Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hi Smile HiFi 7″s – feat. Tenna Star, Ras Negus I, Little Harry & S’Kaya

Hi Smile HiFi 7"s - feat. Tenna Star, Ras Negus I, Little Harry & S'KayaContinuing to cultivate both their polished digital sound and their stable of vocalists, Top Smile Records returns for its third collection of 7″ vinyl releases. It seems Switzerland is starting to become a reliable source for digital reggae, as High Smile HiFi continues to focus on quality productions rather than worrying about any hype or (mis)perceptions. These three slabs of wax present just as many riddims, although with four featured vocalists – including the increasingly resurgent Little Harry – only two of the versions are included. (more…)

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Soom T & Monkey Marc – Bullets Over Babylon

Soom T & Monkey Marc - Bullets Over BabylonClassified as digital reggae, Soom T & Monkey Marc’s collaborative Bullets Over Babylon is much more apocalyptic bass manifesto than celebratory ragga dancehall. Soom T nods to plenty yet has a voice all her own; Monkey Marc nods to plenty yet crafts beats all his own. Both partners bring swagger and style to sustain such an ambitious dystopian statement. (more…)

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Popcaan – Only Jah Know

Popcaan - Only Jah KnowAndrae Jay Sutherland, better known by his stage name Popcaan, is a Jamaican dancehall artist currently signed to Mixpak Records. Poppy was also born in Portmore, Jamaica, like his one-time boss and mentor Vybz Kartel. Popcaan rose to fame under the tutelage of Kartel in 2007. It wasn’t until 2010 that Popcaan made his break through collaborating with the Worl’ Boss on ‘Clarks’. His first solo hit was on the New Zealand produced ‘Lost Angel’ riddim with ‘Only Man She Wants’.  (more…)

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The Groove Thief speaks to Jacky Murda

Jacky MurdaSpeaking with Chopstick Dubplate’s Jacky Murda prior to his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, The Groove Thief covers a range of topics with the veteran jungle producer.

Whether you’re already a fan, or curious about checking out a live show, his musical vision is made clear: what ‘future jungle’ means to him, the four records that influenced his style, the origins of Chopstick Dubplate, the process behind the 2014 hit “Worldwide Traveler” with Mr. Williamz and Top Cat, and what we’ll be hearing from him next. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – May 2015 – Hawk-i 10 Year Special

Hawk iHawk-i is a key and central part of the NiceUp crew. His works have included national and international tour promotion, music reviews, interviews, film screenings and radio. He has deejayed around Aotearoa, Melbourne and Europe, bringing high energy and vibes to all his sets. (more…)

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Forest Man – Children Crying

Forest Man - Children Crying(Pisces 7”)

Underneath the massive body of well-known Black Ark/Lee Perry tunes, there are also a mass of lesser known peaches recorded at the infamous Black Ark. Usually these are found on smaller labels with artists who are not quite as well-known as say The Meditations, The Congos, and Max Romeo. (more…)

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Jah Screechy – Digitally Mad

Jah Screechy - Digitally MadCubiculo 7″ (2015)

Cubiculo Records returns to its digital roots with a fresh 7″. Featuring South London’s Jah Screechy, back on the case once again, alongside Cubiculo’s own Dub Unit, pairing up with fellow Iberian producer KnD. (more…)

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John Masouri feature on Eddie Murphy

Eddie MurphyThere’s more to Eddie Murphy than meets the eye, or even the ears come to think of it. Millions around the world know him as the star of films like Trading Places, Beverley Hills Cops, Coming To America or The Nutty Professor, but the comedian has other, more musical ambitions that may surprise a lot of his long-time fans. So what do you get the man who has everything? A hit reggae single would do nicely, and he’s made a fair start with two recent efforts – Red Light, shared with Snoop Dogg, and his own solo Oh Jah Jah, which made serious inroads into the iTunes’ charts earlier this year. (more…)

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