Grafta Top Ten – July 2018

New Zealand born, Canadian resident Grafta aka Oliver Penny has carved out a niche for himself in the global dancehall community, splitting his time between riddim building, mixing work and…

Kid Nesian feat. Chi Ching Ching – Lalomu

(CHM Supersound, April 2018) I know a bit about Papua New Guinea (PNG). I went to boarding school with a lot of guys that were from there. They used to bring Chinese treats back with them after…

Koffee – Burning

Last year’s Ouji Riddim from Upsetta Records boasts a strong line-up of JA roots singers, including Busy Signal, Chuck Fenda, Jah Vinci, Luciano, Lutan Fyah, Michael Rose and more. But funnily enough…

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…