We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 3 CITY STOMPERS album for months! It’s wonderful female fronted 2-Tone ska that is guaranteed to make you dance! Reminds me of much of the early 90’s European explosion output on SKANK or UNICORN, traditional based with strong horns and a modern 2-Tone energy. Some tracks rare similar to the SOUL RADICS, other a tad like the CHECKERED CABS. Something for everyone! If that wasn’t enough we have a 90’s vinyl reissue from the legendary gypsy 2 Tone ska band DR CYCOS! Great energy and an old world sound!!! Very limited this handful of copies is all we will every see!
The Red Stripes are Hong Kong’s premier Ska band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia. Their brand of Ska from a vintage era features a full 10 piece band and hail originally from the UK, Canada and Australia. Over the past six years they have played festivals and shows around Asia including Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, China, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Seoul and London. They have performed at top events in Hong Kong and as backing to Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation (The Specials), and supported the likes of Roy Ellis, Keith and Tex, The Toasters and The Skatalites among others. After releasing their debut 10 track album ‘In The Ska East’ with legendary Ska vocalist, writer and producer Sean ‘Cavo’ Dinsmore’ (The Toasters / Unity 2) at the helm the band received much critical acclaim including a top 20 album nod ‘by Do The Dog’ skazine. The band are also featured on recent Specialized Records tribute albums to Trojan Records (Boss Sounds) and 2 Tone (Check One-2). In 2019 the band went into legendary Avon Studios in Hong Kong and recorded their brand new album ‘Made In Hong Kong’ with top recording artist and producer KING ZEPHA at the helm. Recorded on vintage equipment to create an authentic Ska sound that blends elements of Soul, Dub, Reggae and Rocksteady. The band have been asked to perform at the 2020 London International Ska Festival in April and will be touring Asia later in the year. Once again we are proud to carry their new record on imported red vinyl LP (limited 200) and compact disc (limited to 100).
Performing throughout California in the early 1980’s, the KYBER RIFLES quickly made their mark on a burgeoning ska / mod scene. Along with bands like The Untouchables, Fishbone, and The Uptones, the Kyber Rifles brought the sound of British 2-Tone ska to California. Founded by bassist Mark Mitchell years before Let’s Go Bowling, the Rifle’s sound would become instrumental in bridging the gap between LGB’s original 1986 lineup – a wonderful cocktail of 2-Tone ska, American surf, new wave and soul – all captured here on this 15 track vinyl edition on Axe Records. Includes their hard to find debut “100 Problems” 7 inch, inner sleeve full of original flyers and band photos, plus it’s pressed on half white half black vinyl! Very limited copies don’t delay!
We dug deep into Chicago’s 2-Tone ska history for RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with a limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies with a button! Rude Guest released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE.
But wait, there’s more! If you buy BOTH LPs not only do you save $$ with the bundle but we will also toss in as a bonus our HEAVY MANNERS “Ska Jam” 7″ single recorded in 1982 that we released on Black Friday 2018,
Welcome back GROVER RECORDS Germany who have supplied us with not only two of their most recent label titles but also the latest album from Danish legends BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS! Since they first set sail from the salty docks of Copenhagen in 2004, they’ve managed to place them selves among the top acts of the ska scene. Their music has brought them all over Europe and as far away as the land of the rising sun. They’ve played over 700 concerts ranging from some of the biggest festivals in Europe to stages not quite suitable for a seven piece band. They’ve released five studio albums and appeared on numerous compilations. The latest album “The Golden Cage” is released in 2019 and followed by an extensive tour in Europe. With their roots planted deep in the tradition of early Jamaican music, such as Ska and Rocksteady, Babylove & the van Dangos has let their branches grow wild with out any pruning. Listen closely and you will hear influences from everything from Blues to Doo Wop and the lyrical pendulum swings from political to the abstract. The codeword is timeless music that moves your soul as well as your feet. In the tradition of Jamaican music, this is dancing music and Babylove and the van Dangos is a band you want to catch live since it is through their live performances that they’ve managed to build a solid fan base through out all of Europe. Limited copies on the band’s own label – includes a PIN!
THE MAGNETICS are a tremendous traditional soulful ska act from ITALY, a fan favorite all across Europe for their authentic Jamaican groove! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, VOID UNION and STUBBORN ALL STARS! “COFFEE & SUGAR” is their latest album, 14 tracks that even include fellow countryman MR T. BONE on a track! Not to be undone we have stocked the most recent solo offering from DANY RADIC (of SOUL RADICS) who teamed up with the VALKYRIANS producer for this fantastic ska groover “ON THE DANCEFLOOR”. The flip is the same tune recorded in Finish by burlesque singer MOLLY MOONSTONE! This track totally has a SLACKERS vibe if you ask me! Limited edition color vinyl too.
