One silver lining of the vinyl reissue world is that overlooked albums get a second chance, we are experiencing this euphoria with POLISH SKA and JIMMY JAZZ RECORDS! VESPA is a traditional ska/reggae band that has been around since 1995, their debut album “BRUJAJ SIE” is finally on vinyl plus we have a limited amount of their new 4 track 7″ vinyl EP in our bundle! This new EPranges from organ fueled uptempo early reggae, both instrumental and vocal, slow and dirty space age 70’s reggae, with both male and female vocal leads sung in Polish. ALIANS 2000 release “Rowne Prawa” got the double vinyl gatefold sleeve treatment – after listening to the record we keep asking ourselves “How did we miss this the first time around?”. What a fantastic record – at times it channels the late 80’s European revival sounds of THE BUSTERS, MR REVIEW, and NO SPORTS. Our fave tunes are the very 2-TONE ones with tight horns – and that minor key gives it the slight flavor of a former Soviet block nation. Mixed in are slower dubby punky reggae tunes, an homage to PETER TOSH on “Equal Rights” and two fantastic covers of THE CLASH. A manic accordion permeates the band’s sound throught, giving the record a bit of a Spaghetti Western feel – and when they abandon the ska altogether it’s fast manic punk with shades of Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly or THE POGUES ala Straight To Hell soundtrack. Yes, we think that this record is THAT good. Gatefold sleeve double vinyl import, sung in both English and Polish. Continue reading Polish SKA Power! VESPA “Brujaj Sie” LP + ALIANS “Równe Prawa” 2xLP reissue
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their BOSS 4xCD – a tribute to the original 60’s ska & reggae sounds. The Jump Up vinyl 7″ singles have JUST arrived – and we think this 4 song EP is absolutely brilliant!! One side is on a roots reggae Jamaican tip, while the other has a 2-TONE ska 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each and will go fast! 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!
BOSS – Tribute to the Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP (JUMPTCT11) : Kingston All Stars f/ Stranger Cole “Step Up / Keith & Tex w/ Akasha “Stop That Train” / The Crombies “Rough & Tough” / Arthur Kay & The Clerks “Sea Cruise” Continue reading BOSS – Tribute To Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP available now – feat Keith & Tex, Stranger Cole, The Crombies, and Arthur Kay!
Two nuggets from the early 80s on vinyl for the first time! In the fall we were saddened to hear about the passing of founding member and original bass man Jim Robinson – we were already working on a Thanksgiving weekend Heavy Manners show ad quickly decided to turn the evening into a tribute to Jim. With help from new Chicago pressing plant Smashed Plastic and a fun 2-Tone inspired design by Destroy Brand graphics, we cranked out a limited edition one time press of 200 7″ singles to benefit Jim’s family. If you can’t pick one up at the show, get it here. If you never got around to picking up our last Heavy Manners reissue project then here’s another chance as we have a couple boxes left on clear/white vinyl. In 2011 Chicago ska/reggae legends HEAVY MANNERS recorded their first new music since the early 80s: “Get Me Out Of Debt” is a fun, whimsical and witty 2 TONE ska dancer with great keyboards and sax! “Fight The Good Fight” is a darker, political conscious reggae tune ripe for fans of original Island Records sounds. The B side is a musicologist treat – an original 80’s tune recorded back in the day and finally unearthed! “Could Not Get Enuff” is nearly 6 minutes of PETER TOSH at the tail end of disco, wonderfully mixing Heavy Manners’ Jamaican riddims into dance styled 2-TONE meets Chicago grooves. PETER TOSH also provides backing vocals!!! Not to be missed! A sound that also was utilized by THE ENGLISH BEAT on later 12″ singles! Comes in CLEAR or WHITE vinyl – add to your 7″ vinyl order for only $5 more!
Our annual tradition of feeding the Christmas spirit in ska/reggae style continues! THE AGGROLITES’ keyboard wizard ROGER RIVAS needs to introduction – here he returns with two instrumental hot shots of early/skinhead reggae – “Joy To The World” and “Winter Wonderland” will melt the snow off the rooftop! Limited to 300 copies, 150 on white 150 on red. We’ve still got some of ROGER RIVAS’ last Christmas 7″ single last holiday ” single – instrumental organ drenched reggae versions of “Deck The Halls” and “Jingle Bells” – but act fast there’s less than 20!
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.
Last year’s Christmas 7″ single is back in stock! 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.
Our yearly tradition of releasing Christmas ska/reggae wax continues into it’s 6th straight year! BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS have returned with two killer jazz-reggae nuggets for your holiday pleasure: “Ras Nick” and “Upon The Housetop”. This all star band features Eddie Ocampo-drums / Bid Dan Jeselsohn-bass / Andy Bassford-lead guitar / Matt Kursmark-rhythm guitar / Mike Sarason-piano and Rhodes / Larry McDonald-percussion / Anant Pradhan-alto/tenor saxophones and Bansuri flute / Luke Penella-flute and tenor saxophone / Philip Cooper-trombone / Rich Graiko-trumpet. This year’s new 7″ single has an added special treat – cover artwork painted by Danny Rebel. Limited to 200 copies, 100 on green and 100 on red.
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!
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?
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!