Noel Ellis – To Hail Selassie

(Summer/Burning Bush/Ikoro) Researching this tune was hard. Only a smattering of information on the net, some of it only accessible with dodgy old Google translate. What is certain is Noel Ellis –…

Protoje – Bout Noon

It’s widely accepted that hip-hop, rap, trap, R&B and EDM in general has been borrowing extensively from reggae music for years. Protoje completes this cycle by looping it all back in. He…

Dotsie 90s Roots Mix for NiceUp

Dotsie has been entertaining the massive for 30 plus years, playing all genres of Jamaican music. He began originally at his own ska and reggae nights in 80s Dublin, before stepping out with the…

The Groove Thief speaks with David “Ram Jam” Rodigan

“Be A Good Collector And Then You’ll Be A Good Selector” The Groove Thief speaks with David “Ram Jam” Rodigan, MBE David “Ram Jam” Rodigan hardly needs any introduction. A leading voice of reggae on…

King Kong – Repatriation

(March 2018, Irie Ites) With poise and discipline, King Kong’s Repatriation is equal parts statement and celebration. Over polished heavyweight rhythms – all fresh takes on vintage styles – the…

Revolution Sound Mix for NiceUp

Long-time in the reggae scene, Nealske has been collecting records for around 20 years. He has a love for all styles of reggae and his selections are wide-ranging. Nealske holds down the Revolution…

Reality Shock – Ketch A Fire

(April 2018) The Reality Shock label – run by Kris Kemist out of Reading, England – returns in triumph with the release of the Ketch A Fire compilation. Spanning nineteen tracks, there’s a lot of…

Reality Chant – Ancient Kingdom Riddim

This is reggae from the South Pacific, not ‘Pacific Reggae’. Pure Aotearoa Roots! Reality Chant’s latest three-track release on the Ancient Kingdom Riddim has the confident and commanding Exile Di…

Carlton Livingston – She Done With Him 12″

Limited edition 12", LegsMan Records (2018) ‘She Done With Him’ by Carlton Livingston, a limited edition 12" (300 copies), is the debut release on LegsMan Records. A new London-based reggae label…

Fish and Bread Sound System Mix for NiceUp

Launched in 2017 and one of the newest sound systems out of Aotearoa, Fish and Bread is impacting on the scene, with its first major outing at the 2018 Ruapuke Roots Festival. Hailing from Snells…

Fish and Bread meets Revolution Sound – Fri 25 May

When: Friday 25 May Where: Whammy Bar - 183 K-Road, Auckland 9pm - 3am, $10 on the door Fish and Bread in session with their 2-scoop sound and a tough selection of tunes, old and new. Alongside…

Wuk It Up – Fri 29 Jun

When: Friday 29 June Where: Cassette 9 - 9 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Featuring: Messenjah (Reality Chant, Christchurch), Israel Starr, Azbo and FJ More info: Wuk It Up Facebook