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…)
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…)