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2017-lp-of-the-month7-singles-club-2017skagirlcdclub-2017                            The Perfect Gift For The SKA / REGGAE Fan Who LOVES New Music! We’ve run the original CD club for over fifteen years now! Hard To Find Limited Edition Releases Handpicked By JUMP UP Records!

It’s that time of the year again! It’s a great gift for that special someone! Or….since you worked really hard this year – treat yourself! Has your hectic lifestyle (family, job, school, etc) made keeping up with the global ska scene nearly impossible?

We at JUMP UP understand you need more “bang for your buck” this holiday season! WE HEAR YOU!  We search the globe for the best new ska releases all year for JUMPUPRECORDS.COM – plus we play them on our weekly radio show. [click to continue…]

leonapoleaonAnother new Christmas 7″ single for 2016! We are SO PROUD of this record!!  In the late 80’s there were a handful of bands across the world that kept the ska flame alive, one of our favorites was NAPOLEON SOLO from Denmark. An amazing soul/ska band, keeping the 2-TONE flame with modernist vibe, their first mini-LP “HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD” on UNICORN is still a stone cold classic to this day! They’ve been at it for over 30 years, but haven’t released a new record since the early 90’s.  LEO & THE LINE UP are also from Denmark – they’ve become one of the hottest ska bands in Europe with releases on PORK PIE, GROVER, and of course JUMP UP. An amazing soul ska band with three amazing female back up singers – it just made sense to unite the two on this Christmas vinyl single! DANISH DYNAMITE BABY!  LEO & THE LINEUP penned a new holiday classic “CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU” while NAPOLEON SOLO covers the classic “MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY”.  Limited edition of 500, available on RED and GREEN vinyl.

drringding7inchNew Christmas 7″ singles for 2017! This is the third year in a row we’ve released new holiday ska & reggae vinyl nuggets!  DR RING DING’s “Christmas Again” is taken from his “ONCE A YEAR” album, the b-side is an exclusive German version of the song! Available in RED, GREEN, and WHITE vinyl. Limited to 500 copies, but we’ve only got 100 copies left for mail order!

dr-ringding-onceayearLast year our good pal DR RING DING released his very first holiday album, we had a small handful of CDs available for our SKA CD CLUB members. Everyone was asking about vinyl, and this year PORK PIE RECORDS in Germany has made everyone’s Christmas wishes come true!  Heavyweight vinyl pressing, with our JUMP UP bonus 7″ tossed in as well!

Tracklisting:  01. Once a Year  02. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas  03. Dumpa Ska (Instrumental)  04. Petit Papa Noël  05. Ruba Dub Santa  06. Lulajze Jezuniu  07. Twelve Elves (Instrumental)  08. All I Wanna Do (On Christmas Day)  09. I Believe  10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus  11. Les anges dans nos campagnes (Instrumental)  12. The Christmas Song    Bonus Jump Up 7″   Christmas Again / Viele Bunte Packchen

 

christmaskaMerry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at JUMP UP RECORDS! Last year we re-released the legendary CHRISTMA-SKA album on vinyl for the first time ever, and it was a huge hit with the entire pressing selling out in less than 3 weeks! Good news – we’ve re-pressed it again this year with new label art and two new color variations: WHITE and MARBLED GREEN. You’re asking yourself…wait… why didn’t I have this MOON SKA NYC CD in my collection back in the day? Well here’s why….this amazing holiday collection was licensed from MOON SKA to a Japanese company in 1997 – unless you were forking up the big bucks for an import copy it probably wasn’t on your radar. To top it off, the Japanese label ceased operations soon after and this CD became a true rarity!

