Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE sold out

Andy Bassford, born in Hartford, Connecticut, is the reggae legend you’ve never heard of. After initially playing several years in rock, reggae, latin jazz, and country bands, he then was discovered by Horace Andy, which led to his recording debut on the classic album ‘In The Light’ in 1977. In 1980 he went to Jamaica and began playing on sessions with the Roots Radics. Soon after he joined Lloyd Parks and We The People, thus performing or recording with nearly every reggae artist of the era, most notably Dennis Brown. Upon his return to the US in late 1980’s he joined Toots and the Maytals among many others and became the house guitarist for the seminal Studio One label. Currently, Andy performs internationally in Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express reggae-jazz fusion project, with whom he has also recorded two albums. In 2003, he was honored by the Jamaica Federation of Musicians for Outstanding Contributions to the Jamaican Music Industry, one of the only-non Jamaicans to receive this award. In 2019, he won his first Grammy as a composer and guitarist on Sting & Shaggy’s “44/876”, which took the honor of best Reggae album. Andy Bassford’s first ever solo album “The Harder They Strum” pays homage to the movie and album that lured Andy into the wonderful world of Jamaican music. Continue reading Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE sold out

THE FREECOASTERS “A Different Kind of Heat” LP vinyl – female fronted soul ska/reggae from Florida! Produced & mixed by Jesse Wagner & Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites!

The Freecoasters create a fresh and original sound by infusing the best of American southern soul with infectious reggae and rocksteady rhythms. Specializing in tuneful, danceable originals, their broad repertoire is influenced by classics such as Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, The Beatles, and The Temptations to contemporary acts like Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, and Sharon Jones. Whatever the song, The Freecoasters’ sound is unmistakably authentic and original, lead by powerhouse vocalist Claire Liparulo. Their second album, “A Different Kind of Heat” features a dozen songs once again produced by Jesse Wagner and recorded/mixed by Roger Rivas, both from California reggae superstars The Aggrolites. Arguably one of the most soulful & heartfelt releases to emerge from the ska scene in years, it truly is a modern day classsic. Limited edition pink vinyl limited to 150 copies! Black vinyl available too! Add the bands first self released album at the same time for only an additonal $10 !

 

RODDY RADIATION & Skabilly Rebels “Sea Cruise” b/w BAILEY DEE’s Kingston Affair “Sea of Love” 7 inch – Rhythm & Blues SKA!

We’ve got a real great JUMP UP 45 for all you dancers out there! It’s been in the works for a couple years now! When we put RODDY RADIATION’s version of FRANKIE FORD’s 1959 boogie piano rhythm & blues jam “Sea Cruise” on a free CD sampler years ago, fans begged for this to be released on a 45. A true classic that had a beat that anticipated ska, it’s been covered many times over the decades but most famously in our Jamaican world by Jackie Edwards in 1964, and Rico Rodriguez (with The Specials) on 2-TONE. But all these years later we never could decide on a fitting tune to compliment it ….until NOW!

Chicago’s roots queen BAILEY DEE has been thrilling audiences worldwide for years, and little did we know that she was a huge ska fan! Bailey started tossing in more focussed ska rhythms on songs during her live sets, fully witnessed during the last BRING IT UP HIGH festival where she played alongside a rare reunion by St Louis’ THE SKALARS. We were SO thrilled! When we told Bailey we had this RODDY tune and needed another she immediately suggested “SEA OF LOVE”, a rhythm & blues nugget from 1959 sung by PHIL PHILLIPS and THE TWILIGHTS. BAILEY enlisted members of DEAL’S GONE BAD (bassist SPYDER was already part of her band) and HI FI & THE ROADBURNERS and the rest is history! Of course making the package perfect is beautiful label art by the one and only CHEMA SKANDAL, who knocked it out of the park with this rockabilly roots homage! Available on classic black (no substitute for roots purists!), orange, green, and white vinyl. Email color choice to jumpuprecords@gmail.com – all colors are limited! Continue reading RODDY RADIATION & Skabilly Rebels “Sea Cruise” b/w BAILEY DEE’s Kingston Affair “Sea of Love” 7 inch – Rhythm & Blues SKA!

