Producer Niney the Observer was among the chief architects behind the classic reggae sound of the 1970s. Born Winston Holness in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1951, he acquired the Niney moniker when he lost a thumb in a workshop mishap; he entered the music industry during the late ’60s as a protégé of producer Bunny Lee, then working for Joe Gibbs as chief sound engineer replacing his good friend Lee “Scratch” Perry. Inspired by Perry’s nickname of “The Upsetter”, Holness adopted “The Observer”, using the name for his new Observer label, and the name of his house band, The Observers (actually the Soul Syndicate). Upon establishing the label, Niney’s first hit was the 1970 Dennis Alcapone single “Mr. Brown”; later that year he unleashed the seminal “Blood and Fire,” which sold some 30,000 copies in Jamaica alone. In the early 1970s, Holness became one of Jamaica’s most sought after producers, with the likes of Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, Slim Smith, Jacob Miller, Junior Delgado, and Freddie McGregor all using his services. He also continued to record himself, and on collaborations with Dennis Alcapone, Max Romeo, and Lee Perry. By the mid-1970s, he was also working with Ken Boothe, Junior Byles, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Delgado, Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy, I-Roy, and Dillinger. Niney’s greatest success came in partnership with singer Dennis Brown, with whom he first teamed in 1973; in the months to follow, their collaboration yielded a series of innovative smashes, among them “Westbound Train,” “I Am the Conqueror,” “Cassandra,” and “No More Will I Roam.” Niney left the music business during the late ’70s, finally resurfacing in Paris around 1982; by the middle of the decade, he had returned to Kingston to briefly work at Channel One studios. In this capacity he was one of the first to work with Beenie Man, and also produced Third World and Sugar Minott. He returned to active musical duty in 1988, producing records for Andrew Tosh and Frankie Paul; projects with Little John, Yami Bolo, Junior Byles, and Baby Wayne maintained his visibility during the decade to follow. In the 90s he began an association with Heartbeat Records, working on reissues of much of his back catalogue, as well as new recordings. In the 2000s extensive anthologies on Trojan, Blood & Fire, and VP Recordings kept his legacy alive; in 2015 he recorded the single “Children” with Jimmy Cliff, Sly and Robbie, and Errol “Flabba” Holt, to raise funds for Cliff’s foundation and a school for autistic children. Later that same year he was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government. Niney’s first ever Chicago appearance will be backed by Akasha, the driving force behind the monthly Simmer Down Sound night. Akasha has backed many Jamaican legends in the past few years, including Ranking Joe, Keith & Tex, Carlton Livingston, and Johnny Osbourne. Simmer Down Sound and Jamaican Oldies DJs select all night long. [click to continue…]
JUMP UP is proud to keep 45rpm 7″ singles alive, with “portablism” (portable turntablism) and DJ culture on the rise we are releasing more vinyl singles than ever before! First up is brand new material from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH! We began working with MONTY back in 2014, we teamed him up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha for a live concert at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The partnership blossomed into a 7″ single early in 2015, then MONTY worked with SOUL RADICS for a second 7″ single later that year. In 2016 he toured around the USA with THE BISHOPS and began recording tracks for an upcoming full length album. To kick things off right, we are releasing this new 7″ featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes from “SKINHEAD MOONSTOMP” re-done in vintage reggae style: “Skin Flint” is a classic mid-tempo instrumental organ grinder, “Fung Shu” is a funky skinhead reggae vocal cut with hilarious lyrics! Red or Blue vinyl available. Email us your choice otherwise we will send you a red one! [click to continue…]
