LOLLIPOP LORRY formed in 2008, and from their earliest shows the band gained a reputation of being one of the most promising ska/reggae bands in Russia, if not the world! Their repertoire is based on their own original songs and tunes as well as the traditional Caribbean music standards — ska, reggae, dub, calypso. During the last 12 years the band performed at the largest Russian festivals, played with The Wailers, BeNuts, Markscheider Kunst, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review and toured all across Mexico, where they enjoy a massive fanbase. Lollypop Lorry have fans all around the world, lead by powerful yet soulful female lead vocals, and their music can be heard on many international compilations and podcasts. Visually, the band dress sharp and excite a crowd – they are also the only ska/reggae band in Russia whose videos have more than 4 million viewers from different countries. Inspired by American jazz and The Skatalites, the band can also drop roots reggae grooves for cool late night sessions, as witness on their recent “Goes Dub” album. “Live At Octopus’ sessions were so popular on YouTube that Russian label Magnetic Loft released it on vinyl in 2019! New for 2020 is the band’s first 7 inch vinyl single – and a Christmas ska double header at that! “Magic Moments” made famous by Perry Como in 1954 backed with “Skankin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on the flip. Red and green vinyl each limited to 200 copies (SORRY, greeting cards not included anymore…..)
In the past we have brought holiday cheer through 45 rpm records with the Pepper Pots, Brooklyn Attractors, Roger Rivas, Leo & The Line Up, Napoleon Solo, and Dr Ring Ding! Every year since 2014 we have released Christmas 45s and this is now our third with The Aggrolites legendary organist ROGER RIVAS! There’s nothing more memorable than gathering the whole family around the TV to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, with the classic soundtrack created by American pianist Vince Guaraldi. On this 45 two of the most beloved songs are turned into early reggae gems, Roger’s versions will definitely bring a smile to fans worldwide! White vinyl repress for 2021 now available! In 2019 we turned to our longtime friend MR T BONE and his latest project THE UPPTERTONES – a three piece that plays the music of Jamaica that pre-dated ska – a West Indies inspired version of Rhythm & Blues with a touch of mento and Latin styles. This holiday single puts a Jamaican rhythm & blues spin on Louis Prima’s classic “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” – the flip “Rudolf The Red Noised Reindeer” in mento style!! Limited to 350 copies, red vinyl remains!
The Jump Up holiday tradition continues! Every year since 2010 we have released a new Christmas single, we are especially pleased with this year’s being original music from two bands tearing up the international ska scene – Britian’s THE SKAPONES and the SCOTCH BONNETS from Baltimore/DC. Both songs are full of sleigh bells, chimes, and lots of holiday cheer! THE SKAPONES “Ring The Bells” and SCOTCH BONNETS “Winter Reggae Party” will be new holiday traditions for sure!
Formed in 1992, “San Diego’s mutated ska collective” Unsteady originally featured two members of local ska band the Donkey Show, guitarist Chris “Creedy” Bates and drummer Kent Graves, along with sax / vocalist John Roy, who’d been with a late-’80s local ska band called the Gangbusters. They were soon joined by keyboardist Kevin “Baby” Hewitt and bassist Paul Howland from the original local Wallflowers. Later, drummer Jimmy Boom replaced Graves, and new members were added like Clay Elliot (sax) and Jon Fisher (trumpet). Their 1996 debut album Tightrope (Immune Records) was followed by 1997’s Double or Nothing (Asian Man Records) and Live in the Studio (2001). After a prolonged period of inactivity, they reunited to play several live shows in summer 2010, continuing to get together from time to time. In 2017 they went single crazy releasing “LIAR” b/w MR BURU” and “The Most Important Person” b/w “Self Made Man” plus a split with the Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra and their tune “SWAY”. Subsequent gig dates found vintage members John Roy and Kevin “Baby” Hewitt now reunited with bassist Paul Howland, although Howland was playing guitar this time around, along with a band that fluctuated from six to nine or more members. Fast forward to 2021 and John Roy is taking over the world with his studio project SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUND SYSTEM, yet he still finds time to release the brand new UNSTEADY album “THIRD TIME’S A CHARM” that blends ska with bordertown radio, add a dash of geek, lounge, jump, circus, and street corner busking – that’s close to the Unsteady sound! Clear green vinyl, plus we have all the 7 inches mentioned in a bundle as well!
