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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…]

ELGRANMIERCOLESHow 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. This first single sees two of CHARLEY’s vocal classics from the 60s get a new lease on life –  ”TROUBLES” and “ELUSIVE BABY” (a duet with Whitney) never sounded finer, two scorching ska tunes recorded with vintage equipment and old timey sass.  It’s top notch all the way from start to finish. 1964 all over again. This fall we will release two more 7″ singles from the session and a “Tour Only” CD – come this December Charley Organiare & The Prizefighters tour Europe with Moskito Promotion!  FYI:  We’ve written a bio on the legend of CHARLEY ORGANAIRE below – do yourself a favor and read it! A true unsung hero of Jamaican ska! GET THIS NEW SINGLE! [click to continue…]

losaggrotoneslptsfsowttoWe had a great new import shipment from RED HEAD MAN in France, just in time for Summer!  First off is Argentina’s LOS AGGROTONES and their fantastic new album “10 REGGAE SHOTS”.  The early skinhead reggae sounds are alive and well on this full length, with guest appearances from DERRICK HARRIOTT, FREDDIE NOTES, and LAMBERT BRISCO of the legendary HOT ROD ALL STARS. A true moonstompin’ treat this is!

THE TOULOUSE SKANKING FOUNDATION from France 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!   [click to continue…]

NEWJEWELSTWO NEW 7″ singles from our favorite 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! [click to continue…]

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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…]

kingdjango2This roots reggae classic has been out of print since 2007!  Most copies ended up in Europe and Japan back then, so we figured it was time to dig up the old parts and make it available once again. Now on RED VINYL, limited to 330 copies once again!

SIDE A: 1 It’s All Over 2 Hard, Hard Thing 3 Fistful A Riddim 4 Too Many Things 5 In This Time 6 No Trial f/RockerT  SIDE B: 1 Rock And Come In featuring – Dr. Ring Ding 2 Lyrics Architect 3 New York Neighbors 4 The Bottle 5 Zion Gates

In case you need a refresher on the man, the legend, KING DJANGO… [click to continue…]

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American ska legends THE TOASTERS (since 1981!) deliver the goods, we’ve now got a white marble vinyl edition of 2 TONE ARMY housed in a hand screened picture sleeve, limited to 200 copies! Don’t forget to pick up their latest “HOUSE OF SOUL”  7″ – it has a a great up tempo beat, easily could have appeared on their classic 90s albums! The  flip “GOING HOME” is a bit more traditional sounding, dare I say THE SKATALITES? Released on the band’s own MEGALITH RECORDS. [click to continue…]