We’ve brought back our BIG VINYL sale to kick off summer – especially since Bandcamp Friday has disappeared! Remember, if it wasn’t for labels like us, Bandcamp wouldn’t even exist! Act now and get 8 LPs for $100 – an amazing bargain especially when you consider that we have tons of imports! Discover new bands and don’t break the bank! After making purchase send your choices from the below list to email@example.com – USA addresses only. No duplicates. Enjoy! Chuck
LP selections are below! Please send 2 alternates in addition to your selections! Continue reading No Bandcamp Friday? Mega Sale NOW! $100 gets you 8 LPs (tons of imports!)
Boss Capone is the alter ego of Boudewijn Van Trigt, core member, songwriter and producer of the Dutch early reggae band The Upsessions. With The Upsessions he released five full lengths including an album with reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Since 2005 The Upsessions toured all over Europe and South-America. After two solo albums under his moniker Boss Capone (2013 and 2015), it was time for a new project, this time together with Patsy. Patsy is the alter ego of Renske De Boer, who is the singer with ska group Mr Wallace and the only Dutch northern soul band The Originators. During the lockdown, the pair quietly worked on this album and the result is truly BOSS! A delicious blend of early reggae and rocksteady with a hint of foundation ska. The eleven tracks are a tribute to legendary Jamaican producers like Clancy Eccles, Derrick Harriott and Carl Johnson, specifically the years 1968-1971, an era when record labels like Pama and Trojan Records were king. But this record is so much more than a trip down memory lane. Through his extensive production work, Boss Capone knows how to make a record sound vintage yet modern, and Patsy’s powerful and dynamic voice pushes the record to greater heights. On this album the pair is musically accompanied by the skilled musicians from The Upsessions and saxophonist Tommy Tornado. Limited edition 180g black vinyl for real reggae heads, imported from Aggrobeat in the Netherlands.
Not to be outdone we’ve stocked this incredible 66 track 3xCD BOX set that celebrates 10 years of the FREEDOM SOUNDS festival in Germany. Loaded with so many exclusives it will make your head spin, check it out: Continue reading Aggrobeat Imports: BOSS CAPONE & PATSY “Kings & Queen” LP / FREEDOM SOUNDS 3xCD Box Set
Tommy Tornado is a ska-reggae-jazz-swing-funk-soul saxophonist who, after winning the Big Boss Jazz Award in 1997 at the age of 17, started touring with Dutch rocksteady/reggae formation Rude Rich and the Highnotes.
“Back On Track” is his 3rd solo album after “Sunrise” (2009) and “Cool Down” (2011), and on this new album Tommy plays Tenor and Barritone saxophone, Flute, Melodica and Fender Rhodes (keys) alongside German band THE CLERKS. This 8 piece tour-de-force ska reggae collective started in 2000 and are heavily influenced by the ska and rocksteady of the late 1960s. This brilliant collaboration is full of sweet, hot Jamaican riddims, lush instrumentals that harken back to the Studio One backing bands who made all this music possible! Fans of DAVE HILLYARD & THE ROCKSTEADY 7 will LOVE this record. Includes a galloping ska vocal from the one and only KING DJANGO! These Dutch imports were hard to find for years, only available as a Kickstarter premium. We’ve also stocked “THE NIGHT I CAME HOME” album by The Clerks featuring the “Original South London Rude Boy” Arthur Kay, the unsung hero of 2-TONE.
East Coast we’re coming to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with you! ONE NIGHT ONLY – Saturday June 10th at the SONGBYRD MUSIC HOUSE in Washington DC! It’s the official release show for EASTERN STANDARD TIME’s new album “CLOCKWORK”, plus we have SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH performing throughout the night in a cabaret style review! THE FUSS and SCOTCH BONNETS kick off the night with Jump Up’s DJ Chuck Wren, who is making the trip and bringing a SKA Vinyl Pop Up Shop! All advance ticket holders get entered in a drawing to win SUPERNOVA SKA FESTIVAL 3 Day passes too! Plenty of Supernova & Jump Up swag to be given away! DO NOT MISS THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT! For more information and tickets: https://songbyrddc.com/event/jump-up-records-30th-anniversary/
Two of our favorite albums of the 2000’s are back in print on vinyl! First off is France’s legendary TWO TONE CLUB, their debut album was released in 2002 originally on BIG 8 RECORDS. Back in the day this was one of our best selling import CDs, so we’re incredibly pleased to have this back in the USA. Top notch mod scooter skinhead ska & reggae! Denmark’s BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS released their debut album “LOVERS CHOICE” on MAD BUTCHER in 2008, this soulful yet powerful ska album was so good that we put out their next one on Jump Up! The label found a couple boxes of vinyl after all these years, made a limited poster sleeve, and offered some to us. These will NOT last!!!
