Monthly Archives: January 2014

Don Fe – Weep Not & Weep Dub

Don FeForthcoming on Steppas Records, limited pre-release on CD

This week’s tune has a special story for me, as I have been lucky enough to witness it in some unique circumstances.

The first time was at last year’s Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. The opening night of the Dub Station featured well known Spanish producer Don Fe, alongside his good friend and fellow singer/producer, Prince Jamo. In this heavily stacked dub arena, amongst a plethora of stellar unreleased dubs they were running, came a slow, eerie intro, which about a minute later erupted into a piece of absolutely brilliant UK steppas. Only to be complemented by a beautiful flute chorus which chimed in momentarily later. This was ‘Weep Not’, the much anticipated forthcoming tune by Murcia’s, Don Fe. (more…)

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King Kong – He Was A Friend

He Was a FriendAs a selector I cover a lot of eras and styles of Jamaican-influenced music, but between remixes, refixes, mashups, and modern productions, a digital sound definitely dominates.

Nothing wrong with an original analog production – and there’s also a lot of great dub coming out right now that employs a vintage aesthetic – but in my opinion massive bass and an accelerated BPM rarely worsen a track’s effect on the dance. Perhaps this reflects my age or my techno DJing background or too much time spent on Soundcloud. For my Track of the Week, I’m going back to an original digital production, King Kong’s “He Was A Friend” from 1989. (more…)

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African Brothers – Lead Us Father

Lead Us FatherI first started collecting originals back in the 90s. I was working six days a week and taking home decent money. One of my favourite haunts was Daddy Kools, which by then was on Berwick Street in the seedy streets of Soho. The owner of the shop was a highly unpleasant man so I used to know what day he didn’t work on.

I would head down on those days and usually it was the same guy working there. For some reason I never asked his name and he never asked mine but we were on nodding terms. Every time I would go in he would say, “Right, horns and harmonies then…”. To this day that sums up my record buying! (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2014 – Crucial Vibes (Hamburg)

Crucial BSelector Crucial B, founder and sound owner of Crucial Vibes Sound System (Hamburg, Germany), is now 22 years at the controls.

This is a mix of his favorite and rarest tunes, deep out of his 7″ and 12″ collection of Rub a Dub, Early Dancehall and Raggamuffin. Special livication to NiceUp Aotearoa! (more…)

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