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KING HAMMOND “The Beat Is Blue” LP vinyl – amazing new album entirely in 1960’s UK BLUE BEAT style!

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!

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KING HAMMOND “Floorshaker!” LP (JUMP094LP)

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Nick Welsh Is KING HAMMOND – he is a SKA musician, producer, and songwriter  from the UK.  JUMP UP RECORDS is proud to release his first vinyl full length album since 1987’s “Revolution ‘70” – a skinhead reggae rarity released on Buster Bloodvessel’s resurrected Blue Beat label. What? Vintage 60s/70s skinhead reggae revival sounds  in 1987? That’s like 15 years before THE AGGROLITES  man!  Can that be true?

“FLOORSHAKER!” is the hottest sound from reggae’s past, taking the best from KING HAMMOND’s “KING AND I” and “JACUZZI” CD releases- creating the finest vinyl release of 2011. MARCO ON THE BASS blog  calls it “a startling crisp and addictive collection of skinhead reggae tracks that pay homage to the originals that inspired them but retains a contemporary pop feel”.  It’s 14 tracks dripping with piercing organ, vintage disco-era keyboards, powerful brass,  JUDGE DREAD / PRINCE BUSTER style chat/sing , and hypnotic guitar and bass – it truly is a FLOORSHAKER! Continue reading KING HAMMOND “Floorshaker!” LP (JUMP094LP)

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BAD MANNERS – “Stupidity” CD / Pic Disc LP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP052)

Formed in 1976 by school chums who lived in London, Bad Manners quickly became a worldwide institution – mostly due to their “larger-than- life” front-man BUSTER BLOODVESSEL. Their ska-influenced pop and outrageous stage antics packed the pubs and clubs of London in the late 1970’s – years before the 2-Tone SKA movement (Specials, Selecter, Madness) had taken Britain by storm. By 1979, the Bad Manners spectacle had attracted such a cult following that they were signed by MAGNET RECORDS without even recording a demo tape. Bad Manner’s sound Continue reading BAD MANNERS – “Stupidity” CD / Pic Disc LP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP052)