Jah Mason Top Ten – September 2007

Jah Mason originates from the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He was raised in a musically focused family and environment. He impacted on the reggae world, working with Junior Reid with his first…

Dr Das – Emergency Basslines

(VU Recordings) Hard hitting, energetic and vibrant is the only way to describe Emergency Basslines, the debut album by Aniruddha Das aka Dr Das. Dr Das is a veteran of the bass and the sound that…

Unity Pacific – Into The Dread

Reggae in Aotearoa is at the strongest its been for years. This is proven and succinctly confirmed in this new, most conscious, release. As a mouthpiece for the quality of Reggae nationwide, the…

Stephen Marley – Mind Control

Mind control, corruption of your thoughts, destruction of your soul, the truth is there for us to see... It's hard to believe this is the first solo album from Stephen 'Raggamuffin' Marley.   A…

Danny Lemon Top Ten – August 2007

Danny Lemon has had a huge influence on sound system culture in Wellington and New Zealand. He established The Roots Foundation, one of the first and pioneering sounds in Aotearoa, which forwarded…

Mikey Dread – Life is a Stage

(Dread at the Controls) Now you are tuned in to the champion sound, A-1 sound, world class sound...we are the champion sound that rule this town! Mikey Dread isn't shy about sharing his talents.…

Rebel Bass Top Ten – July 2007

Hailing from Queenstown, Rebel Bass is a long-time bringer of reggae and dancehall music throughout New Zealand. He plays a mix of foundation, early digital, modern roots and bashment to the massive…

Newtown Sound Presents: Ghetto Red Hot: The Mix-CD Vol.2

Mixed by Art Official Art Official has really stepped his game up the last couple of years. Between launching Newtown Sound, co-founding NiceUp and DJing regularly on radio and around the country…

Homefire Burning – Fire It Up

(Subculture System) Homefire Burning are a Roots Rock Reggae band from the Kapiti coast, just north of Wellington city.  If you are a fan of Katchafire, House of Shem, The Black Seeds or Steel Pulse,…

Conscious Roots 3

(Various Artists / EMI Music NZ) Compiled by David Allan and Pranja Moodley It's always a hard thing to do the third of a series, especially if the previous two have been such killers. The third has…

Cornerstone Roots – Free Yourself

(Motherland) The second full length release from Cornerstone Roots has all the elements of a homegrown roots reggae release: songs about home and belonging, the landscape of Aotearoa, political…

Soul Jazz Records Presents: Box of Dub: Dubstep & Future Dub

Dubstep is something that is only just starting to make sense to me. I've always appreciated its half-time jungle aesthetic and its constant use of reggae and ragga samples and motifs, but a small…