You’ve been asking for 7″ sized cloth mats for portable turntables…and we listened! Three of our most popular designs are NOW ready for you! Hopefully you’re using these on good portable players like Vestax, Numark, or the holy grail of modern portables – the Japanese GP-3 made by Columbia! As always, it’s only $5 more when added to any other order, $7 is shipped by itself. Email choice(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Korea’s authentic ska pioneers, KINGSTON RUDIESKA, bring a smile to faces and a shine to dancing shoes worldwide! The 9 piece wins fans wherever they go—be it festival stages, small punk clubs, national TV, the big screen or over the course of 4 full albums and several EPs. The band celebrated it’s 12th anniversary in 2016, collaborated with German ska legend Dr Ring Ding in 2014 which later resulted in their first vinyl recording on JUMP UP. Over the past autumn they worked on their latest album, “Everyday People”, under the guidance of veteran producer and engineer, Brian Dixon (former member of LA ska band The Aggrolites), which was officially released in Korea at the end of 2015. We at JUMP UP are proud to announce the colored vinyl LP edition is back, limited to 500 copies. Artwork by Chema Skandal too! For a limited time, we will toss in a FREE 7″ single from fellow Korean band NST & THE SOUL SAUCE, who will be coming to the USA in June! [click to continue…]
Organ extraordinaire ROGER RIVAS (of THE AGGROLITES) has hit the world by storm with his retro reggae sound! On “LAST GOODBYE” he brings you another musical batch of choice Rocksteady to get you swinging and swaying. This time showcasing his band from Los Angeles “The Brothers of Reggae” featuring guitar work from the great John Butcher and a guest vocal appearance from DEVON MORRISON of THE EXPANDERS. This one is for the true lovers of the music, essential for fans of JACKIE MITTOO, ERNEST RANGLIN, UPSETTERS, GLADSTONE ANDERSON, and ANSEL COLLINS. These tunes are perfect for the summer, slow and steady instrumentals with many soulful l ballads interspersed throughout the 11 tunes. You loved ROGER’S last album “AUTUMN BREEZE” so don’t miss “LAST GOODBYE”. So sit back and let the needle drop on this musical masterpiece from MR RIVAS. Hand screened covers, website exclusive. Silver ink, red/orange colored vinyl. Limited edition of 50.
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), with an LP version to be released in April. UK import CDs are now available from us too! Everyone should know SUSAN CADOGAN’s work, so please read the below bio…. [click to continue…]
The reggae world suffered a big loss recently with the passing of singer Ronnie Davis, celebrate his life and the legacy of THE TENNORS with these two fantastic collections from Grover Records Germany: “ANOTHER SCORCHER” and the first volume “REGGAE GIRL” , both deluxe 180g vinyl LP+CD. [click to continue…]
We’re having a BLAST tracking down collectible SKA cassette tapes from all across the world! This time we hooked up once again with JIMMY JAZZ in Poland, do you remember their old label “Rock N’ Roller” back in the 90’s and early 2000’s? Three amazing classics to rock on your boombox once again!! [click to continue…]
If you aren’t familiar with Dave’s saxophone playing history, maybe you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades? He has been a gigging/touring musician since his teenage years, playing with HEPCAT, RANCID, STUBBORN ALL-STARS, Willie Williams, Stranger Cole, Glen Brown, Glen Adams, Archie Bell, and for the last 18 years, he has been the featured soloist with NYC’s legendary Ska band, THE SLACKERS. ROCKSTEADY 7, a fourteen year old all-star collective, is the band where Dave is able to showcase his unique style of Saxophone playing with extended Jazz improvisations over Reggae-Ska rhythms. As Dave explains, “I’m a freak stylistically. I’m a southern Californian raised kid who started out playing like Jamaican saxophonists, Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook. Then I moved to New York and got into classic American saxophone like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Illinois Jacquet. Then I went on the road and started to understand the blues. I got into Howling Wolf, Tbone Walker, and Sonny Boy Williamson.” [click to continue…]
We’ve had a shipment from Germany tied up in the postal system for 6 weeks, so of course as soon as Christmas is over….boom, the parcel starts to move again! Regardless, we’re glad to have it! We’ve been waiting for the new album from Dutch skinhead reggae masters THE UPSESSIONS, plus a limited colored vinyl represses of DOREEN SHAFFER “Adorable” Both these vinyl editions come with a free CD too. Don’t worry LP of members we are getting a new shipment to everyone asap!