The Red Stripes are Hong Kong’s premier Ska/ Mod band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia. Their brand of party Ska with flavours of the 2 Tone era features a full 11- piece band and hail originally from the UK, Canada and Australia. Over the past three years they have played festivals and shows around Asia including ‘Modswing’ Singapore, Semarang Ska Festival (with Mr. Symarip), Taiwan Festival of Ska and 2 Tone, Taipei, ‘Jam the UK’, Tokyo and the massive Kuala Lumpur Ska Festival. In August 2017 they played as the backing band for Original Rudeboy of The Specials Neville Staple at the Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival. In 2014 they played at the hugely popular Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong with the son of the legend Prince Buster, Sultan Ali, playing a full set of his father’s classics to thousands. Continue reading THE RED STRIPES “In The Ska East” red vinyl LP / CD – Fantastic 2-TONE from Hong Kong!
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since we released the second album from Indiana’s funky soul reggae ska masters, now they are a name known around the world! We were lucky enough to get one last small “dirty repress” from the original stampers (so don’t be picky if there’s a little crackle love!), so act fast once these are gone they are GONE. Only 50 guys!
Though themes are of heartbreak, disappointment, and social worries, the end all be all is “don’t stop, keep moving.” From the Muddy Banks of the Wabash River comes the Soul Sonic, Blues Drenched, Sounds of Reggae and Ska that is the GRR. Their debut “HOOSIER HOMEGROWN” instantly had the ska scene taking notice. Could this band really have only formed in 2006? Hard workin and constantly touring, GRR quickly built up a solid fan base by playing shows big and small all across the USA, including stints with THE SLACKERS, MOON INVADERS, and AGGROLITES. On this self titled second album, producer DAVE HILLAYRD enhances these powerful influences: Trojan Records, Studio one, Motown, Stax, NYC Ska, Toots & the Maytals, The Wailers, The Skatalites, Lee Perry/The Upsetters, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Johnny Cash, James brown, Otis Redding & more. Its Motown & Kingston. Soul & Reggae. The result is brilliant, 14 amazing tunes that capture the high-energy that GRR have had at their shows since day #1. Green wax housed in a two sided full color (well, at least green!) poster sleeve!
Two great THE TOASTERS albums reissued back on vinyl! Both NY FEVER and “D.L.T.B.D.Y.D.” were classic albums that originally came out in the 90’s on Moon Ska. Being the 90’s and all, vinyl on these albums were import only, so don’t miss your chance to get these limited re-presses! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” LP repressed! (JUMP084LP) + “DON’T LET THE BASTARDS…” LP vinyl
Chris Murray is a unique figure on today’s music scene, a Canadian born singer-songwriter and guitarist who works primarily in ska & reggae music. As leader of Toronto-based rock-pop-ska powerhouse King Apparatus, Chris developed the reputation as a dynamic frontman and one of the genre’s finest songwriters. Over the group’s eight year tenure, King Apparatus released two-full length albums, shot eight videos and toured coast to coast non-stop, sharing stages with virtually every top act including the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Skatalites. Upon the band’s breakup, Murray relocated to Los Angeles and emerged as a solo artist, releasing his debut solo album “4 Track Adventures of Venice Shoreline Chris” on legendary imprint Moon Ska NYC. Murray has pioneered a low-fi, intimate singer/songwriter approach to modern ska music. His co-writing and producing credits in various capacities appear on work from the Planet Smashers, the Slackers, Stubborn All-Stars and the Specials’ Neville Staple. Chris Murray tours non-stop, both solo as well as with the Chris Murray Combo, performing throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and South America. From jamming with The Specials in a basement club, to recording an album with The Slackers, and trading songs on an acoustic guitar with 72-year-old boogie-ska pioneer Laurel Aitken, life has led Chris Murray down a path to the very roots of ska and reggae music. The Chris Murray Combo’s first album “Why So Rude” was released way back in 2008 – we would have to say it was one of our faves of that time. Like his earlier solo records on Moon NYC and Asian Man, it was stripped down and raw, super authentic traditional 60s ska just within honrs. “BUCKLE UP” picks up where “WHY SO RUDE” left off…with the usual top-shelf songwriting backed by a simple and organic drum/bass/acoustic guitar reggae & ska vibe. Songs like “Anchor” and “Forget Your Love” are perfect summer jams while tracks such as “Little Bit Of Love” and “Ain’t No Joke Bein’ Broke” will have you looking for some room in your house to dance! We’ve loved CHRIS MURRAY’S music since the late 80s (side note KING APPARATUS crashed in my college apartment in 1991), we are SO PROUD to be the first to get some full-length vinyl out for him! Exclusive summery color vinyl too – red and orange – while they last!
