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AMTY Sweden: THE LIPTONES “Sidospar” & “The Meaning of Life” LP + T-SHIRTS “To My Love” 7″

We at JUMP UP have always been fans of the SWETONE, a unique sound that developed in Sweden that took third wave ska intensity and combined it with the UK 2-TONE style. It’s uptempo, super catchy, keyboard driven…and makes you dance like CRAZY! Think of a fast MADNESS tune slammed into punky-ska of a  MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES and that gives you an idea of how catchy this stuff is. Labels like BURNING HEART developed bands like LIBERATOR, CHICKENPOX, DUCK SOUP, SKALATONES, and A MESSAGE TO YOU records started releasing albums by THE LIPTONES in 2002. We’ve restocked the brilliant 2011 vinyl edition of “THE MEANING OF LIFE”, their most recent album sung in English – the last time we got copies we sold out immediately! This time around we’ve also stocked their 2014 album sung in Swedish, “SIDOSPAR” – which is just as great as their previous efforts – a must for fans of THE CROMBIES, BUSTER SHUFFLE, THE TALKS, and 2-TONE in general. Speaking of 2-TONE, back in the early 80’s one Swedish band  released incredible single after single, new wavey surf guitar ska stompers that gave the English bands a run for the money: T-SHIRTS. The band got back together and in 2017 released their first new material since 1982! Two tracks, one a laid back reggae groover and the other a 2-TONE style gem like the good old days!

BONUS DEAL: If you buy BOTH LPs from THE LIPTONES we are going to give you a T-SHIRTS 7″ single for FREE!

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Two new SOUL CHANCE 7″ singles from OBEAH Records! Beautiful soul reggae from ex-SOULSTEPPERS

Our friends in the SOUL CHANCE out of Bakersfield, California have two brand new 7″ singles on their new imprint OBEAH records, and we have a limited supply available now! Very nice 60’s female lead soul/reggae, “How Long Will It Take” is a cover of the PAT KELLY classic while “Why Wait” is a mellow summer reggae tune that pays homage to “Sitting In The Park”. Both 7″ singles feature instrumental versions on the flip. Get them before they are gone! Dare we mention that one of the SOUL STEPPERS is behind this new band?

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BRIXTON RECORDS import: MAROON TOWN “Freedom Call” LP / CD

The latest import from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain has arrived, 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!

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Vive Le France! TWO TONE CLUB “Don’t Look Back” LP & THE BERBISEYANS “Secret Avenger” LP

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

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THE RED STRIPES “In The Ska East” red vinyl LP / CD – Fantastic 2-TONE from Hong Kong!

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!

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JAMAICA ON VINYL import LP soundtrack classics: THIS IS SKA (1964) and SMILE ORANGE (1976)

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. 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.

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Mad Butcher Germany releases THE SPECIALS’ early 2000 TROJAN albums on vinyl!

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!

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Polish SKA Power! ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue + VESPA “Radzi” 7″ EP

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

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THE TOASTERS “2 TONE ARMY” LP (JUMP099LP) + “DUB 56” LP (JUMP098LP) back on vinyl

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!