Monthly Archives: February 2013

Poirier Feat. Mr OK – Jokma

Jokma(Kidnap Riddim)

Often it is difficult to pick favorite when a producer drops a hot new riddim that that sparks your attention, but Mr OK’s fresh creole delivery on ‘Jokma’ is my pick from the new neck-cracking Kidnap riddim from Montreal’s finest dancehall inovator, Poirier (pronounced pwa-ree-ay).

Jokma is a great crossover dancehall cut which begins with a catchy, radio friendly chorus and is punctuated with a bouncing and savvy rap flow. It’s a bit tricky to sing along to at first but, keep trying and you’ll be schooled up on Haitian slang in no time! (more…)

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Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor – Me Alone

Me AloneDi Genius Records

Renowned dancehall producer Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor, whose own solo artist career has gone from strength to strength in recent years, has kicked off the year with a sharp single speaking to the current state of the music industry in Jamaica – ‘Me Alone’.

Better known for transforming the sound of dancehall since the mid-2000s, Stephen has dabbled on the roots tip more recently. ‘Me Alone’ rides on a strong upbeat reggae rhythm in this vein.

The tune decries a number of worrying trends in the industry, namely the decline in quality and ‘pay for play’ practices that distort the reggae music business. Equally, Di Genius points out strengths in Jamaican music and the reasons to remain hopeful the industry can correct its path. (more…)

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Dominick – Computer Trim

Computer Trim(Powerhouse, 1987) 

Way back when the likes of Collie Buddz, Alborosie, Gentleman and even Snow were still getting tucked into to bed by their respective mamas; there was a white boy deejay who truly knew how to ram dancehalls in Jamaica. His name was Dominick and he didn’t chat in no Jafaican patois. This geezer was a proud cockney. 

He got into the mic man business purely by chance. During a journalistic trip to Jamaica to interview some artistes for the magazine Black Echoes in 1983, he was asked by Billy Boyo – “so Dominick, yu can deejay?” At that stage he far from a deejay, but he was a hustler and saw his chance and ran with it. He was then introduced to the legendary Volcano producer who told him, “me want a white man who can chat pan di mic”. (more…)

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Newtown Top Ranking

Newtown Top Ranking MarchWhen: Saturday 16 March, 1-6pm

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Wellington

Come to Baobab Cafe, Saturday afternoon from 1-6pm for Newtown Top Ranking – bass-lines and beats inna reggae, dub, hip-hop sound system stylee!

Hosted by Heart Official, Hawk I and Naram, with guests this week Antsman and Steve the Hat!


More info:

Baobab Cafe

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Jahtari Down Under – Digital Reggae Takeover

Disrupt JahtariNiceUp.org.nz, Newtown Sound and Echo Chamber Promotions present: DISRUPT (JAHTARI, GERMANY)

NiceUp and Newtown Sound, in association with Echo Chamber Promotions and Jafa Mafia, are pleased to announce German digital reggae don Disrupt – co-founder of the hugely influential record label Jahtari – will reach Australasian shores this February for four very special live performances showcasing some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary dub music.

Disrupt, otherwise known as Jan Gleichmar, has been one of the most important figures in the digital dub revival that has transformed the European reggae soundscape over recent years.

Alongside his fellow Leipzig-based cohort Rootah, Disrupt has been running Jahtari out of the East German city since 2004 – with 27 vinyl releases already under their belt from a diverse roster of producers and vocalists including Maffi, Black Chow (The Bug), Mungo’s Hi Fi, Pupa Jim, Solo Banton, Kenny Knots, Soom T and Mr Williamz. (more…)

Disrupt (Jahtari) – Wellington

DisruptWhen: Friday 15 March

Where: Sandwiches – Cnr Majoribanks Street & Kent Terrace, Wellington

Support from:
Naram
Art Official
Hawk I

$10 presales from Dash Tickets, $15 on the door

NiceUp and Newtown Sound present German digital reggae don Disrupt – co-founder of the influential record label Jahtari – in Aotearoa for the 1st time with a live MPC set inna digital dub style.

Disrupt has been one of the most important figures in the digital dub revival that has transformed the European reggae soundscape. He has been running Jahtari out of the East German city since 2004 – with 27 vinyl releases already under their belt from a diverse roster of producers and vocalists including Maffi, Black Chow (The Bug), Mungo’s Hi Fi, Pupa Jim, Solo Banton, Kenny Knots, Soom T and Mr Williamz. (more…)

Newtown Top Ranking

Newtown Top Ranking MarchWhen: Saturday 9 March, 1-6pm

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Wellington

Come to Baobab Cafe, Saturday afternoon from 1-6pm for Newtown Top Ranking – bass-lines and beats inna reggae, dub, hip-hop sound system stylee!

Hosted by Heart Official, Hawk I and Naram, with guests this week Roots Doctor and Splash!


More info:

Baobab Cafe

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NiceUp the Session

NiceUp the SessionWhen: Saturday 2 March

Where: Fast Eddies – Level 1, 125 Manners Street, Wellington

Check Paradox and Skaman in session, alongside very special guest from Auckland City, Selecto!

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Dancehall and vibes galore!

 

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Disrupt (Jahtari) – Auckland

DisruptWhen: Friday 1 March

Where: Coherent – 262 K-Road, Auckland

Jahtari label boss Disrupt will be dropping live MPC, 8bit digital Reggae on the Jafa Mafia Sound.

Disrupt is regarded by many as the godfather of the recent massive rise in prominence of 80’s nu school heavy weight Digital Dancehall that has swept Europe and the rest of the world. Digital Laptop Reggae is his homebrand genre and Disrupt is the grandmaster.

Playing on K’rd is fitting for this urban sound and Disrupt will be supported by Wellington’s Naram along side Jafa Mafia, Sandy Bay Social Club, Tommy Flowers and Flex. This will prove to be a biggie!

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