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,

 

 

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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JUST ARRIVED: THE BANDULUS “Love A Woman” LP vinyl on random color wax! Tape in stock too ! A modern SKA REGGAE SOUL gem!

THE BANDULUS are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, formerly of LOS SKARNALES and THE TRENCHTOWN TEXANS.  After the 2006 break-up of Los Skarnales and leaving Trenchtown Texans in 2010, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is THE BANDULUS. Their first full length album, SKA.REGGAE.SOUL was released in 2010 and got the world talking – then in 2012 the band released their second full length “The Times We Had”, which was featured on countless ska/reggae top 10 lists that year.  The Bandulus have already shared the stage with yesterdays and todays top ska and reggae acts including the originators of ska The Skatalites, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Aggrolites, and even Grammy award winners Los Lonely Boys.  The Bandulus are finally back with their long-awaited third album  “Love A Woman” – which we first released in October for Cassette Store Day!  A unique album with a heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics, its stays genuine to 60’s style traditional ska while crossing / mixing genres –  but one thing is for sure, it keeps one on your toes! Jamaican patois for bandit, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling! The Bandulus will be joining Void Union this year at Freedom Sounds festival in Germany!  We are so happy to stock this great new album on vinyl direct from the band! Pick up the cassette ape at the same time in our exclusive collectors bundle!

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!

BLACK FRIDAY Christmas Wax: DETROIT RIDDIM CREW and FRIENDS LP vinyl (red / white) and TAPE

We’re proud to team up with Abbey Productions for the debut full length from DETROIT RIDDIM CREW – featuring tracks from THE TELLWAYS and a holiday classic from J. NAVARRO &THE TRAITORS featuring Rachael Stokes. Detroit Riddim Crew is a collective of musicians spearheaded by Eric Abbey (J. Navarro & The Traitors / Tellways / Superdot / 1592) who record at Castle Hooligan in the heart of Detroit. Previous vinyl 45s featured Dave Hillyard on sax over the “Castle Riddim” dubbed by Agent J on the flip – the second 45 release was “Oh Shepard” featuring Jah Ques on vocals with the riddim on flip. This debut album contains music recorded in Detroit & Kingston, JA – side A features Christmas & holiday tunes in a rocksteady & ska style, side B features a collection of riddims showcasing up-and-coming deejays Jah Ques, Esne da Goddess, and Eddie Riott, concluding with a dub version mixed by Fatta. The Kingston session was engineered by Delory ‘Fatta’ Pottinger, who worked with Sly and Robbie and many others, and was performed by Steve Golding on guitar, Keith Bennet on drums and Glen Browne on bass. Limited edition of 400 copies with 150 each on white and red vinyl for the holidays! Initial orders come with a BONUS Detroit Ridim Crew 7 inch single!

THE TOASTERS “Ska Jerk” 7″ EP import back in stock with varied covers and vinyl colors!

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!

RESTOCKED! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP)

PRIZEFIGHTERS7INCHESThings 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)

THE TOASTERS “THRILL ME UP” & “POOL SHARK” LP vinyl reissued on MAD BUTCHER Germany! Must have 80’s classics!

We are so pleased to have these must have 80’s classics from THE TOASTERS back in stock! One of my faves to this day is their 1989 classic “THRILL ME UP”, originally released on Skaloid. That was the heyday of singers Sean ‘Cavo‘ Dinsmore and Lionel ‘Nene‘ Bernard, who became so popular from this album that they got signed to a major label as the UNITY 2.  “POOL SHARK” was released on Unicorn in 1987 and contains early classics that the band still performs to this day!  Continue reading THE TOASTERS “THRILL ME UP” & “POOL SHARK” LP vinyl reissued on MAD BUTCHER Germany! Must have 80’s classics!