Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sole & Paipo Top Ten – June 2013

Sole & PaipoSince beginning to collaborate musically just over six months ago, Sole (DJ/MC /Visuals) and Paipo (DJ) have fast become Westport’s busiest DJs. A chance meeting at an art fair and a shared love of bass-heavy dubwise tunes soon evolved into a weekly social night where a mixture of rum, reggae, ska, digital dub and jungle were eagerly consumed. (more…)

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Solo Banton & Spectacular – Don’t It

Solo Banton & Spectacular - Don't ItIrie ites 10″, Ram Dancehall riddim
 
Solo Banton and Spectacular handle the vocals on this tune, another Russ D-produced scorcher, soon to be released on the Irie Ites label.
 
Irie Ites are a French crew which started life as a sound system in 1999, quickly branching out into promotion, running an online shop, and establishing a record label a few years later. They describe their sound as ‘conscious One Drop’, but in fact a feature of the label is the different styles they produce, from modern roots, relicks to branching out into hip hop versions, they are not easily pigeon-holed. (more…)

The Winter Warmer

Winter WarmerWhen: Saturday 12 July

Where: St Peters Hall – Cnr Beach Road and Ames Street, Paekākāriki

An evening of reggae, funk, soul and dub music to warm up the insides and there is a BYO license for people to bring their ‘winter warmer’.

Sound selectors are Te Kupu’, Small from Paekākāriki FM, Art Official from Wellington’s Newtown Sound, and Waikanae resident Winston Spliff, who will also be toasting the microphone, along with Te Kupu and guest DJs, MC Wiya, and more.

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Black Market

Black Market JuneWhen: Saturday 6 July

Where: Havana – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington

NiceUp Crew kick off Black Market – a new regular producers showcase session, hosted by K*Saba and Art Official.

This month featuring special guests, Pea Stew and Naram. (more…)

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Lion Rockers Hi Fi featuring Wellington’s Finest

Lion Rockers with Naram and Art OfficialWhen: Friday 19 July

Where: Monte Cristo Room -53 Nelson Street, Auckland

Lion Rockers Hi-Fi are excited to host two of Wellington’s finest selectors/producers – Naram (Echo Chamber Sound) and Newtown Sound (Newtown Sound). They will be digging deep with heavyweight original 80’s dancehall and rub-a-dub vinyl selections, as well as dropping plenty of their own productions and dubplates.

Live elements will also be added with Art playing his Casio MT 40 (OG Sleng Teng Keyboard) alongside Naram pon his Suzuki Omnichord harp synthesizer. (more…)

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New Selections with Paradox – June 2013

Etana - Better TomorrowRounding up some recent tunes that are large on NiceUp’s radar, this month we keep things on a strictly roots tip, and signal a couple of big albums on the horizon as we look at two early singles that have surfaced.

Brothers Chino and Di Genius of the mega-star McGregor family push their recent focus on the roots sound with just that, Roots Sound, a heavy single dedicated to the power of traditional reggae music.

New York veterans Rayvon and Red Fox team up with new producer Musical Masquerade with a well produced, if slightly syrupy, single – No Other Like You – which is doing big things stateside. (more…)

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South Rakkas Crew (Mad Decent, USA)

South Rakkas CrewWhen: Saturday 29 June

Where: Sandwiches – Cnr Majoribanks Street & 8 Kent Terrace, Wellington

$10

Also featuring Art Official, Winston Spliff, Lady Acroline and Paradox.

Electro-dancehall heavyweights South Rakkas Crew hit Welly for the first time!

The Guardian has described South Rakkas Crew’s mix of rugged dancehall, shameless pop, hipster electro bangers and rude dubstep as “some of the most electrifying dance music on the planet.”

South Rakkas took an unusual path to becoming the dons of digital funk, first gaining fame for their blazing dancehall riddims and work with dancehall stars such as Vybz Kartel and Busy Signal, who have also featured across a number of Major Lazor hits. (more…)

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Busty Brown – Only My Song To Sing

Only My Song To SingEveryone knows by now from the majority of tunes I review, that I am partial to a sweet reggae vocal tune. My tune of the week has all the key elements of what I look for in a tune, hope you like it too!

The featured track is ‘Only My Song to Sing’ by Busty Brown. The first time I heard this track was at a reggae ‘connoisseur’ clash where I was doing MC duties at. One of the competitors used this as his final tune in the one fi one. I remember losing my mind and composure when I heard it, the crowd did too!

It was one more tune to add to the ever lengthening wants list. By good fortune, at another event I was involved with recently, I managed to pick up a copy. (more…)

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Ghetto Red Hot Vol. 2

Ghetto Red Hot Vol. 2The second mix in the Ghetto Red Hot Mix Series by DJ Art Official AKA Newtown Sound, which began in 2005.

A series dedicated to spreading the best in 80s, 90s and current dancehall reggae, with classic old and new-school Jamaican influenced hip-hop from the UK, US, Canada, Europe and NZ.

Featuring Messenjah, Iya Fari, Raggadon, Dam Native and more. (more…)

Interview with Pylonz (In Real Life)

In Real Life Dubplate CutterFlex talks to long-time New Zealand bass culture pioneer, James Meharry AKA Pylonz about his Christchurch-based vinyl record mastering studio, In Real Life, and the art of dubplate production.

Firstly for people who are unfamiliar with you please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is James Meharry, aka Pylonz, aka PZ. I have been involved in music, and more specifically bass culture in New Zealand since it’s  early inceptions back in the 1990’s. I am a Deejay, Promoter, Designer, and Vinyl lover. (more…)