Mad Butcher Reissue: MAROON TOWN “High & Dry” LP (1990) produced by John Bradbury of The Specials!

We are CRAZY psyched to stock one of our all time faves from the late 80s  UK ska explosion – MAROON TOWN’s debut album “HIGH & DRY” from 1990, produced by John Bradbury of THE SPECIALS for Staccato Records. In late 1980s England, Ska wasn’t quite in fashion as it had been earlier in the decade, the advent of rap, hip-hop, and underground/indie dance music ruled the airwaves and charts. This did not stop the multiracial, multi-culti band MAROON TOWN, named after clandestine villages set up by anti-British rebels in occupied Jamaica. Rooted in the hybrid formula of Two-Tone, “High and Dry” was an immediate success with it’s thrilling and diverse collection of fresh sounds blending  rap, funky groove, and acid jazz – as well as just being downright fun! With two energetic singers, STEVIE  B  (who many call a vocal/stylistic dead ringer for Michael Franti) – and female counterpoint Carolyn McCookweir, it’s extremely difficult to not be caught up in their one-two punch! The horn section is pure fire and the foundation ska rhythm is so tight it’s hypnotic! Songs like “Fire” and “Nostalgia” are unforgettable, while the political edge is never shied away from, either: “Pound to the Dollar” and “Thatcher’s Children” are takes on the politics of the day, while McCookweir’s empowerment anthem “Women Say No” is a song that is as equally relevant today as it was 32 years ago. “High and Dry ” is a must have, exciting debut record, and MAROON TOWN continue to this day, and are a popular concert draw all across Europe. DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS REISSUE from MAD BUTCHER Germany!  Want to wax late 80s ska nostalgia? Pick up in stock import re issues from The Hotknives, Mr Review, The Burial, and The Trojans!

Grover Restocks: NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Get This” LP / “Low Blow” LP blue wax 180g edition

To celebrate New York Ska Jazz Ensemble’s brand new album (vinyl and CD arriving soon from Brixton Records Spain) we have restocked two classics from the MOON SKA NYC era, 1998’s “GET THIS” on black vinyl and 1996’s “Low Blow” on 180g blue vinyl.  Rock Steady Freddie and Victor Rice get down with an incredible rotating all star band that included  Vic Rugiero, Devon James, Buford O’Sullican, Caz Gardner, Agent Jay,  Jack Ruby Jr and more performing classic jazz standards in Jamaican style!  Both vinyl editions in very limited quantities – don’t delay!

Limited Restocks: LOS BARRELLSHOTS & QUITO SKA JAZZ – Traditional Ska & Reggae from Ecuador

We are so excited to have these two amazing vinyl titles from LUCHA LIBRE RECORDS, who specialize in promoting bands from the Ecuadoran ska/reggae scene! Snatch these up as they are the very last copies that exist! LOS BARRELSHOTS released their debut mini CD “Reggae Explosion” in 2017, and now the first Ecuadorian Early Reggae / Rocksteady band from Quito kick it into high gear with their debut full length entitled “REGGAE VOLCANO”. Featuring 10 original tracks, mainly instrumental, once again staking their claim as one of the top Latin American groups of the skinhead reggae genre. Los Barrelshots have been able to recreate in the studio this infectious sound, firmly rooted in the Jamaican musical heritage blended with soul, funk, and jazz, which has made them an essential live act of the national scene. Featuring Lady Lex on one track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. QUITO SKA JAZZ ‘s debut LP features 8 extended original instrumental jazz ska tracks, featuring Fred Reiter from New York Ska Jazz Ensemble on one song. This top Ecuadorian band formed in 2012 and quickly became active on the local scene, single handedly spreading the gospel of ska and Jamaican musical culture in Ecuador. “Ciudad of Ska” is truly the first Ska record from thee “middle of the world” to get the vinyl treatment! Including one dub version and a live track. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies housed in an amazing fold out poster sleeve. BUY BOTH LPs and get a DEAL! Free DRINK COASTERS and STICKERS while supplies last!

Restocked: JAMESTOWN SHEIKS “Lennon & McCartney Reggae Style” LP reissue – The Beatles go Jamaican!

Black Butcher Germany has just reissued the 1970 stone cold party classic on vinyl for the first time – original UK copies have become rare in recent years and are fetching high prices. Most original copies are also worn out from constant play! Twelve BEATLES classics in an uptempo early/skinhead reggae style, vocals are reminiscent of Desmond Dekker too! The origin of this band is still a mystery! A must for fans of THE AGGROLITES, and SYMARIP ! Don’t delay a minute, this limited edition one time pressing will go fast!

