JUMP UP is so proud to be working with one of our favorite bands of all time, an act that was a missing link connecting 2-TONE with the first European ska explosion at the end of the 80’s. Denmark’s NAPOLEON SOLO!
Napoleon Solo formed in the summer of 1984 by eight youngsters living in Copenhagen, their unique blend of sixties-influenced soul, R&B, Jamaican ska and British Two-Tone proved to be a massive success from the get-go. The band’s first big break came when they visited Hamburg in 1985 supporting Stiff Records’ mod-pop band Making Time – this concert was to be the first of many performances in Germany. In 1988 Napoleon Solo went to England to record the first mini-LP ”How To Steal The World”, it was produced by Buster Bloodwessel of Bad Manners and released on Unicorn Records. In support of the album, the band joined the Blue Beat Explosion Tour with Bad Manners, plaing concerts all across the UK. Continue reading NAPOLEON SOLO “Early Recordings 1984/1985” LP vinyl – limited to 100 copies!
You begged, and we were able to squeeze a small amount of copies from the original stampers. Down & dirty repress! Since we don’t have any jackets left this limited to 100 repress (50 with the band) is housed in a screened tote bag. Blood red vinyl, and you get the bonus demos 7″ too. Go SATAN! Go SKA! It’s third wave yet very 2 TONE, this one truly deserved to be reissued once again! Guess what? We will be reissuing “Maximum Perversion” on vinyl this Halloween, and “God Bless Satan” on cassette for Cassette Store Day!
Continue reading Limited Repress: MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” LP + 7″ demos – “the dirty repress” with tote!
How exciting! Not only is THE SELECTER touring the USA this summer, but we have a very small amount of their amazing debut album “TOO MUCH PRESSURE” on marbled white vinyl LP. A fantastic collectible that deserves to be in everyone’s collection! We have also restocked THE SPECIALS “Live At The Lyceum 1979” LP on marbled vinyl, act now these go fast! Our partnership with the SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust continues with DANCE CRAZY! A 20 track all LIVE tribute album covering the greatest SKA soundtrack of all time – DANCE CRAZE – was was released by 2-TONE thirty-five years ago! JUMP UP is proud to go 100% retro here and release this wonderful compilation on glorious magnetic cassette tape! Over an hour long, comes with a download code and “letterpress” print by Starshaped Press Chicago – this fun collectible is limited to 200 copies, and it goes to a great cause! Continue reading It’s a 2-TONE Revival! THE SPECIALS “Live At The Lyceum 1979 LP / DANCE CRAZY Specialized Tribute Cassette Tape / THE SELECTER “Too Much Pressure” LP (white marble)
Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with JUMP UP, and pick up our limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies, comes with a DL code and a button! Not familiar with their story? During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They 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. Continue reading RECORD STORE DAY: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE
If you don’t dance to THE CROMBIES, you don’t dance! Chicago’s 2-TONE champs have finally gone and done it – recorded their debut album for JUMP UP RECORDS! Formed in 2010 by ex-members of DEAL’S GONE BAD and LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS with a very simple idea – start out as a 2-TONE cover band playing the hits of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, BEAT, MADNESS, etc – the later create 2-TONE versions of songs that have that ska potential! Original DGB singer “Lord” Mike Park once again was on the case and recruited a top notch troop that included ex-DGB keyboard player Karl Gustafson, DGB guitarist Dave Simon, Vee Sonnets on lead guitar, Jason Berry on bass, and Matt Meuzelaar on drums. The band’s first 2-TONE’d studio cut was NINEY THE OBSERVER’s “BLOOD & FIRE” released on a limited edition 7″ single, with a new version of the classic DGB song “MAD AT THE WORLD” on the flip. It was an instant hit, the single got dancefloors moving all across the world! Continue reading THE CROMBIES “Dance Crazee” LP vinyl / Tape
