Micah Shemaiah – Roots I Vision

A celebration of clarity, this opening track off the eponymous album (out early 2018) ought to have rightfully cemented Micah Shemaiah’s position high among contemporary reggae singers. If that’s yet…

Crucial Selection with Empress Naima

Bless up NiceUp for approaching me for Crucial Selection and big up to the Aotearoa sound systems and massive! I have so many favourites so it's really tough to pick just one, but I am strongly drawn…

Reality Chant and Israel Starr – Future Navigator

(Reality Chant) Canterbury reggae stalwart Gabriel “Messenjah” Calcott enlists vocalist Israel Starr Buchanan for the latest release on his own Reality Chant label. The three-track EP includes a trio…

The Groove Thief interview with Naâman

Reggae singer Naâman arrives in New Zealand for shows as part of his Pacific Tour this November. The French artist, who will be accompanied by DJ/producer Fatbabs, kindly fielded some exclusive…

Ice Cream Man (Jstar Remix)

With just the right blend of dreamy vibes and dancefloor-focused grooves, Jstar’s remix of Sam and the Womp’s “Ice Cream Man” is a thoughtfully executed reminder that music is, above all, meant to be…

Radikal Guru – Wellington – Fri 26 Oct

When: Friday 26 October Where: Laundry - 240 Cuba Street, Wellington Featuring: Radikal Guru (Poland), Ras Stone, P Vans, Dirty Red and Crazyeye A huge night for bass music and culture in the…

Radikal Guru Mix for NiceUp

Radikal Guru especially in the mix for NiceUp, ahead of his Australasian tour. Strictly heavyweight dubwise business. All killer! Check him in session in New Zealand: Friday 26 October @ Laundry,…

P-Vans Mix for NiceUp

P-Vans began making music and cutting dubplates in 2006 in Wellington, establishing himself as a DJ and producer within the emerging sound of New Zealand dubstep. His productions have roots in dub,…

The Groove Thief interview with Radikal Guru

Photo: Dragana RankovicA widely respected figure in the international bass music scene, Radikal Guru melds the roots of the past with the branches of the future as few…

Kelvin Judah – Soon Come

(Foundation Sound) Oozing optimism over a smooth melody and rhythm section, Kelvin Judah’s “Soon Come” is a poignant plea for ‘peace and harmony.’ That said, the video’s mixture of recording studio…

Miss Red – K.O.

(Pressure, 2018) To start with a disclaimer, I am not well versed in the long history of dancehall. But I do listen to a wide range of electronic music and once again dancehall is coming through…

Crucial Selection with Jane Bee

Super Cat - Si Boops Deh (Techniques, 1985) Epic. This was my first Super Cat album. Way back when in my record shop I sold it countless times. Everyone loves it. Everyone loves Super Cat. He is a…