Five years in the making….recorded in Chicago on three separate occasions, our split release with Happy As A Lark is finally a reality! In 2013, Derrick Morgan performed in Chicago for a Jamaican Oldies showcase at Mayne Stage. We asked Derrick if he was interested in recording a song while he was in town – and to our delight he said YES! Anthony from The Drastics had a country-reggae-ska themed project in the works under the alter-ego TECTONICS, he produced a version of the 1950’s Webb Pierce classic “There Stands The Glass” and suggested that Derrick Morgan would be a perfect fit. When we played the backing track to Derrick over a cellphone, he immediately knew the tune (of course!) and got excited to be part of this wonderful project. A year later we brought in Dennis Alcapone to Chicago for a Jamaican Oldies showcase – we thought to ourselves…let’s recreate those old 45s and have Dennis chat over the song that Derrick recorded a year earlier! A true DJ version on the flip! The project got shelved for a few years… but in 2018 Charlie Organaire went into the studio to play harmonica on the tune. It was finally complete! A very limited initial pressing is now available from Jump Up and Happy As Lark – we each have an exclusive color. Our copies are a golden yellow and it’s limited to 100 copies.
Not to be outdone is a new DJ promo limited edition 7″ single from lovers rock pioneer Susan Cadogan! Last year we released the extended vinyl version of her latest project produced by Mitch Giro. This new 7″ single featured two brand new tracks produced by Mitch – a gentle ska groover called “I Don’t Want Anybody But You” b/w a cool rock steady ae jewel called “The Girl Who Cried Over You”. Limited to 100 hand-stamped copies!
SuperNova Ska Festival is America’s premier SKA festival. Period. Of course the 20 year anniversary of ska’s “third wave” peak was going to bring out all the bandwagon jumpers and nostalgia vultures at the same time. As much as it’s fascinating to see popular culture embrace ska once again, with beach festivals and “20th anniversary vinyl reissues”, the fact of the matter is this – where were all of these “fans” the past 20 years? We at Jump Up simply can’t get behind a festival that doesn’t really support the DIY ethic that made ska great in the America. Nostalgia is cool, but it doesn’t keep the music alive and bring new fans to the music. SuperNova Ska Festival is a GREAT festival because it supports modern bands first and foremost, and couples these bands with top talent from back in the day. It is a truly diverse lineup – big band, third-wave, roots reggae, 2-Tone, acoustic, skinhead, it’s all there. It features exciting reunions too with STUBBORN ALL STARS & the debut East Coast performance from WESTERN STANDARD TIME SKA ORCHESTRA. JUMP UP is fully represented by RODDY RADIATION, SCOTCH BONNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, THE CROMBIES, DANY REBEL, CHRIS MURRAY COMBO, DR RING DING, EASTERN STANDARD TIME…and of course THE TOASTERS! We’re even throwing a pre-party screening of DANCE CRAZE on Friday night with cinematographer Joe Dunton on hand for a Q&A. DJ Chuck Wren and Darren Reggae will be spinning 80s ska 45s too! Plan that roadtrip, book your flight, all roads lead to Fredericksburg Virginia this Memorial Day weekend! Get your tickets NOW at: 2018supernova.eventbrite.com
