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Raging Fyah – Raggamuffin

Raging Fyah - Everlasting albumA bass-driven celebration of the life of the raggamuffin, Raging Fyah’s lead single for the forthcoming Everlasting album is equally powered by the well-delivered vocals. This conscious cut from the Kingston six-piece ought to put the young band on the proverbial map, and the release will certainly be a suitable fit for VP Records’ new Dub Rockers imprint. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2016 – The Groove Thief

The Groove ThiefThe Groove Thief is nearing his fifth anniversary of promoting quality music in Hong Kong. From the irie state of Colorado in the USA, his focus may be on dub, reggae, and other Jamaican-influence styles, but he firmly believes a good tune is a good tune regardless of genre. He has been described as “among Hong Kong’s leading arbiters of musical taste” by the South China Morning Post. (more…)

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Naâman – Skanking Shoes

NaamanNone of my ‘Track of the Week’ write-ups thus far have focused on a newer artist, so for this edition I thought I would switch up my approach and pick a more recent release with Naâman’s “Skanking Shoes” off the album Deep Rockers Back A Yard. This upbeat party anthem from France features some quality sample work from producer Fatbabs, with an appropriately energetic video as well. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – December 2015 – Papa Steve Downbeat Melody

Papa Steve Downbeat Melody (photo: Jen Walsh, knots & shots)

Papa Steve Downbeat Melody (photo: Jen Walsh, knots & shots)

Papa Steve runs Downbeat Melody Sound in Bristol UK, for the last ten years. His passion for reggae developed in the 70s when he began going to blues dances in South London and built his first sound, Sir Messenger. For awhile Steve lost contact with reggae, then some years later around ’91 his interest was rekindled and he has been hooked ever since. (more…)

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