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!
Babylove & The Van Dangos are one of Europe’s top live ska acts, the band guarantees an extravaganza of ripping skanking, heavy one-drops, and blasting horns, with the energetic frontman Daniel Broman spreading the love of old school ska and rocksteady music. It’s a soulful ska/reggae ride, and their unique take on the Jamaican tradition has brought them around the world and earned them a place in league with the top live acts on the ska scene. Continue reading BABYLOVE AND THE VAN DANGOS “On My Life” LP vinyl
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”!