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…)
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…)
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…)
An impressive collective, Vibration Lab & The Digital Messiahs is a veritable sound system supergroup. Led by the seasoned UK production duo alongside veteran MC Brother Culture, the rest of the crew – Colourman, Donovan Kingjay, and Dark Angel – are equally skilled and experienced on the mic. (more…)
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
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…)
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!
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…)
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…)
‘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…)