2023 SUBSCRIPTION CLUBS: CDs $100 – CASSETTE TAPES $60

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! Our CASSETTE TAPE club is our newest one, this is only it’s 5th year! Get Hard To Find Limited Edition Releases Handpicked By JUMP UP Records! It’s a great gift – or just treat yourself – we know you’ve earned it especially after the past couple of uncertain years! Has your hectic lifestyle (family, job, school, etc) made keeping up with the global ska scene nearly impossible? Like collecting and actually holding something in your hand? Or do you just love surprises that come in the mail?  If you answered yes to any of these, then these clubs are perfect for you!  Continue reading 2023 SUBSCRIPTION CLUBS: CDs $100 – CASSETTE TAPES $60

Restocked: JAMESTOWN SHEIKS “Lennon & McCartney Reggae Style” LP reissue – The Beatles go Jamaican!

Black Butcher Germany has just reissued the 1970 stone cold party classic on vinyl for the first time – original UK copies have become rare in recent years and are fetching high prices. Most original copies are also worn out from constant play! Twelve BEATLES classics in an uptempo early/skinhead reggae style, vocals are reminiscent of Desmond Dekker too! The origin of this band is still a mystery! A must for fans of THE AGGROLITES, and SYMARIP ! Don’t delay a minute, this limited edition one time pressing will go fast!

Tracklisting:  Let It Be / Ticket To Ride / I Want To Hold Your Hand / Michelle / Can’t Buy Me Love / The Fool On The Hill / Get Back / Yesterday / Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da / Eleanor Rigby / All My Loving / Hey Jude

 

Black Friday 2022 Import: NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “In The Moment” LP / CD

The real kings of contemporary ska-jazz invite us to an exciting cocktail of Jamaican beats and jazz sounds. The band’s 15th studio album “IN THE MOMENT” is focused on the mantra to live in the present, since we do not know what the future will bring us. Something that we have all have thought about more than once in recent times! Since their inception in 1994 the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble has carried the torch lit by The Skatalites, adding a heavier dose of American jazz to create a groovy hybrid for the word to enjoy. If you were introduced to the band through their first three Moon Ska NYC albums, you won’t be disappointed with this brand new effort released on BRIXTON RECORDS SPAIN. Classic black vinyl and digipak CD available.

STOMP Records LP restocks: PLANET SMASHERS / K-MAN & THE 45s

K-Man & The 45s, where Ska meets Rock and Roll. This Canadian 5 piece band from downtown Montreal is as heavily influenced by old school ska as it is with classic rock n roll. With a fantastic horn section playing catchy melodic lines and blazing solos over an energetic rhythm section, they switch naturally from ska to rock and punk, with surf sounds often not far behind. They draw influences as much from 2 tone bands such as The Specials and The Beat as they do from The Ramones and The Cramps. “Stand With The Youth” features 12 tracks of high energy steady-rocking Ska punk gems. Not to be outdone we have restocked the latest album from legendary Canadian ska band PLANET SMASHERS, NOW CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SKA PUNK PARTY MAYHEM! An absolute staple in the Canadian music scene, The Smashers have been slinging their two-toney, punky, new wavee party ska to the four corners of the earth with an unapologetic middle finger raised on one hand and a double mai-tai cocktail firmly gripped in the other. “Too Much Information” is The Planet Smashers’ ninth full-length album and these fourteen songs run through a diverse collection of themes ranging from the culture of over-sharing (Too Much Information) to being obsessed by love (Can’t Stop) to eating far too much ice-cream (Brain Freeze) to that one time a couple years back when Matt Smasher broke his neck in four places after a show in Sherbrooke (Break My Neck A Love Song). One thing’s for damn sure, you just can’t keep a good band down.

HOTKNIVES FANS! We now carry GARY MARSHALL “The Awakening” LP vinyl!

All long time Jump Up mail order customers (or fans of our radio show in the 90’s) knows we have been massive fans of British band THE HOTKNIVES since the late 80s when we eagerly awaited for their new albums to be available at import shops (the internet didn’t exist!).  We’ve kept their reissues in stock for nearly 30 years, first on CD then now on vinyl from Mad Butcher and Grover. When we were offered the latest 2019 album from original lead singer GARY MARSHALL we jumped at the opportunity. The album is a mix of melancholy soulful 2-Tone grooves as you’d expect, but the album truly covers all sounds British including Style Council string laden cappuccino soul, groovy downtempo funk reggae to jangley guitar-led Brit pop. A sophisticated album for long time fans curious to follow Gary’s direction 25-30 years later!

