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!
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!
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!
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 smart-dressed Nutty Boys NAPOLEON SOLO! Their first new studio album since 1989 – “OPEN CHANNEL D” – has arrived! NAPOLEON SOLO’s unique blend of British 2 Tone, Jamaican ska, and rhythm & blues mixed with sixites-style soul has attracted legions of fans worldwide since their formation in 1984. In fact, as early as 1988 BUSTER BLOODVESSEL of BAD MANNERS championed the band and produced their first mini-album “How To Steal The World” for Unicorn Records. He also presented them to UK fans on the legendary Blue Beat Explosion Tour, which featured BAD MANNERS (UK), BIM SKALA BIM (USA), and future PORK PIE acts SKAOS and THE BRACES. After that tour New Music Express proclaimed NAPOLEON SOLO as one of the top 10 ska bands in the entire world! Continue reading Danish 80’s SKA/SOUL legends! NAPOLEON SOLO “Open Channel D” LP vinyl / Import CD
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 – last copies!
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.
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!
Big Ska Band has been together for almost 25 years and has recorded five albums to date including “Skallelujah”, “Big Ska”, “55:22”, “Revival” and the brand new self titled Jump Up Records release. The group is led by Grammy winning producer Joe Ferry, whose credits include “Hi Bop Ska” by The Skatalites; “Greetings From Skamania” by The Skatalites; and “The Age of Insects”, “Hit Me” and “Punk Steady” by SKAndalous Allstars. Joe Ferry is also co-writer of the modern ska classic, “Skalloween” which has been re-recorded for this new collection. On this ten track album the band’s lead vocals are shared by Joey Ray, who is one of the most in-demand session singers in New York City, and Corey Glover from Grammy Award winning rock legends Living Colour. Stylistically, the album delivers something for everyone – up tempo third wave skankers with hi-octane horns and gang chorus, laid back summer reggae jams, jazzy Skatalites instrumentals, SKAandalous All Stars style cover tributes (including Radiohead’s “Creep” and a stadium rock medley), rub-a-dubby steppers and so much more! A great listen from start to finish – this record literally takes you back to the diversity of records that came out in the 90s third wave heyday. Continue reading Joey Ferry presents BIG SKA BAND LP vinyl / CD – feat COREY GLOVER of LIVING COLOUR on vocals!
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?