Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soul Radics have been very busy the past year traveling all over the USA, playing with major acts including THE AGGROLITES, FISHBONE, THE TOASTERS, MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, and Stranger Cole at Jamaican Oldies Weekend in Chicago. Blistering traditional ska and early reggae with gritty soul melodies is what you get, their shows are an energetic tribute to the early sounds of Jamaica. So dress sharp and wear your good shoes, you will dance! “DOWN TO THE HALL” is their stunning debut on JUMP UP, ranging from laid back skinhead reggae grooves (“Pressing On”, “Rock It Steady”, “Never Soon Enough”), uptempo horn driven neo-traditional ska (“Reggae Better”, “The Worst Thing”, “Think Twice”) and 2-Tone dancers (“Don To The Hall”,”The Worst Thing”) – these nine tracks are full of sweet harmonies, bubbly organ, tight horns, and the powerful female lead vocals of skinbyrd pin-up Dani Radic. At a time when traditional ska/reggae bands worldwide are dominated by
clones of The Slackers and The Aggrolites, SOUL RADICS truly stand out from the crowd with a unique, 100% original sound. CD is a limited edition digipak, LP vinyl is currently sold out, sorry.
We at JUMP UP are so proud to be working with Original SYMARIP keyboardist / singer / songwriter MONTY “Neysmith” MONTGOMERY in 2015! The partnership started at the end of 2014 when we booked him for a Jamaican Oldies show at Mayne Stage, for that gig we called on THE BISHOPS from Omaha, Nebraska to learn the SYMARIP songbook plus some of Monty’s modern moonstomp classics. We figured since everyone was in town, let’s go into the studio and see what happens! Produced by Mike Corcoran of Deal’s Gone Bad at his Legendary studios, the gang went in to re-record two of Monty’s classics from the new millennium – “JUMP” is a midtempo ska groover with great horn hooks and soulful vocals calling you to the dancefloor! The flip is a tribute to the Laurel Aitken – “Laurels For Laurel” thanks the Godfather of Ska for taking a chance on a young group called THE BEES – who would eventually morph into the mighty SYMARIP! It’s also a midtempo ska groover with THE BISHOPS providing excellent backing vocals as well as that steady backbeat. Continue reading MONTY “Neysmith” MONTGOMERY of SYMARIP returns! New 7″ singles with THE BISHOPS and SOUL RADICS + BOSS HOOLIGAN release!
What has UK ska darlings MEOW MEOWS been up to recently? Well, they’ve got a brand new 3 track 7” single called “FRIENDS ON BENEFITS” on JUMP UP RECORDS! Of course it’s a fantastic mix of 2 TONE ska and garage rock lead by a female vocal force, drawing comparisons to a wide range of artists like THE SKINTS, HOLLIE COOK, THE SELECTER, and DANCE HALL CRASHERS! But the origins of the title track is truly fascinating! Read on below! Continue reading MEOW MEOWS “Friends On Benefits” 7″ EP (OUT OF PRINT)
SPECIALIZED – A MODERN TAKE ON THE SPECIALS is a fantastic charity album that came our earlier this year in the UK, featuring 30 great artists covering songs made famous by THE SPECIALS – with proceeds going to the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST charity. As someone who recently lost his father to cancer, we immediately contacted the compilation organizer to see if JUMP UP could be a part of this historic compilation. JUMP UP is donating the majority of the pressing to the SPECIALZED people in the UK to help raise more money for this great and noble cause. You should pick up the full length CD at www.specializedcharityalbum.co.uk Continue reading SPECIALIZED 7″ with ROLAND GIFT – LEE THOMPSON – KING HAMMOND and ORANGE STREET (OUT OF PRINT)
We are once again VERY proud to be part of SPECIALIZED’s latest musical series, with proceeds benefiting the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST foundation in the UK. As you remember, the inaugural SPECIALIZED compilation featured songs by THE SPECIALS, the second series expanded to a double disc set of (ENGLISH) BEAT songs, and this massive new undertaking honoring MADNESS ended up as a four CD mega collection! Once again, JUMP UP is filling the hunger of vinyl fiends worldwide by releasing the cream of the crop on limited edition 7″ singles! We’ve got a bunch of special colors coming out on this one so keep a look out! Continue reading MAD NOT CANCER 7″ singles – MADNESS covers by BIM SKALA BIM, KING HAMMOND, HOTKNIVES, RUDE BOY GEORGE & more! (OUT OF PRINT)