Tracklisting:  Let It Be / Ticket To Ride / I Want To Hold Your Hand / Michelle / Can’t Buy Me Love / The Fool On The Hill / Get Back / Yesterday / Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da / Eleanor Rigby / All My Loving / Hey Jude

 

THE MAGNETICS “Cocktails & Fairy Tales” (Deluxe) LP vinyl – yellow wax limited to 300 copies

THE MAGNETICS are an Italian band formed in 2017 and led by Olly Riva, their sound mixes original Ska, early Reggae, Jamaican music, and Rocksteady filtered through a “vintage” soul rhythm n’ blues vibe. The band’s first album “JAMAICAN SKA” (2017) was nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ by many SKA webzines and radio stations  around the world. The band’s second album “COFFEE AND SUGAR” was released in 2018 by GROVER RECORDS, soon after the single “COME PRIMA” was released, a cover song of the Italian classic pop tune feat Tony Dallara,  one of the greatest voices in Italian music history. The band has toured restlessly, raking up more then 250 shows across Europe, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Holland, Belgium and overseas on a small Mexico tour.  They have appeared on some of the greatest ska festivals including Zwarte Cross (NL), Reduit and Dynamite Fest (DE), Gdansk SKA Jamboree (PL), Tramore SKA fest (IRL), Rock N’Stock (FR).  In November and December 2019 THE MAGNETICS toured and backed legendary Jamaican singer SUSAN CADOGAN, and recorded two studio tunes with her as well for a future 7 inch single. In August and November of 2020 the band released “Cocktails & Fairy Tales” Vol 1 & 2, which are both collected here on limited edition yellow vinyl, 300 copies. The album is a wonderful mix of songs about drinks from around the world! Booze! Cocktails! Scorching surf 60s ska, crooner big band vocals, Cuban-Jamaican mambo reggae and so much more! Songs about “Gin & Tonic”, “Bloody Mary”, “Campari”, “Tequila Boom Boom”, “Mojito”, “Jamaica Glow” and more! The perfect summer ska/reggae record of 2022! We’ve also restocked their first album “Jamaican Ska” too, add a copy at a discount price!

MAN-LIKE-DEVIN “Wheel & Shoulder” LP / CD – Acoustic Ska Rocksteady & Reggae

Devin Morrison aka Man-Like-Devin is a songwriter, guitarist and collector of Jamaican music born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. In 1999 he co-founded Los Angeles roots-reggae group The Expanders. They spent the next decade playing in and around the L.A. area as part of the city’s then-thriving ska, rocksteady and early reggae scene. During that time they also performed throughout California as the backing band for many of their Jamaican musical heroes including Alton Ellis, Leonard Dillon of The Ethiopians, The Wailing Souls, The Maytones, Pat Kelly, Roy Shirley, Stranger Cole, Prince Jazzbo, Willi Williams, The Cables, and Winston Jarrett. The Expanders released four studio albums from 2011-2018, the latter two of which debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart. In 2018 Morrison and The Expanders parted ways on friendly terms, he began writing a solo acoustic record and teamed up with long-time friend Roger Rivas (The Aggrolites, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Jason Mraz) to record it. Man-Like-Devin’s first acoustic solo record Wheel And Shoulder: Acoustic Reggae, Rocksteady & Ska Vol I was recorded at Rivas Studios and Man-Like Studios from October 2019 to October 2020 and was be released on the Rootfire Cooperative label. The full-length LP is a completely acoustic album with no electric instruments that features Morrison’s GRAMMY-nominated brother Patrick Morrison on upright bass, banjo and lead acoustic guitars, Devin’s father Tom Morrison on harmonica, and The California Honeydrops. Beautiful ska & reggae with a Jamaican mento lean, we released the cassette version and CD in late 2021, and we are now are proud to carry the vinyl in the webshop!

San Diego Ska Legends: UNSTEADY “Three’s The Charm” LP + 7 inches!

