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!

Hot DUTCH SKA: THE HIGHER NOTES “Double Salute” LP and DUTCH SKA EXPRESS “All Aboard” LP

Two amazing gems from the Netherlands! First up is the killer 2020 album from all-star band DUTCH SKA EXPRESS, with members of Mr. Review, Beat Busters and Mark Foggo’s Skasters.  As you’d expect it’s manic fast paced modern 2-TONE with TIGHT grooves, great vocals, and a wall of HORNS. So darn catchy! Believe it or not there’s even a cover of GOTYE “Somebody That I Used To Know”!!!  On the other side of the ska spectrum is the 2021 vinyl issue from HIGHER NOTES (members of RUDE RICH & THE HIGH NOTES) who go way old skool on “DOUBLE SALUTE”.   This 11-track album is a salute to the originators, creators, musicians, studios and producers of Jamaican Ska and Rocksteady as all of them had their own massive impact on the sounds which they created together in unity.  Furthermore it’s equally a salute to the beautifully warm and carefully orchestrated sound of the 1950s, written by the likes of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, just to name two particular greats. Very limited heavyweight vinyl stock on Roots Unity Music.

Brand New Album! THE FUSS “In Person” LP / CD / Tape

The Fuss is a dynamic ska and rocksteady 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 the timeless styles. The group showcases 3-part female harmonies and a 3-piece horn section. The Fuss’s lively vibe gets a crowd going, yet is smooth and steady for a great groove. Since the band formed in 2014, they’ve shared the stage with The Skatalites, The Toasters, The Pietasters, Eastern Standard Time, The Interrupters, Save Ferris, The Steady 45’s, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, The Scofflaws, and many more. Their debut album “Ourselves” (2018) put the band on the international map, followed by appearances on top collections including Specialized “Check One-Two” and Ska Brewing’s “Drink The Ska”. On this brand new full length “In Person”, the band digs deeper, jazz progressions infuse traditional ska and rocksteady, with just a hint of two-tone and psychedelia. Over these dozen songs the message is thoughtful and provocative, sad and joyful as they explore the post-lockdown human condition. Produced by Jayson Nugent (aka Agent Jay) of The Slackers and features guest appearances by members of Eastern Standard Time. Jump Up is so proud to release this new album which we guarantee will end up on “best of” lists for 2022! Limited edition white and gold vinyl, also available on cassette tape and CD.

Brand New Album! STOP THE PRESSES “Got It” LP / CD / Tape – mixed by Agent Jay!

​Originally formed in 2010 by Ali Culotta and Danny Portilla, Stop The Presses has come a long way since their early days in Miami. The band deliver an incredible mix of traditional ska & reggae with pop hooks – new wave style and punk rock attitude with a splash of British 2-Tone. In 2019, they released “Money in the Bank”, produced by Agent Jay and featuring Dave Hillyard of The Slackers. This album quickly put the band on the international map with it’s a retro 80s sensibility and modern edge that won over ska fans of all types! Lockdown 2020 brought multiple high profile live streams, collaborative videos, and their “Dub in the Bank” 7 inch release. In 2021, Stop the Presses hit the ground running with an east coast tour, a stand out performance at Supernova Ska Festival and the contribution of their single “Make the Best of It” for the Jump Up / Supernova Alpha Boys School benefit double album “SKA CARES”.  In 2022 the band recorded their second full length “Got It” right before heading out on an extensive US tour including an official SXSW showcase and a return performance at Supernova. This new album was entirely recorded in Brooklyn, mixed once again by AGENT JAY at STABBY ROAD. Eight tracks that prove how exciting and diverse a modern traditional ska band can be! Includes a fantastic cover of Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl”! As Agent Jay describes them:  “A live natural feel, but a big sound with detailed arrangements.”  Available on blue vinyl, compact disc, and cassette tape!

Repress! BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS “The Move” LP vinyl (random color) / CD & Tape too!

brooklnspreadVINYL finally back in stock on random color vinyl! JUMP UP is proud to release the follow-up studio album from one of today’s best ska-jazz-reggae acts – the BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS. Anyone familiar with the American Reggae and Ska scene has already heard the work of the musicians in the BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS. The group’s core line-up consists of New York City Reggae and Ska veterans, Jamaican percussion legend LARRY McDONALD (Carlos Malcolm, Toots & The Maytals, Count Ossie), guitarist ANDY BASFORD (Monty Alexander, Lee Perry, Gil Scot Heron), EDDIE OCAMPO, BIG DAN JESSELSOHN, BUFORD O’SULLIVAN, GIDDEON BLUMEBTHAL, MATT KURSMARK, MIKE SARASON,  as well as Anant Pradhan and Luke Penella, two emerging musicians on the NY Jazz scene. The group was created by Westbound Train trumpeter and Void Union co-founder RICH GRAIKO in 2011 as a way to pay homage to 1960’s era Jamaican and American instrumental music. Continue reading Repress! BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS “The Move” LP vinyl (random color) / CD & Tape too!

Warehouse Find! REGGAY LORDS “Run Or Get Down” LP

REGGAYLORDSREDCopies discovered in a European warehouse! Very dark red copies. We are REGGAY LORDS, we employ presently or hath deposed members of The Slackers, The Forthrights, Rudie Crew, and the Hard Times. We find little the need to explain ourselves. Tidy thineself and make ready for a Mighty Murderous Sound.

Time was nipping at the heels of procrastinators worldwide. A myriad of great heavens turned cold with the winds of actuality. Dogs of human kind turn tail on their leaders and as the darkness swept through our shire of Brueklynn … emerged powerful and wondrous examples of we Reggay Lords. Continue reading Warehouse Find! REGGAY LORDS “Run Or Get Down” LP

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!