbors 4 The Bottle 5 Zion Gates
In case you need a refresher on the man, the legend, KING DJANGO… Continue reading KING DJANGO “Roots Tonic” LP (JUMP075LP – OUT OF PRINT)