The Toasters originally released their debut US album SKABOOM back in 1987, on the Celluloid label. The album is often stated as being the origin of modern, or “third-wave” ska in the United States. It followed the RECRIMINATIONS and EAST SIDE BEAT EPs that were released both in the USA and UK, introducing the world to a fresh new wave-y ska sound that was uniquely American yet linked to 2-TONE through secret producer JOE JACKSON. Two years later, THE TOASTERS’ official “debut” album POOLSHARK arrived via the UK label Unicorn, yet six tracks from that set were culled for inclusion on the legendary debut American full-length named SKABOOM. That set was brasher, brighter, and more emphatically ska driven than their earlier material, albeit with eclectic backdrops that ranged from the surf-side to the juke joint. Now boasting a brass section, and two new vocalists, THE TOASTERS’ sound was significantly shifting while the lineup continued expanding. By the time they came to record SKABOOM, the group had ballooned into an 11-piece aggregate. The resulting high adrenaline album found the band in top form, their playing extremely tight, and the arrangements increasingly intricate and innovative. Continue reading THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP + “BEAT UP” 7″ single! Hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!
MAD BUTCHER once again delivers the goods – two must have post 2-TONE classics from BUSTER BLOODVESSEL and NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND). “Return of the Ugly” is the sixth studio album by British 2 Tone ska band BAD MANNERS, released independently in 1989 on the resurrected “BLUE BEAT” label in the UK and on Relativity in the USA. A true return to form, many songs became instant classics and are still fan favorites to this day! Includes “SKAVILLE UK”, “THIS IS SKA”, “BONANZA SKA”, “SINCE YOU’VE GONE AWAY”, “RETURN OF THE UGLY” plus LAUREL AITKEN classics “SALLY BROWN” and “HEY LITTLE GIRL”. Not to be outdone, we also have back in stock the 1989 classic from BUSTER’S ALL STARS (the BAD MANNERS “side” project with Buster Bloodvessel) and their amazing 2 TONE inspired homage to skinheads: “Skinhead Luv Affair”. Featuring songwriting brilliance from NICK WELSH (aka KING HAMMOND) – this album was much more than a novelty conceived while BAD MANNERS was on “hiatus” – it’s popularity actually helped reform the band! Members of BUSTERS ALL STARS and the remaining members of the original BAD MANNERS “merged” to create the BAD MANNERS unit that would record the modern day classic “RETURN OF THE UGLY”! These two albums are an important part of the link from the original 2-TONE movement to the birth of ska’s third wave worldwide!
Southern California’s reggae giants released this album as a free digital download earlier this year, full of crucial old-school Jamaican tunes that they have performed over the years. We loved it SO much we asked to release it on vinyl!! “Old Time Something Come Again” pays homage to rockers style reggae from the 1970s – features tunes by The Ethiopians, Culture, Justin Hinds, Peter Tosh and more! The album was dedicated Leonard “The Ethiopian” Dillon and all the Jamaican Singers and Players who provided the inspiration. Taking their name from classic reggae studio bands like The Observers, The Aggrovators and The Upsetters, The Expanders aim to carry on the tradition of Los Angeles reggae/ska bands who strive for a vintage JA-style sound…but focus more on “country roots,” a style of reggae played by The Ethiopians and The Mighty Diamonds, as well as on early 80’s rub-a-dub styles like that of The Roots Radics. Yellow, orange, and red vinyl. Very limited! Continue reading THE EXPANDERS “Old Time Something Come Again” LP (JUMP112LP) on colored vinyl – a country roots reggae masterpiece!
You begged, and we were able to squeeze a small amount of copies from the original stampers. Down & dirty repress! Since we don’t have any jackets left this limited to 100 repress (50 with the band) is housed in a screened tote bag. Blood red vinyl, and you get the bonus demos 7″ too. Go SATAN! Go SKA! It’s third wave yet very 2 TONE, this one truly deserved to be reissued once again! Guess what? We will be reissuing “Maximum Perversion” on vinyl this Halloween, and “God Bless Satan” on cassette for Cassette Store Day!
