‘Life No Easy’ is the debut release for Pomegranate Sounds, the production team of Tree-Angles and The Groove Thief. With deejay Little Harry on vocal duty, the release comes with the vocal and three dubs, one mixed by Jim The Boss of Hoboken HiFi. (more…)
Frankly, any release on Royal Order Music ought to be noted at this point, as Chronixx has certainly proven his ability to not only deliver hits but also make tastes.
Eesah – first featured on smooth-burner “Perfect Trees”, off the label boss’ well-received Roots & Chalice mixtape – has been steadily putting out tracks while remaining relatively under the radar. That should change for him now, as working with a funky groove rather than a sparse riddim does wonders for the fresh “Tell No Lie.” (more…)
2 – 3 September 2017, Woodland, California
We checked the forecast and were slightly alarmed to find a high temperature of 43 degrees celsius for the weekend of One Love One Heart (OLOH). A bit high, but surely nothing a little ganja and coconut water couldn’t handle! We were 2 kiwis and 2 yanks and excited to attend One Love again. (more…)
When: 9 – 11 February 2018
Where: Ruapuke Motor Camp – 1510 Whaanga Road, Raglan
Ruapuke Roots Festival returns in 2018 to the same beautiful spot for 3 days of outdoor sound system culture and a big line up of international and local performers.
Ruapuke Roots website
Auckland, Wed 24 January @ The Powerstation
Wellington, Thu 25 January @ The Opera House
Brisbane, Sat 27 January @ Triffid
Sydney, Sun 28 January @ Metro Theatre
Melbourne, Mon 29 January @ Forum
Adelaide, Wed 31 January @ The Gov
Perth, Thu 1 February @ Astor Theatre
When: Saturday 2 December
Where: Kings Arms – 59 France Street South, Eden Terrace, Auckland
The best ska bands and DJ’s from around the country bringing the music over 2 stages.
Live music from:
Dimestore Skanks (Wellington’s rowdiest)
Battle-Ska Galactica (Welington’s Own)
And selectors in the yard:
Rudie Bam Bam
Skin and Bone
Originally from Catalonia, Spain, and a working class hero back home, Rudie Bam Bam is a lover of rough Jamaican sounds and Northern Soul and has a compulsive addiction to collecting rare vinyl from the 60s and 70s. (more…)
(Bent Backs Records, 2017)
Digital! What an amazing time in reggae music the digital era was. And the first thing that got me on this riddim was the fire digital sound. A collaboration between Brooklyn label Bent Backs Records and Paris-based riddim-maker B-No, it has an authentic sound accompanied by the conscious lyrics of the one like Lutan Fyah. (more…)
Straight out of Titahi Bay, Porirua NZ, Josh AKA DJ Crazyeye brings some favourite selection! Growing up in Whakatane and moving to Wellington in the late-90s saw Josh surrounded by the Capital’s roots sound. From Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Kora through to the legendary Roots Foundation sessions, all of these sounds have heavily influenced his musical taste ever since. (more…)
(Easy Star Records, 2017)
Sharp and Ready is the debut full-length from Tour De Force member, Dub-Stuy Records co-founder, and John Brown’s Body affiliate Jay Spaker aka Double Tiger.
Expect heavyweight roots in a modern style with a positive mindset, as well as forays into lovers rock and other sub-genres of reggae. No surprise, bass lines are pushed to the forefront while proper stylistic respect is given. Perhaps not a classic, but a strong effort from a legit talent. (more…)