Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Shantells (Chantells) – Children of Jah Jah

Children of Jah JahHammer 7″

As people who know me will testify, I struggle with new-fangled advances in  online communication. I have just got my head around eBay and Facebook when more things present themselves! Everyone has their opinion on the positive and negative aspects of these online advances, but one thing has been made truely obvious, and that is a massive worldwide reggae community exists.

Whether it be salivating over scans of labels, or my new (well overdue!) hobby of trawling through podcasts from fellow collectors, it is really interesting hearing everyone else’s selections and discover more unheard gems. (more…)

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Wake the Town

Wake the Town - May 2014When: Friday 30 May

Where: Havana Bar, – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington

10pm till late, free!
Musical Discs Coming Your Way!

Join Steve the Hat and Winston Spliff in session, with special guest, Turboflexx from RDP Sound, Adelaide!

Vibes galore!

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RSD (Smith & Mighty, Bristol, UK)

RSD WellingtonWhen: Saturday 17 May

Where: Meow – 9 Edward Street, Wellington

10pm till late, $10 before 12am, $15 after

Profits go towards the rebuild of the Rongotai Hi Fi Sound System lost in the Wellington storage unit fire.

RSD, also known as Bristol bass and drum music stalwart Rob Smith (one half of respected production duo Smith and Mighty), has been pushing bass heavy rhythms for more than two decades.

Under the moniker RSD, Rob Smith produces fresh, innovative bass music that simultaneously pays dues to his deep sound system roots while pushing things ever forward. He remains firmly at the forefront of Bristol’s endlessly inventive music scene.


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Fire Facts – Earth in Turmoil

Earth in TurmoilSky High Imprint – JA (1984)

This killer reasonably rare 7″ came to my attention on a recent visit to the Kindred Sound System yard in Christchurch. I had a copy of a 2011 relick produced by Chazbo featuring King General. I was intrigued when Richie Kindred informed me that this tuff Salomon Heritage 12″ was a descendent of the Fire Facts original, which after a long time searching for it, he had recently picked up. (more…)

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Busy Signal – Well Prepared

Busy Signal - Well PreparedYes, Busy Signal again. Since getting released from jail in 2012, the aptly named Busy Signal has been making all kinds of moves.

He has dropped collaborations with mainstream pop group No Doubt and with post-dancehall collective Major Laser, and also got reggae fans singing ‘Reggae Music Again’ with his recent throwback tune of the same name. However, nothing has hit the ears of reggae selectors in Aotearoa, quite like this version of a burgeoning Kiwi classic. (more…)

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The Uplifter (UK)

Uplifter New Zealand Tour 2014When: Thursday 20 March

Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington

Direct from Southampton, UK, the Uplifter reaches Wellington as part of his NZ tour.

Reggae, heavyweight Dub, traditional Jamaican Ska and Roots Music! Alongside DJ Thief.

More info:
The Uplifter website
The Uplifter Facebook

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – March 2014 – Wreck It Up Crew

Wreck It Up CrewLondon’s best kept reggae secret, the Wreck It Up Crew, have been blowing the roof off clubs since way back when with their unique, positive, and uplifting style, harking back to sound system days when MCs and DJs worked in unison niceing up the dance.

Strictly vinyl and lyrics, the crew consists of a whole heap of legendary selectors and sound men who tear it up wherever they go. (more…)

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