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Celestial Ska Sounds! SKA FLAMES “Turn Up” LP vinyl (Japanese Import) + GEORGETOWN ORBITS “Solar Flares” LP

We’re very lucky to have restocks on the latest studio album from Japanese traditional ska legends SKA FLAMES – last year our initial batch was gone before the holidays were over! Here’s your second chance – these cats started in the 80’s and literally became Japan’s answer to The Skatalites – releases on Gaz’s Rockin’ Records helped solidify their legend worldwide! Heavyweight vinyl in a hard-stock sleeve with Obi strip – very stylish! Also on the celestial theme are the GEORGETOWN ORBITS from Portland, Oregan – we have limited copies of their latest release “Solar Flares” that shows us why they are one of the best traditional ska/reggae acts to come out of the Pacific Northwest. A very catchy new album, diverse styles of traditional Jamaican music and a great listen start to finish. Get both records and save a bundle!

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2019 SUBSCRIPTION CLUBS: LP VINYL $150 / DJ SPECIAL 7″ $65 – CDs $100 – TAPES $50

It’s that time of the year again! The original ska subscription clubs are back! The Perfect Gift For The SKA / REGGAE Fan Who LOVES New Music! We’ve run the original CD club for 20 years now! Hard To Find Limited Edition Releases Handpicked By JUMP UP Records! A great gift – or just treat yourself – we know you’ve earned it! Has your hectic lifestyle (family, job, school, etc) made keeping up with the global ska scene nearly impossible? Then these clubs are perfect for you! 

We at JUMP UP understand you need more “bang for your buck” this holiday season! WE HEAR YOU!  We search the globe for the best new ska releases all year for JUMPUPRECORDS.COM – plus we play them on our weekly radio show. Continue reading 2019 SUBSCRIPTION CLUBS: LP VINYL $150 / DJ SPECIAL 7″ $65 – CDs $100 – TAPES $50

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LOS AGGROTONES featuring MIMI MAURA “IT’LL NEVER BE OVER FOR ME” 7″ single – on ACID JAZZ RECORDS!

Of course we have been fans of Argentinian (via Puerto Rico)  reggae/ska chanteuse MIMI MAURA for ages, in fact we have spent countless dollars buying albums on her Canary imprint off of Amazon! When we heard she had teamed up with Argentinian early reggae masters LOS AGGROTONES to do a reggae version of TIMI YURO’s “northern” nugget “It’ll Never Be Over For Me” – we were really excited. Then we found out the song was being released as a limited edition 7″ single on legendary UK imprint ACID JAZZ?!?! WOW! This is a must have single for the DJ crate, and we are proud to now bring this in direct exclusively for the USA. The flip is an original early reggae instrumental tune called “You Don’t Mean Me No Good”. Quantities are limited. Check out the VIDEO.

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PAMA INTERNATIONAL “Love & Austerity” CD & “Trojan Sessions” CD + PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS!

PAMA INTERNATONAL “Love & Austerity” CD now in stock! On their latest album two new female lead vocalists compliment the returning all star veterans – kicking things off is an upbeat reggae cover of the classic Martha Reeves soul number “Heatwave”.  Songs like “Austerity Skank”, “Man Next Door” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” show off the bands strong reggae roots while tracks like “I Cried Till I Stopped” and “Skies Are Blue” showcases the new vocalists’ soul and blues influences. Hand assembled “LP style” eco wallet with mini poster.  PHOENIX CITY ALL STARS are an all-star UK group that release fantastic tribute albums, we’ve 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.

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SWETONE essentials: 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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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.