Inspired by bands like The Clash, The Specials, and Redskins, Germany’s T-KILLAS released their debut album “It’s Up To You!” in 2014 full of energetic 2-Tone ska mixed with a heavy dose of mod, garage, and punk. It’s fast, snotty and cheeky, with lots of guitar and organ as well as a dominant saxophone that brings to mind many of the European bands from the early 90’s ska explosion. 2016 saw the band’s first vinyl release with the 7 ” single “Kicking The Pressure ” on Grover Records and Casual Records. In 2020, after a 6 year wait, the second album “Awareness” is finally here on Fire and Flames Music and Grover Records. Not to be outdone are Holland’s Downbeat Detonators who play their own unique brand of rocksteady and ska, inspired by the era of Jamaican music during the ’60s and ’70s. Horn driven melodies, organ scorchers, sweet vocal harmonies and a strong rocksteady riddim section are the main ingredients of their explosive mix of ska, rocksteady, early reggae and calypso. Original songs inspired by artists like Don Drummond, Prince Buster, Jackie Mittoo, Toots & the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker . It’s Detonation Time with their band new vinyl album “Reggae Boomshot!”. Both these albums have been in heavy rotation here for months, get both get a deal and discover some new bands from the European Union!
We are proud to finally have vinyl from the 7 piece rocksteady and traditional ska sensations form Los Angeles THE STEADY 45s! Beautiful harmonies, captivating rhythms and that driving Jamaican beat, the influences are strong: Desmond Dekker, Justin Hinds, Jackie Opel, Hepcat, Derrick Harriot, The Ethiopians, The Gaylads, The Techniques, The Heptones, The Wailers, Alton Ellis, Prince Buster, Skatalites, Delroy Wilson, The Impressions, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Studio 1, Treasure Isle the list goes on! A few years back John Butcher of The Expanders joined the Steady 45s as the new lead singer, so we figured we should remind you about the gem we released years and years ago – these are our LAST COPIES on MINT GREEN vinyl. Continue reading Traditional Cali Sounds: THE STEADY 45s “Trouble In Paradise” LP / THE EXPANDERS “Old Time Something Come Again” LP (JUMP112LP) – last copies!
Welcome back GROVER RECORDS Germany who have supplied us with not only two of their most recent label titles but also the latest album from Danish legends BABYLOVE & THE VAN DANGOS! Since they first set sail from the salty docks of Copenhagen in 2004, they’ve managed to place them selves among the top acts of the ska scene. Their music has brought them all over Europe and as far away as the land of the rising sun. They’ve played over 700 concerts ranging from some of the biggest festivals in Europe to stages not quite suitable for a seven piece band. They’ve released five studio albums and appeared on numerous compilations. The latest album “The Golden Cage” is released in 2019 and followed by an extensive tour in Europe. With their roots planted deep in the tradition of early Jamaican music, such as Ska and Rocksteady, Babylove & the van Dangos has let their branches grow wild with out any pruning. Listen closely and you will hear influences from everything from Blues to Doo Wop and the lyrical pendulum swings from political to the abstract. The codeword is timeless music that moves your soul as well as your feet. In the tradition of Jamaican music, this is dancing music and Babylove and the van Dangos is a band you want to catch live since it is through their live performances that they’ve managed to build a solid fan base through out all of Europe. Limited copies on the band’s own label – includes a PIN! SORRY THIS IS TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT
THE MAGNETICS are a tremendous traditional soulful ska act from ITALY, a fan favorite all across Europe for their authentic Jamaican groove! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, VOID UNION and STUBBORN ALL STARS! “COFFEE & SUGAR” is their latest album, 14 tracks that even include fellow countryman MR T. BONE on a track! Not to be undone we have stocked the most recent solo offering from DANY RADIC (of SOUL RADICS) who teamed up with the VALKYRIANS producer for this fantastic ska groover “ON THE DANCEFLOOR”. The flip is the same tune recorded in Finish by burlesque singer MOLLY MOONSTONE! This track totally has a SLACKERS vibe if you ask me! Limited edition color vinyl too.
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. OUT OF PRINT, SORRY.
SOUL OF PUM PUM HOTEL WAX IS HERE! A must-have for all fans of the MOON INVADERS and CAROLOREGIANS! Nico Leonard, one of the main men behind both bands, runs the infamous PUM PUM HOTEL studios in his native Belgium. Earlier this year, GROVER released a 23 track CD featuring some of his most recent products. We at JUMP UP loved the CD so much we offered to make a limited vinyl release to feature the Jamaican tracks – 300 copies only, on beautiful thick orange wax housed in a clear PVC sleeve. 8 tracks from MOON INVADERS, RATAZANAS, PUM PUM ALL STARS, NIC & VIC (RICE), BASSY RIDDIM, and an exclusive track from THE CAROLOREGIANS “FAT BACK”!