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brooklnspreadThe wait is over! JUMP UP is proud to release the follow-up studio album from one of today’s best ska-jazz-reggae acts – the BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS. Anyone familiar with the American Reggae and Ska scene has already heard the work of the musicians in the BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS. The group’s core line-up consists of New York City Reggae and Ska veterans, Jamaican percussion legend LARRY McDONALD (Carlos Malcolm, Toots & The Maytals, Count Ossie), guitarist ANDY BASFORD (Monty Alexander, Lee Perry, Gil Scot Heron), EDDIE OCAMPO, BIG DAN JESSELSOHN, BUFORD O’SULLIVAN, GIDDEON BLUMEBTHAL, MATT KURSMARK, MIKE SARASON,  as well as Anant Pradhan and Luke Penella, two emerging musicians on the NY Jazz scene. The group was created by Westbound Train trumpeter and Void Union co-founder RICH GRAIKO in 2011 as a way to pay homage to 1960’s era Jamaican and American instrumental music. The band will be part of the first every SKA & ROCK STEADY FESTIVAL in Jamaican over Thanksgiving weekend.  [click to continue…]

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How exciting! Not only is THE SELECTER touring the USA this fall, but we have a very small amount of their amazing debut album “TOO MUCH PRESSURE” on marbled white vinyl LP. A fantastic collectible that deserves to be in everyone’s collection! We’ve also got some grey marble copies left of THE SPECIALS “Live At The Lyceum 1979” LP, this is the greatest concert ever recorded and even includes a super-rare version of MADNESS!!! That’s right, THE SPECIALS covered PRINCE BUSTER’S “MADNESS” as well as MADNESS!  DANCECRAZYCASS

Our partnership with the SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust continues with DANCE CRAZY! A 20 track all LIVE tribute album covering the greatest SKA soundtrack of all time – DANCE CRAZE – was was released by 2-TONE thirty-five years ago! JUMP UP is proud to go 100% retro here and release this wonderful compilation on glorious magnetic cassette tape! Over an hour long, comes with a download code and “letterpress” print by Starshaped Press Chicago – this fun collectible is limited to 200 copies, and it goes to a great cause!  [click to continue…]

109080_02_800 109079_02_360This is exciting news! For those of you who had to dig deep in the late 80’s to find any new ska, Japan’s SKA FLAMES were a bit of a holy grail band! Thank goodness GAZ’S ROCKIN’ RECORDS UK (curated lovingly by GAZ MAYALL of THE TROJANS) released their first album “SKA FEVER” in 1989 otherwise the world might not have been hip to Japan’s traditional ska-jazz pioneers. These cats were basically The Skatalites of Japan, it’s that simple! They are back with 4 new songs over 2 limited edition Japanese import 7″ singles, and JUMP UP exclusively has these for the USA.!! Limited press from the band’s very own SUNSHOT label!!   EL CAMINO b/w AMAMI WALTZ 7″   HOPPIN STEPPIN’ b/w SUNDAY 7″

 

meowbluemeowredIf you haven’t picked up a MEOW MEOWS record yet….what on earth are you waiting for?? This English band has been a touring monster, their high energy 2-TONE ska brings to mind the DANCE HALL CRASHERS and THE SPECIALS!!  Comparisons to THE SKINTS and HOLLIE COOK also are immediate – guess it’s that British accented sultry female wordplay?  We fell in love with their first album “SOMEHOW WE MET” – of course immediately putting it to wax! A year or so later we released the limited “Friends on Benefits” 7″ EP …but we are so proud to say that thie brilliant new album is HERE on vinyl!  We found this amazing write up from Brightonpost.com – we couldn’t descrive the album any better – so here it is!! [click to continue…]

hotknivesIt’s so exciting to see these late 80’s / early 90’s European revival albums originally released on UNICORN and SKANK RECORDS back on wax from our friends at MAD BUTCHER in Germany. To put it simply, labels like UNICORN, SKANK, SKA, and PORK PIE 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!!

Prior to THE HOTKNIVES debut studio album – SKANK records releases an amazing LIVE double LP capturing the band at it’s prime!! A two LP set full of tunes that would become popular worldwide, including covers of “LIQUIDATOR”, “DOUBLE BARRELL”, and “AL CAPONE”. Tracklisting: A1 Cryin’ A2 Alcoholic Nightmare A3 Don’t Go Away A4 Dick Barton A5 Turkey Stomp A6 Doing Alright B1 Skin Up Harry B2 Believe It B3 Driving Me Mad B4 She’s A Lady B5 Liquidator B6 Holsten Boys C1 Rio C2 W. L. N. C3 Jack The Ripper D1 Dust Of Death D2 Double Barrel D3 Al Capone