Screaming Records in Denmark have been putting out great ska singles for years! They started with releasing homegrown Danish modern ska bands LEO & THE LINEUP and BABYLOVE &THE VAN DANGOS, both incredibly soulful 2-Tone influenced neo-trad bands that eventually also released LPs on Jump Up Records! The LEO & THE LINEUP single features two songs from the “HIT THE STREETS” sessions that did not make the vinyl LP (but appeared on the CD). A few years later the label released a truly interesting solo record from THE BEATs RANKING ROGER – an early 2000’s tune that revived the :”acid ska” sound of the late 80’s UK rave scene, flipped wih a late 80’s unreleased gem with SLY & ROBBIE. Roger will truly be missed – but we stress that all fans pick up this interesting piece of his ska history before it’s sold out for good!
The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums lead by he one and only MR T BONE – dedicated to the sound of 1950’s “pre-ska” Jamaica. The kick start to homegrown Jamaican music came from American R’n’B (rhythm & blues) mixed with mento and other folk styles – from that ska was birthed and the rest is history! This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing style with a Jamaican edge, you hear mento, calypso, shuffle-blues with a nod to New Orleans via Kingston. This hotpot of sounds is captured in THE UPPERTONES latest album “UP UP UP!” – which we have on Italian import for the first time! You may remember Jump Up released the limited edition cassette at the end of 2018! And as a SECRET ADDED BONUS the first copies sold will come with a BONUS UPPERTONES 7″ that hasn’t been released yet!! We also have a VERY small handful of MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS “Heroes” LP left on green vinyl – add one now before it is out of print forever!
The link between Jamaican music and US soul/blues is very strong, and the tunes on this Screaming Records import EP are directly influenced by that 60’s vibe. All these songs were mixed by The Toasters frontman Bucket over the course of different projects, “Ska Jerk” is post “Don’t Let The Bastards Drag You Down” album and was originally intended for a compilation project that never saw light of day. The song in many ways sums up the vibe of the mid-1960s and the popular culture of that era. The style, the fashion, the dance halls, the attitude…and the soul music. Rounding out the single is their fantastic cover of the DAVE CLARK FIVE’s “Bits And Pieces” and the James Bond inspired. “Ska Finger”. We have a limited amount of copies back in stock with varied covers – if you prefer a specific cover message us and we will get that one to you!
Magnetic Loft Records in Russia have been on a serious tear releasing vinyl from the best bands in the Russian ska scene! The latest is the new MIDDLE VOLGA SOCIAL CLUB “LOVE YOU SO” LP – a wonderfully soulful and funky ska/reggae act with a female lead singer, a wonderful follow up to their album of a couple years ago. This album keeps your interest from start to finish, it’s is refreshng to hear a band take some chances with the Jamaican form. Magnetic Loft has also reissued the incredible 2001 debut album from Moscow ska-jazz pioneers ST-PETERSBURG SKA JAZZ REVIEW, thirteen classics for fans of New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Eastern Standard Time, and Western Standard Time! Swingy jazz jams, mostly instrumental, includes fun versions of “John Jones”, “Anarchy In The UK”, “Dr Ring Ding” and many more! This album was one of our best CD sellers nearly 2 decades ago – so glad it’s now back…and now on vinyl! Not to be outdone is the debut vinyl album from top Russian traditional ska band LOLLIPOP LORRY! From their earliest shows, Lollypop Lorry have gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last ten years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, visited many Russian cities, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and many others. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites, the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions. This debut vinyl album is a MUST HAVE for every TRUE Jamaican music fan! Period.
Two amazing 7 inch singles in stock now in very limited quantities! REGGIE MSOMI formed & led the HOLLYWOOD JAZZ BAND in 1962, he wrote scores of hits for big South African stars including MIRIAM MAKEBA. On this 45rpm single we get two 1963 ska cuts originally issued on rare 78 rpm imports. Beautiful, distinctly African takes on the Jamaican tradition. Limited gold vinyl edition of 100 copies. Jamaican trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ recorded “AFRICA” for BLUE NOTE’s “MAN FROM WARIEKA” LP in 1977, a limited edition single was released with vocals from I JAH MAN. Back on wax with original label art, previously unreleased vocal bonus track “FREE GANJA” on the flip. Big hole for DJ play!
We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. We’ve also restocked the last copies of the 7 inch reissues of “Scandal In Brixton Market” and “Lawd Doctor” – essential skinhead reggae selections for the Boss DJ! Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vinyl reissues on Black Butcher! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD productions from the 60’s!
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)
LIMITED REPRESS in on RANDOM COLOR VINYL! Mostly RED but other variations do exist! At last year’s Ska Brewing anniversary party in Durango CO – Ska Brewing and Jump Up sat down and decided to unleash an all-USA collection for Record Store Day 2018! It was a nail-biter, but in the end we squeaked out enough copies to supply release shows in Colorado and Chicago and the balance have been shipping worldwide ever since! Then we released the collection on limited edition cassette for Cassette Store Day! Seventeen bands with all kinds of ska styles represented. Forthcoming tracks from JUMP UP albums appear from THE FUSS, BOSS RIOT, BIG SKA BAND, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – plus CHRIS MURRAY (with CapsLock), BOOMTOWN UNITED, BREACHERS, BANDULUS, MONTY NEYSMITH & THE BISHOPS, DENDRITES, BLUE HORNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, BOWCAT, BUSTER’S GHOST, THE CROMBIES, 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS and THE TOASTERS! Continue reading DRINK THE SKA repress on RED VINYL – 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Tapes too!
English-born Mark Foggo began his music career in Amsterdam in 1979, he had discovered ska music through the popularity of 2-Tone bands such as The Specials and The Beat, inspiring him to start his own punk/ska band, The Secret Meeting. After independently releasing a single entitled “New Shoes”, the band was promptly signed to Polydor Records in 1980 for the full length “Speeding My Life Away.” Foggo’s passion for ska eventually grew larger until he omitted the punk / new wave songs entirely, focusing exclusively on ska for his first solo album, 1983’s “A State of Mind”. He formed his most notable band, Mark Foggo’s Skasters, in 1987, and their 1989 debut, “Ska Pig”, was a huge international success, often cited as a classic of the ska genre. Foggo founded his own label Skanky’ Lil in 1990 to release his own music, which he describes as “modern, bizarre, non-influenced, up tempo ska”, and is characterized by his observational and darkly comic lyricism, as well as his manic and boisterous stage personality. In 2010, Foggo’s band signed to V2 Records to release the album “Mad”, but after nearly a decade Mark Foggo is back with “SKA PIG RETURNS!” on Jump Up Records. Initial batch of records is on heavyweight 180g vinyl! This new album is truly a return to form, ten tracks of uptempo 2-Tone influenced bouncy ska with clever and whimsical lyrics that made you think, laugh…but mostly SKANK!
We are so pleased to have these must have 80’s classics from THE TOASTERS back in stock! One of my faves to this day is their 1989 classic “THRILL ME UP”, originally released on Skaloid. That was the heyday of singers Sean ‘Cavo‘ Dinsmore and Lionel ‘Nene‘ Bernard, who became so popular from this album that they got signed to a major label as the UNITY 2. “POOL SHARK” was released on Unicorn in 1987 and contains early classics that the band still performs to this day! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “THRILL ME UP” & “POOL SHARK” LP vinyl reissued on MAD BUTCHER Germany! Must have 80’s classics!