This 1980 classic is now most well-known for its highly-sampled pro-marijuana vocals: DJ L.A.B., DJ Madd, Matta, and Ed Solo ft. The Skool of Thought (in turn remixed by Krafty Kuts) have all used it, as did The Prodigy famously on “Fire.” However, it is definitely a fierce track in its own right, with a catchy melody and an almost hypnotic groove.
While several re-pressings now exist – with the title switched to the plural in some cases (as on the full-length LP) – all early 12-inches featured “Hard Time” on the A-side and a dub, entitled “Lighter Shade Of Black,” on the reverse. (more…)
DJ Dressla is a selekta and deejay from the Jahtari family, and part of the PlugDub Sound System, hailing from Leipzig, Germany. Check his mix inna Roots and Foundation style. (more…)
With the most recent visit to New Zealand from the man Gappy, I thought it was a great chance to review a tune he collaborated with our local golden boy of hip hop, on. Peter Wadams, or better known to me and you as P-Money.
This tune was released around 6 months ago and first came to my attention when I saw it on the whiteboard in the Base FM Studio, as track of the week. However I instantly assumed it was a vocal colab with the UK grime MC of the same name. I didn’t realise until Piet from Sandy Bay Social Club pointed out it was actual our own P-Money on production. I had to hear this! (more…)
Blackboard Jungle Rack
28 – 30 March @ Prestatyn, Wales
The much anticipated and well-attended United Nations of Dub took place from 28 – 30 March. This 3-day indoor sound system festival that is only in its second edition is already a juggernaut of an event.
Set in a fairly quaint northern Welsh town called Prestatyn, in a Pontins self-catering holiday resort, the location is not really like reggae festival spots I am used to! However with its 3 indoor sound system arenas, heated swimming pool, film screenings, and pub all in one close area, it gives a unique community feel to it and served the purpose perfectly. (more…)
This is the second time I have reviewed a Chronixx tune here, but to be honest, if he keeps up this high calibre, you can expect a few more!
‘Capture Land’ is off his latest ‘Dread & Terrible’ E.P. and is reminiscent of the good ol’ rub-a-dub era of the early/mid eighties. It is a full bodied riddim with a driving bassline that carries it along very nicely indeed. (more…)
This summer, local reggae fans were treated to a unique reggae experience. Crucial B of Crucial Vibes Sound System and Julian Livity of I-Livity I-Fi-Roots and Culture Sound System, two veteran German reggae selectors, spent about three and a half weeks here.
Primarily in the country to perform at the ‘Off The Radar’ (OTR) festival (Wellesford, Auckland, 31 Jan – 2 Feb), the pair also spent time travelling and performing a few extra gigs. Now back in Hamburg, I caught up with these selectors to reflect on their visit and to find out more about what brought them to this end of the world. (more…)