Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Groove Thief talks to Tour De Force at Reggae Sun Ska

Reggae Sun SkaThe Groove Thief traveled to Bordeaux, France, to represent NiceUp at the 2015 Reggae Sun Ska Festival. The following interview, with Jay Spaker [aka Double Tiger] and Quoc ‘Q’ Pham [aka Q-Mastah] – the duo behind both Tour De Force and Dub-Stuy Records – comes from backstage just after their performance.


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NiceUp Monthly Mix – October 2015 – Grafta presents Dun Di Place Vol.3

Grafta presents Dun Di Place Vol.3Dun Di Place Vol.3 is the third in a series of strictly dancehall mixes by DJ Grafta, that represent the main focus of his output as a selector, Jamaican street music.

Originally hailing from the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand, Grafta has played a crucial part in developing the Auckland and New Zealand bashment scenes, and now resides in Vancouver, BC. (more…)

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NiceUp Reggae Xmas

NiceUp Reggae XmasWhen: Sunday 20 December

Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington

Join the NiceUp Crew for the annual end-of-year mash-up, with an all-star line-up and all-crew in session!

4pm till late

Featuring: Steve the Hat, Skaman, Conviction Roots, Dirty Red, James Faction, The Shady Lady, Rudie Bam Bam, Dub Koala, Shaw Shot & Sun Ray!

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Rik Sonic Top Ten – October 2015

Rik SonicI was introduced to Jamaican music during my early teens, as a young rude boy growing up in Sydney, through the likes of The Specials and other bands of the 2Tone era.

Hearing their music and learning that it was influenced by Jamaican music of the 60s and early 70s sent me on a mission of sorts to discover the origins of the sounds, which, at that time in the mid-1980s, would mould my future musical tastes forever. (more…)

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Bent Backs Records 12” – feat. Jay Spaker & Ranking Joe

Bent Backs 12" - Jay Spaker & Ranking JoeLimited edition 12″ out on Bent Backs Records (2015)

Side A: Roots Woman by Jay “Double Tiger” Spaker

Side B: Work by Ranking Joe

Dub & Loving by Hypa

Exec Produced: Lo Bentback

Artwork: Maël Boutin

Bent Back Records are there pon the case again with another wicked maxi single, with the vibes of mid-80s New York coming on their fresh and on-point label.


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