Monthly Archives: August 2015

Prince Alla – Stone/Great Stone

Stone(Freedom Sounds 7″)

For this review I thought I would pick a ‘memory tune’. Not a rare like hens teeth tune, not a ‘next cut tune’ or a blank or rare label number, but a tune that any self respecting rootsman (or woman!) should own. Are you sitting comfortably, then I will begin!

I started collecting records and going to dances in the 90s and living on the outskirts of london meant I was in the privileged position of being able to see a lot of the big sounds. Aba Shanti, Conscious Sounds, Jah Warrior, Boomshakalaka (Disciples), Jah Observer, Mount Zion I, and Entebbe all played regularly. At the same time there was a new style of roots and dub being produced and played (90s style I always called it!). (more…)

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Foundation Sound & Skari – One Love

Foundation Sound & Skari - One LoveOriginally a digital-only release, Foundation Sound’s 2014 solid collaboration with Skari has proved sufficiently popular to warrant a limited 7″ pressing.

Full in both sound and message, “One Love” strikes an excellent balance of power between the Shofar Allstars’s crisp-yet-deep horns and Skari’s positive lyrics. (more…)

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Bugle – Be Proud

BugleLet me start with saying, I love Bugle. He would quite easily be one of my favourite foundation artists. Since first hearing him on the Daseca-produced ‘Doh’, with Serani I was hooked on him. I will listen to riddims entirely based on the fact he has a version on it. (more…)

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NiceUp meets Reggae Sun Ska Festival

Reggae Sun SkaIn just a few short days, The Groove Thief is headed to Bordeaux, France, to represent NiceUp at the 18th annual Reggae Sun Ska Festival. Held¬†August 7, 8, and 9 at the University Campus of Bordeaux, for one weekend reggae will be stealing the limelight from the region’s famed wines! (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – August 2015 – Roots Factory (UK)

Roots FactoryUK crew, Roots Factory, bring you an essential mix of some of their favourite records, unreleased gems, and home-made heavyweight dubplates and specials.

Since 2007, Roots Factory have been making waves on the European circuit, headlining club nights and festivals all over. They have also been busy in the studio releasing two 12″ records, as well as a very limited series of dubplates cut especially for sound systems. (more…)

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