UP is the realization of a year-long dream; launching a label
imprint specializing in Jamaican music. With focus on that of original
ska/rocksteady and reggae, as well as modernized versions of the genres,
TIGHTEN UP sets out to play a role of both historic
and contemporary outlet.
In perfect allignment with SCREAMING RECORDS each TIGHTEN
UP release will come in limited and hand numbered vinyl editions.
Our primary mission is to keep a steady flow of 7" single releases,
in a regular series format, but our vision is to branch out and include
the full length format.
In order to translate the genres' aesthetics into artwork we have been
very keen on involving an artist fully capable of looking both back
through the annals of history as well as forward. Give respectable nods
to where it all started while having a thorough understanding of where
the genre is today. Therefore we are beyond ecstatic announcing that
the artist Horace Panter, also of The Specials fame, has designed the
artwork for the vinyl label which also constitutes our actual logo design.
Iconography is a unifying theme in Horace Panter’s artwork and
all his paintings pay homage to the traditional forms of ‘iconographic
writing’ but with a contemporary twist. And what better way to
visually explain what we’re trying to achieve than with a pair
of unlaced boots!