It may be hard to believe, but it is now ten years since The Black Seeds first graced the Capital with their unique party sound. With four albums under their belt now, and a serious legion of fans in both Aotearoa and Europe, its been a pretty remarkable journey for this eight-piece band. To celebrate reaching double figures, they have release their new album – Solid Ground.
My first impressions of the album are very positive. However, before I get my review underway, I should probably say that I wasn’t really expecting this to be all that good. (more…)
With a career spanning over thirty years, Edi Fitzroy is a prominent figure in the roots reggae scene. With his clean lyrics and distinctive vocals, Fitzroy is one of Jamaica’s most socially conscious singers. He first rose to prominence in the early 80s with his hit, ‘Missy Molly Colley’, produced and collaborated on by Mikey Dread. A tour to the UK then followed for both artists, supporting The Clash.
In 1981 Fitzroy released his debut album, ‘Check For You Once’, which featured the almighty Roots Radics band and was partly recorded at Channel One Studios. The album was described by many as the best record of the time to come out of Jamaica. (more…)
After discovering a love for hip-hop in the mid-80s, in 1996 Skitz released his debut 12″, ‘Skitz alongside Roots Manuva’. He went on to release the classic and critically acclaimed album, ‘Countryman’, and work with artists such as Roni Size, Sain Supa Crew, Million Dan, DJ Die, Kardinal Offishal and Deadly Hunta and in 2003 he launched his own label, ‘Titan Sounds’. (more…)