RIP Lloyd Brevette, bassist and co-founder of The Skatalites. Even though the original SKATALITES were together for just 18 months between 1963-1965, their unique melting pot of R&B, jazz, calyspo, and Latin/Cuban styles created timeless instrumentals that defined Jamaican ska for generations to come. Although most ska fans know “Eastern Standard Time”, “Guns of Navarone”, and other recordings with “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, few seem to follow their music recorded after their mid-60s heyday. “African Roots” is one such album that deserves your attention, recorded in Jamcaica between 1974-75 and re-issued by GROVER in 1995. This in essance was the band’s first “reunion” album with mixing and production duties by KING TUBBY and DUKE REID. Fourteen original compositions (including dubs by Tubby) – a fantastic roots reggae album performed with a jazz/ska lyricism and inflection. Read the rest of this entry »
These fantastic albums from Belgian’s MOON INVADERS firmly established the band as a world force in traditional ska and reggae. When these records originally came out, response was so favorable with our customers that we were determined to work with the band and release material on JUMP UP. Read the rest of this entry »
Europe’s top bands release new albums on GROVER Records, available exclusively in North America through JUMP UP it’s an honor for us to deliver these full-lengths to you just in time for the holiday season!
THE MOON INVADERS celebrate their ten year anniversary with “THE FINE LINE”, a fantastic new 14 track album showcasing their soul-drenched blend of New Orleans R&B styled Jamaican ska and funky reggae. These cats can really sing harmonies a must for fans of the original Jamaican vocal trios (ala THE MAYTALS or THE WAILERS) as well as for fans of modern bands like THE SLACKERS and DEAL’S GONE BAD! With track titles like “Baby I Know”, “Just A Po’ Boy”, and “Bet Your Bottom Dollar”, “It’s Alright” and “Atchafalaya Basin” – you immediately get that good ol’ timely Southern charm that can only come from the Bayou! LP vinyl temporarily sold out.
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”!
This past summer, one of our long time goals was finalized! We helped bring the MOON INVADERS and CAROLOREGIANS to tour the states – the Belgian ska/reggae invasion became a reality! MOON INVADERS are one of Europe’s top soul ska bands, backing every major Jamaican legend of note and recording 4 albums to date! Their alter-ego CAROLOREGIANS have made a name for themselves for their early/skinhead reggae Read the rest of this entry »