DRINK THE SKA repress on RED VINYL – 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Tapes too!

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!

REPRESS: VOID UNION “Return of The Super Vape” LP vinyl / CD / Tape

Void Union has a simple mission statement: preserve the Jamaican music of the 1960’s, collaborate with Ska’s originators, and actively recruit guest players from the ensembles that have proven equal to the task of reinventing the genre. On this brand new album David Hillyard (The Slackers), Steve Jackson (The Pietasters), Alex Desert {Hepcat), Jr Thomas, The Expanders all guest on what surely will become a modern ay classic! Top-shelf collaborations are nothing new, in the past Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Lynval Golding (The Specials), King Django, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack),and David Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) all have been featured on Void Union recordings. In November of 2010, Vin Gordon (The Skatalites, Bob Marley and the Wailers) joined the group for a watershed European tour. Thaddeus Merritt (Bass), Rick Smith (Drums), Rich Graiko (Trumpet), Alex Stern (Guitar, Keys), and Anant Pradhan(Tenor Sax), comprise Void Union’s core, but, the band’s philosophy lends itself to a collective atmosphere in which like-minded musicians sit in and assure that no show is the same as the one that preceded it. The audience at a gig is not a mere handful of die-hard Ska enthusiasts; a survey of the crowd yields suits, working stiffs, parents, children, dreadlocks, moptops, and…hipsters? All turn out to bear witness to a versatile ensemble that is as at ease providing the jazz-tinged instrumental foil to a Jamaican legend as it is leading a sing-along at a neighborhood bar. “Return Of The Super Vape available now on CD, limited edition tape, and vinyl limited to 300 copies. Orange vinyl limited to 200.

REPRESS: THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” LP (JUMP084LP) back on random color vinyl

THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” is finally back on vinyl! Reissue of 1992 third wave Moon Ska Records classic on random color vinyl, housed in a double sided full color poster sleeve with rare photos. Songwriter and lead singer Rob Hingley perfected a smooth, American-inflected vocal style across these eleven tunes, creating a blueprint for the top-ranking outfit’s authentic-yet-unique revival sound. And while New York Fever is founded on the best of the Jamaican and U.K. ska scenes, it also burns with the special flame of the hyperactive New York City outpost of ska’s international cosmos. The band’s playing is stunning on this third long-player, with brilliant bursts of horns punctuating an airtight rhythm section – every track provides the speedy rush that modern ska fans craze. Listening to NY FEVER again brought back memories of how great the US ska scene was before it was taken over by hype…um, and by bandwagon bands trying to be the next Reel Big Fish! This album is full of class, charm, and honest energy – elements that made the “third wave” ska scene great.  Songs like “NEW YORK FEVER”, “HISTORY BOOK”, “SOCIAL SECURITY” and “PLOUGHSHARES INTO GUNS” are simply great songs – THEN and NOW.  Hell, why else would JOE JACKSON get involved and mix the record?!? NEW YORK FEVER in many ways was the transitional record that positioned the band for major chart success in the 90’s. Personally, we grew up in the 80s and got hooked with their “POOL SHARK”, “THRILL ME UP” and “SKABOOM” albums – but when “NEW YORK FEVER” was finally released it was obvious to us that SKA was going to go big with bands like THE TOASTERS….it was just a matter of time. Issued on beautiful heavy weight marble grey vinyl, double sided full color poster sleeve.

Vinyl Tracklisting:  New York Fever – Ploughshares Into Guns – History Book – Too Hip To Be Cool – Night Train – Social Security – Shebeen – Johnny Forsake Her – Too Much Happening – Pool Shark (Reprise) – B27   Download Card has all the above PLUS:  Ploughshares Version – History Book Version – Pablo’s Night Train – Pablo’s Shebeen

 

RODDY RADIATION “SKABILLY REBEL ANTHOLOGY” LP (RED VINYL IMPORTS) / “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP – OUT OF PRINT)

BLUES ATTACK now OUT OF PRINT.  It’s been many years since we last had RODDY RADIATION’s excellent collection of pre-SPECIALS nuggets, but it’s worth the wait as we now have copies on 180g RED VINYL! An amazing selection that incudes some of our favorite Tearjerkers material as well! Fans of THE SPECIALS and roots rockabilly must get this!  Also we have the LAST COPIES in Hand SCREEN PRINTED SLEEVES of “BLUES ATTACK” ! 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. Roddy’s  voice is smooth and melodic, yet with pub grit. The fact that his guitar playing is superb goes without saying, but his ability to seamlessly combine both ska and rockabilly without losing the integrity of either genre is downright amazing.  Roddy Radiation has proven again that he is a truly innovative musician and may be in the process of once again reinventing the face of ska music. Guess this album forces rude boy mods and skins to mix with rockers and teddy boys. What can’t we all just get along? Continue reading RODDY RADIATION “SKABILLY REBEL ANTHOLOGY” LP (RED VINYL IMPORTS) / “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP – OUT OF PRINT)

Black Friday: DR RING DING “The Remedy” LP / Import CD

German ska & reggae virtuoso DR RING DING has returned with his seventeenth album, a wonderful collection of songs that range between reggae, old school dancehall, 2 Tone, traditional ska, cumbia and dub. Since 1987 he has performed with the top Jamaican influenced bands in Germany including EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS, SENIOR ALLSTARS, and THE BUSTERS. With the band SKA-VAGANZA he focused on traditional 60s Caribbean music, and that love continues with the songs on THE REMEDY – showing incredible diversity and talent as a singer, songwriter, entertainer and trombonist. Guests include Jamaican dancehall queen SISTA GRACY, the Grammy-nominated TIPPA IRIE, American jazz singer STEPHANIE K. and Swiss singer and Eurovision 2010 participant MICHAEL VON DER HEIDE. An absolutely enjoyable and well-rounded album! The remedy works – just call the Doctor! Sunny Yellow vinyl with a free drink coaster limited to 200 copies, “cloudy” white vinyl limited to 200 copies.

