Monthly Archives: September 2012

Solo Banton – Gun and Knifes

Guns n KnivesRiddim Tuffa 12″



Adham Riddim Tuffa and Selector Frontline out of Edinburgh have been steadily building a solid reputation, performing at festivals all over Europe and releasing fresh and quality digitally inspired productions over the last two years on their ‘Tuffa Dubs’ label. This, their sixth release, serves up more of that wining formula.



Solo Banton is one of the UK’s most exciting vocal talents. Despite producing, selecting and chanting on sounds since the 80s, he has only relatively recently started recording and releasing material as a vocalist. From his work with ‘Reality Shock’ and his hit debut album ‘Walk Like Rasta’, he continues to showcase his abilities as an extremely versatile vocalist, whether it be on UK steppers, dancehall, modern roots, dubstep or rocksteady relicks, he is equally at home. (more…)

Dub Terminator & Ras Stone – Give Praise

Dub Terminator and Ras StoneWe have featured Dub Terminator & Ras Stone as a track of the week here before with the ‘Bad Mind’ single and remixes, but this new cut from the Auckland producer and Wellington chanter is just too good to be overlooked.

Pushing forward with his own distinctive electro/roots style, Dub Terminator serves up a fresh original rhythm which simultaneously incorporates the best of both reggae and dubstep styles.  Ras Stone lays down a strictly conscious voice-over imploring us to give praise to the most high.  Yes, there is autotune and there is also a wobbly bassline but these contemporary flourishes are never overdone and can’t disguise that this tune is still essentially a righteous roots anthem.  This one is currently running on high rotation at the dub headquarters right now. (more…)

Errol Mais – Babylon Fight Down Youthman

(Lovelinch 12)

In between March and August all my records were boxed up as I moved house and enjoyed my new born daughter. I didn’t have time to spend hours listening to tunes but during the rare quiet times I did wonder what would be the first one I would listen to when I set up in new flat. The answer was…this one!

I don’t know much about Errol Mais, apart from that he owned the superb Roots Tradition label which released tunes by all the artists from the Greenwich Farm area of Jamaica (Phillip Fraser, Rod Taylor, Prince Alla etc). They all have their own singing style but the music (c/o Soul Syndicate) remains the same. No frills roots, all complemented by superb Tubby dubs.

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Interview with Gus Berger

Duke Vin and the Birth of SkaNiceUp talks to Gus Berger, the director of the film, ‘Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska’.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background. When and how did you get into film making?

I owned a record store in the Degraves Street Subway in Melbourne from 1995-2004. I specialised in vinyl records, so when all things went digital about ten years ago it become quite tough to stay in business. (more…)

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Israel Starr Top Ten – September 2012

Israel StarrIsrae Starr is able to rip up anything from hip-hop flows, sweet lovers rock, dancehall to smooth soul.

Growing up in the Twelve Tribes gave him the opportunity to learn from some of the best reggae talents in New Zealand, including vocalist Che Fu, selector Oblex Brown, and his father, the legendary Mighty Asterix. Israel says, ‘music is in my blood and I can’t deny it’. (more…)

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