German ska & reggae virtuoso DR RING DING has returned with his seventeenth album, a wonderful collection of songs that range between reggae, old school dancehall, 2 Tone, traditional ska, cumbia and dub. Since 1987 he has performed with the top Jamaican influenced bands in Germany including EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS, SENIOR ALLSTARS, and THE BUSTERS. With the band SKA-VAGANZA he focused on traditional 60s Caribbean music, and that love continues with the songs on THE REMEDY – showing incredible diversity and talent as a singer, songwriter, entertainer and trombonist. Guests include Jamaican dancehall queen SISTA GRACY, the Grammy-nominated TIPPA IRIE, American jazz singer STEPHANIE K. and Swiss singer and Eurovision 2010 participant MICHAEL VON DER HEIDE. An absolutely enjoyable and well-rounded album! The remedy works – just call the Doctor! Repress on poolside blue vinyl in stock now, comes with a drink coaster for your glass of rum!
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Recordings released by Jump Up Records
BUFORD O’SULLIVAN & THE ROBOTS “Stolen Soul” LP vinyl – THE SCOFFLAWS & Easy Star All Stars trombone legend!
Buford O’Sullivan is a trombonist and composer who has performed world-wide since the 1980’s. His first band, ‘Big Noise’ traveled the Northeast Corridor playing the alt music circuit from NYC and Albany to Boston. Big Noise played regularly at CBGBs, The Cat Club, and the music strip of Bleeker Street. In the 1990’s, Buford toured the 3rd wave ska craze extensively with The Scofflaws and The Toasters, traveling all across the USA and Canada, Europe, and South America. The Scofflaws second release ‘Ska in Hi Fi’ featured several of his songs, including ‘William Shatner’ and ‘Nude Beach’ for which a video was made and aired on MTV. He contributed a drinking song ‘Can I Get Another’ to the Toasters’ final Moon records release “Enemy of the System”. After the millennium, he joined The Easy Star All-Stars and his reach spanned the globe with performances at The Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK, the Fuji Rock festival in Japan, Blues Festival in Australia, Moscow, Singapore, with countless tours of England, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and these international trips continue to this day. He has also worked with other bands such as Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Dave Hillyard and the Rock Steady Seven, The Brooklyn Attractors, and Dub is a Weapon. He continues to be the stand-in for Vin Gordon in the trombone chair for ‘The Skatalites Band’. His latest solo album “Stolen Soul” technically dropped at the end of 2019, and our initial plans for a vinyl release were side tracked by the pandemic. The album is so good we never gave up on it! As Buford puts it “Stolen Soul is a project that attempts to digitize the human soul. Using the wonders of 21st century technology, all of the anguish and sacrifice that goes into the human act of making music have been beatmaped and sampled to provide an album’s worth of listening enjoyment!” All songs written, produced, and performed by Buford himself, it’s a wonderful selection of 13 tracks that range from jazzy roots reggae, scorching ska, dub, early/skinhead reggae and modern 2-Tone – mostly instrumental but Buford belts it out on some songs too! Limited edition on red and clear vinyl. ***2023 Subscription Club Selection***
REPRESS! CHECK ONE-2: SPIRIT OF ’79 LP vinyl – now on clear blue wax!
REPRESS IS HERE! JUMP UP has been working with SPECIALIZED UK charity since 2012, releasing limited edition vinyl to compliment their incredible tribute CDs – with proceeds benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust. Multi-CD tribute albums of THE SPECIALS, THE BEAT, MADNESS, THE CLASH, and BOB MARLEY have been released with JUMP UP issuing 10 limited edition 7″ singles from these collections. We even did a cassette tape edition of their DANCE CRAZE tribute! In 2017 the Specialized team released GIFTED, a four CD collection of bands covering mod revival legends THE JAM… we then compiled the best ska/reggae tunes on one full length colored vinyl LP. BOSS SOUNDS, a 4xCD tribute to the original Trojan era classics was released in 2018, from that we then released a limited 4 track 7” vinyl EP with Keith & Tex with Akasha, Arthur Kay, The Crombies, and Stranger Cole with Kingston All Stars. In 2019 the SPECIALIZED crew celebrated the 40th anniversary of 2-ONE with another incredible 4xCD collection: CHECK ONE-2: Spirit of ’79. Covers of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, THE SELECTER, THE BEAT, MADNESS, BODYSNATCHERS and more! This edition features mostly American bands from the collection – and if you couldn’t guess the majority of the bands are Jump Up Records acts! ***UK FANS – COPIES ARE ON THE WAY TO SPECIALIZED UK NOW – PLEASE PLACES YOUR ORDER WITH THEM!** Continue reading REPRESS! CHECK ONE-2: SPIRIT OF ’79 LP vinyl – now on clear blue wax!