Far too often when a band claims to combine two dissimilar styles of music into an all powerful “new” hybrid, fans get a wee bit skeptical. After all, in most cases these creative endeavors fail miserably – and quite often it involves ska music. Simply put, this stereotype does not apply to the SKABILLY REBELS. RODDY RADIATION’s band successfully takes the best parts of rockabilly, minus the cheesiness that all too often is associated with the genre, and then puts it to a laid back traditional ska beat. Should we expect anything less? Of course you already know him as the legendary guitarist of The Specials (who also wrote their classics ‘Rat Race’, ‘Concrete Jungle’ & ‘Hey Little Rich Girl’), who also later formed blues influenced acts The Bonediggers and The Tearjerkers. He’s a veteran and true innovator of both the 2-TONE ska movement and the English rockabilly revival scene. Check out these YouTube album samplers for a taste: Continue reading RODDY RADIATION & SKABILLY REBELS “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP)
If you don’t dance to THE CROMBIES, you don’t dance! Chicago’s 2-TONE champs have finally gone and done it – recorded their debut album for JUMP UP RECORDS! Formed in 2010 by ex-members of DEAL’S GONE BAD and LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS with a very simple idea – start out as a 2-TONE cover band playing the hits of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, BEAT, MADNESS, etc – the later create 2-TONE versions of songs that have that ska potential! Original DGB singer “Lord” Mike Park once again was on the case and recruited a top notch troop that included ex-DGB keyboard player Karl Gustafson, DGB guitarist Dave Simon, Vee Sonnets on lead guitar, Jason Berry on bass, and Matt Meuzelaar on drums. The band’s first 2-TONE’d studio cut was NINEY THE OBSERVER’s “BLOOD & FIRE” released on a limited edition 7″ single, with a new version of the classic DGB song “MAD AT THE WORLD” on the flip. It was an instant hit, the single got dancefloors moving all across the world! Continue reading THE CROMBIES “Dance Crazee” CD / Deluxe CD / Tape – 2 TONE SKA from Chicago!
Very Limited Stock from SuperNova Ska Festival! Black vinyl versions, we’ve got a DIY limited hand assembled sleeve for 2 TONE ARMY too!
Continue reading THE TOASTERS on LP VINYL: “2 TONE ARMY” LP (JUMP099LP) + “DUB 56” LP (JUMP098LP)
Two incredible bands with RUDE GIRL lead singers! ROCKSTEADY SPORTING CLUB are from REUNION ISLAND (a former French colony off the coast of Madagascar) and have just released their second 7″ single! “Dums & Dopes” is a fantastic horn driven 2-TONE dancer with soulful bluesy vocals, the flip “Catlike” is a mid-tempo neo-trad ska tune with summery vocals and groove. Check out both tracks on Bandcamp. We’ve got a small handful of their first “My Own Queen” 7″ just drop us a line if you want that too!
What has UK ska darlings MEOW MEOWS been up to recently? Well, they’ve got a brand new 3 track 7” single called “FRIENDS ON BENEFITS” on JUMP UP RECORDS! Of course it’s a fantastic mix of 2 TONE ska and garage rock lead by a female vocal force, drawing comparisons to a wide range of artists like THE SKINTS, HOLLIE COOK, THE SELECTER, and DANCE HALL CRASHERS! But the origins of the title track is truly fascinating! Read on below! Continue reading Rude Girl Power! MEOW MEOWS “Friends On Benefits” 7″ EP prod by PRINCE FATTY and ROCKSTEADY SPORTING CLUB “Dums & Dopes” 7″ from REUNION ISLAND!
Nick Welsh Is KING HAMMOND – he is a SKA musician, producer, and songwriter from the UK. JUMP UP RECORDS is proud to release his first vinyl full length album since 1987’s “Revolution ‘70” – a skinhead reggae rarity released on Buster Bloodvessel’s resurrected Blue Beat label. What? Vintage 60s/70s skinhead reggae revival sounds in 1987? That’s like 15 years before THE AGGROLITES man! Can that be true?
“FLOORSHAKER!” is the hottest sound from reggae’s past, taking the best from KING HAMMOND’s “KING AND I” and “JACUZZI” CD releases- creating the finest vinyl release of 2011. MARCO ON THE BASS blog calls it “a startling crisp and addictive collection of skinhead reggae tracks that pay homage to the originals that inspired them but retains a contemporary pop feel”. It’s 14 tracks dripping with piercing organ, vintage disco-era keyboards, powerful brass, JUDGE DREAD / PRINCE BUSTER style chat/sing , and hypnotic guitar and bass – it truly is a FLOORSHAKER! Continue reading KING HAMMOND “Floorshaker!” LP (JUMP094LP)