LA’s AGGROLITES champion soulful late 1960s reggae, so it’s no surprise that their organist, ROGER RIVAS, would be both a collector of those vintage sounds and be adept at seamlessly versioning some classic JA tracks. Back in the summer of 2009 Roger released a free download 5 track E.P titled ‘Organ Versions Volume 1’ which received a ton of positive feedback from fans worldwide, so in 2011 he decided to repeat this great deed and release Volume 2 with another 5 shots of classic boss reggae sounds. From day one fans demanded that these versions exist on wax – so we at JUMP UP are SO proud to bring you both “ORGAN VERSIONS” on colored vinyl. We have less than 50 copies available at the moment (our pressing plant is moving to a new location) so act fast to get in on this first limited summer batch! We have RED copies and antique olive/yellow mix. Get both get a deal!
If you don’t dance to THE CROMBIES, you don’t dance! Chicago’s 2-TONE champs have finally gone and done it – recorded their debut album for JUMP UP RECORDS! Formed in 2010 by ex-members of DEAL’S GONE BAD and LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS with a very simple idea – start out as a 2-TONE cover band playing the hits of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, BEAT, MADNESS, etc – the later create 2-TONE versions of songs that have that ska potential! Original DGB singer “Lord” Mike Park once again was on the case and recruited a top notch troop that included ex-DGB keyboard player Karl Gustafson, DGB guitarist Dave Simon, Vee Sonnets on lead guitar, Jason Berry on bass, and Matt Meuzelaar on drums. The band’s first 2-TONE’d studio cut was NINEY THE OBSERVER’s “BLOOD & FIRE” released on a limited edition 7″ single, with a new version of the classic DGB song “MAD AT THE WORLD” on the flip. It was an instant hit, the single got dancefloors moving all across the world! [click to continue…]
Korea’s authentic ska pioneers, KINGSTON RUDIESKA, bring a smile to faces and a shine to dancing shoes worldwide! The 9 piece wins fans wherever they go—be it festival stages, small punk clubs, national TV, the big screen or over the course of 4 full albums and several EPs. The band celebrated it’s 12th anniversary in 2016, collaborated with German ska legend Dr Ring Ding in 2014 which later resulted in their first vinyl recording on JUMP UP. Over the past autumn they worked on their latest album, “Everyday People”, under the guidance of veteran producer and engineer, Brian Dixon (former member of LA ska band The Aggrolites), which was officially released in Korea at the end of 2015. We at JUMP UP are proud to announce the colored vinyl LP edition is finally ready, limited to 500 copies. Artwork by Chema Skandal too! [click to continue…]
Dutch ska superstars RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES took a break for a bit, but they have returned stronger than ever with this new album that’s kinda self-explanatory – Jamaican classics meet 60s and 70s soul, played in vintage ska/reggae styles! LP comes with a FREE CD. Check the tracklisting below! In addition to this fantastic new album we have restocked the smoking hot LIVE album they did a few years ago backing DERRICK MORGAN – just to get you excited for his appearance at REGGAE FEST CHICAGO on Saturday, August 13th! [click to continue…]
Very limited RESTOCK on this long out of print amazing LIVE album from THE SKATALITES, recorded back in 2005 in Argentina. Sound quality is FANTASTIC, you get all their BIG hits on this two record set. Speaking of THE SKATALITES, if you haven’t picked up the collection with LAUREL AITKEN you are missing out on an amazing foundation ska piece – all tracks recorded in 1963. See below for detailed info. If you buy BOTH titles at the same time not only do you save $$ but we will toss in original Skatalites sax man LESTER STERLING’s most recent recording of “JAMAICA FAREWELL” with the BIG SKA BAND on colored vinyl 7″ single! [click to continue…]
It’s a dream come true – a major outdoor festival with a serious SKA focus. How on earth did this happen? Let’s just say good karma was bound to come our way after all the hard work the Jamaican Oldies team put forth over 2 years at the Mayne Stage. We got word about the fest just in the nick of time – permits were getting approved and budgets were being figured out. Kickstand Productions, who book local rock clubs Subterranean and Beat Kitchen, were put in charge of the gargantuan task of booking the fest. Much to our delight (and after a long stream-of-consciousness message / proposal) – JUMP UP was involved and was added as a talent consultant. About this time TOOTS’ lawsuit was finally settled and it was announced he was ready to perform again – and when he accepted our offer we knew this was gonna be BIG! [click to continue…]
Three back catalog classics we restocked just for you! DR RING DING’s “RAM DI DANCE” was a MOON SKA favorite in the USA back in the late 90s, enjoy it again on vinyl! SCRAPY is really good punk-ska from Germany in the vein of THE CLASH, SKOIDATS, or TIM TIMEBOMB. Think classic 70’s punk with a ska edge. Finally….looking for another great jazz ska band because you love The Skatalites – then you must pick up the ROTTERDAM SKA JAZZ FOUNDATION’s “Sunwalk” LP. All affordably priced to try something new!
It’s so exciting to see these late 80’s / early 90’s European revival albums originally released on UNICORN back on wax from our friends at MAD BUTCHER in Germany. To put it simply, UNICORN bridged the gap between the end of 2-TONE and the beginning of what became known as the “third wave”. Super melodic with catchy vocals and gentle horns, THE HOTKNIVES “THE WAY THINGS ARE” was truly a modern British ska classic. To this day, this album is still my stone cold favorite from the Unicorn catalog. Songs like “DAVE & MARY”, “OLD MAN AND HIS DOG” and “DON’T GO AWAY” are so perfectly English, strong lyrics that stay in your head forever. Exact replica from the 1990 issue – we can not recommend this enough for people who like 2-TONE ska!! To finish of the UNICORN reissue restocks we bring back the brilliant debut album from Italy’s finest 2-TONE influenced ska act CASINO ROYALE – “TEN GOLDEN GUNS” was released in 1989 to critical acclaim. Finally we once again stock THE RIFFS “WHO WANT’S IT”, whose bassist went on to join the Madness spin off band NUTTY BOYS. More classic English soulful 2-TONE pop that has never quite been replicated since. Originally released on SKANK in 1989.
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. If those those classic reissues wren’t enough – Mad Butcher has issued two of LAUREL’s NU BEAT UK classics from 1969 on 7″ single once again, relive the glory of “SUFFERING STILL b/w “REGGAE 69” with “SKINHEAD TRAIN” b/w “KENT PEOPLE” on the other. Incredible!!! [click to continue…]
THREE fantastic catalog restocks from the MOON INVADERS spin-off THE CAROLOREGIANS, from the mind of NICO LEONARD who also is part of the reggae supergroup REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD. THE CAROLOREGIANS focussed on funky skinhead reggae sounds, with influences from early boogaloo funk, blaxploitation soundtracks, and of course the scratchy reggae style made famous by skinhead loved acts the Upsetters, Dynamites, or Harry J Allstars. The soul influence is also clear, their lead singer originates from New Orleans and grew up with the soulful sounds of the Meters! A must for fans of The Aggrolites, Ratazanas, Green Room Rockers. We loved these guys so much we brought them over for a US tour a few years ago, which resulted in the MOON INVADERS vs CAROLOREGIANS Hot Blood Cold Weather CD/LP on JUMP UP. Unfortunately they disbanded a couple years ago (what about a reunion tour guys?) – but these three album are stone cold classics that deserve to be in every collection!