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
Korea’s authentic ska pioneers, KINGSTON RUDIESKA, bring a smile to faces and a shine to dancing shoes worldwide! The 9 piece wins fans wherever they go—be it festival stages, small punk clubs, national TV, the big screen or over the course of 4 full albums and several EPs. The band celebrated it’s 14th anniversary in 2018, collaborated with German ska legend Dr Ring Ding in 2014 which later resulted in their first vinyl recording on JUMP UP. Over the past autumn they worked on their latest album, “Everyday People”, under the guidance of veteran producer and engineer, Brian Dixon (former member of LA ska band The Aggrolites), which was officially released in Korea at the end of 2015. We at JUMP UP are proud to announce the colored vinyl LP edition is back, limited to 500 copies. Artwork by Chema Skandal too! For a limited time, we will toss in a FREE 7″ single from fellow Korean band NST & THE SOUL SAUCE, who toured the west coast last year! Continue reading KINGSTON RUDIESKA just played SNWMF! Do you own “Everyday People” and “Ska N’ Seoul” (feat Dr Ring Ding) on LP vinyl yet?
If you aren’t familiar with Dave’s saxophone playing history, maybe you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades? He has been a gigging/touring musician since his teenage years, playing with HEPCAT, RANCID, STUBBORN ALL-STARS, Willie Williams, Stranger Cole, Glen Brown, Glen Adams, Archie Bell, and for the last 18 years, he has been the featured soloist with NYC’s legendary Ska band, THE SLACKERS. ROCKSTEADY 7, a fourteen year old all-star collective, is the band where Dave is able to showcase his unique style of Saxophone playing with extended Jazz improvisations over Reggae-Ska rhythms. As Dave explains, “I’m a freak stylistically. I’m a southern Californian raised kid who started out playing like Jamaican saxophonists, Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook. Then I moved to New York and got into classic American saxophone like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Illinois Jacquet. Then I went on the road and started to understand the blues. I got into Howling Wolf, Tbone Walker, and Sonny Boy Williamson.” Continue reading DAVE HILLYARD & ROCKSTEADY 7 “Friends And Enemies” LP (JUMP110LP) back in print! CRAZY BALDHEAD “Boots Embraces IN DUB” LP (JUMP124LP)
Organ extraordinaire ROGER RIVAS (of THE AGGROLITES) has hit the world by storm with his retro reggae sound! On “LAST GOODBYE” he brings you another musical batch of choice Rocksteady to get you swinging and swaying. This time showcasing his band from Los Angeles “The Brothers of Reggae” featuring guitar work from the great John Butcher and a guest vocal appearance from DEVON MORRISON of THE EXPANDERS. This one is for the true lovers of the music, essential for fans of JACKIE MITTOO, ERNEST RANGLIN, UPSETTERS, GLADSTONE ANDERSON, and ANSEL COLLINS. These tunes are perfect for the summer, slow and steady instrumentals with many soulful l ballads interspersed throughout the 11 tunes. You loved ROGER’S last album “AUTUMN BREEZE” so don’t miss “LAST GOODBYE”. So sit back and let the needle drop on this musical masterpiece from MR RIVAS. Hand screened covers, website exclusive. Silver ink, colored vinyl. Limited edition of 100. Continue reading ROGER RIVAS “Last Goodbye” LP and “Autumn Breeze” LP vinyl represeed! “Organ Versions Vol 1 & 2” LP still available!
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!
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since we released the second album from Indiana’s funky soul reggae ska masters, now they are a name known around the world! We were lucky enough to get one last small “dirty repress” from the original stampers (so don’t be picky if there’s a little crackle love!), so act fast once these are gone they are GONE. Only 50 guys!
Though themes are of heartbreak, disappointment, and social worries, the end all be all is “don’t stop, keep moving.” From the Muddy Banks of the Wabash River comes the Soul Sonic, Blues Drenched, Sounds of Reggae and Ska that is the GRR. Their debut “HOOSIER HOMEGROWN” instantly had the ska scene taking notice. Could this band really have only formed in 2006? Hard workin and constantly touring, GRR quickly built up a solid fan base by playing shows big and small all across the USA, including stints with THE SLACKERS, MOON INVADERS, and AGGROLITES. On this self titled second album, producer DAVE HILLAYRD enhances these powerful influences: Trojan Records, Studio one, Motown, Stax, NYC Ska, Toots & the Maytals, The Wailers, The Skatalites, Lee Perry/The Upsetters, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Johnny Cash, James brown, Otis Redding & more. Its Motown & Kingston. Soul & Reggae. The result is brilliant, 14 amazing tunes that capture the high-energy that GRR have had at their shows since day #1. Green wax housed in a two sided full color (well, at least green!) poster sleeve!
