MOON INVADERS / CAROLOREGIANS “Hot Blood Cold Weather” LP / CD (OUT OF PRINT)

This past summer, one of our long time goals was finalized! We helped bring the MOON INVADERS and CAROLOREGIANS to tour the states – the Belgian ska/reggae invasion became a reality! MOON INVADERS are one of Europe’s top soul ska bands, backing every major Jamaican legend of note and recording 4 albums to date! Their alter-ego CAROLOREGIANS have made a name for themselves for their early/skinhead reggae Continue reading MOON INVADERS / CAROLOREGIANS “Hot Blood Cold Weather” LP / CD (OUT OF PRINT)

MR T BONE & FRIENDS “Instrumental Sessions Vol 1” CD (LP sold out) (JUMP091)

Instrumental Sessions Vol.1 was conceived over the years while MR T BONE toured across Europe and the United States. The caliber of bands and musicians he came across was so staggering, MR T BONE knew he had to make this album! Collecting some instrumental tracks of tunes that he loved, he composed new melodies for these songs and called up his favorite horn players to re-record the songs. The final result is Continue reading MR T BONE & FRIENDS “Instrumental Sessions Vol 1” CD (LP sold out) (JUMP091)

PRESSURE COOKER “WHAT SHE WANTS” CD (JUMP082)

What She Wants is Pressure Cooker’s sixth full-length album of new original reggae songs for 2009, culminating a year and a half of studio recording sessions held in the Brighton & Allston neighborhoods of Boston. Craig Akira Fujita, Pressure Cooker’s unique frontman leads the nine piece band through a versatile array of 70’s style reggae, rocksteady and ska music, skillfully mixed by the group’s renowned sound engineer Craig “Dubfader” Welsch. (10 FT. Ganja Plant, John Brown’s Body) The result is a fresh set of fifteen songs exploring themes on love, good times and hard times, all the while keeping the sound and spirit on a lively, upbeat vibe. Highlights include “Can’t Stop Thinkin’,” “Hold On,” “One Kind of Love,” “Higher Than High,” “Without Purpose,” Continue reading PRESSURE COOKER “WHAT SHE WANTS” CD (JUMP082)

THE DRASTICS “WAITING” CD (JUMP079)

2006’s Chicago Massive was perhaps a bridge too far for the Drastics, a sprawling two-CD set that, while eminently entertaining, was at times a study in excess. Waiting, in contrast, returns the group to their roots, a sharp, tight set that’s a potent reminder of the band’s power to thrill. Every number within is a fascinating aural journey, with Anthony Abbinanti‘s studio wizardry as crucial to the trip as the Continue reading THE DRASTICS “WAITING” CD (JUMP079)

THE DRASTICS “CHICAGO MASSIVE” 2xCD / 12″ EP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP076)

THE DRASTCS have set the world a blaze with their unique style of heavy roots dub reggae, taking inspiration from past masters (King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo) and blending in afro-beat, jazz, hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B. Formed in 2003 from the ashes of rock-steady soulsters The Zvooks, The Drastics quickly made a name for themselves with the release of their 2005 debut album “Premonition”, featuring guest vocalists and musicians from Chicago (Vandell Harris, Prince Gonzalez), Boston (Westbound Train members and Craig Continue reading THE DRASTICS “CHICAGO MASSIVE” 2xCD / 12″ EP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP076)

Various Artists – “Still Standing – North American SKA Uprising” CD (JUMPMEG050)

Don’t call it a “COMEBACK” or “FOURTH WAVE”! Don’t believe what THE MEDIA tells you. SKA never died. Didn’t hear it on the radio much? Did the SKA SECTION disappear from your local store? Music industry CONSPIRACY! They wanted YOU to believe that SKA was a TREND, so they could discard it conveniently when a new “alternative poster-child” came along! If SKA was a TREND – why does it continue to thrive in 2003? Why has it existed since the early 60’s? Why has SKA music become a part of every youth culture across the world? LIES! The music industry has been telling you LIES! And you believed it! You Fool! Continue reading Various Artists – “Still Standing – North American SKA Uprising” CD (JUMPMEG050)

Various Artists – “Ska American Style” Picture Disc CD/LP (out of print)

Started in 1993, Jump Up! ska has quickly become one of today’s top ska labels by releaseing 14 full-length albums, including the massive four-volume compilation series titled American Skathic. Now over the 30,000 unit mark collectively, the American Skathic series enabled Jump Up! to release full-length albums from the top bands featured on the series, who are all represented here with EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACKS. From swing to fplk, drinking chants to Mod-explosion soul, new wave to Continue reading Various Artists – “Ska American Style” Picture Disc CD/LP (out of print)

SKAPONE – “The Black and White Album” CD – (JUMP083)

SKAPONE members have been performing ska on Chicago’s scene for over 20 years now – an amazing feat to say the least! Performing mostly original compositions, Skapone’s driving rhythm section is complimented by outstanding vocals and horns. The band appears at at many clubs and venues, as well as corporate and charity events throughout the Chicago area and mid-west. The band hit the studio hard in 2007 resulting in a August 2008 release to an outstanding crowd at the Abbey Pub! Continue reading SKAPONE – “The Black and White Album” CD – (JUMP083)

LADY ANN “Bad Gyal Inna Dance” CD/LP – (JUMP080)

Barbara Smith, better known as Lady Ann, began sneaking into local dancehall sessions circa 1975-1977, featuring sound systems like Black Harmony and Soulatonie. Lady Ann’s closest musical cohorts in these early days were Little John and Ranking Toyan, but at the same time she was influenced by Clint Eastwood, Ranking Dillinger, Trinity, Barry Brown, and Sugar Minott. Lady Ann began her professional music career in 1978, recording her first songs, Plan Your Family (a combination with Ranking Toyan), as well as Shine Eye Boy, for Don Mais’ Roots Tradition Label. Continue reading LADY ANN “Bad Gyal Inna Dance” CD/LP – (JUMP080)

DR RING DING – “Back and Forth” CD – (JUMP074)

DR RING DING’s began his professional career in 1987 playing trombone with EL BOSSO & DIE PING PONGS, one of Germany’s most famous ska bands. His experience in EL BOSSO lead to his life long love for Jamaican music. By early 1993 he had formed his very own band, DR RING DING & THE SENIOR ALL STARS, and over the next ten years they would release five albums, numerous singles, and two albums backing legendary Jamaican vocalists DOREEN SHAFER and LORD TANANMO. American releases on MOON SKA and JUMP UP helped solidify his fan base in the United States, and soon DR RING DING was enjoying a worldwide audience for his snappy vocal style and tremendous Continue reading DR RING DING – “Back and Forth” CD – (JUMP074)