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Monkey Marc feat. Sizzla, Capleton, Fantan Mojah & Mista Savona – No Surrender

I’m not sure exactly where “No Surrender” won me over. Could it be the throbbing bassline, the catchy hook, the tough verses, or the enthralling vibe? Or choose your own explanation, all are valid.

This dance hall destroyer finds Australian riddim-maker Monkey Marc working with the skilled Mista Savona, plus a trio of Jamaica’s best vocalists to craft what you wish you’d already heard. (more…)

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Naram & SK Simeon with guests

When: Friday 31 March

Where: Laundry – 242 Cuba Street

Naram (Jahtari) & SK Simeon (Ninja Tunes) + Danny Lemon, Art Official, Ras Stone & Red Robin

8pm till late

 

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Israel Starr – The Producers Chair – Dancehall Vol. One

Now, I’m going to be honest here, I had no idea what to expect when I first put on Israel Starr’s latest project ‘The Producers Chair – Dancehall Vol. One’. After listening, I think it’s very safe to say this is most definitely not another New Zealand ‘BBQ reggae’ release.  (more…)

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High Smile HiFi 7”s feat. Speng Bond, Koa Aloy & S’Kaya

With three heavy-hitting conscious new 7”s – featuring vocals from Speng Bond, Koa Aloy, and S’Kaya – simultaneously released on their own Top Smile Records, Swiss digital enthusiasts High Smile HiFi have once again crafted some tough riddims which pair nicely with their global cohort of singers.

These releases (#s 12-14) feature bubbling bass lines and stabbing skanks aplenty, all straight out of the mid-1980s in aesthetic and style. (more…)

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Dennis Brown – Why Fools

Yvonne’s Special 7″ / Thompson Sound 12″ / Observer 7″ (1981)

As we approach what would have been Dennis Brown’s 60th birthday, for this Track of the Week I’ve chosen a corker from ‘The Crown Prince’. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2017 – Majestic Roots

Majestic Roots Sound System is the creation of Mikey Downbeat, a stalwart of the reggae scene in Aotearoa. A deep roots selector, Mikey has a long history of playing roots, dub and reggae to audiences in New Zealand and internationally, including five years on 95bFM in Auckland and five years in Ireland and the U.K. (more…)

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