BLACK FRIDAY New Release: VOID UNION “Return of The Super Vape” LP vinyl / CD / Tape

Void Union has a simple mission statement: preserve the Jamaican music of the 1960’s, collaborate with Ska’s originators, and actively recruit guest players from the ensembles that have proven equal to the task of reinventing the genre. On this brand new album David Hillyard (The Slackers), Steve Jackson (The Pietasters), Alex Desert {Hepcat), Jr Thomas, The Expanders all guest on what surely will become a modern ay classic! Top-shelf collaborations are nothing new, in the past Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Lynval Golding (The Specials), King Django, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack),and David Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) all have been featured on Void Union recordings. In November of 2010, Vin Gordon (The Skatalites, Bob Marley and the Wailers) joined the group for a watershed European tour. Thaddeus Merritt (Bass), Rick Smith (Drums), Rich Graiko (Trumpet), Alex Stern (Guitar, Keys), and Anant Pradhan(Tenor Sax), comprise Void Union’s core, but, the band’s philosophy lends itself to a collective atmosphere in which like-minded musicians sit in and assure that no show is the same as the one that preceded it. The audience at a gig is not a mere handful of die-hard Ska enthusiasts; a survey of the crowd yields suits, working stiffs, parents, children, dreadlocks, moptops, and…hipsters? All turn out to bear witness to a versatile ensemble that is as at ease providing the jazz-tinged instrumental foil to a Jamaican legend as it is leading a sing-along at a neighborhood bar. “Return Of The Super Vape available now on CD, limited edition tape, and vinyl limited to 300 copies. Red vinyl limited to 100.

BLACK FRIDAY Cassette: 8 BIT RUDE BOY Tape! We have released 43 cassettes to date! Get all catalog titles HERE!

8 BIT RUDE BOY now on cassette tape! An incredible and fun collection of ska and reggae composed on 80’s Japanese game consoles! Cassette Store Day has come an gone but we keep releasing new tapes all year!  2019 was our 4th year as an official label – once again we lead the pack with the most CSD releases of ANY label – 12 titles!  Check out those releases on our separate page! It’s crazy, when we jumped back on board in 2016 we released the “Pressure Drip” collaboration tape with Dark Matter – a Jump Up label sampler to be enjoyed while sipping on our exclusive coffee blend. Every year since then we have added more and more new titles and retro classics to the catalog. Tapes are super fun and very collectible, and they are more limited than vinyl! They are also VERY affordable – more and more tape decks, Walkman or Boombox style portable players are being made now too! Due to many requests we decided that it was time to designate a page to the tape catalog we have available. Everything BUT our first CSD tape “Pressure Drip” is currently available. See pics and lists – the more you order the cheaper the tapes get!  Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY Cassette: 8 BIT RUDE BOY Tape! We have released 43 cassettes to date! Get all catalog titles HERE!

Cassette Store Day 2019 – Twelve new tapes including THE SLACKERS, MUSTARD PLUG, THE PIETASTERS, THE SKATALITES and MEPHISKAPHELES!

Jump Up is leading the way supporting cassette culture with 12 releases for the yearly Cassette Store Day celebration! We lead ALL LABELS with the most new titles dropping on Saturday October 12th! One again we ask you to call a participating shop and request that they stock our titles for the day – we want to support brick and mortar stores first. As always we will be offering our titles on our website that day we do understand that not everyone is close to a participating store. Tapes are fun and inexpensive, and are always more limited than the vinyl or CD versions. In many cases tapes allow us to add bonus material that we simply can’t fit on a vinyl record. In this day and age it seems everything is available on vinyl and records have become mainstream, thus cassette culture has really taken off once again for true collectors. Do yourself a favor and pick up a vintage tape deck or boombox this year – you’ll be glad you did! For a list of participating shops go to the Cassette Store Day site HERE. To see close ups on the tapes and videos of them playing on our vintage boombox collection – follow us on Instgram

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Italian Import: THE UPPERTONES “Up Up Up” LP vinyl in stock now!

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! ! We also have a VERY small handful of MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS “Heroes” LP left – add one now before it is out of print forever!

 

THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “Firewalk” LP vinyl has arrived! CD / Tape still available

The Prizefighters perform ska and rocksteady from Jamaica’s golden era, their brilliant new studio album “Firewalk” is their first since 2010’s “Follow My Sound”. Since that release the band has perfected their craft working side by side with the stars that created the music back in the 60’s. That resume is now quite impressive, it includes backing the “King of Ska” Derrick Morgan at Reggae Fest Chicago, twice with Stranger Cole including a duet show with Patsy, plus Chicago and Montreal showcases with the dazzling Roy & Yvonne. Their relationship with legendary harmonica player and vocalist Charley Organaire might be the most special, as he joined The Prizefighters in the recording studio for a session that lead to the 2014 mini-album Charley Organaire Meets The Prizefighters which lead to their first European tour. In the band’s words “it’s not just about playing the songs well; it’s about playing them correctly and authentically” – and the several years worth of authentic 60s Jamaican music conservatory experience between the first record and “Firewalk” really shows. Working hard on tunes with a mantra of “will this be good enough for Derrick Morgan? Or for Stranger & Patsy?” has conditioned the band to push themselves to ever higher standards. We are so proud to present this stunning new album in 2019 from one of our favorite bands. Let’s face it, without The Prizefighters we wouldn’t have been able to bring so many Jamaican legends to Chicago and keep the spirit of 60’s Jamaica alive.

