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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 and culturally-comparative “Yaad N Abraad,” finds a heavy digital instrumental providing the launching pad for an explosive lyrical display from Dre Island. The hard-hitting video is well-worth watching as well. (more…)

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NiceUp Mix by System Unknown Sound System

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 founded by Operator Andy and Major Delay. Joined by Sam Stacka and Lego, they bonded over their love for bass heavy tunes and Jamaican grooves. (more…)

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NiceUp Mix by Bass Foundation Roots Sound System – January 2018

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 Delhi’s first hand built reggae sound system. He is also lead vocalist for India’s first ska and rocksteady band The Ska Vengers.

BFR Sound System play strictly vinyl selection across a range of Jamaican genres and a vast collection of dubplates. The sound supports free speech, political activism and community development. They are on a mission to take reggae music to the heart of India and connect worldwide. (more…)

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45 BLAST How Yu Fi Sey Dat? Mix by TurboFlexx – December 2017

A compilation of some of the finest 7 inch vinyl from the How Yu Fi Sey Dat? records catalogue.

It would not be unfair to say “How Yu Fi Sey Dat?” was one of the most important record labels in Jamaica during the 90’s. Run by singjay Anthony “Red Rose” Cameron and singer Anthony Malvo, the label contributed to dancehall culture and the careers of many 90’s artists like Red Dragon, Cobra, Bounty KIller, Beenie Man, Major Mackeral, Daddy Lizard, Terry Linen, Simpleton and the Scare Dem Crew. Accomplished recording artists in their own right, both producers also featured on the label in successful solo and combination tunes. (more…)

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Eesah – Tell No Lie

Frankly, any release on Royal Order Music ought to be noted at this point, as Chronixx has certainly proven his ability to not only deliver hits but also make tastes.

Eesah – first featured on smooth-burner “Perfect Trees”, off the label boss’ well-received Roots & Chalice mixtape – has been steadily putting out tracks while remaining relatively under the radar. That should change for him now, as working with a funky groove rather than a sparse riddim does wonders for the fresh “Tell No Lie.” (more…)

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NiceUp Mix by Rudie Bam Bam – August 2017

Originally from Catalonia, Spain, and a working class hero back home, Rudie Bam Bam is a lover of rough Jamaican sounds and Northern Soul and has a compulsive addiction to collecting rare vinyl from the 60s and 70s. (more…)

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Lutan Fyah – Things Are Not The Same

(Bent Backs Records, 2017)

Digital! What an amazing time in reggae music the digital era was. And the first thing that got me on this riddim was the fire digital sound. A collaboration between Brooklyn label Bent Backs Records and Paris-based riddim-maker B-No, it has an authentic sound accompanied by the conscious lyrics of the one like Lutan Fyah.  (more…)

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NiceUp Mix by DJ Crazyeye – July 2017

Straight out of Titahi Bay, Porirua NZ, Josh AKA DJ Crazyeye brings some favourite selection! Growing up in Whakatane and moving to Wellington in the late-90s saw Josh surrounded by the Capital’s roots sound. From Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Kora through to the legendary Roots Foundation sessions, all of these sounds have heavily influenced his musical taste ever since. (more…)

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