We’re having a BLAST tracking down collectible SKA cassette tapes from all across the world! This time we hooked up once again with JIMMY JAZZ in Poland, do you remember their old label “Rock N’ Roller” back in the 90’s and early 2000’s? Three amazing classics to rock on your boombox once again!! [click to continue…]
If you aren’t familiar with Dave’s saxophone playing history, maybe you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades? He has been a gigging/touring musician since his teenage years, playing with HEPCAT, RANCID, STUBBORN ALL-STARS, Willie Williams, Stranger Cole, Glen Brown, Glen Adams, Archie Bell, and for the last 18 years, he has been the featured soloist with NYC’s legendary Ska band, THE SLACKERS. ROCKSTEADY 7, a fourteen year old all-star collective, is the band where Dave is able to showcase his unique style of Saxophone playing with extended Jazz improvisations over Reggae-Ska rhythms. As Dave explains, “I’m a freak stylistically. I’m a southern Californian raised kid who started out playing like Jamaican saxophonists, Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook. Then I moved to New York and got into classic American saxophone like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Illinois Jacquet. Then I went on the road and started to understand the blues. I got into Howling Wolf, Tbone Walker, and Sonny Boy Williamson.” [click to continue…]
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…]
We’ve had a shipment from Germany tied up in the postal system for 6 weeks, so of course as soon as Christmas is over….boom, the parcel starts to move again! Regardless, we’re glad to have it! We’ve been waiting for the new album from Dutch skinhead reggae masters THE UPSESSIONS, plus two limited colored vinyl represses of DOREEN SHAFFER “Adorable” and THE CAROLOREGIANS “Pum Pum Hotel”! All these vinyl editions come with a free CD too. Don’t worry LP of members we are getting a new shipment to everyone asap!
We are SO proud of our RUDE GUEST reissue series! During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE. [click to continue…]
Bet you didn’t know you’ve been a fan of Scottish Ska for years! When we got a copy of the massive 33 track “TREMBLING EARTH” compilation we were floored at how many bands we played on the radio show over the years – were Scottish! Includes early 90’s material from CAPONE & THE BULLETS, a rare ska classic from BIS, THE AMPHETAMEANIES, BOMBSKARE, URANG MATANG, BIG FAT PANDA, ESPERANZA, and many more. A great introduction to the Scottish scene, and this double disc is a fantastic deal! We’ve also stocked the latest full length album from long time 2-TONE champs – THE AMPHETAMEANIES “Last Chance Bordello”! If you remember their history, their early albums featured members who also played Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand! If you dig high octane 2-TONE ska sounds like the MEOW MEOWS, THE TALKS, and BUSTER SHUFFLE, you’ll want to get this in your collection!
Japan’s SKA FLAMES are back with their brand new full-length album “TURN UP” – and we’ve got the import vinyl exclusively for the USA! That’s right – it’s their first new album in 20+ years! 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! The limited edition 7″ sold out quick, and we’ve got a super limited amount of these Japanese pressed beauties so don’t delay ACT NOW! Songs range from scorching jazz-ska to mellow rock steady, with dashes of Latin grooves and even a couple tracks with vocals. [click to continue…]
We’ve got a small amount of this classic SKATALITES live two-LP set and 2014’s album from THE UPSESSIONS featuring LEE SCRATCH PERRY back in from Grover Records. Act Quick! [click to continue…]
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their 4xCD tribute to BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS, and our vinyl has JUST arrived! We think these 4 song 7″ vinyl EPs are absolutely brilliant!! One single is on a Jamaican ska tip, while the other has more of a 2-TONE 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each. FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!