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Monkey Marc – Yaad n Abraad feat. Dre Island

Monkey Marc’s back with another quality release, kicking off 2018 with yet another impressive riddim following last year’s scorching “No Surrender” project.

The lead single, the socially-conscious and culturally-comparative “Yaad N Abraad,” finds a heavy digital instrumental providing the launching pad for an explosive lyrical display from Dre Island. The hard-hitting video is well-worth watching as well. (more…)

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NiceUp Mix by System Unknown Sound System

System Unknown are a collective of selectors and musicians who share a love for Jamaican music and sound system culture. Meeting in Melbourne through their work as sound engineers, the crew was founded by Operator Andy and Major Delay. Joined by Sam Stacka and Lego, they bonded over their love for bass heavy tunes and Jamaican grooves. (more…)

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Dubmatix interview and Overdubbed review

With his highly anticipated meeting with Sly and Robbie just out, Dubmatix kindly took time out of his busy schedule to speak with The Groove Thief about the Overdubbed project, his recent remix work, and how he maintains a successful work/life balance. A full album review follows. (more…)

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Aotearoa Black Giant Sound System

When: Saturday 24 February

Where: Whammy Bar – 183 K-Road, Auckland

9pm – 4am, $10 from Dash Tickets, $20 on the door

With guests Skin & Bone & DJ Nealske

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NiceUp Mix by Bass Foundation Roots Sound System – January 2018

Delhi Sultanate has long pioneered the sounds of reggae and hip hop in India. In addition to his solo career, he owns and runs Bass Foundation Roots sound system with his partner Begum X. New Delhi’s first hand built reggae sound system. He is also lead vocalist for India’s first ska and rocksteady band The Ska Vengers.

BFR Sound System play strictly vinyl selection across a range of Jamaican genres and a vast collection of dubplates. The sound supports free speech, political activism and community development. They are on a mission to take reggae music to the heart of India and connect worldwide. (more…)

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Wake the Town

When: Sunday 7 January

Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington

First NiceUp session for 2018 and the Wake the Town Crew are back!

This time featuring NiceUp selectas, Conviction Roots (direct from London Town) alongside Danny Lemon, Rudie Bam Bam and Matt-I. Spinning killa tunes old and new!

Vibes galore!

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Bobby Was A Gangster / Ravers Party – Red Robin 12”

Release Date: November 27 2017

Red Robin’s return to wax once again begs the question, why did 80s rub-a-dub ever fall out of fashion? Read on as The Groove Thief weaves together a track-by-track review with an exclusive interview: label founder Red Robin. (more…)

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45 BLAST How Yu Fi Sey Dat? Mix by TurboFlexx – December 2017

A compilation of some of the finest 7 inch vinyl from the How Yu Fi Sey Dat? records catalogue.

It would not be unfair to say “How Yu Fi Sey Dat?” was one of the most important record labels in Jamaica during the 90’s. Run by singjay Anthony “Red Rose” Cameron and singer Anthony Malvo, the label contributed to dancehall culture and the careers of many 90’s artists like Red Dragon, Cobra, Bounty KIller, Beenie Man, Major Mackeral, Daddy Lizard, Terry Linen, Simpleton and the Scare Dem Crew. Accomplished recording artists in their own right, both producers also featured on the label in successful solo and combination tunes. (more…)

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