REPRESS! MEPHISKAPHELES “Might-Ay White-Ay” LP – white vinyl
REPRESSED! NYC satanic ska/metal band’s third album from 1999 finally on vinyl for the first time! Demanded by fans – we heard you! After our reissues of “GOD BLESS SATAN” and “MAXIMUM PERVERSION”of course we’d be dropping this on you for Black Friday 2019! At the time of this release the band was having issues with their new label, and it suffered from promotion and distribution problems. The final master was not up to snuff either. We are proud to announce that this has been completely remastered by the band, perfected for vinyl! Repressed on cloudy white vinyl! Continue reading REPRESS! MEPHISKAPHELES “Might-Ay White-Ay” LP – white vinyl
REPRESS! EASTERN STANDARD TIME “Time For Change” LP – DC’s Ska-Jazz pioneers
REPRESSED! Washington DC’s messengers of Ska-Jazz are back with a new record, their first full-length release since the critically acclaimed “Tempus Fugit” and first release since appearing on Derrick Morgan’s live album in 2017. “Time For Change” embraces the band’s signature sound of bop jazz and Jamaican rhythms, and blends this with with soul, rocksteady, and reggae Whether in a smoky jazz club or on a festival stage they always deliver a dynamic live performance. That signature flexibility has led to them becoming backing musicians for many Jamaican greats, including Derrick Morgan, Roy Ellis, Dr. Ring Ding, King Django, and Mr. T-Bone. Formed in 1995, Eastern Standard Time began as a project to bring musicians from Washington DC’s jazz and Caribbean communities together to play music based on the original Jamaican Ska. Over the years the membership crystalized into a seven-piece group primarily blending American soul and jazz with danceable Jamaican rhythms from the 50s to the 70s. Eastern Standard Time has logged years on the road, with dozens of tours throughout Europe and North America to their credit. As 2019 dawns Eastern Standard Time will be touring throughout Europe, North America, and beyond in support of Time for Change. Heavyweight royal blue vinyl repress now available limited to 250 copies.
REPRESS! THE SCOFFLAWS self titled LP vinyl – 30th Anniversary Edition!
REPRESS HAS ARRIVED! The Scofflaws are a New York-based ska band that debuted in 1988. Known for their rambunctious live shows, technically proficient horn solos and tight arrangements, the Scofflaws were one of the top third wave ska acts of the ’90s and one of the most beloved bands on the now-defunct Moon Ska label, as well as the center and focal point of the once-thriving Long Island ska scene. The Scofflaws early sound was characterized by strong R&B and jazz influences as well as eclectic covers of such songs as Henry Mancini’s “A Shot in the Dark” and Danny Elfman’s theme for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, while original songs like “Rudy’s Back”, “Paul Getty” and “William Shatner” became cult favorites due to the offbeat lyrics and quirky vocal stylings of bandleader Richard “Sammy” Brooks, co-founder Mike Drance and trombonist Buford O’Sullivan. Their self-titled debut studio album was released in 1991 by Moon Records, followed by Ska in Hi Fi in 1995, the concert recording Live! Vol. 1 in 1996, and their third studio album, Record of Convictions, in 1998. They toured the United States several times, including stints as the openers for Desmond Dekker and Bad Manners. The band’s lineup saw frequent changes and served as a springboard for numerous New York ska musicians, original co-frontman Mike Drance left in 1994 to form the Bluebeats, bassist Victor Rice went on to be a founding member of the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and continue a career in music production, and Buford O’Sullivan played for The Toasters and Easy Star All Stars. Although the Scofflaws have not released a studio recording since 1998, Brooks continues to lead the band in live performances within the New York area. We are so excited to release their 1991 debut album on vinyl for he first time ever, on royal blue and yellow. Continue reading REPRESS! THE SCOFFLAWS self titled LP vinyl – 30th Anniversary Edition!
REPRESSED! THE CROMBIES “Dance Crazee” LP vinyl (Random Color) / Cassette Tape
If you don’t dance to THE CROMBIES, you don’t dance! Chicago’s 2-TONE champs have finally gone and done it – recorded their debut album for JUMP UP RECORDS! Formed in 2010 by ex-members of DEAL’S GONE BAD and LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS with a very simple idea – start out as a 2-TONE cover band playing the hits of THE SPECIALS, BAD MANNERS, BEAT, MADNESS, etc – the later create 2-TONE versions of songs that have that ska potential! Original DGB singer “Lord” Mike Park once again was on the case and recruited a top notch troop that included ex-DGB keyboard player Karl Gustafson, DGB guitarist Dave Simon, Vee Sonnets on lead guitar, Jason Berry on bass, and Matt Meuzelaar on drums. The band’s first 2-TONE’d studio cut was NINEY THE OBSERVER’s “BLOOD & FIRE” released on a limited edition 7″ single, with a new version of the classic DGB song “MAD AT THE WORLD” on the flip. It was an instant hit, the single got dancefloors moving all across the world! Random color vinylremains. Continue reading REPRESSED! THE CROMBIES “Dance Crazee” LP vinyl (Random Color) / Cassette Tape
Black Friday 2022: THE SCOFFLAWS “Ska In Hi Fi” LP – 1995 Moon NYC classic on vinyl for the first time!