Formed in 1992, “San Diego’s mutated ska collective” Unsteady originally featured two members of local ska band the Donkey Show, guitarist Chris “Creedy” Bates and drummer Kent Graves, along with sax / vocalist John Roy, who’d been with a late-’80s local ska band called the Gangbusters. They were soon joined by keyboardist Kevin “Baby” Hewitt and bassist Paul Howland from the original local Wallflowers. Later, drummer Jimmy Boom replaced Graves, and new members were added like Clay Elliot (sax) and Jon Fisher (trumpet). Their 1996 debut album Tightrope (Immune Records) was followed by 1997’s Double or Nothing (Asian Man Records) and Live in the Studio (2001).  After a prolonged period of inactivity, they reunited to play several live shows in summer 2010, continuing to get together from time to time. In 2017 they went single crazy releasing “LIAR” b/w MR BURU” and “The Most Important Person” b/w “Self Made Man” plus a split with the Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra and their tune “SWAY”. Subsequent gig dates found vintage members John Roy and Kevin “Baby” Hewitt now reunited with bassist Paul Howland, although Howland was playing guitar this time around, along with a band that fluctuated from six to nine or more members. Fast forward to 2021 and John Roy is taking over the world with his studio project SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUND SYSTEM, yet he still finds time to release the brand new UNSTEADY album “THIRD TIME’S A CHARM”  that blends ska with bordertown radio, add a dash of geek, lounge, jump, circus, and street corner busking – that’s close to the Unsteady sound! Clear green vinyl, plus we have all the 7 inches mentioned in a bundle as well!

AMTY Swedish Bundle: HJALMAR B ALL STARS (feat Lee Scratch Perry) “Gin Och Ish” 10″ LP + SPOKSTAN “Hal I Betongen” LP

Hjalmar B Allstars are a boss reggae / rocksteady band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 2019. Following their well received debut 7 inch single “Hisingen Reggae” in 2020 – this 6 track mini-LP is full of classic vintage Jamaican sounds with female vocals plus a track featuring LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY. The pressing is limited to 200 copies and this is the only batch we will receive, don’t miss out! We’re offering this 10″ as part of a bundle with a very cool 2019 release on AMTY Records that we slept on by accident and recently discovered! That release is by Spökstan (Swedish for Ghost Town), their first album features twelve dirty 2-Tone ska/punky reggae-titles in Swedish, the line up is with members from The Crooked Beat (reggae/ska), Congoman Crew (reggae), Makabert Fynd (hardcore punk) and Paraden (reggae). Don’t let the doomish cover fool you, this album has an early 90’s / European Ska Explosion feel more than a punk-ska lean, some of the songs lend themselves towards The Loafers or an early Mark Foggo loose faster ska style. Very enjoyable!

REPRESSED: THE SKATALITES “Platinum Ska” LP vinyl includes 3 bonus dubs!

Jamaican ska legends’ latest album “Platinum Ska” finally repressed on vinyl with three bonus dubs. The group has been at the forefront of ska music since the mid-’60s, and this studio album is their first recordings to follow the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014. The Skatalites built the foundation for Jamaican music, and was part of it’s evolution as it morphed from ska to rock steady then reggae, helping give birth to household names like Toots and The Maytals, Lee Perry, and of course Bob Marley & The Wailers. Since re-forming in the ’80s, The Skatalites have been through their share of transformation and have sadly seen most of the band’s original members pass on. Each of today’s existing members were hand-picked by the band’s original members to play, and they continue to hold down the tradition by performing at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world. Two of the tracks included on “Platinum Ska” feature original 60’s era drummer Lloyd Knibb (who passed away in 2011), plus it captures alto sax player Lester Sterling and vocalist Doreen Shaffer, the last two living original Skatalites members. The album was mixed in Mali and also includes guest appearances by legendary Malian musicians Assaba Dramé and Madou Sidiki Diabaté. Simply put, “Platinum Ska” is a testament to some of the greatest Jamaican musicians the world has ever seen, and Jump Up is proud to preserve this legacy once again with a limited vinyl edition. Limited repress on metallic marble and classic black vinyl.

GROVER VINYL RESTOCKS: FIREBUG / RED SOUL COMMUNITY / MAGIC TOUCH

More great vinyl imports from Grover! Limited stock at a nice price! On man, where do we begin? Brazilian rock steady band FIREBUG were at the top of their game at the beginning of the 00s, the VICTOR RICE produced “ON THE MOOVE” was one of Jump Up’s top CD titles 20 years ago! RED SOUL COMMUNITY can do it all, their last album that we released was more on the ska-punk tip, their previous 2013 effort “I NEVER LEARN” was a reggae and rock steady delight. These Spaniards can do it all! Lastly is the 2011 album from Germany’s top reggae rocksteady act MAGIC TOUCH, who have backed countless Jamaican legends over the years. This red vinyl repress of “SHOCKS OF LIGHTNING” is limited to 150 copies.