KING HAMMOND is Nick Welsh. He is a musician, producer, and songwriter from the United Kingdom. He is by far one of the most prolific ska/reggae musicians on either side of the pond, his resume includes PRINCE BUSTER, LAUREL AITKEN, DAVE BARKER, RICO RODRIGUEZ, and JUDGE DREAD. Nick also played on LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY’S Grammy Award winning album “Jamaican ET’. As a bassist and song writer in BAD MANNERS and THE SELECTER, he was integral to both band’s post 2-TONE success. Continue reading KING HAMMOND “The Beat Is Blue” LP vinyl – amazing new album entirely in 1960’s UK BLUE BEAT style!
Mexico’s BRIXTON SOUNDS started in 2003, early on focusing on covers of foundation ska & reggae. Their first production “LOSING THE TIME” was recorded in 2005 and helped grow the band’s fanbase across the Mexican republic, their second recording “PISTOLEROS” from 2009 quickly brought them international acclaim. BRIXTON SOUNDS have performed with international bands such as The Aggrolites and Chris Murray, and have participated in several major music festivals in Mexico City. In 2012 long running California label STEADY BEAT released the band’s debut vinyl 7″ record – fast forward to 2017 and we here at JUMP UP get offered to release their brilliant debut vinyl full length LP. On this full length jazz is king, you get summery female fronted vocal ska, boogaloo soul influenced instrumental groovers, hot organ driven jazz roots and early/skinhead reggae. Continue reading BRIXTON SOUNDS “Fiebre, Locura & Pasion” LP vinyl – beautiful vocal jazz Blue Note ska from Mexico!
VINYL AVAILABLE NOW! SUSAN CADOGAN is back with a new vintage reggae project produced by Mitch “King Kong” Girio of King Apparatus fame. The original “Take Me Back” EP was released in 2016 and featured 5 songs, ranging from lovers rock to ska, early reggae to roots. The EP immediately drew rave reviews worldwide, and SUSAN was soon doing BBC interviews just like the old days when she was Top of The Pops with “Hurts So Good”! We at JUMP UP immediately wanted to release it on vinyl and cassette, and asked Mitch Girio to kick out some new versions, dubs, and remixes to expand the project to 10 tracks. These 5 tracks range from spacey dub to Jamaican mento – a fantastic bonus! The EXPANDED version is now available on limited edition cassette tape (100 copies) and LP vinyl on white and pink vinyl. If you have a preference of vinyl color, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone should know SUSAN’s work, so please read the below bio….
JUMP UP is proud to unleash the brand new album from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH teamed up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha, Nebraska! We began working with MONTY back in 2014, and we paired him with THE BISHOPS for a live Jamaican Oldies concert at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The partnership blossomed into a 7″ single early in 2015, then MONTY worked with SOUL RADICS for a second 7″ single later that year. In 2016 he toured around the USA with THE BISHOPS and began recording tracks for this full length album. As a teaser we first released a 7″ single featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes redone: “Skin Flint” and “Fung Shu”. Now we are happy to say the full length album has landed on red vinyl and slimline CD – which has FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! Let’s get ready for some of that ol’ moonstomping! A true return to form, classic vocal chat/sing skinhead reggae and ska, a great addition and continuation of the Symarip legacy!
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. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN LP reissues on Black Butcher Classics! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD albums from the 60’s!
Two amazing 1970’s import reissues, available in limited quantities. Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo (Carl Bradshaw) a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Caribbean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry. The film was directed by Trevor D. Rhone, who also wrote the play on which it is based, and was produced by Edward Knight. The movie stars Bradshaw, Glenn Morrison, and Stanley Irons. Tunes range from smooth reggae, party calypso and deep island funk, and is must for fans of HARDER THEY COME, COUNTRYMAN, and ROCKERS. This elusive soundtrack is available now on limited edition import orange vinyl from JOV Records, out for Record Store Day. Colonell Elliott & The Lunatics “Insterstellar Reggae Drive” LP is a “Moog-Style” reggae masterpiece, classic Trojan reggae riddims with re-imagined Star Wars / Switched-On-Bach keyboards on top. It’s part space aged bachelor pad music, and part vintage skinhead reggae. Originally released in 1974, and the version of TELSTAR is bonkers! Both of these LPs are limited color editions so act now!