Continuing the UNICORN reissue restocks – we restocked 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 and launched the career of a band that would last decades, but who would change stylistically. The debut is simply the best for SKA fans! “Someone Says” is a true 2-TONE sing along classic – one that we played on our earliest radio shows back when it came out! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER reissues late 80’s European Revival classics! THE RIFFS “Who Wants It” LP + THE BRACES “Prime Cut” & “Blue Flame” LP
The 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. Continue reading BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS “The Move” CD / LP / Tape – The finest mix of Jamaican Ska & Reggae and 60’s American Jazz
If 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!! Continue reading MEOW MEOWS “Go Boom” LP vinyl / Import CD – A must for fans of THE SKINTS, THE SPECIALS, DANCE HALL CRASHERS and HOLLIE COOK!
It’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
We’re restocking the latest album from one of our favorite new international bands – THE MIGHT FISHERS from HUNGARY! An amazing seven piece that play traditional ska, rocksteady, early reggae and lovers’ rock – lead by the sultry female vocals of Anna “CeAnne” Szelinger, who is also a member of the Pannonia All Stars Ska Orchestra. We love her music so much that we will be releasing her solo acoustic ukulele ska/reggae album this Christmas on cassette tape! Follow CeAnne on Instagram and hear some of these beautiful acoustic tunes! Their first ’High Four’ EP was released in September, 2011 and brought the attention to MAD BUTCHER Records in Germany who released one of their songs is on “Skannibal Party Vol. 11”. They have toured all over Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Croatia) and have played on the famous Sziget Festival (HU), Skaville Festival (HR), This is Ska (see VIDEO here) (DE), and Rototom Sunsplash . “Soul Garden” is their debut full length, released as a collaboration between Mad Butcher (Germany) and Casual Records (France), 13 tracks that are a perfect summer soundtrack! Light and airy ska sounds on “Every Night & Every Day” , funky uptempo reggae on “Magical Sound”, laid back vocal harmony rock steady jams “Skin That Fish”, “Give Me Some”, and “Dancing Mood”, heavy organ early reggae scorchers on “Working”, “Hard Life”….man, I could go on forever! Just get this record! Check out this sweaty live concert from earlier this year!
One again we are proud to stock the latest releases on French label CASUAL RECORDS! Last year we stocked the 2012 10″ vinyl release from the GROOVIN’ JAILERS who hail from the north of France. A truly fantastic live band, they tour non-stop and have played with the likes of BRANLARIANS, RED SOUL COMMUNITY, and 65 MINES STREET, and their sound is a cool and retro mix of original Jamaican ska, funky 70s reggae, and vintage soul styles. Think DAPTONE meets STUDIO ONE, with French Ye-Ye influences here and there. And the artwork is super fun!
The title track sets the stage for the album, it’s a tough funky reggae soul workout, with powerful shout-style vocals and heavy keys. Tracks range from THE AGGROLITES inspired soulful dirty reggae in “HOLD ON”, “MORE LOVE”, “COUNTRY BOY”, “PICK ME”, “NO ONE BUT YOU”, “BB YOU CAN GO”, uptempo organ grinders “REGGAE RUSH”, “CALL PHONE”, and “EASY SHOT”, and the beautiful mellow grooves of “WANT TO DREAM” and lazy ska of “WORK SOLDIER”. A must have album for fans of that modern funky skinhead reggae sound! GET THIS! Pressed on heavyweight vinyl, we’re sure this will be your new favorite for 2016!
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! Continue reading THE CROMBIES “Dance Crazee” LP vinyl / Cassette Tape
NST & THE SOUL SAUCE 7″ single is OUT NOW, a co-production of JUMP UP RECORDS and EASTERN STANDARD SOUNDS from Seoul South Korea!! These amazing roots reggae nuggets can finally spin on your turntable!! A tribute to the late great Rico Rodriguez, this amazing roots reggae band just played the Fuji Festival in Japan! Limited edition vinyl with gorgeous artwork from Chema Skandal. A must for fans of that 70’s groundation reggae style definitely with a Count Ossi rasta vibe. Trust us, this is as incredible as it looks!
JUMP UP is leading the way in the ska/reggae world when it comes to cassette tapes! Being a kid in the 80’s, we grew up with them and are so happy to see them come back strong! We participated in CASSETTE STORE DAY 2015 with our PRESSURE DRIP compilation, and since then we released the debut album by THE CROMBIES on the glorious magnetic format! Now we are ready to add three more to the discography! Get all three tapes for only $15 postage paid by clicking HERE. Continue reading CASSETTES!! BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS “The Move” – DANNY REBEL “Boombox Sessions” – LOS VICIOS DE PAPA “Live At Cumbiasazo!”