KING HAMMOND is Nick Welsh. He is a musician, producer, and songwriter from the United Kingdom. He is by far one of the most prolific ska/reggae musicians on either side of the pond, his resume includes PRINCE BUSTER, LAUREL AITKEN, DAVE BARKER, RICO RODRIGUEZ, and JUDGE DREAD. Nick also played on LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY’S Grammy Award winning album “Jamaican ET’. As a bassist and song writer in BAD MANNERS and THE SELECTER, he was integral to both band’s post 2-TONE success. Continue reading KING HAMMOND “The Beat Is Blue” LP vinyl – amazing new album entirely in 1960’s UK BLUE BEAT style!
Mexico’s BRIXTON SOUNDS started in 2003, early on focusing on covers of foundation ska & reggae. Their first production “LOSING THE TIME” was recorded in 2005 and helped grow the band’s fanbase across the Mexican republic, their second recording “PISTOLEROS” from 2009 quickly brought them international acclaim. BRIXTON SOUNDS have performed with international bands such as The Aggrolites and Chris Murray, and have participated in several major music festivals in Mexico City. In 2012 long running California label STEADY BEAT released the band’s debut vinyl 7″ record – fast forward to 2017 and we here at JUMP UP get offered to release their brilliant debut vinyl full length LP. On this full length jazz is king, you get summery female fronted vocal ska, boogaloo soul influenced instrumental groovers, hot organ driven jazz roots and early/skinhead reggae. Continue reading BRIXTON SOUNDS “Fiebre, Locura & Pasion” LP vinyl – beautiful vocal jazz Blue Note ska from Mexico!
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 email@example.com. Everyone should know SUSAN’s work, so please read the below bio….
JUMP UP is proud to unleash the brand new album from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH teamed up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha, Nebraska! We began working with MONTY back in 2014, and we paired him with THE BISHOPS for a live Jamaican Oldies 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 this full length album. As a teaser we first released a 7″ single featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes redone: “Skin Flint” and “Fung Shu”. Now we are happy to say the full length album has landed on red vinyl and slimline CD – which has FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! Let’s get ready for some of that ol’ moonstomping! A true return to form, classic vocal chat/sing skinhead reggae and ska, a great addition and continuation of the Symarip legacy!
We are so proud to have these LAUREL AITKEN replica vinyl editions back in stock from Mad Butcher / Black Butcher classics! Must haves for fans of skinhead reggae, funky boogaloo soul, and Laurel’s unique style that can breath new life into pop standards. “SKA WITH LAUREL AITKEN” originally came out in 1966 on RIO UK, while the 1969 classic “SAY FIRE” originally came out on legendary imprint DOCTOR BIRD UK. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN LP reissues on Black Butcher Classics! Rare RIO & DOCTOR BIRD albums from the 60’s!
In November 2014 Chicago and Los Angeles were lucky to have showcases with one of the sweetest soul voices in Jamaican music history, Studio One legend WINSTON “Mr Fix It” FRANCIS. The 60’s hitmaker was one of Coxson Dodd’s biggest singers, and his 1969 “Mr Fix It” LP featured the hit songs “Too Experienced”, “Same Old Song”, “Fools Fall In Love” plus the title track. His second album “California Dreaming” continued the tradition of soulful reggae covers, including “Yester Me Yester You” , “Groovy Situation”, “Always Something There To Remind Me” and the hit Mamas & The Papas tune that named the album. In between these albums WINSTON would release two tunes that would drive collectors crazy 45+ years later – “THE BREAK” under the moniker BOB MELODY, and “YOUR CHEATING HEART” – a duet with LLOYD ROBINSON. Both these original 7″ singles fetch INSANE amounts on eBay – yet strangely both tunes have never appeared on reissue – UNTIL NOW! We’ve got pink 7″ vinyl back in stock now!
Two amazing 1970’s import reissues, available in limited quantities. Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo (Carl Bradshaw) a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Caribbean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry. The film was directed by Trevor D. Rhone, who also wrote the play on which it is based, and was produced by Edward Knight. The movie stars Bradshaw, Glenn Morrison, and Stanley Irons. Tunes range from smooth reggae, party calypso and deep island funk, and is must for fans of HARDER THEY COME, COUNTRYMAN, and ROCKERS. This elusive soundtrack is available now on limited edition import orange vinyl from JOV Records, out for Record Store Day. Colonell Elliott & The Lunatics “Insterstellar Reggae Drive” LP is a “Moog-Style” reggae masterpiece, classic Trojan reggae riddims with re-imagined Star Wars / Switched-On-Bach keyboards on top. It’s part space aged bachelor pad music, and part vintage skinhead reggae. Originally released in 1974, and the version of TELSTAR is bonkers! Both of these LPs are limited color editions so act now!
Have 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. Continue reading Jamaican Foundation SKA legend CHARLEY ORGANAIRE with THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – 3 new 7″ singles + Limited Edition European Tour CD available now!
Joe Ferry is grammy award winning record producer, author, bassist and educator. Over the course of his 35-year career, he has produced records and played bass for numerous artists, including The Skatalites, Dr. John, The Roches, The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, SKAndalous All-Stars, Uzimon, Huey Lewis and the News, and Joey Ray. Continue reading BIG SKA BAND feat Lester Sterling of The Skatalites! 7″ vinyl / CD
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their 4xCD tribute to BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS, and our vinyl has JUST arrived! We think these 4 song 7″ vinyl EPs are absolutely brilliant!! One single is on a Jamaican ska tip, while the other has more of a 2-TONE 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each. FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!