Things are really happening for our Midwest heroes THE PRIZEFIGHTERS! Not only have they done us proud backing Stranger Cole, Roy & Yvonne, Derrick Morgan and Charlie Organaire here i Chicago but their new 2019 album is appearing on many “best of ” lists already! Since more and more new fans are discovering our hard working crew from Minneapolis, we’ve re-stocked their crowd sourced 3×7″ series and got some black vinyl debut LP copies too! Check out this excellent detailed review at DUFF GUIDE TO SKA! Continue reading RESTOCKED! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “A Musical Knockout” 3 x 7″ set + “Follow My Sound” LP (JUMP102LP)
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since we released the second album from Indiana’s funky soul reggae ska masters, now they are a name known around the world! We were lucky enough to get one last small “dirty repress” from the original stampers (so don’t be picky if there’s a little crackle love!), so act fast once these are gone they are GONE. Only 50 guys!
Though themes are of heartbreak, disappointment, and social worries, the end all be all is “don’t stop, keep moving.” From the Muddy Banks of the Wabash River comes the Soul Sonic, Blues Drenched, Sounds of Reggae and Ska that is the GRR. Their debut “HOOSIER HOMEGROWN” instantly had the ska scene taking notice. Could this band really have only formed in 2006? Hard workin and constantly touring, GRR quickly built up a solid fan base by playing shows big and small all across the USA, including stints with THE SLACKERS, MOON INVADERS, and AGGROLITES. On this self titled second album, producer DAVE HILLAYRD enhances these powerful influences: Trojan Records, Studio one, Motown, Stax, NYC Ska, Toots & the Maytals, The Wailers, The Skatalites, Lee Perry/The Upsetters, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Johnny Cash, James brown, Otis Redding & more. Its Motown & Kingston. Soul & Reggae. The result is brilliant, 14 amazing tunes that capture the high-energy that GRR have had at their shows since day #1.
JUMP UP is proud to unleash the brand new album from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH teamed up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha, Nebraska! We began working with MONTY back in 2014, and we paired him with THE BISHOPS for a live Jamaican Oldies concert at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The partnership blossomed into a 7″ single early in 2015, then MONTY worked with SOUL RADICS for a second 7″ single later that year. In 2016 he toured around the USA with THE BISHOPS and began recording tracks for this full length album. As a teaser we first released a 7″ single featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes redone: “Skin Flint” and “Fung Shu”. Now we are happy to say the full length album has landed on red vinyl and slimline CD – which has FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! Let’s get ready for some of that ol’ moonstomping! A true return to form, classic vocal chat/sing skinhead reggae and ska, a great addition and continuation of the Symarip legacy!
Can you believe that “THE RAMBLERS” turned 10 years old this year? Wow! Here’s your chance to get this stunning album on vinyl once again! “The production is superb; clean, but not slick, capturing and distinguishing every note, whilst creating a fleshy, warm sound. Arrangements are inspired – forget the many stellar solos and grand bass lines, those automatically garner attention, it’s the small musical passages – the three bars of organ swagger, the little drum fill, the guitar flourishes – that demand notice by their very understatement. The closer you listen, the more of these subtle interjections you’ll find, each immaculately timed, placed and delivered, all beautifully coloring the songs. Dare one compare it to Jackie Mittoo’s time at Studio One? Close, but I think Gladdy & the Allstars’s stellar work across the early reggae age is more apt. And then there’s the songs themselves, a diverse bunch but sharing one thing in common, their strong melodies, arguably the most powerful in DGB’s career. Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “The Ramblers” LP VINYL (w/CD) – RED VINYL 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION!
JUMP UP is proud to keep 45rpm 7″ singles alive, with “portablism” (portable turntablism) and DJ culture on the rise we are releasing more vinyl singles than ever before! First up is brand new material from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH! We began working with MONTY back in 2014, we teamed him up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha for a live concert at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The partnership blossomed into a 7″ single early in 2015, then MONTY worked with SOUL RADICS for a second 7″ single later that year. In 2016 he toured around the USA with THE BISHOPS and began recording tracks for an upcoming full length album. To kick things off right, we are releasing this new 7″ featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes from “SKINHEAD MOONSTOMP” re-done in vintage reggae style: “Skin Flint” is a classic mid-tempo instrumental organ grinder, “Fung Shu” is a funky skinhead reggae vocal cut with hilarious lyrics! Red or Blue vinyl available. Email us your choice otherwise we will send you a red one! Continue reading New singles! MONTY NEYSMITH of SYMARIP with THE BISHOPS “Skin Flint” b/w “Fung Shu” 7″ and AKASHA “You Make Me Feel Good” b/w “Eye For An Eye” 7″
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.
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 – OUT OF PRINT)
JUMP UP is excited and proud to release the new 6 track Mini LP from Argentina’s early reggae acid jazz champs THE CRABS CORPORATION! In the past few years the band has been busy releasing three excellent 7″ on Italian funk/soul imprint Record Kicks which featured guest appearances from Susan Cadogan, King Hammond, and Dave Barker. Continue reading THE CRABS CORPORATION “The Many Faces Of” 10″ LP (JUMP085LP) (OU 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 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)