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Eesah – Tell No Lie

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…)

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One Love One Heart Festival

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…)

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Ruapuke Roots Festival

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.

More info:
Ruapuke Roots website

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The Selecter & The Beat (UK) Australasian Tour

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

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Auckland Ska Festival

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)
AceTones
Surrey Boudit
Roofdog
Barefoot
Regan Perry

And selectors in the yard:
Dubhead
Rudie Bam Bam
Mighty Jabsco
Skin and Bone

+more!

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Lutan Fyah – Things Are Not The Same

(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…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – July 2017 – DJ Crazyeye

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…)

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Double Tiger – Sharp and Ready

(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…)

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