Portland’s top traditional ska/reggae/soul powerhouse released “Love A Woman” back in 2019 on random colored vinyl, and we finally have it back in stock due to popular demand! In recent years the band has traveled to Europe for Germany’s Freedom Sounds festival, and lead singer Jeremy Pena will be part of this year’s London International Ska Festival. The album features additional mix and overdubs by THE SLACKERS’ Agent Jay Nugent, and is produced by Curtis Irie and Jeremy Pena! Features a guest appearance by CHRIS MURRAY. Tracklisting: A1 Stop Playin’ With My Heart A2 Break The Ice A3 Dear Lord A4 Am I A Good Man? A5 Mr. Bad Luck A6 Flash Flood A7 Stay True
B1 Love A Woman B2 Money Man B3 Two Times (Featuring – Chris Murray) B4 Truth B5 Another Lie B6 Smile (Discomix) Continue reading Restocked! THE BANDULUS “Love A Woman” LP (random color vinyl)
Two amazing gems from the Netherlands! First up is the killer 2020 album from all-star band DUTCH SKA EXPRESS, with members of Mr. Review, Beat Busters and Mark Foggo’s Skasters. As you’d expect it’s manic fast paced modern 2-TONE with TIGHT grooves, great vocals, and a wall of HORNS. So darn catchy! Believe it or not there’s even a cover of GOTYE “Somebody That I Used To Know”!!! On the other side of the ska spectrum is the 2021 vinyl issue from HIGHER NOTES (members of RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES) who go way old skool on “DOUBLE SALUTE”. This 11-track album is a salute to the originators, creators, musicians, studios and producers of Jamaican Ska and Rocksteady as all of them had their own massive impact on the sounds which they created together in unity. Furthermore it’s equally a salute to the beautifully warm and carefully orchestrated sound of the 1950s, written by the likes of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, just to name two particular greats. Very limited heavyweight vinyl stock on Roots Unity Music.
We’re back with a new summer soundtrack for good times! Free with all orders, you don’t even need to ask – unless you need more than one to pass along to friends!! If you’re just looking for a download we got you covered too! Click HERE!
And remember that free poster we gave out at June’s Record Store Day? We MADE A PUZZLE of the J-ROOTS Jamaican Music Timeline!!! It’s 16″ x 20″ and 221 pieces – not only is this a fun challenge for any puzzle fan but it’s a GREAT educational tool. Want to teach your kids the rich history of the music you love? Sit down and do this puzzle with them – we guarantee all the musical pieces will start to connect! Add the puzzle to any LP order for only an additional $15 from the cart below.
We thought it would be fun to get some of these Grover Germany classics back in stock for the summer! RICO RODRIGUEZ sadly left us a few years ago, but his legacy of big trombone anthems lives on with “GET UP YOUR FOOT”, twelve amazing ska & reggae tracks released in 2000 with his top notch band! This was one of his last studio albums as he became quite busy as a part of JOOLS HOLLAND’s band! WINSTON FRANCIS is a soul ska/reggae legend, his voice is MAGIC. A STUDIO ONE veteran we had the pleasure of booking here in Chicago in 2014. That same year “MR FIX IT” released a new album backed by RUDE RICH & THE HIGHNOTES full of classics redone is true vintage style. Such a great set on clear vinyl:
A1 A Little More Oil in My Lamp A2 Dancing Mood A3 Love I Can Feel A4 Only A Smile A5 Your No Good A6 Love Me Forever A7 Breaking Up A8 Love And Affection B1 My Number One B2 My Jamaican Girl B3 Sukiyaki B4 On The Beach B5 Guilty B6 Turn Your Lamp Down Low B7 Never Love Again B8 Girl I Got a Date B9 A Little More Oil (Binghi Version)