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…)
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
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…)
Manaia Toa has been in the game since the late-80s, bar managing at now legendary venues in Wellington and crewing at warehouse and one-off raves. (more…)
Following on from his much-loved Revive mix for NiceUp, Steve the Hat is back with another unmissable instalment!
This time he has taken a break from dropping strictly heavyweight Rocksteady and presents a mix covering all styles but still all killer no filler! BIG! (more…)
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…)
Release date: 16 February 2017
In advance of the 80s-inspired debut release Outta Road / Dem A Fraud on his new namesake Jahtari sub-label, New Zealand’s own Red Robin (the host of “Reggae Rodeo” and an all-round reggae aficionado), generously took the time to answer some questions from The Groove Thief. (more…)
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…)
With the 2nd annual Goa Sunsplash nearly upon us, The Groove Thief digs back into his archives to share these previously unpublished interviews from the inaugural event. (more…)
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…)