For the many eager fans of Scotland’s finest export since stuffed sheep’s intestines (obligatory haggis reference), the new Mungo’s Hi Fi album has been a long time coming.
Indeed, although they’ve certainly unleashed their share of tasty releases over the past couple of years, by their own hyperactive standards this gaggle of Glaswegians have been mysteriously quiet since their acclaimed Sound System Champions LP dropped back in 2008.
But rest assured, they haven’t been sitting on their dates for the past three years eating deep-fried pizzas (a Glaswegian speciality). They’ve been hard at work in the riddim laboratory working on Forward Ever – set for release on 14 November. (more…)
When: Friday 11 Nov 2011
Where: Havana – 32-34 Wigan Street
Art Official, Undercover & Israel Starr
The NiceUp Crew return to Havana Bar for the next installment of 3 The Hard Way – this time featuring Welly boom selectors, Art Official and Undercover, and one of NZs leading vocal talents, Israel Starr pon the mic, for a night of red hot reggae dancehall!
A stalwart of the NZ scene, and the man behind Newtown Sound, NiceUp and the celebrated Ghetto Red Hot series of parties and mixes, Art Official is an accomplished selector, turntablist and producer. Always ready to rock the dance, expect nothing but the toughest tunes from this Wellington badman.
Originally from Auckland where he rolls with NZs ultimate party crew, The Sandy Bay Social Club, Undercover now spreads his killa reggae, soul, funk and hip-hop selections around the Capital, in the dance, on the airwaves, and on the Internet via his much talked about blog, Underground Undercovered.
The son of NZ legend, The Mighty Asterix, Israel Starr is an artist on the rise. Highly versatile, Starr is able to rip up anything from hip-hop flows, sweet lovers rock and dancehall to smooth soul. Check his debut single release, produced by Art Official, To the Foundation.
The 3 join forces at Havana Bar to bring the Welly massive a night of heavyweight reggae business – do not miss!
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By now most dancehall and dubstep heads should have heard of Dub Terminator. If you haven’t you’re missing out.
For those that haven’t heard the Dub Terminator sound – Dub Terminator and High Freequency released their first album, Soul Island Vol.1 as a digital promo release for radio and DJs in mid-2010.
2010 saw many highlights, including collaborations with fellow New Zealand reggae producer and Reality Chant founder Gabriel ‘Messenjah’ Calcott, for the remix of Fyah Bed (featuring Natty King) and Uniting (featuring Hua and Melloquence). (more…)
DJ Grassroots is a long time player in the Auckland reggae scene. Some of his early reggae influences began in the early 90s as a teenager, when he would spend Sunday evenings at ‘Dub Sundays’, with New Zealand reggae stalwarts, Dubhead, Big Matt, Yardboy and Tuffy Culture in session.
He was also influenced by the original Twelve Tribes of Israel base in Grey Lynn where weekend reggae parties were held. This musical foundation has had a lasting effect, as Grassroots still favors roots and foundation music, early digital and cultural dancehall sound. (more…)