Monthly Archives: April 2013

Newtown Sound – Full Scale Mix

Full Scale MixOne from the Archives! Newtown Sound’s DJ Art in fine style.

This mix was promo for the Yardwise meets Ruffneck Souljah session back in 2005. Full scale in ‘style an fasion’ + the perfect graduation from NS mix-tapes to mix-CDs. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – April 2013 – DDog

DDogDDog reps Bass Frontiers, a Wellington Drum and Bass crew that has promoted drum and bass culture in the capital since 1999.

On this mix he comes with a selection of badman jungle riddims and ragga/dancehall influenced drum and bass. (more…)

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Spragga Benz – Bad Man No Beg No Friend

Bad Man No Beg No FriendAhh the 90s…what contradictions do you sow in my heart! While I nodded my head in sombre agreement when Stone Love famously banned Gun tunes (and later disregarded said ban!), I was also buying up each and every Gun Tune that dropped in the 90s. Why? Well, despite the deeply controversial aspects of songs that celebrate guns and shooting and killing, music and art about violence have been around since, well, since the beginning of art itself.  And many of those great gun tunes of the 90s took the theme of violence and elevated it through metaphor, delivery, etc. into something closing in on the sublime; and when all is said and done, taking violence and turning it into art will always be positive in my book.  (more…)

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Bass Frontiers meets NiceUp!

Bass Frontiers meets NiceUpWhen: Friday 3 May

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

Bass Frontiers, Wellington’s leading drum and bass session, teams up with the top ranking sounds of NiceUp, one of Aotearoa’s best reggae/dancehall crews for a heavyweight night of pure sound system bliss.

The selectors will be digging in the crates and laying down the best in past and present jungle, dnb, reggae, dancehall and more.

Capital city bass culture in full effect at Wellington’s home of bass!

JUNGLE / DANCEHALL / DRUM & BASS / REGGAE / JUMP UP / DUB

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Running Over – Bitty Mclean and Josey Wales

Running Over12″ Taxi/Silent River

Bitty Mclean continues his work with the riddim twins, Sly n Robbie, on this cut of ‘Shine Eye Gal’ released on the Taxi label.

Bitty grew up in Birmingham, his father had a sound and Bitty was surrounded by sound system from a young age. Eventually he picked up the mike and his natural talent was obvious. By the time he was in his early teens he was singing on local Birmingham sounds. He rose to prominence in the mid-90s with a series of UK and worldwide hits, then hit it big again with the hugely successful ‘On Bond Street’ with fresh vocals over classic Duke Reid riddims. (more…)

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Kindred Sound System Top Ten – April 2013

Kindred Sound SystemKindre Sound System are at the forefront of a new league of sounds coming up around New Zealand. They play only the best in heavy roots music from all round the globe.

Their custom sound system debuted in early 2011, after a three year build that included a lot of blood, sweat and tears, plus two major earthquakes in their hometown, Christchurch! In 2012 they took out the Christchurch sound clash title against two other big South Island sounds. (more…)

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