BOOMTOWN UNITED “Tuffer Than I” LP / CD / Tape – Modern 2-Tone from St Louis!

Boomtown United is St. Louis’s premier ska collective, a powerful 8 piece delivering horn driven harmony-laced 2-Tone style songs, their catalog is overflowing with an innovative sound that has captivated audiences worldwide. Comprised of veterans from the StL ska and reggae scene, Boomtown United bring an energy that is both refreshing and therapeutic on their debut full lengh “Tuffer Than I”. A must for fans of classic 2-Tone like The Specials, English Beat, and Madness; early American and European third wave ska like The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Let’s Go Bowling, Hotknives, Potato 5 and Mr Review. The wait is finally over, you heard them on the SKA BREWING collaboration  DRINK THE SKA and on the 2_TONE tribute CHECK ONE-2 and finally the full length has arrived on Jump Up! Light blue vinyl press limited to 200 copies. Tape limited to 50 copies. A co-label release with Grover Records in Germany!

DRINK THE SKA repress on RED VINYL – 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Tapes too!

LIMITED REPRESS in on RANDOM COLOR VINYL!  Mostly RED but other variations do exist! At last year’s Ska Brewing anniversary party in Durango CO – Ska Brewing and Jump Up sat down and decided to unleash an all-USA collection for Record Store Day 2018! It was a nail-biter, but in the end we squeaked out enough copies to supply release shows in Colorado and Chicago and the balance have been shipping worldwide ever since! Then we released the collection on limited edition cassette for Cassette Store Day! Seventeen bands with all kinds of ska styles represented. Forthcoming tracks from JUMP UP albums appear from THE FUSS, BOSS RIOT, BIG SKA BAND, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS – plus CHRIS MURRAY (with CapsLock), BOOMTOWN UNITED, BREACHERS, BANDULUS, MONTY NEYSMITH & THE BISHOPS, DENDRITES, BLUE HORNETS, GREEN ROOM ROCKERS, BOWCAT, BUSTER’S GHOST, THE CROMBIES, 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS and THE TOASTERS! Continue reading DRINK THE SKA repress on RED VINYL – 17 band all-USA collection – collaboration with Ska Brewing! Tapes too!

REPRESS: VOID UNION “Return of The Super Vape” LP vinyl / CD / Tape

Void Union has a simple mission statement: preserve the Jamaican music of the 1960’s, collaborate with Ska’s originators, and actively recruit guest players from the ensembles that have proven equal to the task of reinventing the genre. On this brand new album David Hillyard (The Slackers), Steve Jackson (The Pietasters), Alex Desert {Hepcat), Jr Thomas, The Expanders all guest on what surely will become a modern ay classic! Top-shelf collaborations are nothing new, in the past Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Lynval Golding (The Specials), King Django, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack),and David Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) all have been featured on Void Union recordings. In November of 2010, Vin Gordon (The Skatalites, Bob Marley and the Wailers) joined the group for a watershed European tour. Thaddeus Merritt (Bass), Rick Smith (Drums), Rich Graiko (Trumpet), Alex Stern (Guitar, Keys), and Anant Pradhan(Tenor Sax), comprise Void Union’s core, but, the band’s philosophy lends itself to a collective atmosphere in which like-minded musicians sit in and assure that no show is the same as the one that preceded it. The audience at a gig is not a mere handful of die-hard Ska enthusiasts; a survey of the crowd yields suits, working stiffs, parents, children, dreadlocks, moptops, and…hipsters? All turn out to bear witness to a versatile ensemble that is as at ease providing the jazz-tinged instrumental foil to a Jamaican legend as it is leading a sing-along at a neighborhood bar. “Return Of The Super Vape available now on CD, limited edition tape, and vinyl limited to 300 copies. Orange vinyl limited to 200.

