Monthly Archives: December 2009

Tricky Meets South Rakkas Crew

Tricky meets South Rakkas Crew album coverTricky, aka Adrian Thaws, was a key figure in the Bristol trip-hop scene that burned brightly in the early-to-mid 90s before quickly fading away into the shadows of the underground.  

After initally garnering a following by whispering vocals with Massive Attack (on the track Karma Coma for instance), Tricky shot to fame with the release of his debut solo album Maxinquaye in 1995. But like his contemporaries Portishead, Tricky was ill at ease in the limelight and despite releasing a steady flow of albums, he seemed to deliberately eschew mainstream popularity by pursuing a darker and less accessible sound.   (more…)

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Interview with Three Houses Down

Three Houses DownBreak Out, the new album from Three Houses Down, entered the NZ chart at number thirty-four. The night after this interview I was lucky enough to catch them live at Hope Brothers in Wellington.  I went expecting a big crowd but arrived to a sold out full house, and it was a Thursday night! The crew played an awesome set and were joined on stage by guest vocalist, Fiji.


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Parihaka 2010

The Parihaka International Peace Festival will take place on 8 – 10 Jan 2010 and features some of New ZealandTe Miringa Hohaia‘s best cultural and artistic talent.

NiceUp talks to festival director, Te Miringa Hohaia about the evolution of the festival and its key message – facing the challenges, being a part of the solutions. (more…)

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NiceUp Reggae Christmas

When: Saturday 9:00pm 19th Dec 2009 – 3:00am

Where: Havana – 32A Wigan Street

Price: Free!

Aotearoa Reggae People listen up…

NiceUp is celebrating the end of 2009 with Reggae Christmas parties to welcome in the holiday season, featuring a huge line-up of local selectors and MCs and pure unity vibes!

Lady Acroline, Ras Twig, Naram, Pranks, Misteek, Tigga, Art Official, Hawk i, Undercover, Manray, Desta & DJ Dozen.

10pm till late

Steve Rice (Bristol), Steve The Hat (London) & Art Official (Newtown)

Steve Rice (UK), Steve the Hat (UK) & Art Official (Newtown)

Where: Good Luck Bar – Basement, 126 Cuba Street

When: Wednesday 10:00pm 23rd Dec 2009 – 3:00am

Price: Free!

Join the NiceUp Crew for a sweet night of pre-Christmas reggae, ska, rocksteady and dancehall with Steve Rice, Steve the Hat & Art Official.

Direct from Bristol, UK, Steve Rice returns to the Capital to lay down a lesson in foundation reggae soundsystem business!  Renowned for his vintage selections, Steve plays across the UK with his sound, Downbeat Melody, and  says ‘…when you get a feeling for reggae music you have to go out with the old seven inch discs and express yourself through their music, it’s what I do, I can’t help myself!’.

Joining him is Steve the Hat. Originally from NZ, Steve has been based in London since the early 90s.  He plays tunes with a focus on ska and rocksteady but also represents all types of reggae music mixed in with soul, RnB, jazz and Latin, his motto being, ‘…if it comes on a 45 and I like it, I’ll play it’.

Alongside Newtown’s own veteran selector, Art Official.  Always equipped with heavy selections and guaranteed to bring fire to the dancefloor, Art mixes the best in old and new school reggae dancehall riddims and is set to blaze up Good Luck Bar for the last NiceUp session of ’09!

10pm till late
Free entry!

More info: 

Steve Rice website

MI$O Top Ten – December 2009

MisoMI$O aka Tiopira McDowell is one half of Auckland-based dancehall reggae production duo High Stakes. MI$O has been DJing, producing and promoting events in Auckland since 1995, and teamed up with partner-in-crime Simon Howden in 2007 to start High Stakes Records.

The crew have worked with some of Jamaica’s top dancehall reggae artists including Munga, Bugle, Voice Mail, Wayne Marshall, Norris Man, Bramma, Tifa, Kari Jess and many more, and have gained extensive airplay on radio, television, mix-tapes and in the dance in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean, the US, Europe and the Pacific. (more…)

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