Two great THE TOASTERS albums reissued back on vinyl! Both NY FEVER and “D.L.T.B.D.Y.D.” were classic albums that originally came out in the 90’s on Moon Ska. Being the 90’s and all, vinyl on these albums were import only, so don’t miss your chance to get these limited re-presses! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” LP repressed! (JUMP084LP) + “DON’T LET THE BASTARDS…” LP vinyl
Chris Murray is a unique figure on today’s music scene, a Canadian born singer-songwriter and guitarist who works primarily in ska & reggae music. As leader of Toronto-based rock-pop-ska powerhouse King Apparatus, Chris developed the reputation as a dynamic frontman and one of the genre’s finest songwriters. Over the group’s eight year tenure, King Apparatus released two-full length albums, shot eight videos and toured coast to coast non-stop, sharing stages with virtually every top act including the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Skatalites. Upon the band’s breakup, Murray relocated to Los Angeles and emerged as a solo artist, releasing his debut solo album “4 Track Adventures of Venice Shoreline Chris” on legendary imprint Moon Ska NYC. Murray has pioneered a low-fi, intimate singer/songwriter approach to modern ska music. His co-writing and producing credits in various capacities appear on work from the Planet Smashers, the Slackers, Stubborn All-Stars and the Specials’ Neville Staple. Chris Murray tours non-stop, both solo as well as with the Chris Murray Combo, performing throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and South America. From jamming with The Specials in a basement club, to recording an album with The Slackers, and trading songs on an acoustic guitar with 72-year-old boogie-ska pioneer Laurel Aitken, life has led Chris Murray down a path to the very roots of ska and reggae music. The Chris Murray Combo’s first album “Why So Rude” was released way back in 2008 – we would have to say it was one of our faves of that time. Like his earlier solo records on Moon NYC and Asian Man, it was stripped down and raw, super authentic traditional 60s ska just within honrs. “BUCKLE UP” picks up where “WHY SO RUDE” left off…with the usual top-shelf songwriting backed by a simple and organic drum/bass/acoustic guitar reggae & ska vibe. Songs like “Anchor” and “Forget Your Love” are perfect summer jams while tracks such as “Little Bit Of Love” and “Ain’t No Joke Bein’ Broke” will have you looking for some room in your house to dance! We’ve loved CHRIS MURRAY’S music since the late 80s (side note KING APPARATUS crashed in my college apartment in 1991), we are SO PROUD to be the first to get some full-length vinyl out for him! Exclusive summery color vinyl too – red and orange – while they last!
Five years in the making….recorded in Chicago on three separate occasions, our split release with Happy As A Lark is finally a reality! In 2013, Derrick Morgan performed in Chicago for a Jamaican Oldies showcase at Mayne Stage. We asked Derrick if he was interested in recording a song while he was in town – and to our delight he said YES! Anthony from The Drastics had a country-reggae-ska themed project in the works under the alter-ego TECTONICS, he produced a version of the 1950’s Webb Pierce classic “There Stands The Glass” and suggested that Derrick Morgan would be a perfect fit. When we played the backing track to Derrick over a cellphone, he immediately knew the tune (of course!) and got excited to be part of this wonderful project. A year later we brought in Dennis Alcapone to Chicago for a Jamaican Oldies showcase – we thought to ourselves…let’s recreate those old 45s and have Dennis chat over the song that Derrick recorded a year earlier! A true DJ version on the flip! The project got shelved for a few years… but in 2018 Charlie Organaire went into the studio to play harmonica on the tune. It was finally complete! A very limited initial pressing is now available from Jump Up and Happy As Lark – we each have an exclusive color. Our copies are a golden yellow and it’s limited to 100 copies.
Not to be outdone is a new DJ promo limited edition 7″ single from lovers rock pioneer Susan Cadogan! Last year we released the extended vinyl version of her latest project produced by Mitch Giro. This new 7″ single featured two brand new tracks produced by Mitch – a gentle ska groover called “I Don’t Want Anybody But You” b/w a cool rock steady ae jewel called “The Girl Who Cried Over You”. Limited to 100 hand-stamped copies!