The Toasters originally released their debut US album SKABOOM back in 1987, on the Celluloid label. The album is often stated as being the origin of modern, or “third-wave” ska in the United States. It followed the RECRIMINATIONS and EAST SIDE BEAT EPs that were released both in the USA and UK, introducing the world to a fresh new wave-y ska sound that was uniquely American yet linked to 2-TONE through secret producer JOE JACKSON. Two years later, THE TOASTERS’ official “debut” album POOLSHARK arrived via the UK label Unicorn, yet six tracks from that set were culled for inclusion on the legendary debut American full-length named SKABOOM. That set was brasher, brighter, and more emphatically ska driven than their earlier material, albeit with eclectic backdrops that ranged from the surf-side to the juke joint. Now boasting a brass section, and two new vocalists, THE TOASTERS’ sound was significantly shifting while the lineup continued expanding. By the time they came to record SKABOOM, the group had ballooned into an 11-piece aggregate. The resulting high adrenaline album found the band in top form, their playing extremely tight, and the arrangements increasingly intricate and innovative. Continue reading THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP – hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!
VINYL AVAILABLE NOW! SUSAN CADOGAN is back with a new vintage reggae project produced by Mitch “King Kong” Girio of King Apparatus fame. The original “Take Me Back” EP was released in 2016 and featured 5 songs, ranging from lovers rock to ska, early reggae to roots. The EP immediately drew rave reviews worldwide, and SUSAN was soon doing BBC interviews just like the old days when she was Top of The Pops with “Hurts So Good”! We at JUMP UP immediately wanted to release it on vinyl and cassette, and asked Mitch Girio to kick out some new versions, dubs, and remixes to expand the project to 10 tracks. These 5 tracks range from spacey dub to Jamaican mento – a fantastic bonus! The EXPANDED version is now available on limited edition cassette tape (100 copies) and LP vinyl on white and pink vinyl. If you have a preference of vinyl color, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone should know SUSAN’s work, so please read the below bio….
Rough Rider – Ska Assassins
Concrete Jungle – Almighty Uprisers
One Step Beyond – Skapital
Three Minute Hero – Ruder Than
Easy Life – The Skore
Lip Up Fatty- The Special Brew
Too Much Too Young – Yellow Cap
Missing Words- The Chancers
Too Much Pressure – The Bionic Rats
Man At C & A- The Danse Society
Nite Klub – Special Kinda Madness
Swan lake – The Service
Ranking Full Stop- Skacasm
Inner London Violence – The Special Brew
Do Rocksteady – Dolly Doom and the Toucan Shuffle
Big Shot – The Kingstons
Woolly Bully – Big Fat Panda
Skinhead Symphony – The Skatonics
The Prince – The Crombies
Too much pressure (Reprise) – Malambo Ska
ONLY BLACK VINYL AVAILABLE. Chicago’s LOS VICIOS DE PAPA are Chicago’s oldest Latin Ska Fusion band, remember back in the CD days we release their split album with LOS PIES NEGROS? Last summer we released their fantastic hour long “Live At Cumbiasazo” tape for their main stage RUIDO FEST performance, now in 2017 we get two of their fan favorites “VICTIMA” and “ESPERANZA” on 7″ vinyl, limited to 300 copies. We’ve got RED and WHITE vinyl available now – if you have a preference of color let is know at email@example.com ! If you’re a fan of MALDITA VECINDAD, DESORDEN PUBLICO, or LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – you will LOVE these guys!
