Fresh off their recent reunion show at the AMERICAN SKATHIC 20th ANNIVERSARY concert at Metro! 2011 saw the first new songs from Chicago ska/reggae legends HEAVY MANNERS since the early 80s!! “Get Me Out Of Debt” is a fun, whimsical and witty 2 TONE ska dancer with great keyboards and sax! “Fight The Good Fight” is a darker, political conscious reggae tune ripe for fans of original Island Records sounds. The B side is a musicologist treat – an original tune from “back in the day” finally unearthed! “CouldNot Get Enuff” is nearly 6 minutes of PETER TOSH at the tail end of disco, wonderfully mixing Heavy Manners’ Jamaican riddims into dance styled 2-TONE meets Chicago grooves. PETER TOSH also provides backing vocals!!! Not to be missed! A sound that also was utilized by THE ENGLISH BEAT on later 12″ singles! Comes in CLEAR or WHITE vinyl, please specify if you want a certain color!
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
Babylove & The Van Dangos deliver an intense live show. 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. 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.
Back in print after nearly a year to coincide with their European tour! Now on royal blue vinyl and comes with a patch! Although JUMP UP is known for our Jamaican sounds, we are very proud of America’s finest Northern Soul band – THE INCITERS from San Francisco! An overpowering 11-piece dance floor soul band that has brought the house down from LA to Chicago and all across Europe, releasing 3 albums to date on Grover/Elmo Records in Germany and “ DOING FINE” which was recorded in Chicago and released by JUMP UP in 2000. Continue reading THE INCITERS “Soul Clap” LP / CD (JUMP105) (OUT OF PRINT)
We just pressed this on vinyl due to popular demand! Limited edition of 300 copies, 10″ vinyl LP housed on vintage green sleeve. A skinhead reggae classic ! The SOULSTEPPERS formed in 1998 out of Bakersfield California, focusing on the original “skinhead” sounds of reggae and soul – ranging from the Jamaican producers of Leslie Kong, Lee Perry, and Clancy Eccles to the choppier UK styles of Laurel Aitken and Joe “The Boss” Mansano. At the time the USA (and much of the world) were in the midst of a “Third Wave” ska revival, but founding members Mike & AJ choose to focus on a Jamaican sound that had been sadly overlooked – the original 60’s skinhead reggae sound. When most fans talk about skinhead reggae, the conversation inevitably turns to the legendary UPSETTERS, a band who Continue reading THE SOULSTEPPERS – “The Return of…” 10″ LP (OUT OF PRINT) / CD still available (JUMP078)
The seeds of Lord Mike’s Dirty Calypsonias were planted years ago within the ska/reggae scene of Chicago. As the legendary singer of Deal’s Gone Bad, Mike toured endlessly across America and recorded three full length albums for JUMP UP Records. Mike retired from Deal’s Gone Bad in late 2003, being replaced by Todd Hembrook (formerly of Heavy Step). At this time, Mike’s calypso calling had not surfaced yet…but a few months later it came suddenly in the dark of the night! A vision! Was it an apparition of the Mighty Sparrow himself? Could it have been the voice of Lord Kitchener? We will never know exactly what occurred in the deep of sleep that night! That next morning, as the newly christened “Lord Mike”, the Dirty Calypso vision began to spring into action. Recruiting an all star Chicago lineup including several former Deal’s Gone Bad Continue reading LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS – “More” CD/10″ LP (now on OLIVE wax) – (JUMP070)
THE HYPOCONDRIACS are rumored to have been the first reggae/rocksteady band from Madrid, who recorded in the late 60’s and released one privately pressed LP that went virtually unnoticed by the press and music fans…not for musical reasons! Dave Barker and Roy Ellis are rumored to contribute backing vocals on this scarce album…if you listen closely you can hear that it could be true. The reason why people did not buy the LP from the band back in the day? Fear and superstition!
From what we know this four piece had contracted a very rare and highly contagious disease that nobody could diagnose. Because of this, fans were afraid to just touch a copy of the LP – you can imagine what that did for sales! The band had given up on live shows altogether. Copies of the LP that survived seemed to have been scrubbed clean by the owners, and also included a “farewell note” from the band, which we have put into Google translate for non-Spanish speakers:
Continue reading THE HYPOCONDRIACS “60’s ROCKSTEADY & REGGAE” LP (JUMP106) (OUT OF PRINT)
Thomas ‘Tommy Tornado’ Streutgers is a gifted Dutch saxophone player who joined the famous Rude Rich & The High Notes at the tender age of 18. Since then he has toured all over the world, making records with and backing famous Jamaican vocalists such as Alton Ellis, Dave Barker, U Brown, and The Heptones. His debut solo album “Sunrise” was released in 2010 (CD/LP from Jump Up!), comprised mostly of instrumentals, on which he is assisted by legendary Jamaican players including Rico Rodriguez, Ernest Ranglin, Winston Francis, and Dennis Alcapone. Continue reading TOMMY TORNADO “Cool Down” LP (JUMP103) (OUT OF PRINT)
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!