(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…)
All vinyl selection by Roots Agenda ft. Tenor Steppa live and direct, taking inspiration from both new and old dubwise riddims. (more…)
Dub Terminator consistently lives up to his namesake, and Dub Toys successfully pairs the Kiwi producer’s reliable low-end theory with a veritable crew of guests. The distinctive bass tone, amped-up yet still well-rooted, serves to connect the ten-track album tonally, while the meaningful topics and conscious lyrics provide a similar sense of continuity and an elevated listening experience. (more…)
New Zealand-based label Reality Chant – comprised of Messenjah and Midnight Dubs – resurfaces with a fine EP showcasing a true Jamaican legend: Cornell Campbell. He is joined on this two-riddim release by Elijah Prophet, Hi Kee, and Raggadon, who bring about a nice range of vocal stylings. (more…)
Lucky Cat Zoë began DJing at parties in 2000, progressing to her own club nights in South London. A collector of vintage vinyl, Zoë has a specialist interest in East Asian culture. She collects a wide range of musical genres, but true to her South London roots, Reggae is her first love. (more…)
From the heady opening until the skanking close, the Kingston All Stars’ self-titled release showcases the genre-spanning skills of a famed and still-impressive musical coalition. (more…)
Reality Chant Productions present an original selection of Dubs Remixes & Rarities from the Dubwize/Reality Chant vaults.
Complied and mixed by Messenjah, this showcase features original works from 2004-2017, including currently un-released gems. Big up all the singers, artists, remixers and producers featured. (more…)
When: Friday 12 May
Where: Poquito – 11 Tory Street, Wellington
Come ride the Reggae Train! Taking you on a smooth and sensational journey through the finest musical landscapes, Ska, Rocksteady, Vintage Reggae and Dancehall!
With your hosts and dub conductors, very special guests direct from Auckland, Selecto and Selectress! Founders of the much loved Punky Reggae Party series and key in boss NZ reggae band Surrey Boudit. Alongside hometown star selectors, Steve the Hat and Rudie Bam Bam.
Forwarding vinyl and bass music and culture in the Capital!
When: Saturday 29 April
Where: The Grand – 69 Courtney Place, Wellington
Jungle vs Reggae Clash!
Steve the Hat
Rudie Bam Bam
Hosted by Winston Spliff
Doors 10pm, Clash starts 11pm sharp!
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…)