Black Friday: THE ATTRACTORS “Love Bombs” LP / CD / Tape – all star instrumental ska/reggae/jazz band returns!

Since the (Brooklyn) Attractor’s award-winning release “Good Evil Alchemy” in 2012, the instrumental Ska and Reggae group has been refining their formula and adding to an already impressive list of guest musicians. In addition to three-time Grammy winning guitarist and Toots and Maytals guitar legend, Andy Bassford, 27 year congalero for Gill Scott Heron, Larry McDonald, Easystar Allstars trombonist, Buford O’sullivan, and Mephiskapheles bass extraordinaire, Dan Jeselsohn, their 3rd full-length studio release “Love Bombs” adds Skatalites main stay, Ken Stewart, Stubborn Allstars founder, King Django, Slackers tenor man, David Hillyard, as well as Thaddeus Merritt, the original Bass player and founding member of the Boston Ska group Westbound Train, to the list of credits. Love Bombs was written and recorded primarily during Covid era lockdown times and the music therein reflects that energy. This isn’t another rosy Ska record, it’s raw, dark, and even downright evil at times, all while maintaining a sense of searching and forward momentum. After all, that’s what tough times require. There is no doubt that the line up, writing, musicianship, as well as stylistic approach, contained within Love Bombs, will not disappoint even the most discerning Ska and Reggae fans. Red and blue vinyl boh limited to 150 copies each!

New Christmas 45: LOLLYPOP LORRY “Magic Moments” b/w “Skankin’ Around The Christmas Tree:”

LOLLIPOP LORRY formed in 2008, and from their earliest shows the band  gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last 12 years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and toured all across Mexico, where they enjoy a massive fanbase. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites,  the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions, as witness on their recent “Goes Dub” album. “Live At Octopus’ sessions were so popular on  YouTube that Russian label Magnetic Loft released it on vinyl in 2019! New for 2020 is the band’s first 7 inch vinyl single – and a Christmas ska double header at that! “Magic Moments” made famous by Perry Como in 1954 backed with “Skankin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on the flip. Red and green vinyl each limited to 200 copies.  Comes with a Christmas card too!

New Christmas 45: ROGER RIVAS “Christmastime Is Here” b/w “Linus & Lucy” – A Charlie Brown Christmas Early Reggae Style!

Yup, we’ve got an amazing holiday 45 for 2020! Every year since 2014 we have released Christmas 45s and this is now our third with The Aggrolites legendary organist ROGER RIVAS! There’s nothing more memorable than gathering the whole family around the TV to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, with the classic soundtrack created by American pianist Vince Guaraldi. On this 45 two of the most beloved songs are turned into early reggae gems, Roger’s versions will definitely bring a smile to fans worldwide! Green and red vinyl each limited to 200 copies.

THE UPPERTONES “Easy Snapping” LP vinyl has arrived! A hot set of covers in Jamaican Rhythm & Blues style! Christmas 45 still available too!

Italy’s The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums who play pre-ska Jamaican rhythm & blues – fronted by Mr.T-Bone on lead vocals. Their style is rooted in 1950’s Jamaica when rural mento & calypso / folk music began to mix with boogie, swing , boogaloo, and American rock n’ roll – the seeds of ska. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing mixed with the Jamaican edge and style. Mr.T-Bone is a well known singer, composer, and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 10 solo albums in the last 15 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. Drummer Ferdinando Count Ferdi Masi is an Italian ska pioneer who founded Casino Royale and The Bluebeaters. Pianist Phil Cuomo is a very talented young musician, pianist and singer from Genoa, his hands run like a Louisiana train on the keys. The Uppertones first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in December 2015 to worldwide acclaim, then in 2017 returned with “Up Up UP!” featuring guest vocalist Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites. In 2019 Jump Up dropped a Christmas 7 inch covering Luis Prima’s “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” setting the stage for their new album “Easy Snappin” – 10 toe-tappers including re-works of “Mojo Workin”, “L.O.V.E.”, “That’s Amore”, “Down In Mexico” and the title track. It’s a must for fans of original ska like The Skatalites, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Blues Buesters as well as jump blues crooners Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and Louis Jordan. The Uppertones forte is without a doubt their live set – the trio has been touring non-stop playing close to 100 shows a year in 12 different European countries – hopping from club to club in addition to the summr festival circuit. Catch The Uppertones if you can! Continue reading THE UPPERTONES “Easy Snapping” LP vinyl has arrived! A hot set of covers in Jamaican Rhythm & Blues style! Christmas 45 still available too!

Christmas Ska: 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!