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MIGHTYFISHERSMIGHTYFISHERPHOTOWe’ve got a GREAT new international band for you! A true summer delight from HUNGARY! The MIGHTY FISHERS are an amazing seven piece that play traditional ska, rocksteady, early reggae and lovers’ rock  - lead by the sultry female vocals of Anna “CeAnne” Szelinger!  Their first ’High Four’ EP  was released in September, 2011 and brought the attention to MAD BUTCHER Records in Germany who released one of their songs is on “Skannibal Party Vol. 11”. They have toured all  over Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Croatia) and have played on the famous Sziget Festival (HU), Skaville Festival (HR), This is Ska (see VIDEO here) (DE), and Rototom Sunsplash . “Soul Garden” is their debut full length, released as a collaboration between Mad Butcher (Germany) and Casual Records (France), 13 tracks that are a perfect summer soundtrack! Light and airy ska sounds on “Every Night & Every Day” , funky uptempo reggae on “Magical Sound”, laid back vocal harmony rock steady jams “Skin That Fish”, “Give Me Some”, and “Dancing Mood”,  heavy organ early reggae scorchers on “Working”, “Hard Life”….man, I could go on forever!  Just get this record!

PRIZEFIGHTERS7INCHESMan, this are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, and Charlie Organaire for our Jamaican Oldies series in Chicago, but they have a new 7″ series with Charlie Organaire and will be on tour with him in Europe this winter!

We’ve realized more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, so we’ve got their crowd sourced 3×7″ series now available here at JUMP UP plus we’ve re-pressed the blue vinyl debut LP too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! [click to continue…]

godfatherofskalaitkenlonghotClassic LAUREL AITKEN classics back in stock on vinyl from GROVER RECORDS Germany! Only $12 each! See below for full tracklistings – these are some of the hottest singles of all time! We’ve been trying to get the GAZ MAYALL compiled “GODFATHER OF SKA” back in stock for over a year!

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TIGHTENUPFRONTTIGHTENUPBACKJUMP UP welcomes the TIGHTEN UP label to it’s family of distributed labels. An excellent imprint from DENMARK with three great 7″ singles out to date! The label was truly off to a great start when release #1 was RANKING ROGER of the ENGLISH BEAT / GENERAL PUBLIC!  The a-side “MUSCLE SKA” was the gem from his (mostly unnoticed) 2001 solo album “INSIDE MY HEAD”, co-written by NEVILLE STAPLES and features modern drum programming by big beat legends BENTLEY RHYTHM ACE. Very catchy ska tune, I remember playing it on our radio show 13 years ago! The b-side was a previously unreleased track produced by SLY & ROBBIE and recorded in Kingston in 1989! This is a MUST HAVE for all collectors of The (English) Beat! [click to continue…]

ELGRANHow truly exciting! One of the most original and fun bands of recent years is back with a new album!!  Were you lucky enough to pick up a copy of their first album “THIS IS SURF-STEADY” a couple of years ago? If so you know what Spanish all star band EL GRAN MIERCOLES is all about!  Jamaican ska and reggae done in surf style and classic surf tunes played in Jamaican ska style! This new album on GOLDEN SINGLES from Spain carries on this fine tradition with 11 new songs that are a MUST have for your Summer soundtrack!  It’s all fun in the sun! We’ve got this new album exclusively for the USA but act quick as it’s limited to 500 copies worldwide!  Check out the songs on their Bandcamp page!  You’ll agree that this masterpiece fuses together super smooth organ driven old school reggae & ska with killer surf guitar melodies creating 11 stunning instrumental gems! DO NOT MISS THIS! [click to continue…]

CHARLEYSINGLECROPSUSANKENCROPHave you been keeping up with our Jamaican Oldies shows in Chicago? If so you know that  Jamaican foundation ska legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE is a regular fixture on the Chicago scene!  THE  harmonica sound on thousands of early ska sessions at Studio One, Treasure Isle, etc – he was also an accomplished singer / band leader / arranger / label owner who released singles in the 60s on his own ORGANAIRES imprint. The success of his Chicago appearances, dare  we call it a  ”return to the scene”,  has lead to a tremendous relationship with Minneapolis’  THE PRIZEFIGHTERS resulting in six tracks being recorded together in the Spring of 2014. [click to continue…]

tsfNEWJEWELSThanks to RED HEAD MAN in FRANCE for these great new imports!  First up is TOULOUSE SKANKING FOUNDATION from France – they may use an ironic, slightly silly name – but their Jamaican ska is top shelf! If you are looking for the foundation sounds of The Skatalites channeled through New Orleans this will become your new favorite record. Check out this great interview on Ready Steady Ska with this fantastic French band!

TWO NEW 7″ singles from their amazing singles label JEWELS!  Get them before they are gone!  If you pick up their two new 7″ singles today you can pick ANY of the label’s back catalog 7″ singles at the same time for only $4 each.  Just pick the BACK CATALOG item, put the number of singles you want and send us a list of your choices at chuckw@jumpuprecords.com – stock is limited on the back catalog ones!

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DR RING DING has returned! He has returned to the ska world with this fantastic new album! We have FINALLY gotten limited copies of the full length – act fast! Don’t forget the two new 7″ vinyl singles on JUMP UP ! Designed by Chema Skandal, the art on these two singles fit together like a puzzle! Limited edition colored vinyl!  The a-sides are taken from the album, the b-sides are exclusive to these singles!  Single 1:  ”Sammy Don’t Go Out No More” b/w “Crazy” (Willie Nelson/Patsy Cline)  Single 2: “Dancing With The Fat Man’s Lady” b/w “It Don’t Mean It’s Over”. 

UPSESSIONSSHAKEGROVER RECORDS is back with the BRAND NEW album from one of the world’s best traditional bands – THE UPSESSIONS from Holland! The three year wait is over, singer and producer  Boss van Trigt came back with a fury: he wrote, produced, and mixed all the songs in addition to playing guitar, percussion and some bass.  It’s a brilliant album – what do you expect?  Organ heavy ska, early reggae, rocksteady, and even a touch of Calypso! The feel of the album is completely natural, with danceable and relaxed moments, kind of like a Trojan sampler from  1971. Features LEE SCRATCH PERRY as well, so you know that’s gotta be out there!  LP vinyl comes with a CD version of the entire album. CD version is a digipak.

Pick up the new LP and you can snag any of their three older LPs for only $10 each!  We’ve got “Below The Belt” – “New Heavyweight Champion” and “Beat You Reggae” LPs all in stock!  Just let us know which ones you need!

ROGERWHITEWe here at JUMP UP are VERY proud to team up with RIVAS RECORDS to put ROGER RIVAS’ “Autumn Breeze” album on vinyl – with two bonus dubs he did with THE EXPANDERS!  This album is incredible, check out the YouTube sampler now!  Melodica & Organ drenched Reggae featuring original ROOTS RADICS drummer STYLE SCOTT & LOS BULLETS guitarist Noe Santana. This is No Version album! It’s 9 shots of original instrumental cuts for fans of Roots Radics, Augustus Pablo, Jackie Mittoo and Channel One. Recorded, mixed, and produced in Whittier CA at Rivas Studios.

Limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on BEER brown and white vinyl!  FYI:  There’s actual RED STRIPE in the vinyl mix! [click to continue…]