Washington DC’s Loving Paupers have been taking the world by storm with a broken hearted reggae vibe that appeals to lovers rock and roots fans alike. The Loving Paupers recorded their debut EP in 2016, working alongside Grammy Award winning Brazilian producer Victor Rice, and since have received rave reviews for performances at various festivals and their 2019 debut album “LINES” – ten melancholic songs that touch upon heartbreak and emotional dissidence, moody melodies enhanced once again by Victor Rice’s loving touch. It’s an album heavily influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies, The Supremes, to the late Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and Dennis Brown. Featuring powerhouse lead vocalist Kelly Di Filippo, whose emotive style brings immediate comparisons to Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Jane Birkin, Kate Bush and even Joni Mitchell, in modern reggae circles the band is likened to recent output by Hollie Cook, The Frightnrs, and The Skints. Victor Rice dubbed the entire 10 songs from “LINES” which we first unleashed on our official Cassette Store Day release back in October. Of course vinyl fans wanted to hold a slab of wax in their hands and play these amazing dub versions on their platters! Limited edition of 250 copies on heavyweight black vinyl. We also did a limited run of 100 CDs that feature the vocal ans dubs! Happy Black Friday!
BRAND NEW 2022! One of the UK’s leading ska & reggae exponents THE BAKESYS return with their third album release titled SENTENCES I’D LIKE TO HEAR THE END OF. Having kicked out a storming 2 tone meets power pop sound with album number one & ploughed a darker anti-establishment reggae vibe with album number two, for their third long player THE BAKESYS decided to head back to the 1960’s for inspiration. “SENTENCES…” takes the sweaty heave-hoe chugging rhythm of authentic 60’s Jamaican ska & fuses it with 80’s & 90’s drum loops & an avalanche of brass, synth, drum & vocal samples to deliver a unique & highly contagious sound. It’s a mix of 2-TONE, roots reggae, trip-hop, sample-based electronica and modern UK bass culture. One you listen you’ll be instantly hooked – and we are quite sure there’s nothing in your LP collection that sounds quite like this! Lyrically the album digs deep into the 1960’s and covers events & characters that helped to define the decade. There are tales of Christine Keeler, Fidel Castro, Bobby Kennedy & Cassius Clay, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Yuri Gagarin. And tales of the Berlin Wall & the global fear of nuclear war! Limited edition of 350, including a very limited batch of white vinyl copies with silver “space suit” foil labels. Check out the great review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! NOTE: This will be sent to our LP subscription club members!
BRAND NEW 2022! If you’re looking for the quintessential Orange County ska-punk sound, look no further than THE STEP DAUGHTERS! A catch mix of 90’s Hellcat style punky street ska, equal parts British 2-Tone and American punk. Formed in early 2019 by scene veterans Eric Vedder (bass) and Jeremy Sandoval (guitar) alongside frontwoman Erin Smith-Norrick, Timothy Calacsan (keys), Kevin Erney (drums), and Colin Darby (sax). Don’t let their short time on the scene fool you, this group is comprised of all experienced musicians and have been linked to a handful of other great local acts at one time or another! Their track “F’in with my Head” held a spot in the “Ska Parade Top 5” for over 8 consecutive weeks and has been featured on Ricky Menace’s “Taxi TV.” Other fan favorites like their cover of “Fat Randy” and the original “Over It” have been featured on compilations like “Puro Desmadre” (Voodoo Glowskulls Tribute) and on SMELVIS RECORDS “SKALLOWEEN 2020”! Soon the band caught the ear of SKA PUNK DAILY and were featured on the groundbreaking California ska-punk collection “TOO HECTIC” in the summer of 2021. Tragically soon after the release of “TOO HECTIC” co-founder ERIC VEDDER passed away and the band spent the next few months picking up the pieces and rebuilding. JUMP UP is proud to be a part of this chapter in the STEP DAUGHTERS story releasing their debut 9 track album album as a tribute to ERIC VEDDER, and we are happy to say the band is active one again! Available on red or white vinyl, compact disc and cassette tape! Free Step Daughters stickers included in all orders! This will be part of our 2022 subscription clubs!