German Ska Vinyl Gems: EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS / LOS PLACEBOS / DIE TORNADOS

EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS gained legendary status in the late 1980s for combining 2Tone ska with German lyrics. After the band’s break-up in the 1990s, their trombonist went international, Prof. Richie sen. became Dr. Ring Ding, and started out on an exceptional journey through sounds and styles! Then in the early 00’s the band did a series of well received reunion shows and talks of a comeback album began! “Hier Und Jetzt Oder Nie“ was the result in 2014 on the legendary PORK PIE imprint (RING OF FIRE vinyl edition), and features a dense collection of uplifting songs between Ska (from Jamaican to Third Wave), Punk and New Wave. Perfectly suited as the soundtrack for a wild party, or for a ride in the car after work. LOS PLACEBOS released “TIME OR ACTION” in 2015 on SUNNY BASTARDS Germany, bringing back that classic late 80s/early 90’s European ska explosion sound reminiscent of NO SPORTS, BRACES, NAPOLEON SOLO and more! Sung mostly in English but there’s a few in their native tongue tossed in! DIE TORNADOS “Young Guns Old Rockers” was released in 2014 on SUNNY BASTARDS and is simply a neo-traditional delight, full of hot Jamaican ska riddims, rocksteady grooves, jazzy horns, bubbly organ with soulful vocal harmonies galore. A few faster 2-TONE gems added to get the party going!

Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

The Tennors were a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal group in the 1960s and ’70s. “Reggae Girl” simply put is a killer Boss Reggae album originally released in 1968, featuring The Tennors, The Harmonians, Roman Stewart, Jonny Moore & Karl Bryan, Eric Monty Morris,  Tommy McCook, Charlie Organaire, Kingstonians, and more. This limited reissue is on 180g features 4 extra bonus tracks just on the vinyl version.  Continue reading Grover Restocks: THE TENNORS “Reggae Girl” LP / “Another Scorcher” LP restocked! 180g pressings with free CD!

Grover Vinyl Classics: THE TALKS – T-KILLAS – THE PEACOCKS!

British 2-Tone ska punk band THE TALKS formed in 2006 and had the distinct honor of opening for The Specials on their 30th anniversary tour way back in 2009. Their albums are a smorgasbord of catchy tunes, well crafted engaging songs that fit extraordinarily well within the confines of ska’s structural boundaries. We’be restocked their classic album from 2015 released on Grover Records in Germany, a must for fans of Buster Shuffle, classic 2-Tone. and modern American third wave ska. Inspired by bands like The Clash, The Specials, and Redskins, Germany’s T-KILLAS released their debut album  in 2014 full of energetic 2-Tone ska mixed with a heavy dose of mod, garage, and punk. It’s fast, snotty and cheeky, with lots of guitar and organ as well as a dominant saxophone that brings to mind many of the European bands from the early 90’s ska explosion. Fans of Hellcat Records will also dig!  In 2020, after a 6 year wait, the second album “Awareness” was dropped on  Grover Records! Last but certainly not least comes from Swiss ska-punk-abilly band THE PEACOCKS! Jump Up issued “IN WITHOUT KNOCKING” in the USA in the late 90’s and sponsored multiple tours by this dynamic 3 piece – so it’s fun to see this limited poster sleeve vinyl re-press available again for those who missed out 25 years ago!

Grover Classics: RUDE RICH & THE HIGHNOTES “Soul Stomp” LP / “The Soul In Ska” LP / “Tribute To The Greats” LP

Dutch stars RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES have been putting the soul in ska for decades, and we’re proud to have these two vinyl represses in stock once again! “SOUL STOP” from 2004 now on 180g black vinyl in a fold around sleeve, features 19 tracks including killer old school covers like “Prince Of Peace”  (Prince Buster), “High School Dance” (Freddy McKay),  “Hot Milk” (A Tribute To Jackie Mittoo), “Money Worries” (Ernest Wilson),  “I Won’t Let You Go” (The Blues Busters),  “Old Times” (The Heptones), “Ska Beat” (Alton Ellis), “Come Down ’68” (Lord Creator) – and of course amazing originals too! RUDE RICH and crew’s latest from 2016 “THE SOUL IN SKA” took that Motown sound and created incredible ska & reggae versions:  “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”,  “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”, “Back Stabbers”, “Love And Happiness” – but they also kicked out Jamaican classics like “Turn Your Lamp Down Low”, “Evening News” and so much more! This repress is on WHITE vinyl too! Look what else showed up – TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS with 10 great covers of classic reggae hits just peep the cover art!

Grover Vinyl Classics: SENIOR ALL STARS “Elated” LP (jazz reggae) & “RELATED” LP (dubs)

For more than 20 years German band the SENIOR ALL STARS  have dedicated themselves to the instrumental form of Jamaican music. Reggae, jazz, dub: the three terms still define the framework in which the sound of the all-stars has changed and developed. In terms of composition and play, the band is deeply rooted in the reggae of the 70s and 80s, the musicians go one step further in composition, interaction and sound and create their personal continental-european dub-reggae style. In 2017 their ninth album “Elated” was released then soon after corresponding dub versions on “Related”. Both albums new restocked by popular demand!