******BIG UPDATE*****Our pressing plant had some leftovers sitting down at the plant all this time! Random color vinyl on these last few copies, less that 75 left and they look pretty darn good! This is your LAST CHANCE to get this amazing album on vinyl!!! Jamaican ska originators’ Grammy nominated 1994 album will be available for the first time on vinyl – an official selection for Record Store Day 2018! Recorded 30 years after the breakup of the original Skatalites, “Hi-Bop Ska” finds the band’s blend of R&B, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music continuing to sound healthy and exuberant. Throughout the 1990s, the band’s studio/live ranks ranged from newcomers to survivors of the band’s classic 1960s lineup, including saxmen Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, and vocalist Doreen Shaffer. The Skatalites are joined here by several prominent guests including fellow Jamaican legends Toots Hibbert (of Toots & the Maytals) and Prince Buster; jazz improvisers Lester Bowie on trumpet, saxman David Murray, trombonist Steve Turre, and Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. The jazzers get plenty of room to shine on this mostly instrumental album, from Alexander’s “Renewal” and Murray’s “Flowers for Albert” to remakes of iconic 60’s ska anthems “Man in the Street”, “Guns of Navarone”, “You’re Wondering Now”, and “Ska Ska Ska”. “Hi Bop Ska” harkens back to the heyday of Jamaican independence, when the freedom sounds of ska ruled the dancehalls. These dozen songs are an essential journey for fans who discovered ska from it’s Third Wave (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Toasters, Mephiskapheles) and Second Wave (The Specials, Madness, English Beat), but is also a wonderful addition to the band’s short lived 1960’s output on Studio 1 and Island Records. We at JUMP UP are SO PROUD to finally give this album a breath of new life in 2018 – to an entire new music buying generation that are preferring to discover classics like this on vinyl.
Two amazing import reissues, available in limited quantities. For Record Store Day 2018 Jamaica On Vinyl issues the original soundtrack from the 1964 BBC documentary THIS IS SKA, limited to 200 copies on yellow vinyl. Hear the originators of THE SKA backed by Jamaica’s #1 band Byron Lee & The Dragonaires. Includes Toots & The Maytals, Prince Buster, Eric Morris, Stranger Cole, Jimmy Cliff and more. Also in stock is Colonell Elliott & The Lunatics “Insterstellar Reggae Drive” LP – a “Moog-Style” reggae masterpiece, classic Trojan reggae riddims with re-imagined Star Wars / Switched-On-Bach keyboards on top. It’s part space aged bachelor pad music, and part vintage skinhead reggae. Originally released in 1974, and the version of TELSTAR is bonkers! Both of these LPs are limited color editions so act now!
Hopefully, we will get SMILE ORANGE OST back in stock soon. Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo (Carl Bradshaw) a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Caribbean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry. The film was directed by Trevor D. Rhone, who also wrote the play on which it is based, and was produced by Edward Knight. The movie stars Bradshaw, Glenn Morrison, and Stanley Irons. Tunes range from smooth reggae, party calypso and deep island funk, and is must for fans of HARDER THEY COME, COUNTRYMAN, and ROCKERS.
At last year’s Ska Brewing anniversary party in Durango CO – Ska Brewing and Jump Up sat down and decided to unleash an all-vinyl collection for Record Store Day 2018! It was a nail-biter, but in the end we squeaked a quick 15o copies out to supply release shows in Colorado and Chicago – more will be on the way soon! We realize that some vinyl fans can’t wait, so a small amount are now available via our website! Seventeen bands with all kinds of ska styles represented. Forthcoming tracks from JUMP UP albums appear from THE FUSS, BOSS RIOT, BIG SKA BAND, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – plus CHRIS MURRAY (with CapsLock), BOOMTOWN UNITED, BREACHERS, BANDULUS, MONTY NEYSMITH & THE BISHOPS, DENDRITES, BLUE HORNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, BOWCAT, BUSTER’S GHOST, THE CROMBIES, 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS and THE TOASTERS!
After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by fans worldwide. Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading Mad Butcher Germany releases THE SPECIALS’ early 2000 TROJAN albums on vinyl!