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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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NiceUp Monthly Mix – December 2014 – DJ Stryda

DJ StrydaRepresenting Bristol, DJ Stryda has 18 years experience uplifting the masses with his Sufferah’s Choice radio show. He is also one half of the duo Dubkasm, who release top quality recordings on their Sufferah’s Choice Recordings label. (more…)

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Bugle – Did It Again

BugleBorn as Roy Thompson out of the parish of Portland, Bugle is a stand out in the very overcrowded dancehall scene and a personal favourite of mine.  (more…)

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Junior Byles – Know Where You Going

Junior Byles - Know Where You GoingJunior Byles has not always been my favorite vocalist to be honest. Perhaps best known for his Lee Perry produced tracks, I don’t think he consistently released enough quality material to be up there with the best. His work with Dudley Swaby AKA Manzie was, in my humble opinion, his best. (more…)

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