Monthly Archives: July 2015

Randy Valentine – Still Pushing EP

Randy ValentineRandy Valentine has been a name I’ve been hearing about for a few years now. I must admit I had passed him over a little at first, but did find myself checking riddims to see if it was him killing it on the version.

Jamaican-born Randy now resides in the UK and is gaining popularity at an alarming rate. This could be due to his versatility as a singer as well as a deejay (dancehall MC).  (more…)

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Escape to St Croix Film Screening

Escape to St CroixWhen: Friday 21 August

Where: Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

$10 on the door

NiceUp is proud to present the Australasian premier screening of Escape To St Croix, the first documentary, about the culture, history and Rastafari roots reggae movement of the Virgin Islands.

The night will start with the film screening followed by music into the late hours by:
* System Unknown Selectors – Operator Andy, Major Delay & Roots Radikals.
* Two of New Zealand’s finest, Rebel Bass & Hawk I (NiceUp).
* And Jesse I, (PBS FM/Chantdown Sound) playing a very special all Virgin Island reggae set.

Big thanks to ReggaeScape for producing this documentary and allowing the screening to happen.

More info:
Escape to St Croix website
Loop website

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – July 2015 – Adrians Wall presents The Word Sound & Power Mixtapes

Adrians WallThree-part mixtape series from Adrians Wall – Word Sound Power. Showcasing Roots Reggae, Dubplate Specials and Heavyweight Steppers.

Originating from High Wycombe in the UK, Adrians Wall started building his Sound System around the end of 2007, after hearing Channel One at Notting Hill Carnival, before packing it up and shipping it over to Melbourne in late 2011. (more…)

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Yabby You – Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You

Yabby You - Dread Prophecy(Shanachie)

Opinions about the reissue releases from Blood and Fire, Pressure Sounds, Soul Jazz etc are mixed. Sometimes facts and details are incorrect, sometimes the selections are a bit baffling. One thing they did do, was to force re-issue LPs to up their games presentation wise.

That is the first thing that hits you with this release. This package consists of 3 CDs with 56 tracks, a very nice fold-out CD box with some nice label scans (I do love a label scan!), and a 27-page booklet with interviews and discography. Very impressive.  (more…)

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