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Celestial Ska Sounds! SKA FLAMES “Turn Up” LP vinyl (Japanese Import) + GEORGETOWN ORBITS “Solar Flares” LP

We’re very lucky to have restocks on the latest studio album from Japanese traditional ska legends SKA FLAMES – last year our initial batch was gone before the holidays were over! Here’s your second chance – these cats started in the 80’s and literally became Japan’s answer to The Skatalites – releases on Gaz’s Rockin’ Records helped solidify their legend worldwide! Heavyweight vinyl in a hard-stock sleeve with Obi strip – very stylish! Also on the celestial theme are the GEORGETOWN ORBITS from Portland, Oregan – we have limited copies of their latest release “Solar Flares” that shows us why they are one of the best traditional ska/reggae acts to come out of the Pacific Northwest. A very catchy new album, diverse styles of traditional Jamaican music and a great listen start to finish. Get both records and save a bundle!

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2019 SUBSCRIPTION CLUBS: LP VINYL $150 / DJ SPECIAL 7″ $65 – CDs $100 – TAPES $50

It’s that time of the year again! The original ska subscription clubs are back! The Perfect Gift For The SKA / REGGAE Fan Who LOVES New Music! We’ve run the original CD club for 20 years now! Hard To Find Limited Edition Releases Handpicked By JUMP UP Records! A great gift – or just treat yourself – we know you’ve earned it! Has your hectic lifestyle (family, job, school, etc) made keeping up with the global ska scene nearly impossible? Then these clubs are perfect for you! 

We at JUMP UP understand you need more “bang for your buck” this holiday season! WE HEAR YOU!  We search the globe for the best new ska releases all year for JUMPUPRECORDS.COM – plus we play them on our weekly radio show. Continue reading 2019 SUBSCRIPTION CLUBS: LP VINYL $150 / DJ SPECIAL 7″ $65 – CDs $100 – TAPES $50

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BIM SKALA BIM “Bones” on LP vinyl for the first time! 1991 classic expanded with 3 bonus tracks!

Legendary 1991 alt rock/ska album on vinyl for the first time, adding 3 bonus tracks from the original sessions. Boston’s Bim Skala Bim are one of a handful of veteran ska bands that have kept ska in America alive through the decades, and for this set the group collaborated with Lou Giordano and other rock producers. The lyrics were more focused than on previous efforts, highlighting the group’s political engagement and familiarity with contemporary futuristic literature. Taking their cues from the jazz oriented Skatalites rather than British 2-Tone, this early release by the group’s five core members shows why they were one of the best. Dan Vitale’s compelling lead vocals and Jim Arhelger’s drums are firmly rooted in the rock arena, but they meet the band’s swelling horns and jazzy ska arrangements for a smooth, upbeat sound that’s paced at just the right tempo to demand dancing. For many of the band’s most devoted fans, “Bones” was the quintessential summer album, tunes like “Wandering Soul”, “In Our Midst”, “People In The World” and “At Wo’s” became the beach party soundtrack for college towns all across the Eastern seaboard. This has been in production for a LONG time (pressing mishaps out of our control) – but totally worth the wait! Limited edition of 500 with 200 on clear orange vinyl.

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THE TOASTERS “Ska Jerk” 7″ EP – exclusive USA version with Natalie Wood cover art on orange vinyl – limited to 100 copies!

The link between Jamaican music and US soul/blues is very strong, and the tunes on this Screaming Records import EP are directly influenced by that 60’s vibe. All these songs were mixed by The Toasters frontman Bucket over the course of different projects,  “Ska Jerk” is post “Don’t Let The Bastards Drag You Down” album and was originally intended for a compilation project that never saw light of day.  The song in many ways sums up the vibe of the mid-1960s and the popular culture of that era. The style, the fashion, the dance halls, the attitude…and the soul music. The cover art matches perfectly with an official publicity photograph of the stunning Natalie Wood. Rounding out the single is their fantastic cover of the DAVE CLARK FIVE’s “Bits And Pieces” and the James Bond inspired. “Ska Finger”. Limited to 100 copies, only 60 available for mail order!  Act quick! We have a small amount of THE TOASTERS “House of Soul” 7″ single left add one to your current order for only $5

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BOSS – Tribute To Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP available now – feat Keith & Tex, Stranger Cole, The Crombies, and Arthur Kay!

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!

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HEAVY MANNERS “Ska Jam” b/w “Blue Beat” 7″ vinyl – a tribute to Jimi Robinson + “Get Me Outta Debt” 12″ EP (JUMP086) feat PETER TOSH

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!

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New Christmas Wax for 2018 – ROGER RIVAS & THE BROTHER OF REGGAE “Joy To The World” b/w “Winter Wonderland” 7″ single on red and white vinyl

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!

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AKASHA “Mother of Exiles” LP vinyl (bonus 7″ single) – Studio One style roots reggae! Charley Organaire and Keith & Tex recordings too!

Akasha is the premiere reggae band on the Chicago musical landscape, sounding like they stepped out of a 1972 session at Studio One, but also embroidering on the Jamaican canon with diverse modern influences. Powerfully authentic but also accessible to the contemporary ear, Akasha’s approach to reggae is both a refreshing and earnest tribute. Akasha’s new LP, Mother Of Exiles, is a concept album dealing with issues such as immigration, discrimination, and oppression. This recording is as on point a statement on our current tumultuous times as one can imagine, and is certain to resonate with any listener. Given Mother of Exile’s thematic material and Akasha’s continued musical evolution, this new album is certain to set a new standard for the reggae genre. Cosmos Ray’s lead vocals, Doug Bistrow’s bass, Scott Moss’ guitar, Shane Jonas’ horns and keys, and John Barbush’s drums along with their hallmark four-part harmony come together to forge Akasha’s signature sound, which has backed Jamaican legends including Dennis Alcapone, Charlie Organaire, Johnny Osbourne, Keith and Tex, Ranking Joe, Carlton Livingston, Ky-Mani Marley and most recently Niney The Observer. Akasha also hosts what has become Chicago’s best-loved monthly reggae night, Simmer Down Sound, which features both live performance and DJ sets from established and emerging national and international talent. Heavyweight vinyl with bonus DJ 7″ vinyl single is limited to 100 copies. Ships for December 7th street date! Special Deal – add the Specialized Marley Tribute 7″ EP  (features “One Cup of Coffee” with Charley Organaire) or the brand new BOSS Tribute 7″ EP (features”Stop That Train”  with Keith & Tex)  for only $5 each. What a bargain!

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MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” LP black vinyl with bonus 7″ single with demos!

REPRESS  has arrived!  Debut 1994 album from New York City satanic ska punk band, produced by Bill Laswell. Thirteen upbeat skankers, flush with brass, drenched with irresistible melodies and infectious choruses. Originally self released, the album soon went global after being licensed by Moon Ska Records. Far beyond 2-Tone with a slight nod to Jamaica’s originators, Mephiskapheles birthed their own ska-based niche. Go SATAN! Go SKA!  We also released the cassette tape for Cassette Store Day 2017, add one for the collection only 150 made!  Their second album “Maximum Perversion” is also available on vinyl and tape from us!

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