At long last, two 90’s classics from THE TOASTERS back on limited edition cassette tape! “DUB 56” was released in 1994, right when the ska scene started to kick into high gear! The album was released on cassette tape by Moon Ska NYC and in Europe on Poland’s Rock N’ Roller label. “2 TONE ARMY” originally was released in 1996 as “HARD BAND FE DEAD” on Moon Ska NYC, and positioned the band to be one of the top acts during the heydey of third wave ska. Features guest appearances from Lester Sterling of The Skatalites and Laurel Aitken. In 1998 the album was named “2 TONE ARMY” for the very first time, released in Poland by Rock N’ Roller…on cassette! This was the only tape release for the album, and has become quite a rarity indeed! We’re glad to have it back on tape once again! Both “DUB 56” and “2 TONE ARMY” are limited editions of 150 copies with brand new artwork – highly collectible! Continue reading Cassette Store Day 2016: THE TOASTERS “2 TONE ARMY” and “DUB 56” on CASSETTE TAPE – both limited editions of 150
Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with JUMP UP, and pick up our limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies, comes with a DL code and a button! Not familiar with their story? During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE. Continue reading RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE
We are so proud to announce THE SLACKERS and JUMP UP have teamed up to release classic albums on cassette for the first time ever! The whole idea came about when THE SLACKERS announced three album themed shows at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and they wanted to do something special for the gigs. Since JUMP UP has lead the way in the ska/reggae world releasing 9 cassettes in the past year and participating in two Cassette Store Days, naturally we jumped at the chance to get these classics on magnetic tape for the very first time. Hell, if Green Day can release a 13 album cassette box set that comes with a boombox….we can make cassettes for one of the greatest modern ska bands of all time! Pick up a vintage boombox on eBay, or hook up that tape deck into your system – it’s all about analog goodness and embracing what’s great about collectible physical media. All tapes are limited to 100 copies each!
THE SLACKERS “CLOSE YOUR EYES” / THE SLACKERS “PECULIAR” / THE SLACKERS “THE QUESTION”
THE SLACKERS “RED LIGHT” (includes 3 bonus tracks, only appearance on physical media!)
THE SLACKERS “WASTED DAYS” (with bonus tracks) / THE SLACKERS “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER”
Brand new or CASSETTE STORE DAY 2019:
Slackers, The/THE RADIO LIVE ON WSKI TAPE SPTAPE006
New York ska / reggae legends’ 2012 covers album on tape for the first time. Eleven tracks, some famous, some obscure, all beautiful and perfect. It’s like a radio station where all the songs were The Slackers. Songs from The Misfits, Madonna, The Sonics, Elton John, Rolling Stones and more. Comes with a bonus retro WSLK-FM bumper sticker. (JUMP UP / SPECIAL POTATO)
Slackers, The/ONLY THE BEST FOR OUR FRIEND VOL 1 TAPE SPTAPE007
Fan voted mixtape of hits! 60 minutes of ska & reggae classics sourced from the band’s 28 years in existence. Hand written songs and art in true mixtape style. (JUMP UP / SPECIAL POTATO)
After making your purchase send list of tapes you choose to firstname.lastname@example.org
The wait is over! 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. The band will be part of the first every SKA & ROCK STEADY FESTIVAL in Jamaican over Thanksgiving weekend. Continue reading BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS “The Move” CD / LP / Tape – The finest mix of Jamaican Ska & Reggae and 60’s American Jazz
NST & THE SOUL SAUCE 7″ single is OUT NOW, a co-production of JUMP UP RECORDS and EASTERN STANDARD SOUNDS from Seoul South Korea!! These amazing roots reggae nuggets can finally spin on your turntable!! A tribute to the late great Rico Rodriguez, this amazing roots reggae band just played the Fuji Festival in Japan! Limited edition vinyl with gorgeous artwork from Chema Skandal. A must for fans of that 70’s groundation reggae style definitely with a Count Ossi rasta vibe. Trust us, this is as incredible as it looks!
JUMP UP is leading the way in the ska/reggae world when it comes to cassette tapes! Being a kid in the 80’s, we grew up with them and are so happy to see them come back strong! We participated in CASSETTE STORE DAY 2015 with our PRESSURE DRIP compilation, and since then we released the debut album by THE CROMBIES on the glorious magnetic format! Now we are ready to add three more to the discography! Get all three tapes for only $15 postage paid by clicking HERE. Continue reading CASSETTES!! BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS “The Move” – DANNY REBEL “Boombox Sessions” – LOS VICIOS DE PAPA “Live At Cumbiasazo!”