Released on vinyl for the first time ever! Originally issued in the fall of 1995, “SKA IN HI FI” was a major evolution from the band’s debut album in 1991. A tremendous 16-song effort with non stop danceable grooves, time tested live staples appeared as studio versions for the first time, making the album an instant hit for Moon Ska NYC. Includes their most famous composition, “William Shatner,” an ode to their favorite Star Trek actor and all around renaissance man, plus fan faves “Nude Beach” and “Spider On My Bed”. THE SCOFFLAWS still sound best when they get off on an big band instrumental ska groove, especially on Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” (“Skaravan”) and Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” – but don’t get me wrong, the vocals are very efficient on this sophomore classic. Overall it’s a truly spirited affair – the band never rushes their music, instead preferring to rely on relaxed tempos and letting their powerful horn section lead the way. At the time of this recording the band was truly at it’s height, included in their ranks were VICTOR RICE and BUFORD O’SULLIVAN alongside founder RICHARD BROOKS. Available on Classic Black, Red or Blue Vinyl. **SUBSCRIPTION CLUB SELECTION!**
Black Friday 2022: THE SKALARS “Change Up” LP – 1999 Moon NYC classic on vinyl for the first time!
THE SKALARS (formerly Issac Green & The Skalars) released their sophomore album on Moon Ska NYC in 1999, at a time when much of the American ska scene was “crashing” due to mainstream media “fatigue” looking for the next big thing in underground music. True fans never went away, but the trendy bandwagon jumpers were gone suddenly making new ska albums kryptonite to retail, and brilliant albums like “CHANGE UP” never got their fair shake – which is why we are righting this wrong with a vinyl release 23 years later! To put it bluntly, this sophomore album was light-years ahead of their 1996 debut “Skoolin’ With the Skalars”. Jessica Butler’s gorgeous voice is in fine form, belting through tracks like “After The Show,” “J.A.M.,” and a torchy cover of the classic “Hold Me Tight” with soul and grace. Trombonist Evan Shaw took an expanded vocal role too, and their voices play very well off each other on “Follow Through,” “Zero Commitment,” and the rave-up crowd pleaser “Box Of Death,” while Shaw takes the lead on the tasty “Mixed Blessing.” Of course, the horn work (from Shaw, Butler on sax, and guest Tyler Jones of Spring Heeled Jack on trumpet) is tight and sweet, and the band is right on time – check out “Strikeout Summer,” which gives guitarist Ethan D’Ericole a chance to shine, and the Latin-tinged “This Is It,” which gives the whole band a nice work out. All in all, “Change Up” was an amazing leap forward for this talented band hailing from St Louis, let’s hope for some more reunion shows to celebrate this re-release! Limited to 500 copies on green and red vinyl. **SUBSCRIPTION CLUB SELECTION!**
Black Friday 2022: HALF PAST TWO “Holiday” LP Picture Disc (Digital Print) / BUMSY & THE MOOCHERS “Diet Violence” LP – Chicago’s Ska Punk Powerhouse Debut
Last year’s fun “Holiday” EP now available as one sided digital print vinyl picture disc! Half Past Two, fresh off the release of their self titled 2021 full-length album, released a new EP titled ‘Holidays’ consisting of upbeat ska covers of the song “Holiday” by Madonna, Green Day, Vampire Weekend and Weezer! As guitarist/vocalist Max Beckman put it “While recording our cover of Madonna’s ‘Holiday’ last year, the idea of centering an entire release around covers of songs specifically titled ‘Holiday’ came up and was just too silly to ignore. Completing the additional three songs took a mad dash effort between releasing our new full-length record and returning to live shows but the songs turned out great! We’re super proud of this release and excited for our fans to get in on the joke”. Green Day’s Holiday that gets the treatment first adding an injection of life, really dialing up the ska and even descending into a wicked sax solo to offer something fresh in a very familiar track. Vampire Weekend’s Holiday has a nice, mellow beat that fits the tone nicely, and believe it or not Weezer’s Holiday has just a touch more bounce and energy than the original!!! Not to be outdone the finale….Madonna’s much-loved Holiday where the band rock things up, blending heaviness with touches of ska. This unique digital printed on one side / music on the other “picture disc” is limited to 350 copies!
Chicago’s Bumsy and the Moochers don’t disappoint on their new album “Diet Violence”, mixing peppy ska with blistering pop punk. Immediate comparisons to 90s legends Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Dance Hall Crashers, The Muffs, The Donnas, Bikini Kill, The Distillers, and Save Ferris come to mind – one could even go back further and hear influences from The Runaways and of course Operation Ivy! On the surface, the album is ten tracks of catchy, and high energy ska punk that will get you to skank and sing along with the choruses. If you choose to dig deeper into their lyrics, you’ll find that Bumsy and the Moochers have truly important things to say. For example on “Rewind 99” singer Caitlin Edwards reminisces about the good old days of playing outside, zero internet & Super Nintendo. “Jump the Gun,” criticizes the tendency to jump into political discourse when we are often ignorant about the topic at hand, “Time’s Up” is an anthem against bigots, racists, and misogynists in our society, “Not Gonna Have It” focusses on health and body issues and “Living the Nightmare” spotlights life’s unrealized expectations and aspirations. As a Chicago label we are SO PROUD to team up with Sell The Heart Records & Ska Punk International Records to bring you the vinyl edition of this incredible new album. Random color vinyl limited to 500 copies.