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It’s import single time again and we have a nice and diverse collection today! First of is the debut 4 song 7″ EP from Germany’s T-KILLAS, co released by CASUAL (France) and GROVER (Germany). These guys play fantastic 2-TONE influenced ska in the vein of modern acts like PIETASTERS, INTERRUPTERS, LIPTONES, CROMBIES. It’s fast and furious and guaranteed to get your feet moving, a truly top notch debut. ROCKSTEADY SPORTING CLUB are back, our favorite darlings from the former French holding of Reunion Island (off of Africa) bring us another two tracks of uplifting traditional ska with sultry female lead vocals. “ISLAND IN THE SUN” and “SHEEPISH SHEEP” are both more uptempo than previous singles, the 2-TONE vive does remind of a bit of THE SELECTER. Nice! THE UPSESSIONS celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special 7″ EP + CD release on Grover – the vinyl features some hard to find cuts back on wax again: “I Can’t Believe You’re Gone”, “The Woman Is A Shark”, “Forget What Your Mother Said”, and “Lincoln County War” plus you get these and an additional 5 bonus tunes on the CD. Very limited!

It’s always a pleasure for us to introduce fans to new foreign bands, both on our weekly radio show and in our mailorder. This time we are featuring two bands playing top-shelf early reggae sounds from Poland and Indonesia! xROB BLACK released a 7″ single a few years ago that we carried in our mail order – and it simply blew us away! Wicked instrumental organ heavy early reggae sounds. These ten tracks sound like vintage UPSETTERS material, with a total Spaghetti Western vibe to it. THE UPSESSIONS are another good reference point, both those bands are on the same vive. This limited edition vinyl LP was extremely hard for us to get, one shot deal don’t delay! (we do have these set aside for our club members!).  D’JENKS self titled CD is more of the punk variety of skinhead reggae, most definitely influenced by THE AGGROLITES. Powerful lyrics and a manic reggae pace, these guys are really a sight to see – also pick up the SOUNDCLASH INDONESIA cassette tape if you want more of D’JENKS!

Liquidator Music releases 16 new pearls from the Jamaican Jazz top band from Barcelona. One of the band’s highlights for this release is the incorporation of the afroamerican singer Saphie Wells. ‘Out of the blue’ in the 5th. studio album by The Oldians, 16 new tracks seamlessly blending the Jamaican tradition with American jazz sounds. Lead by guitar player, writer and producer Javier ‘Sir J’ García, this prolific septet excels both in instrumental tracks (‘Red Hot’, ‘Haze-Piration’ and ‘Out Of The Blue’ lounge ska alla Oldians; as well as ‘Groovin Lazy’ inna 70’s reggae funky or ‘Cotton Clouds’, a rocksteady driven by the guitar and electric piano conversation), as well as vocal featuring the great singer Saphie Wells at the lead. Her warm feeling takes the band’s compositions to a next level, in rocksteady a reggae sounds like ‘Love Me Before I Leave’, ‘All My World’, ‘Behind You’ or the only cover in the album ‘A Man And A Woman’. Saphie, knows how to deal with high-note bpms and the ska beats that The Oldians play, like the opening track ‘Living Upside Down’, the fantastic ‘Try And Fly’ or the song featured in the music video ‘Same Old Song’.  Very limited stock!

THE BAKESYS kept the UK SKA flame alive in the early 90’s releasing their debut cassette “Animated Violence” in 1994, full of fast paced 2 tone & 3rd wave ska with tasty helpings of power pop & reggae. This new 16 track CD reissue compiles their complete studio sessions from 1991-1995. If you missed them the first time around, you get a second chance to enjoy one of the pioneering bands of the British third-wave! Bet you didn’t know you’ve been a fan of Scottish Ska for years! [click to continue…]

JUMP UP is proud to keep 45rpm 7″ singles alive, with “portablism” (portable turntablism) and DJ culture on the rise we are releasing more vinyl singles than ever before! First up is brand new material from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH! We began working with MONTY back in 2014,  we teamed him up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha for a live concert at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The partnership blossomed into a 7″ single early in 2015, then MONTY worked with SOUL RADICS for a second 7″ single later that year. In 2016 he toured around the USA with THE BISHOPS and began recording tracks for an upcoming full length album. To kick things off right, we are releasing this new 7″ featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes from “SKINHEAD MOONSTOMP” re-done in vintage reggae style: “Skin Flint” is a classic mid-tempo instrumental organ grinder, “Fung Shu” is a funky skinhead reggae vocal cut with hilarious lyrics! Red or Blue vinyl available. Email us your choice otherwise we will send you a red one! [click to continue…]

You’ve been asking for 7″ sized cloth mats for portable turntables…and we listened! Three of our most popular designs are NOW ready for you! Hopefully you’re using these on good portable players like Vestax, Numark, or the holy grail of modern portables – the Japanese GP-3 made by Columbia!  As always, it’s only $5 more when added to any other order, $7 is shipped by itself. Email choice(s) to chuckw@jumpuprecords.com

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 back, limited to 500 copies. Artwork by Chema Skandal too! For a limited time, we will toss in a FREE 7″ single from fellow Korean band NST & THE SOUL SAUCE, who will be coming to the USA in June!   [click to continue…]

Organ extraordinaire ROGER RIVAS (of THE AGGROLITES) has hit the world by storm with his retro reggae sound! On “LAST GOODBYE” he brings you another musical batch of choice Rocksteady to get you swinging and swaying. This time showcasing his band from Los Angeles “The Brothers of Reggae” featuring guitar work from the great John Butcher and a guest vocal appearance from DEVON MORRISON of THE EXPANDERS. This one is for the true lovers of the music, essential for fans of JACKIE MITTOO, ERNEST RANGLIN, UPSETTERS, GLADSTONE ANDERSON, and ANSEL COLLINS. These tunes are perfect for the summer, slow and steady instrumentals with many soulful l ballads interspersed throughout the 11 tunes. You loved ROGER’S last album “AUTUMN BREEZE” so don’t miss “LAST GOODBYE”. So sit back and let the needle drop on this musical masterpiece from MR RIVAS.  Hand screened covers, website exclusive. Silver ink, red/orange colored vinyl. Limited edition of 50.

 

SUSAN CADOGAN is back with a new vintage reggae project produced by Mitch “King Kong” Girio of King Apparatus fame. The original “Take Me Back” EP was released in 2016 and featured 5 songs, ranging from lovers rock to ska, early reggae to roots. The EP immediately drew rave reviews worldwide, and SUSAN was soon doing BBC interviews just like the old days when she was Top of The Pops with “Hurts So Good”! We at JUMP UP immediately wanted to release it on vinyl and cassette, and asked Mitch Girio to kick out some new versions, dubs, and remixes to expand the project to 10 tracks. These 5 tracks range from spacey dub to Jamaican mento – a fantastic bonus! The EXPANDED version is now available on limited edition cassette tape (100 copies), with an LP version to be released in April. UK import CDs are now available from us too! Everyone should know SUSAN CADOGAN’s work, so please read the below bio…. [click to continue…]

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The reggae world suffered a big loss recently with the passing of singer Ronnie Davis, celebrate his life and the legacy of THE TENNORS with these two fantastic collections from Grover Records Germany:  “ANOTHER SCORCHER”  and the first volume “REGGAE GIRL” , both deluxe 180g vinyl LP+CD.  [click to continue…]