The new SPECIALIZED 7″ series is here! A cancer charity project between JUMP UP Records and the TEENAGE CANCER TRUST / SPECIALZIED PROJECT in the UK. Amazing new versions of your favorite (ENGLISH) BEAT tunes released on three limited edition red vinyl singles. Check out this in depth review of the singles at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA
#1 : THE ENGLISH BEAT “Mirror In The Bathroom” (new Dave Wakeling version!) b/w BIGGER THOMAS “Sole Salvation” 7″ (RED VINYL)
#2: THE SPRITELY ALL STARS feat RANKING ROGER “Two Swords” (Majestic Mix) b/w STIFF JOINTS “Ackee 123″ 7”
#3: THE VALUES feat NEOL DAVIES “All Out To Get You” / LEE THOMPSON “Madness (Acoustically Speaking)
b/w NICK WELSH feat BJ COLE “Save It For Later” / RHODA DAKAR “Too Nice To Talk To”
SORRY, THIS SERIES IS NOW OUT OF PRINT
We at JUMP UP have been fans of SOLOMON JABBY for years – we are so proud to finally be able to work with him! As the guitarist and one of the original members of Christian roots reggae powerhouse Christafari, SOLOMAN has toured the world ’round and recorded a dozen plus albums. But much of his work has been overlooked in the “secular” market. This 7″ single will change that! Two BLAZING early reggae instrumentals with grinding organ – everyone who I have played this for so far immediately thought it was THE AGGROLITES or a ROGER RIVAS solo record! THESE TWO TRACKS are THAT GOOD! As always, released on Limited Edition random colored vinyl! You can hear this on on our Soundcloud page!
Continue reading Ltd Ed 7″ Vinyl: SOLOMAN JABBY / BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS – CHRIS MURRAY split 7″
Christmas time again! Did you forget that we released a wonderful RED VINYL Christmas 7″ single from Spain’s PEPPER POTS? They have a brand new album out on Legere too!
The PEPPER POTS are one of our favorite bands, their retro 60’s ska/reggae and girl group soul sounds are top notch in our book! Their second record “NOW!” was recorded in NYC under the influence of the DAPTONE crew which became the point where the band firmly went in the soul direction. As usual, they attend to every little detail, inspired by the old dusty vinyl records from Motown, Stax and Studio One. We at JUMP UP made it a mission to work with the band in some way to make our life more complete, so at the end of 2010 we rush released their wonderful Christmas single on vinyl to fill jukeboxes worldwide! Full picture sleeve, red vinyl in stock! Two great tracks including a FLIRTATIONS cover!
1. Waiting For the Christmas Light 2. Christmas Time Is Here Again
If you didn’t snag your copy of his new album on JUMP UP on his 2011 USA tour, it’s time to do so now! ITALY’s top traditional ska/reggae artist returns – MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and big trombone often is compared to Germany’s DR RING DING, but he truly is a unique singer, instrumentalist, and bandleader whose YOUNG LIONS return for 14 tracks of rootsy ska, early reggae, and funky rock steady. Fans of THE SLACKERS totally love the YOUNG LIONS’ tight groove, and after the recent Chicago show a close friend of mine said he reminded him of a cross between LOUIS PRIMA and DENNIS BROWN! Now that’s an amazing compliment indeed!
Check out the album preview! Mr T Bone’s YouTube Album Preview!
THE CROMBIES debut 7″ is out now! We debuted the single at July’s LATE BAR 2 TONE extravaganza – fans were dancing up such a storm that the DJ booth shook and made the record skip! That truly was a DANCE CRAZE! Niney The Observer’s “Blood & Fire” never sounded better, and it’s already the Chicago Fire’s new fight anthem! The flip is “Mad At The World” – a legendary tune from the early Deal’s Gone Bad days given new life! Pick up the 7″ for only $5 postage paid in the USA! Click on the image to buy! Look out for their full length on LP vinyl, CD, and Cassette this fall!