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Monkey Marc feat. Sizzla, Capleton, Fantan Mojah & Mista Savona – No Surrender

I’m not sure exactly where “No Surrender” won me over. Could it be the throbbing bassline, the catchy hook, the tough verses, or the enthralling vibe? Or choose your own explanation, all are valid.

This dance hall destroyer finds Australian riddim-maker Monkey Marc working with the skilled Mista Savona, plus a trio of Jamaica’s best vocalists to craft what you wish you’d already heard. (more…)

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Dennis Brown – Why Fools

Yvonne’s Special 7″ / Thompson Sound 12″ / Observer 7″ (1981)

As we approach what would have been Dennis Brown’s 60th birthday, for this Track of the Week I’ve chosen a corker from ‘The Crown Prince’. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2017 – Majestic Roots

Majestic Roots Sound System is the creation of Mikey Downbeat, a stalwart of the reggae scene in Aotearoa. A deep roots selector, Mikey has a long history of playing roots, dub and reggae to audiences in New Zealand and internationally, including five years on 95bFM in Auckland and five years in Ireland and the U.K. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – December 2016 – Jstar

JstarLondon producer Jstar blazes trails with his high quality productions and deep digging selections.

With a multitude of productions on major record labels through to independent releases, Jstar is also a top quality tour manager and global DJ with over 15 years experience rocking dancefloors around the world. He mixes up bass music, Tropical beat and Dancehall with Reggae influences. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – October 2016 – Gooba

GoobaRepresenting his hometown, Christchurch, New Zealand, Gooba has an ongoing passion for old school jungle and reggae music. He runs 100% vinyl, promotes strictly positive vibes and is instrumental in the forward movement of Aotearoa bass music and culture. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – September 2016 – Roots Factory

Photo: Jen Walsh, knots & shotsFrankie is a selector and co-operator for Roots Factory and Downbeat Melody Sound System. A traditionalist through and through, his selection and production is all grounded in a foundation style, from Rocksteady and Roots through to Dancehall and Digi. He is a strictly-vinyl selector and an avid dubplate cutter. (more…)

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