The latest import from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain has arrived, the brand new album from UK ska legends MAROON TOWN, who were formed in the mid 80’s and created a fantastic sonic cocktail of Jamaican ska, Latin/World rhythms, hip hop vocals and modern acid jazz funky/soul styles. Maroon Town’s classic early material was featured on over 45 compilations, including releases on top European revival imprints Staccato, Unicorn, and Skank. One of our all all time favorite albums from that time was “HIGH AND DRY”, songs like “NOSTALGIA” and “POUND TO THE DOLLAR” are stone cold hip hop ska classics! That energy and feel is back in full force on this brand new album “FREEDOM CALL” – a must have for old and new fans alike! Dance-crashing British 8-piece, The Indecision, were raised on the soulful ska of Studio One. Authenticity coupled with deft songwriting skill, and forward thinking respect for the sounds of 1960s Jamaica, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan recently placed the band in his illustrious BBC list of the ‘Best of British Reggae’. Brixton Records proudly present the release of the first studio album of Leeds’ own The Indecision, ‘Give It Up!’ shows the maturity of a young band who assume the British ska and rocksteady tradition effortlessly, providing irresistible spontaneity to energetic and contagious tracks. Great three part harmonies and catchy songs that get stuck in your head for days! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, EASTERN STANDARD TIME and GREEN ROOM ROCKERS.
“You Give Me Fever” is the debut album from top ska & rocksteady band from Barcelona. Like in the golden era of Jamaican music, this album will make you dance, feel, and enjoy the real ska riddim. Soweto`s original songs will take you to the best traditional 50`s & 60`s tunes of Jamaica, and as a special guest you’ll find the living legend BB SETON from THE GAYLADS on two modern classics! “South West Town” is the band’s second full length from 2011, the band truly perfected their craft bringing a purist, traditional and jazz style to a new set of classics. Twelve tracks of that original ska/reggae sound that could easily have been composed in a Trenchtown yard in the early 60’s. Includes a guest appearance by Derrick Morgan too!
Spain’s top act returns with a new punky 3rd wave meets 2-Tone ska sound for fans of The Interrupters and Tim Timebomb, and Rancid (when they play ska!). Formed in 2005 by Carlos Dingo, the band soon became one of the world’s top rocksteady, early reggae, and ska acts led by the captivating lead vocals of Isa Garcia. Full length albums on Spain’s Liquidator Records (2010) and Germany’s Grover Records (2013) received critical acclaim worldwide, now the band have returned from a short hiatus with an uptempo and energetic 90s American ska sound, and what better label to unleash this new direction then on Jump Up Records, right? Eleven super-catchy songs that will keep you singing and dancing for years to come, this limited batch is on two different colors of vinyl for Black Friday! Continue reading RED SOUL COMMUNITY “Holidays In The City” LP vinyl
This first solo album by SIR J is full of instrumental organ-injected tunes, pop-a-top early reggae, smooth but tight guitar driven rock steady, plus magically selected shots with 50s flavors and light dub ambiances. SIR J aka Javier García Murcia has been developing his career since the mid 90s, a self-taught guitarist with a sweet and smooth sound, whose unique style is equal parts jazz and vintage 60s/70s Jamaican music.
As the leader of THE OLDIANS he has recorded four full length albums, plus has contributed with the KINKY COO COO’s (ska-soul-reggae), THE JABS (raw reggae), THE AGGRONAUTS (early & soulful reggae), LORD KAYA (60s ska), FLIGHT 404 (early reggae), RUBEN LOPEZ & THE DIATONES (rocksteady, reggae), and THE CATALONIANS (ska-jazz) just to name a few! Continue reading SIR J & THE KINKYLAB ALL STARS “Sounds From The Vulcano” LP – OUT OF PRINT
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
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)