JonnyGo Figure – Crucial Showcase

(Bent Backs Records) I don't bother with a lot of modern reggae. My preference has always been for the Jamaican output from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Other than classic 90s dancehall, I seldom…

Tippa Lee – Down in the Ghetto 7″

(Red Robin Records) Out to the ‘worldwide struggle,’ New Zealand’s leading digital rub-a-dub label returns with a smooth and tough single. Red Robin Records stalwart Tippa Lee speaks of escape on…

Solo Banton interview with Mark Professor

Solo Banton in session with Mark Professor from the Wreck It Up Crew,  on his latest album 'Old Raggamuffin' out on Reality Shock Records. Watch the video More info: Solo Banton Facebook Reality…

Solo Banton – Old Raggamuffin

(Reality Shock, 2019) After a decade of recording – with albums out on Reality Shock Records plus 7” and 10” out on the likes of Moonshine Recordings, Scotch Bonnet, Partial Records, Conscious…

Soom T and J-Star – Fri 1 Nov

When: Friday 1 November Where: Laundry - 240 Cuba Street, Wellington 8pm till late, $10 on the door More info: Laundry Facebook J-Star website Soom T Facebook

Dubplate Pearl Crucial Selection

After some hard work going through my favourites, I've decided on my Crucial Selection. It's the LP by Tradition, in fact ‘Tradition in Dub’, the dub cuts to their album ‘Moving On’. Both albums were…

Run It Red 001 (Various Artists)

An intriguing vinyl four-track of heavyweight jungle out of Australia, this debut from the Run It Red label (operated by LQ of Echo Chamber Sound) pairs the expected amen breaks with plenty of…

Jafa Mafia Mix for NiceUp

Jafa Mafia are pioneers of the Aotearoa, New Zealand reggae sound system scene and are major forces in its development and progression. They are based out of Auckland, loaded with dubs, with an…

Nazamba (self-titled album)

Jamaican dub poet Nazamba, who’s also known by the moniker Wild Life, has been making major moves of late. First working with The Bug’s label Pressure on the “Vex” single in 2018, a collaboration…

Iron Gate Sound Top Ten – August 2019

A progressive bass culture collective out of Australia, Iron Gate Sound has been a mainstay of Sydney's reggae-dancehall scene since 2012. The brainchild of Flip and Gilsun, the collective has…

SK Simeon and Naram – Dem Wanna Be My Friend

(Red Robin Records) Arriving on a bouncy minor-tinged riddim, the latest from New Zealand’s own Red Robin Records is another scorcher. “Dem Wanna Be My Friend” pairs digital rub-a-dub enthusiast…

Honey Boy – Homeward Bound

If there’s a topic near to the heart of Jamaican popular music it is perhaps 'home'. Of course, 'home' may have different meanings. It could just be the room you're trying to convince that special…