THE SCOTCH BONNETS “Come On Over” LP + 7″ vinyl / CD/ Tapes – produced / mixed by Dave Hillyard & Agent Jay of The Slackers!

Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. Continue reading THE SCOTCH BONNETS “Come On Over” LP + 7″ vinyl / CD/ Tapes – produced / mixed by Dave Hillyard & Agent Jay of The Slackers!

THE FUSS “Ourselves” LP / TAPE (JUMP137LP) available NOW! Soulful ska/reggae from Washington DC.

The Fuss is a dynamic ska, rock steady, and early reggae band from Washington, D.C. Their sound pays tribute to the music of 1960’s Jamaica and the British Mod scene, while putting modern slant on these timeless styles. The group is comprised of 3-part female harmonies, a 3-piece horn section, and 4-piece rhythm section. Since the band formed in 2014 and they’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with bands such as The Skatalites, The Toasters, The Pietasters, Eastern Standard Time, The Interrupters, Save Ferris, Steady 45’s, and many more. “Ourselves” is the band’s debut 14 track album, a brilliant follow up to their critically acclaimed “In Trouble” EP, standout track “So Many Times” recently appeared the Ska Brewing/Jump Up collection “Drink The Ska”. This past summer we leaked a limited run of vinyl to the band on their east coast tour, now we are proud to say that we can supply the world with this fantastic debut. It’s as great as it looks – no lie! The retro cassette version is only currently available from us in our collectors bundle, it is officially being released for Cassette Store Day USA on 10/13. We are so proud to have THE FUSS join the JUMP UP family!

SuperNova Exclusives: DANNY REBEL “Boombox Sessions Vol 1&2” CD + RUDE BOY GEORGE “Play Anything” TAPE

Every year at the SuperNova Ska festival we launch exclusive titles – these are for artists we REALLY want to give an extra push to! In 2017 we released he debut 7″ vinyl single for the SCOTCH BONNETS called “The District”, which included a fantastic reggae version of THE EVENS for all you Dischord/DC punk/Fugazi fans! What, you missed that release? No fear you get a second chance now! This year we were so happy to have brought Montreal acoustic ska/reggae one-man band DANNY REBEL, over the past 2 years we released his incredible “Boombox Sessions” for Cassette Store Day…and now both tapes are on one Compact Disc. Continue reading SuperNova Exclusives: DANNY REBEL “Boombox Sessions Vol 1&2” CD + RUDE BOY GEORGE “Play Anything” TAPE

Limited edition TAPES from THE BAKESYS and THE UPPERTONES – TWO TONE LIVE available too!

It’s always a great day when we announce some new TAPES on the label! We don’t just release things around Cassette Store Day, we do it all year long! We have also brought back our TAPE club for it’s 2nd year, and these tapes are all official selections that you will receive in the first shipment!  Get out that vintage boombox and get into a format that launched portable music!

First up is THE BAKESYS 90 minute tape! The self titled cassette (JUMPTAPE011) features the brand new “More Bakesys” mini album, the “Studio Selections 1991 – 1995” anthology album & 6 tracks from the “Return To The Planet Of The Bakesys” live album – 27 tracks of Bakesys’ power pop & reggae injected 2 tone ska goodness! 2-TONE black/white shell, limited edition of 100 copies.  Not to be outdone THE UPPERTONES are back with “UP UP UP” – another wonderful Jamaican ska and Rhythm & Blues album from this Italian 3 piece headed by MR. T BONE himself. Limited edition of 100 copies. Both tapes are shipping across the Atlantic now and will also be available with the bands very soon!

Finally, we acquired some new/old stock of a fun TWO-TONE LIVE tape featuring THE SPECIALS, THE SELECTER, and SPECIAL BEAT. It’s a UK import with a great track listing:

THE SPECIALS – Gangsters/ You’re Wandering Now/ Stupid Marriage/ Do The Dog/ Nite Klub

THE SELECTER – Train To Skaville/ The Selecter/ Sweet Feeling/ Celebrate The Bullet

SPECIAL BEAT – Rat Race/ Concrete Jungle/ Mirror In The Bathroom

 

THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP – hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!

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. Continue reading THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP – hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!