The latest imports from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain have arrived! First off is the brand new album from UK ska legends MAROON TOWN, who were formed in the mid 80’s and created a fantastic sonic cocktail of Jamaican ska, Latin/World rhythms, hip hop vocals and modern acid jazz funky/soul styles. Maroon Town’s classic early material was featured on over 45 compilations, including releases on top European revival imprints Staccato, Unicorn, and Skank. One of our all all time favorite albums from that time was “HIGH AND DRY”, songs like “NOSTALGIA” and “POUND TO THE DOLLAR” are stone cold hip hop ska classics! That energy and feel is back in full force on this brand new album “FREEDOM CALL” – a must have for old and new fans alike! Also just issued on vinyl for the first time is NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE’s 2002 classic “MINOR MOOD” – featuring new jazz ska classics and reinterpretations of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and even Paul Simon. Last but not least, we have a handful of the NORTH EAST SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA’s debut 7″ single featuring DAVE HILLYARD of The Slackers and FRED REITER of NYSJE. Great ska/swing from Italy!
We are so stoked to bring you two fantastic new albums from today’s top French bands! Those who have been ordering from Jump Up for years are very familiar with TWO TONE CLUB, their previous two albums co-released on Grover were constant fan favorites and one of our best import catalog titles over the years (both restocked see additional post). Their brand new album “DON’T LOOK BACK” is an incredible scorcher, tracks range from uptempo jazzy horn lead instrumental ska (think Tokyo Ska Paradise Orch), manic 2-TONE ala The Specials), scratchy guitar organ heavy skinhead reggae with DJ chat/shout vocals, loungey jazz lovers reggae, and even a vintage soul tune. Continue reading Vive Le France! TWO TONE CLUB “Don’t Look Back” LP & THE BERBISEYANS “Secret Avenger” LP
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!
Three 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! SMILE ORANGE OST LP is back in stock! 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.
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!
One silver lining of the vinyl reissue world is that overlooked albums get a second chance, we are experiencing this euphoria with Polish band ALIANS and their 2000 release “Rowne Prawa” – which is finally getting the double vinyl gatefold sleeve treatment from JIMMY JAZZ Records. We keep asking ourselves “How did we miss this the first time around?”. What a fantastic record – at times it channels the late 80’s European revival sounds of THE BUSTERS, MR REVIEW, and NO SPORTS. Our fave tunes are the very 2-TONE ones with tight horns – and that minor key gives it the slight flavor of a former Soviet block nation. Mixed in are slower dubby punky reggae tunes, an homage to PETER TOSH on “Equal Rights” and two fantastic covers of THE CLASH. A manic accordion permeates the band’s sound throught, giving the record a bit of a Spaghetti Western feel – and when they abandon the ska altogether it’s fast manic punk with shades of Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly or THE POGUES ala Straight To Hell soundtrack. Yes, we think that this record is THAT good. Gatefold sleeve double vinyl import, sung in both English and Polish. Continue reading Polish SKA Power! ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue + VESPA “Radzi” 7″ EP
Two classic 90’s album from American ska pioneers THE TOASTERS are once again back on vinyl! “DUB 56” from 1994 is a Moon Ska NYC classic, back in print on dark grey marble vinyl in cool poster sleeve! A fantastic album, a highlight of the “third wave” – influenced heavily by British 2 Tone yet distinctly American. 14 tracks on vinyl: Direction, Freedom, Mona, Dancin’, Dub 56, Sweet Cherie, Tunisia, Little Hidden Secrets, Marlboro Man, Ain’t Huthin’, Razor Cut, Legal Shot, Midnight Hour, Goody Goody. A couple years ago when we were chatting to Bucket from THE TOASTERS, we realized that there were a handful of albums that NEVER appeared on vinyl including the amazing 2 TONE ARMY collection which included their biggest MTV2 video hits! The artwork is a tribute to iconic NYC SKA artist STEVE HEX who we lost a few years ago, this must have album includes the hits “I WASN’T GOING TO CALL YOU ANYWAY” and the title track “2 TONE ARMY”. 10 tracks, on dark grey marble vinyl. A truly fantastic record, one we are so proud to have our name on!
If you’re a manic collector make sure you pick up these two albums on limited edition cassette tape too!
We’ve got some exciting new CDs in stock! PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS are an all-star UK group that release fantastic tribute albums – the latest one pays homage to the DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS debut 80s soul masterpiece “SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS”. A very English selection but HIGHLY recommended…DEXY’s was SO good before their huge mid-80’s success with “COME ON EILEEN”. We also restocked the band’s excellent ROLLING STONES cover album “SKATISFACTION”. Not to be outdone, PAMA INTERNATIONAL’s “Trojan Sessions” has finally been reissued! Originally released in 2006, this classic features DERRICK MORGAN, DENNIS ALCAPONE, DAWN PENN, RICO RODRIGUEZ, DAVE & ANSIL COLLINS, and WINSTON FRANCIS.
JUMP UP is VERY proud to announce the release of the colored vinyl edition of Desorden Publico’s latest album! Founded in 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela, the band mixes ska, latin rock, reggae and traditional Latin music styles into a truly intoxicating cocktail! The group’s lyrics are known for commenting on Latin American politics and society, and like the English 2-Tone movement that inspired their formation, they promote racial and social tolerance. With over a dozen releases to their name, platinum sales that include #1 and top 10 hits, the band regularly tours all over Latin America, Mexico, United States, and Europe. This brand new album features guest appearance from TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA, DR RING DING and RAGGABUND – and ranges from hi-octane 2-TONE and traditional ska, mellow roots reggae, and dancehall dub. Art designed by Chema Skandal, color vinyl is random and limited to 200 copies – we’ve got some PINK, YELLOW, RED, BLUE and OLIVE GREEN color vinyl. If you have a color preference message us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you a personal selection!