Monthly Archives: March 2009

Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Dancehall - The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall CultureUK label Soul Jazz Records, perhaps best known for their extensive Studio 1 compilations, has teamed up with renowned reggae writer Beth Lesser for their latest compilation outing – Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Lesser’s latest publication is certainly one of the most in depth looks into the Jamaican music scene in the 1980s to reach print, but what we’re concerned with here is the accompanying Soul Jazz two CD/LP compilation, ram full of 1980s dancehall killers, both band-backed and digital and undoubtedly a crucial companion in experiencing the aural nature of Lesser’s message.  

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Interview with RSD

RSDRSD, perhaps better known as Bristol bass and drum music stalwart Rob Smith (one half of respected production duo Smith and Mighty), has been pushing bass heavy rhythms for more than two decades.  Under the moniker RSD, Rob Smith produces fresh, innovative bass music that simultaneously pays dues to his deep soundsystem roots while pushing things ever forward – he remains firmly at the forefront of Bristol’s endlessly inventive music scene. 

NiceUp talked to RSD a week before he touches down for his debut NZ tour – Thursday 19 in Wellington, Friday 20 in Dunedin and Wednesday 25 in Auckland. (more…)

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RSD Top Ten – March 2009

RSDRSD, perhaps better known as Bristol bass and drum music stalwart Rob Smith (one half of respected production duo Smith and Mighty), has been pushing bass heavy rhythms for more than two decades.

Under the moniker RSD, Rob Smith produces fresh, innovative bass music that simultaneously pays dues to his deep sound system roots while pushing things ever forward. (more…)

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