Music

Wayne Smith – E20

Wayne Smith - E20The drum intro caves after just one bar, unleashing this ‘computerized riddim’ full-force. While Wayne Smith’s famed “Under Mi Sleng Teng” has a subtle sense of reservation with its rolling bass line, “E20″ cranks both the pitch and bpm upwards, resulting in dance hall devastation. (more…)

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Jah Cure – Life We Live

Jah Cure - Life We LiveFrom the first moment I heard Jah Cure I was instantly a fan. Not since the great Gregory Issacs has there been such a powerful voice in the lover’s rock sub-genre. This man is a genius and I am surprised he hasn’t made more of an impact on the mainstream. (more…)

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Dizzy Flemmings – Silencioso Reggae 

Silencioso Reggae(Black Seed 7″)

There are many examples of multi-versioning about. Foundation riddims given outing after outing, being updated through the years. Possibly my favorite riddim is the one called ‘Burial’.

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2015 – Keith Lawrence

Keith LawrenceThis selection represents one of my favourite phases of Reggae, the Rockers (Steppas, Roots Reggae if you like)of the mid-to-late-70s. The heavy basslines, rocking double-time drum patterns and percussion enthralled me at the time as they still do now. (more…)

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The Upsetters – Return of Django

Return of DjangoComing from the first Upsetters LP of the same name, ‘Return of Django’ features that tough yet organic Perry sound which launched him onto the world stage. With its instantly recognisable horn line and bouncing bass-driven rhythm, the heavy Upsetters sound quickly became commercially popular, spreading beyond the Jamaican and becoming a cornerstone of the Trojan ska sound.  (more…)

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Stranger & Gladdy – Conqueror 7″

Stranger & Gladdy - ConquerorWizdom (1973)

My Track of the Week is Stranger and Gladdy’s ‘Conqueror’, a killer piece from Stranger Cole and Gladstone Anderson, produced by Lee Perry.

Stranger Cole got his chance to record as a vocalist in 1962 after success as a songwriter, recording his first three number one singles for Duke Reid, going on to record for Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster. (more…)

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Lennie Hibbert – Mighty

CreationOne of the greatest pleasures of being a record collector, is discovering a tune you already have! Falling into the bad habit of only skipping through albums and only settling to play the track I was initially interested in, makes me miss out on taking in an album properly. Sometimes, when you let an album play, you can be floored by a track you can’t believe you let slip by. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2015

Earthlink SoundEarthlink Sound are one of Australasia’s top crews, formed in Perth in 2005 by original members Drummie Wotton, and Foodus from Jamaica. Over time the crew has evolved and included Sheriff Lindo, Simmo T, Choppa Crucial, Tatty Reps and Kritical. After returning to his native island, Foodus formed an Earthlinks Jamaican crew, and still plays to this day around the St Mary region. (more…)

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