Monthly Archives: March 2013

Antsman Top Ten – March 2013

AntsmanAntsman aka DJ Choice One was raised in Christchurch, lived in Auckland and London, and has had his home base in Wellington since 1999.When he was young, his parents gave him a portable three-in-one tuner/tape deck and record player that played 45s, which started his interest in needles on wax. Since then he has never stopped searching for the next treasure to discover, and he collects and plays mainly 45s in all kind of styles, especially spoken word and Viking Records.

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Wake the Town – Wellington

Wake The Town AprilWhen: Friday 12 April

Where: Havana – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington

10pm till late, free!

Musical discs coming your way!

Wake the Town is back in session for April, this time featuring NiceUp Crew selectas, Art Official, Naram and Pranks!

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Katchafire – On The Road Again (Deluxe Edition)

On the Road AgainOne of the countries most high profile reggae bands returns with a new full-length album and DVD package. There are no surprises here, their smooth, skanking Pacifikan reggae has an unconfrontational and pop-like feel from start to finish, which should appeal to their core fans in New Zealand and internationally.

Opening with the title track, ‘On The Road Again’, this is an an ode to touring and travelling their sound around New Zealand and throughout the world.The LP continues through two more cuts of niceness, ‘Sweet As’ and ‘Yr Dreaming’.

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – March 2013 – Reality Shock UK

Reality ShockReality Shock is one of the busiest and fastest growing reggae families in the UK, working closely with the likes of Macka B, Tippa Irie, Solo Banton, YT, Deadly Hunta and many more.

Reality Shock’s producer and founder, Kris Kemist, presents an exclusive mix for www.niceup.org.nz featuring some of the finest Reality Shock Records productions, with previews of upcoming 2013 releases from artists such as Cheiftain Joseph, Marga, Errol Dunkley and Daddy Freddy. (more…)

Chronnixx – Dread

ChronixxThis is the man of the moment in J.A. who is doing concerts, radio shows and flooding the market with nuff tune everywhere, the one and only Chronixx.

Here he is with the Firehouse Crew on production, doing a wicked re-working of Eek-A-Mouse’s ‘Ganja Smuggling’ riddim, called the ‘Re-Birth’ riddim. (more…)

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Cornell Campbell – Greedy Ways

Greedy Ways(Roots Garden 10″ single)

For those unfamiliar with the Don Gorgon, he posesses one of the sweetest falsetto voices in the game – much like a Jamaican Sam Cooke. As an 11 year-old he cut his first tune for Coxsone Dodd in 1956 and his long career has had several peaks along the way. With The Sensations and then The Eternals he scored big hits in the late 1960s with “Queen Of The Minstrels” and “Stars”.

In the mid-seventies he was part of Bunny Lee’s stable and notched up some big-sellers on the producer’s then popular flying cymbals style including “The Gorgon”, “Dance In A Greenwich Farm” and “Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm”. More recently he came to the attention of a whole new generation of 21st Century fans when he cut “King In My Empire” for Rhythm and Sound in 2005 and he continues to be in great demand as a singer both in the studio and on the concert touring circuit. (more…)

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New Selections with Paradox – March 2013

Corner Shop riddimEach month I’ll be writing about a few tunes that I’m feeling, both roots and dancehall. It won’t be a comprehensive review of everything out there, but it will let you know about some of the better releases out there that have caught my attention and might have slipped by you.

On the roots tip it’s still all about the Corner Shop riddim from industry luminary Johnny Wonder’s 21st Hapilos Digital Productions outfit. This is a release from the tail-end of 2012, but it still stands up as one of the strongest roots riddims out and continues to receive significant airplay. The lineup is all-star and voiced well across the board, including strong numbers from Chris Martin, Romain Virgo and Collie Buddz, but picking them out is equally unfair on the other featured artists. Make sure you check this out if it’s escaped you. (more…)

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Newtown Top Ranking

Newtown Top Ranking MarchWhen: Saturday 30 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 P Vans and Skaman!


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Baobab Cafe

Newtown Top Ranking

Newtown Top Ranking MarchWhen: Saturday 23 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 Alec.Tron and Deef!


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Baobab Cafe

The Ability – Rasta Never Give Up/Version

Rasta Never Give Up(Sky High 7)

Hiding just under the better known, big money tunes, are a lot of one-a-way roots tunes that are still very affordable and of a very high quality. These are the tunes I am picking up more and more. Let the rich boys fight over rare tunes that everyone knows, I’m happy picking up these peaches.

This is a great example of mid-tempo, driving roots. It has a lovely sound and tight instrumental with great vocal and harmonies. It is also superb dubwise which really makes it the complete package. (more…)

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