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…

Weeding Dub – Another Night Another Day

(Wise & Dubwise Recordings/Control Tower - France) Not being a fan or denizen of the European club dub scene, at first I struggled to get into this album. But after a few listens, its charm was…

Israel Starr feat. Tomorrow People – Love Her Mind

First and foremost, congratulations to Israel Starr on the win in last years Vodafone Music Awards for Best Roots Artist. I say it's about time this man got the recognition he deserves, bless up!

Monkey Marc – Yaad n Abraad feat. Dre Island

Monkey Marc's back with another quality release, kicking off 2018 with yet another impressive riddim following last year's scorching "No Surrender" project. The lead single, the socially-conscious…

System Unknown Sound System Mix for NiceUp

System Unknown are a collective of selectors and musicians who share a love for Jamaican music and sound system culture. Meeting in Melbourne through their work as sound engineers, the crew was…

Dubmatix interview and Overdubbed review

With his highly anticipated meeting with Sly and Robbie just out, Dubmatix kindly took time out of his busy schedule to speak with The Groove Thief about the Overdubbed project, his recent remix…

Vibration Lab & The Digital Messiahs – Digital Messiahs Theme & Dovecot

An impressive collective, Vibration Lab & The Digital Messiahs is a veritable sound system supergroup. Led by the seasoned UK production duo alongside veteran MC Brother Culture, the rest of the…

Bass Foundation Roots Sound System Mix for NiceUp

Delhi Sultanate has long pioneered the sounds of reggae and hip hop in India. In addition to his solo career, he owns and runs Bass Foundation Roots sound system with his partner Begum X. New…