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Pablo Gad – Hard Time

Hard TimeThis 1980 classic is now most well-known for its highly-sampled pro-marijuana vocals: DJ L.A.B., DJ Madd, Matta, and Ed Solo ft. The Skool of Thought (in turn remixed by Krafty Kuts) have all used it, as did The Prodigy famously on “Fire.” However, it is definitely a fierce track in its own right, with a catchy melody and an almost hypnotic groove.

While several re-pressings now exist – with the title switched to the plural in some cases (as on the full-length LP) – all early 12-inches featured “Hard Time” on the A-side and a dub, entitled “Lighter Shade Of Black,” on the reverse. (more…)

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Gappy Ranks & P-Money – Baddest

P-Money and Gappy RanksWith the most recent visit to New Zealand from the man Gappy, I thought it was a great chance to review a tune he collaborated with our local golden boy of hip hop, on. Peter Wadams, or better known to me and you as P-Money.
 
This tune was released around 6 months ago and first came to my attention when I saw it on the whiteboard in the Base FM Studio, as track of the week. However I instantly assumed it was a vocal colab with the UK grime MC of the same name. I didn’t realise until Piet from Sandy Bay Social Club pointed out it was actual our own P-Money on production. I had to hear this! (more…)

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Chronixx – Capture Land

Dread and TerribleThis is the second time I have reviewed a Chronixx tune here, but to be honest, if he keeps up this high calibre, you can expect a few more!

‘Capture Land’ is off his latest ‘Dread & Terrible’ E.P. and is reminiscent of the good ol’ rub-a-dub era of the early/mid eighties. It is a full bodied riddim with a driving bassline that carries it along very nicely indeed. (more…)

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The Shantells (Chantells) – Children of Jah Jah

Children of Jah JahHammer 7″

As people who know me will testify, I struggle with new-fangled advances in  online communication. I have just got my head around eBay and Facebook when more things present themselves! Everyone has their opinion on the positive and negative aspects of these online advances, but one thing has been made truely obvious, and that is a massive worldwide reggae community exists.

Whether it be salivating over scans of labels, or my new (well overdue!) hobby of trawling through podcasts from fellow collectors, it is really interesting hearing everyone else’s selections and discover more unheard gems. (more…)

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Fire Facts – Earth in Turmoil

Earth in TurmoilSky High Imprint – JA (1984)

This killer reasonably rare 7″ came to my attention on a recent visit to the Kindred Sound System yard in Christchurch. I had a copy of a 2011 relick produced by Chazbo featuring King General. I was intrigued when Richie Kindred informed me that this tuff Salomon Heritage 12″ was a descendent of the Fire Facts original, which after a long time searching for it, he had recently picked up. (more…)

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Busy Signal – Well Prepared

Busy Signal - Well PreparedYes, Busy Signal again. Since getting released from jail in 2012, the aptly named Busy Signal has been making all kinds of moves. He has dropped collaborations with mainstream pop group No Doubt and with post-dancehall collective Major Laser, and also got reggae fans singing ‘Reggae Music Again’ with his recent throwback tune of the same name. However, nothing has hit the ears of reggae selectors in Aotearoa, quite like this version of a burgeoning Kiwi classic. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – March 2014 – Wreck It Up Crew

Wreck It Up CrewLondon’s best kept reggae secret, the Wreck It Up Crew, have been blowing the roof off clubs since way back when with their unique, positive, and uplifting style, harking back to sound system days when MCs and DJs worked in unison niceing up the dance.

Strictly vinyl and lyrics, the crew consists of a whole heap of legendary selectors and sound men who tear it up wherever they go. (more…)

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The Royals – If You Want Good

If You Want Good12″ Warrior Records (1978)

The Royals are one of those groups who I believe don’t get the recognition they deserve. The group’s line up has varied over the years but at its heart was Roy Cousins.

Hailing from Kingston, from a young age Roy Cousins sang with the local church choir, and his classmates included the likes of Bernard Collins, Lloyd Parks, Naggo Morris, and Ansel Collins to name a few. (more…)

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