SPICY ROOTS was founded in 1994 and are one of the most famous traditional ska bands still active in Germany. In their initial year the band shared the stage with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, plus nationwide tours with numerous international ska acts. In 1997 the band recorded the first EP “Export” , which was released under the SOS Records label. In 2001 their debut album was released by Grover Records, touring all over Germany and Europe. After releasing their second studio album “Get Ready”, Spicy Roots toured across Japan in 2008. In 2010 “Just In Time” was released and the band played Moscow and at numerous festivals, such as The Irish International Ska & Reggae Festival and the Mighty Sounds Festival in the Czech Republic. After a long absence the band triumphantly returned with “PENNY BLACK” in 2019, delivering their catchy European revival sounds to fans worldwide once again! We’re so happy to be able to make these great albums available in the USA again at a budget price!
Dutch stars RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES have been putting the soul in ska for decades, and we’re proud to have these two vinyl represses in stock once again! “SOUL STOP” from 2004 now on 180g black vinyl in a fold around sleeve, features 19 tracks including killer old school covers like “Prince Of Peace” (Prince Buster), “High School Dance” (Freddy McKay), “Hot Milk” (A Tribute To Jackie Mittoo), “Money Worries” (Ernest Wilson), “I Won’t Let You Go” (The Blues Busters), “Old Times” (The Heptones), “Ska Beat” (Alton Ellis), “Come Down ’68” (Lord Creator) – and of course amazing originals too! RUDE RICH and crew’s latest from 2016 “THE SOUL IN SKA” took that Motown sound and created incredible ska & reggae versions: “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”, “Back Stabbers”, “Love And Happiness” – but they also kicked out Jamaican classics like “Turn Your Lamp Down Low”, “Evening News” and so much more! This repress is on WHITE vinyl too! Last copies of “TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS” are now in stock too!
Happy to get these back in stock! Over the past 3 years we have reissued four modern-era LPs from ska’s originators THE SKATALITES, and fans have been asking us to get these solo albums from DOREEN SHAFFER back in stock! ADORABLE was released in 1997 and sees her backed by DR RING DING and the SENIOR ALL STARS – limited edition RED vinyl in fold over sleeve. 2009’s “Groovin” was backed by Belgium’s MOON INVADERS. Not to be outdone is LAUREL AITKEN’S “Story So Far” LP – his biggest hits from the 60s re-recorded for modern times, originally released in 1995 and now repressed on BLUE vinyl. Stock is VERY limited on these!
Tracklisting: Roll Jordan Roll / Little Sheila / Boogie In My Bones / Bartender / It’s Too Late / Zion City / Sugar Sugar / Bad Minded Woman / Rudi Got Married / Sally Brown
Mad About You / Sahara / Boogie With The Bartender
We’ve been working on this release for a VERY long time, but as you could tell from the tracks we leaked on our free CD samplers – it’s well worth the wait! Five amazing ska & reggae gems backed by NYC’s finest THE SLACKERS – DANI returns to full stride after leading the SOUL RADICS around the world for years. Such a natural collaboration, produced by DAVE HILLYARD and features all members of the band plus Buford O’Sullivan (The Scofflaws / Easy Star All Stars / Skatalites) on trombone, Mike Sarason (Far East) on keys and LARRY McDONALD on percussion. Recorded in Brooklyn NY and Pum Pum Studios in Belgium with Nico Leonard. Pressed in Italy on blue (SOLD OUT), red (SOLD OUT), and classic black vinyl (less than a box remain). Available in the EU though our partnership with Grover Records.
RUDE GIRL REVUE made their debut live performance at Supernova Ska Festival 2021, and this all-female all star band stole the weekend!! The project was almost a year in the making with band members sharing ideas and songs to perform remotely, only getting together a couple days before the fest to rehearse. If you were there you know they nailed it! The main movers and shakers of the band also got into the studio to record two amazing originals at Jon Quan’s studio in Virginia Beach, featuring vocals and instrumentation from Jade Tremba & Kristen Forbes (aka Lady Hatchet) from SCOTCH BONNETS and Jenny Whiskey from HUB CITY STOMPERS and RUDE BOY GEORGE. Pressed on orange vinyl in fold over full color sleeve, one time pressing of 500 copies.
We’ve restocked 90s classic from one of our favorite bands of ALL time! At last their 1996 masterpiece “HOME” sees a vinyl re-issue, it was their first album as a four piece and includes modern ska classics such as “So Blind”, “Always Tomorrow”, “Driving Me Mad” any many more! Very ltd. edition of 200 copies on yellow vinyl. We’ve also restocked their 1999 studio album “SCREAMS DREAMS & CUSTARD CLEANS”, the last album with Mick Clare on lead vocals. Very limited blue vinyl!
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. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading Restocked: LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!