Gwaan Gal Mix for NiceUp

A heavyweight music collector, record dealer, promoter, tour manager and DJ, Gwaan Gal has been a part of the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian music industry for over a decade. In New Zealand,…

One Love – 25 – 26 Jan

When: Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 January Where: Tauranga Domain Stadium More info: One Love website

Ranking Ann Interview and Jealous Man / War in the City 12” Review

Ranking Ann, known for her mid-80s studio work with Mad Professor and Ariwa Sounds as well as live sound system sessions with the Black Rock Posse, has been deservedly resurgent of late. Her lyrics…

Crucial Selection with Miss Fee

For those who know me, this Crucial Selection will come as no surprise. ‘Housewife’s Choice’ by Derrick Morgan and Patsy ‘Millicent’ Todd, a tune I have played countless times over the span of my DJ…

Stinky Jim Mix for NiceUp

England is a divided and deluded Babylonian mess right now but I choose to take the glass half full approach and celebrate a heap of UK reggaematical tackle from back in the days of the Miner’s…

Crucial Selection with Sista Cini

Big up NiceUp whanau for the opportunity to pick my Crucial Selection. It’s a tough call to select just one but I’m finally committing to Zen Bow - Impressions. “An obscure singer, whose entire…

Serocee – You’ll Never Find 7″

(Jambrum Records, 2008) I had my tunes on shuffle the other day and this wee gem popped up. I'd forgotten how much I like this tune, which made me realise I'd never picked up the 7". This was…

The Auckland Ska Festival – Sat 1 Dec

When: Saturday 1 December Where: Galatos - 17 Galatos Street, Auckland Two stages of live ska and reggae! 3pm till late, tickets from Undertheradar, $35 on the door

Auckland Ska Festival Mix for NiceUp

Rossco, co-founder of The Auckland Ska Festival, in the mix with a Ska Fest special. Check all these bands at the Festival, Saturday 1 December at Galatos! More info: Auckland Ska Festival AceTones…

Auckland Ska Festival 2018

NiceUp talks to Rossco, co-founder of the Auckland Ska Festival and guitarist in The AceTones, ahead of this year's event, Saturday 1 December. Can you tell us a bit about the history behind the…

Hidden Riddim – Fri 23 Nov

When: Friday 23 November Where: R Bar - 49 Cuba Street, Wellington Check the next Hidden Riddim, Wellington's monthly heavy reggae session. With very special guest from Sydney, Señor Bambu. And…

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…