REPRESS: THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” LP (JUMP084LP) back on random color vinyl

THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” is finally back on vinyl! Reissue of 1992 third wave Moon Ska Records classic on random color vinyl, housed in a double sided full color poster sleeve with rare photos. Songwriter and lead singer Rob Hingley perfected a smooth, American-inflected vocal style across these eleven tunes, creating a blueprint for the top-ranking outfit’s authentic-yet-unique revival sound. And while New York Fever is founded on the best of the Jamaican and U.K. ska scenes, it also burns with the special flame of the hyperactive New York City outpost of ska’s international cosmos. The band’s playing is stunning on this third long-player, with brilliant bursts of horns punctuating an airtight rhythm section – every track provides the speedy rush that modern ska fans craze. Listening to NY FEVER again brought back memories of how great the US ska scene was before it was taken over by hype…um, and by bandwagon bands trying to be the next Reel Big Fish! This album is full of class, charm, and honest energy – elements that made the “third wave” ska scene great.  Songs like “NEW YORK FEVER”, “HISTORY BOOK”, “SOCIAL SECURITY” and “PLOUGHSHARES INTO GUNS” are simply great songs – THEN and NOW.  Hell, why else would JOE JACKSON get involved and mix the record?!? NEW YORK FEVER in many ways was the transitional record that positioned the band for major chart success in the 90’s. Personally, we grew up in the 80s and got hooked with their “POOL SHARK”, “THRILL ME UP” and “SKABOOM” albums – but when “NEW YORK FEVER” was finally released it was obvious to us that SKA was going to go big with bands like THE TOASTERS….it was just a matter of time. Issued on beautiful heavy weight marble grey vinyl, double sided full color poster sleeve.

Vinyl Tracklisting:  New York Fever – Ploughshares Into Guns – History Book – Too Hip To Be Cool – Night Train – Social Security – Shebeen – Johnny Forsake Her – Too Much Happening – Pool Shark (Reprise) – B27   Download Card has all the above PLUS:  Ploughshares Version – History Book Version – Pablo’s Night Train – Pablo’s Shebeen

 

RODDY RADIATION “SKABILLY REBEL ANTHOLOGY” LP (RED VINYL IMPORTS) / “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP – OUT OF PRINT)

BLUES ATTACK now OUT OF PRINT.  It’s been many years since we last had RODDY RADIATION’s excellent collection of pre-SPECIALS nuggets, but it’s worth the wait as we now have copies on 180g RED VINYL! An amazing selection that incudes some of our favorite Tearjerkers material as well! Fans of THE SPECIALS and roots rockabilly must get this!  Also we have the LAST COPIES in Hand SCREEN PRINTED SLEEVES of “BLUES ATTACK” ! Far too often when a band claims to combine two dissimilar styles of music into an all powerful “new” hybrid, fans get a wee bit skeptical. After all, in most cases these creative endeavors fail miserably – and quite often it involves ska music. Simply put, this stereotype does not apply to the SKABILLY REBELS. RODDY RADIATION’s band successfully takes the best parts of rockabilly, minus the cheesiness that all too often is associated with the genre, and then puts it to a laid back traditional ska beat. Should we expect anything less? Of course you already know him as the legendary guitarist of The Specials (who also wrote their classics ‘Rat Race’, ‘Concrete Jungle’ & ‘Hey Little Rich Girl’), who also later formed blues influenced acts The Bonediggers and The Tearjerkers. He’s a veteran and true innovator of both the 2-TONE ska movement and the English rockabilly revival scene. Roddy’s  voice is smooth and melodic, yet with pub grit. The fact that his guitar playing is superb goes without saying, but his ability to seamlessly combine both ska and rockabilly without losing the integrity of either genre is downright amazing.  Roddy Radiation has proven again that he is a truly innovative musician and may be in the process of once again reinventing the face of ska music. Guess this album forces rude boy mods and skins to mix with rockers and teddy boys. What can’t we all just get along? Continue reading RODDY RADIATION “SKABILLY REBEL ANTHOLOGY” LP (RED VINYL IMPORTS) / “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP – OUT OF PRINT)