Three killer vinyl releases from HAPPY PEOPLE UK – the label run by the London International Ska Festival. PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS is a British super group that has covered the Rolling Stones, The Clash, 2-Tone done 60s style – and now their fantastic cover album of DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS debut “SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS” is on limited edition hand numbered vinyl! This 1980 classic was stylistically very different than their later years, leaning heavily of the Wigan Northern soul scene for a set of uplifting soul stompers. Now in SKA style! Includes the singles GENO, BURN IT DOWN, SEVEN DAYS IS TOO LONG and more! And yes…..just for fun a dub version of their late 80’s mega-hit COME ON EILEEN is included. Only 300 copies made!
The world have been raving about KING ZEPHA – the alter-ego of one Sam Thornton, musician, singer, songwriter and producer supreme. From his family home in Yorkshire, and in true DIY spirit, Mr. Thornton has written a superbly uplifting and infectious album with a set of the finest musicians. Recorded in his attic on his 8 track tape machine, the album blends rhythm & blues, rocksteady, dub & jazz to great effect. Four part vocal harmonies, honking sax and thumping bass litter the tracks that tackle politics, drinking and observations of Brits abroad, captured on the bands many excursions touring the continent. In addition to 10 fine original tracks there’s the sublime cover of Doris Troy’s Just One Look. 180g vinyl limited to 300 copies!
We’ve also got the amazing international ska collection RUDIES ALL AROUND on wax! Holy cow there’s some amazing bands on here – South Korea, Italy, USA, Canada, Mexico and more! Check out this incredible tracklisting: Continue reading HAPPY PEOPLE UK: PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS “Searching For The Young Ska Rebels” LP / King Zepha “Northern Sound” LP / RUDIES ALL AROUND Vol 1 LP
STAYA STAYA is an incredible ska band from Argentina that reminds us of early LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – shades of 2-TONE mixed with Latin rhythms. STAYA STAYA can play fantastic traditional ska too as witnessed on their debut full length “SOUL GEDDES”. For the 7 inch we teamed up with CHEMA SKANDAL for the deluxe edition – he designed and hand screened the sleeve art – he even put an inset! Red colored vinyl limited to 50 copies.
Spain’s top act returns with a new punky 3rd wave meets 2-Tone ska sound for fans of The Interrupters and Tim Timebomb, and Rancid (when they play ska!). Formed in 2005 by Carlos Dingo, the band soon became one of the world’s top rocksteady, early reggae, and ska acts led by the captivating lead vocals of Isa Garcia. Full length albums on Spain’s Liquidator Records (2010) and Germany’s Grover Records (2013) received critical acclaim worldwide, now the band have returned from a short hiatus with an uptempo and energetic 90s American ska sound, and what better label to unleash this new direction then on Jump Up Records, right? Eleven super-catchy songs that will keep you singing and dancing for years to come, this limited batch is on two different colors of vinyl for Black Friday! Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY Exclusive Color! RED SOUL COMMUNITY “Holidays In The City” LP vinyl
Jamaican ska legends’ latest album “Platinum Ska” finally out on vinyl with three bonus dubs. The group has been at the forefront of ska music since the mid-’60s, and this studio album is their first recordings to follow the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014. The Skatalites built the foundation for Jamaican music, and was part of it’s evolution as it morphed from ska to rock steady then reggae, helping give birth to household names like Toots and The Maytals, Lee Perry, and of course Bob Marley & The Wailers. Since re-forming in the ’80s, The Skatalites have been through their share of transformation and have sadly seen most of the band’s original members pass on. Each of today’s existing members were hand-picked by the band’s original members to play, and they continue to hold down the tradition by performing at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world. Two of the tracks included on “Platinum Ska” feature original 60’s era drummer Lloyd Knibb (who passed away in 2011), plus it captures alto sax player Lester Sterling and vocalist Doreen Shaffer, the last two living original Skatalites members. The album was mixed in Mali and also includes guest appearances by legendary Malian musicians Assaba Dramé and Madou Sidiki Diabaté. Simply put, “Platinum Ska” is a testament to some of the greatest Jamaican musicians the world has ever seen, and Jump Up is proud to preserve this legacy once again with a limited vinyl edition. Smokey marble pressing limited t 100 copies for Black Friday! !
First time on vinyl for this classic Moon Ska NYC title released in 1999 – “Ska Titans” is a wonderful collaboration between the “Godfather of Ska” Laurel Aitken and the legendary Skatalites recorded in the studio during 1996’s European Ska Splash tour – it was the first time the titans met up on record since 1964! The album features original Skatalites Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, and Lloyd Knibb alongside longtime members Devon James, Will Clark, and Nathan Breedlove backing Aitken’s amazing vocals on a set of classics, including several Aitken originals. As an added bonus three live tracks are included, taken from the Ska Splash’s stop in Amsterdam. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!
Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, Derrick Morgan and Charlie Organaire here i Chicago but their new 2019 album is appearing on many “best of ” lists already! Since more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, we’ve re-stocked their crowd sourced 3×7″ series and got some black vinyl debut LP copies too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading RESTOCKED! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP)