At a first listen to this I was taken back to the mid-90s when my life revolved around skateboarding, music, good friends, and trying to stay carefree (if only things could have stayed that way). Hailing from Virginia Beach, Bimini Road do have that unmistakable SoCal sound I was once so into.
An energetic five-piece with a rock edge, this band have a summer feel firmly placed on their self-titled record. From the first guitar riff, my comparison to Long Beach Dub Allstars was obvious, a band formed out of the flames of the great ‘Sublime’. Now this is by no means a bad comparison – those two bands were the sound track to my mislead youth. (more…)
Christchurch’s Cam MC has come a long way since he first started rolling house parties in 2006. He is a host/lyricist with endless energy and potential. Fueled by the energy of the music and the crowd, Camo has an ability to work with DJ’s of all genres to take the atmosphere to a higher level.
Camo works across Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop, Jungle, Dubstep, House, Breaks, Dancehall, UK Garage, Grime, Hip Hop, Trap, Moobah and more, no genre is untouchable for this host with the most. (more…)
When: Friday 21 June
Where: San Francisco Bath House – 171 Cuba Street, Wellington
$10 on the door, 9pm start
Come light up the Longest Night with Newtown Rocksteady and special guests in an extra special, extra extended dance floor extravaganza!
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Ryan Twilight presents a selection of Twilight Circus productions spanning 1995-2013. Featuring a musical feast of album mixes, unreleased versions, and dubplate mixes with vocalists including Michael Rose, Luciano, Sugar Minott, Ranking Joe, Ras Alla and more. (more…)
Lets not mince our words, Max Romeo has been responsible for some classics and some stinkers, right across the board. This is one of his corkers, however it is not as well known as his tracks on the ‘War Inna Babylon’ LP and other material for Lee Scratch Perry. (more…)
With all the good music that took place over the summer months, I thought it best to write a review, sharing all the awesome stuff we have been up to in one of the best summers we have had in a long time.
With so many festivals and gigs happening around the country, it was a hard choice deciding which ones to attend. I start at New Year with the ‘Exodus Festival’, located in one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, Papamoa beach. With Preston beaches, camping grounds, and a great backpackers and nightlife, it is a first choice for many young adults and foreigners looking for a true New Zealand new years. With classic bands like Katchafire and Herbs and new ones like L40 and Majic on the bill, we were in for a treat. (more…)
As a foundation artist, the name Freddie McGregor has been synonymous with reggae music for a half a century. He has had a steady career as a singer, producer and musician and has brought reggae fans many popular tunes such as ‘Big Ship’, ‘Just Don’t Want to be Lonely’ and ‘Natural Collie’. Some listeners of modern reggae may recognise the name of his son, Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor, who has been responsible for many popular Dancehall Riddims in recent times. (more…)
When: Friday 14 June
Where: Havana Bar – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington
Musical discs coming your way!
Wake the Town is back in session for June, this time featuring NiceUp Crew selectas, Steve the Hat, Naram and Paradox spinning killa tunes old and new!
When: Saturday 8 June
Where: The Dome Room – Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne
King Dynamite Sound System and DJ Heart Offishall from Newtown Sound (Wellington) meet inna Sound System Fashion.
Supported by MC Winston Spliff (Wellington) and the Missing Link, this will be a night Gisborne Reggae People will not want to miss! (more…)
I had been waiting for this documentary since I first heard about it, after the release of Snoop’s ‘La La La” tune on the Artibella refix that Major Lazer released about 8 months ago. I, like almost everyone else I have spoken with, have been very skeptical about the whole Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion transformation. But in saying that I have liked all the tunes released since the first whispers.
Thanks to VICE I was invited to the premier screening of ‘Reincarnated’ at the Embassy theatre in Auckland a few weeks back. I’ll start with this, I expected more. But in saying that, I enjoyed it immensely. (more…)