7FT Soundsystem, Capetown’s digital dubber, in collaboration with Adam and Peter Riddim Tuffa, come with an essential piece of digital.
With a common love for heavy digital sounds, the three producers got to work in the studio where warbling bass synths, and stabs and snares have been blended and crafted into a fresh, fat riddim. (more…)
When: Friday 30 August
Where: Havana Bar – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington
10pm kick off, free!
Musical discs coming your way!
Wake the Town is back in session for August, this time featuring NiceUp selectas, Steve the Hat, Paradox and Antsman spinning killa tunes old and new!
Just a couple of roots releases this month that might grab your attention, and a range of dancehall from the million miles an hour ‘name brand dance’ style to the hip hop-flavoured.
Swiss label Addis Records have returned to the fore with a serious combination tune featuring men of the moment Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid – Ghetto Blues. You can’t miss their heavy-weight but precise production style, and it’s great to hear it put to good effect with two contemporary artists at the top of their game. (more…)
Version (Soul Proff 7”)
Underneath the main and rightfully well-known selection of Lee Perry/Black Ark tunes, lie classic after classic, usually released on smaller, less prolific labels. We all know the Max Romeo ‘War Inna Babylon’s, but dig a little deeper and tunes such as ‘Love and Prosperity’ are in abundance. (more…)
When: Thursday 29 August
Where: Revival Bar – 94 Victoria Street, Christchurch
DJ Art, Israel Starr, Messenjah & Livity (more…)
When: Friday 23 August
Where: Fast Eddies – Level 1, 125 Manners Street, Wellington
$5 before 12am, $10 after, $5 mix CDs
+ guests (more…)
Stones Throw Records
In the past, not much has been heard from the reggae scene in the U.S., but this 12 (or more) piece soul/reggae crew from Los Angeles just might change that track record.
Coming through with an all-star cast on one of the States premier independant lables, The Lions are forging a name for themselves with their own brand of rootical reggae.
When you hear their sound, the classic influences are immediately clear. Their signature sound is an interpretation of seventies Jamaican reggae, first produced by artists like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Roots Radics.
Adrians Wall hails from the UK and in late-2011 moved to Australia, bringing his formidable sound system with him. He started collecting records at a very young age, acquiring a wide spread selection covering many genres, before getting heavily into ska in his early teens.
After going to the legendary Notting Hill Carnival in 2007, Adrian discovered sound system and Roots Music after seeing Channel One Sound System and being blown away. That fateful day was the beginning of digging and collecting roots vinyl and building the sound system. (more…)
You might have caught this tune in my regular NiceUp column, but I thought it also deserved its own Track of the Week outing.
I always have a lot of time for Wayne Marshall, who came up in the early 2000s and gained a lot of prominence, particularly with some wicked bashment tunes in collaboration with producer Don Corleon and now-superstar Vybz Kartel. (more…)