We’ve got a small amount of this classic SKATALITES live two-LP set and 2014’s album from THE UPSESSIONS featuring LEE SCRATCH PERRY back in from Grover Records. Act Quick! [click to continue…]
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their 4xCD tribute to BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS, and our vinyl has JUST arrived! We think these 4 song 7″ vinyl EPs are absolutely brilliant!! One single is on a Jamaican ska tip, while the other has more of a 2-TONE 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each. FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!
The Toasters originally released their debut US album SKABOOM back in 1987, on the Celluloid label. The album is often stated as being the origin of modern, or “third-wave” ska in the United States. It followed the RECRIMINATIONS and EAST SIDE BEAT EPs that were released both in the USA and UK, introducing the world to a fresh new wave-y ska sound that was uniquely American yet linked to 2-TONE through secret producer JOE JACKSON. Two years later, THE TOASTERS’ official “debut” album POOLSHARK arrived via the UK label Unicorn, yet six tracks from that set were culled for inclusion on the legendary debut American full-length named SKABOOM. That set was brasher, brighter, and more emphatically ska driven than their earlier material, albeit with eclectic backdrops that ranged from the surf-side to the juke joint. Now boasting a brass section, and two new vocalists, THE TOASTERS’ sound was significantly shifting while the lineup continued expanding. By the time they came to record SKABOOM, the group had ballooned into an 11-piece aggregate. The resulting high adrenaline album found the band in top form, their playing extremely tight, and the arrangements increasingly intricate and innovative. [click to continue…]
We are so proud to announce THE SLACKERS and JUMP UP have teamed up to release 3 classic albums on cassette for the first time ever! The whole idea came about when THE SLACKERS announced three album themed shows at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and they wanted to do something special for the gigs. Since JUMP UP has lead the way in the ska/reggae world releasing 9 cassettes in the past year and participating in two Cassette Store Days, naturally we jumped at the chance to get these classics on magnetic tape for the very first time. Hell, if Green Day can release a 13 album cassette box set that comes with a boombox….we can make three cassettes for one of the greatest modern ska bands of all time who are celebrating their 25th anniversary! Pick up a vintage boombox on eBay, or hook up that tape deck into your system – it’s all about analog goodness and embracing what’s great about collectible physical media. All three tapes will be limited to 300 copies each! [click to continue…]
Continuing the UNICORN reissue restocks – we restocked the brilliant debut album from Italy’s finest 2-TONE influenced ska act CASINO ROYALE – “TEN GOLDEN GUNS” was released in 1989 to critical acclaim and launched the career of a band that would last decades, but who would change stylistically. The debut is simply the best for SKA fans! “Someone Says” is a true 2-TONE sing along classic – one that we played on our earliest radio shows back when it came out! [click to continue…]
Last year our good pal DR RING DING released his very first holiday album, we had a small handful of CDs available for our SKA CD CLUB members. Everyone was asking about vinyl, and this year PORK PIE RECORDS in Germany has made everyone’s Christmas wishes come true! Heavyweight vinyl pressing, piano sheet music / lyrics, with our JUMP UP bonus 7″ tossed in as well!
Tracklisting: 01. Once a Year 02. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 03. Dumpa Ska (Instrumental) 04. Petit Papa Noël 05. Ruba Dub Santa 06. Lulajze Jezuniu 07. Twelve Elves (Instrumental) 08. All I Wanna Do (On Christmas Day) 09. I Believe 10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 11. Les anges dans nos campagnes (Instrumental) 12. The Christmas Song Bonus Jump Up 7″ Christmas Again / Viele Bunte Packchen
And we JUST got some of his classic 1998 album RAM DI DANCE LP back in stock as well!
Another new Christmas 7″ single for 2016! We are SO PROUD of this record!! In the late 80’s there were a handful of bands across the world that kept the ska flame alive, one of our favorites was NAPOLEON SOLO from Denmark. An amazing soul/ska band, keeping the 2-TONE flame with modernist vibe, their first mini-LP “HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD” on UNICORN is still a stone cold classic to this day! They’ve been at it for over 30 years, but haven’t released a new record since the early 90’s. LEO & THE LINE UP are also from Denmark – they’ve become one of the hottest ska bands in Europe with releases on PORK PIE, GROVER, and of course JUMP UP. An amazing soul ska band with three amazing female back up singers – it just made sense to unite the two on this Christmas vinyl single! DANISH DYNAMITE BABY! LEO & THE LINEUP penned a new holiday classic “CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU” while NAPOLEON SOLO covers the classic “MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY”. Limited edition of 500, available on RED and GREEN vinyl.
New Christmas 7″ singles for 2017! This is the third year in a row we’ve released new holiday ska & reggae vinyl nuggets! DR RING DING’s “Christmas Again” is taken from his “ONCE A YEAR” album, the b-side is an exclusive German version of the song! Available in RED, GREEN, and WHITE vinyl. Limited to 500 copies, but we’ve only got 100 copies left for mail order!
CHRISTMAS RE-PRESSES! ROGER RIVAS’ holiday hot shots are back in print, limited to 100 copies on WHITE vinyl. SORRY NEW PICTURES COMING ON MONDAY! Instrumental Organ Drenched Early Reggae versions of “Deck The Halls” and “Jingle Bells” from The Aggrolites keyboard master!! Big hole 45 rpm vinyl – act fast these won’t last!
BROOKYLN ATTRACTORS are an all star jazz ska/reggae band comprising of members of VOID UNION, WESTBOUND TRAIN, NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, STUBBORN ALLSTARS, DUB IS A WEAPON, THE ROCKSTEADY 7, THE TOASTERS plus original Jamaican percussion legend LARRY McDONALD! Their debut album “GOOD EVIL ALCHEMY” took the world by storm in 2014 receiving critical acclaim across the world, and at the end of 2014 the crew spread some holiday cheer – jazz reggae renditions of “JINGLE BELLS” and “GOD REST DEM IRIE GENTLEMEN”. This year we released their new album “THE MOVE” so people started asking for this nugget all over again – we repressed 100 more on RED vinyl!
The wait is over! JUMP UP is proud to release the follow-up studio album from one of today’s best ska-jazz-reggae acts – the BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS. Anyone familiar with the American Reggae and Ska scene has already heard the work of the musicians in the BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS. The group’s core line-up consists of New York City Reggae and Ska veterans, Jamaican percussion legend LARRY McDONALD (Carlos Malcolm, Toots & The Maytals, Count Ossie), guitarist ANDY BASFORD (Monty Alexander, Lee Perry, Gil Scot Heron), EDDIE OCAMPO, BIG DAN JESSELSOHN, BUFORD O’SULLIVAN, GIDDEON BLUMEBTHAL, MATT KURSMARK, MIKE SARASON, as well as Anant Pradhan and Luke Penella, two emerging musicians on the NY Jazz scene. The group was created by Westbound Train trumpeter and Void Union co-founder RICH GRAIKO in 2011 as a way to pay homage to 1960’s era Jamaican and American instrumental music. The band will be part of the first every SKA & ROCK STEADY FESTIVAL in Jamaican over Thanksgiving weekend. [click to continue…]