RUDE GIRL REVUE made their debut live performance at Supernova Ska Festival 2021, and this all-female all star band stole the weekend!! The project was almost a year in the making with band members sharing ideas and songs to perform remotely, only getting together a couple days before the fest to rehearse. If you were there you know they nailed it! The main movers and shakers of the band also got into the studio to record two amazing originals at Jon Quan’s studio in Virginia Beach, featuring vocals and instrumentation from Jade Tremba & Kristen Forbes (aka Lady Hatchet) from SCOTCH BONNETS and Jenny Whiskey from HUB CITY STOMPERS and RUDE BOY GEORGE. Pressed on orange vinyl in fold over full color sleeve, one time pressing of 500 copies.
The late 80s / early 90s was a truly fantastic time for ska music on the European continent. Ska was still heavily influenced by 2-Tone and hadn’t been diluted yet by the forthcoming third wave. Labels like Unicorn, Skank, and Pork Pie ruled the scene and gave fans worldwide something to look forward to! German skasters NO SPORTS were one of those top acts and their first two releases are still classics to this day. Mad Butcher Germany has reissued their amazing debut “KING SKA” from 1989 as well as their follow up 4 song “STAY RUDE STAY REBEL” EP from 1990, now released on 7 inch single. OH MY GOODNESS!! NO SPORTS just released a BRAND NEW album in 2021 and it’s in stock now! Fourteen tracks of manic aggressive 2-Tone ska !!!
NOTE: ONLY BLACK VINYL CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. Italy’s The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano, & drums who play pre-ska Jamaican rhythm & blues – fronted by Mr.T-Bone on lead vocals. Their style is rooted in 1950’s Jamaica when rural mento & calypso / folk music began to mix with boogie, swing , boogaloo, and American rock n’ roll – the seeds of ska. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing mixed with the Jamaican edge and style. Mr.T-Bone is a well known singer, composer, and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 10 solo albums in the last 15 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. Drummer Ferdinando Count Ferdi Masi is an Italian ska pioneer who founded Casino Royale and The Bluebeaters. Pianist Phil Cuomo is a very talented young musician, pianist and singer from Genoa, his hands run like a Louisiana train on the keys. The Uppertones first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in December 2015 to worldwide acclaim, then in 2017 returned with “Up Up UP!” featuring guest vocalist Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites. In 2019 Jump Up dropped a Christmas 7 inch covering Luis Prima’s “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” setting the stage for their new album “Easy Snappin” – 10 toe-tappers including re-works of “Mojo Workin”, “L.O.V.E.”, “That’s Amore”, “Down In Mexico” and the title track. It’s a must for fans of original ska like The Skatalites, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Blues Buesters as well as jump blues crooners Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and Louis Jordan. The Uppertones forte is without a doubt their live set – the trio has been touring non-stop playing close to 100 shows a year in 12 different European countries – hopping from club to club in addition to the summr festival circuit. Catch The Uppertones if you can! Continue reading THE UPPERTONES “Easy Snapping” LP vinyl (OUT OF PRINT – REPRESS 2022) – a hot set of covers in Jamaican Rhythm & Blues style! Christmas 45 still available too!
We’ve restocked some classics from Washington DC’s jazz ska pioneers! Back in 2010 we released “Tempus Fugit” in the USA on that ol’ compact disc format and imported German vinyl copies from Grover Records. We realize many of you were’s hooked on the wax then – that’s why we are bringing it back! We even have the limited edition blue vinyl repress!
STAYA STAYA is an incredible ska band from Argentina that reminds us of early LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – shades of 2-TONE mixed with Latin rhythms. STAYA STAYA can play fantastic traditional ska too as witnessed on their debut full length “SOUL GEDDES”. For the 7 inch we teamed up with CHEMA SKANDAL for the deluxe edition – he designed and hand screened the sleeve art – he even put an inset! Red colored vinyl limited to 50 copies.
Spain’s top act returns with a new punky 3rd wave meets 2-Tone ska sound for fans of The Interrupters and Tim Timebomb, and Rancid (when they play ska!). Formed in 2005 by Carlos Dingo, the band soon became one of the world’s top rocksteady, early reggae, and ska acts led by the captivating lead vocals of Isa Garcia. Full length albums on Spain’s Liquidator Records (2010) and Germany’s Grover Records (2013) received critical acclaim worldwide, now the band have returned from a short hiatus with an uptempo and energetic 90s American ska sound, and what better label to unleash this new direction then on Jump Up Records, right? Eleven super-catchy songs that will keep you singing and dancing for years to come, this limited batch is on two different colors of vinyl for Black Friday! Continue reading RED SOUL COMMUNITY “Holidays In The City” LP vinyl (OUT OF STOCK REPRESS COMING SOON)