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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2016 – The Groove Thief

The Groove ThiefThe Groove Thief is nearing his fifth anniversary of promoting quality music in Hong Kong. From the irie state of Colorado in the USA, his focus may be on dub, reggae, and other Jamaican-influence styles, but he firmly believes a good tune is a good tune regardless of genre. He has been described as “among Hong Kong’s leading arbiters of musical taste” by the South China Morning Post. (more…)

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Naâman – Skanking Shoes

NaamanNone of my ‘Track of the Week’ write-ups thus far have focused on a newer artist, so for this edition I thought I would switch up my approach and pick a more recent release with Naâman’s “Skanking Shoes” off the album Deep Rockers Back A Yard. This upbeat party anthem from France features some quality sample work from producer Fatbabs, with an appropriately energetic video as well. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – December 2015 – Papa Steve Downbeat Melody

Papa Steve Downbeat Melody (photo: Jen Walsh, knots & shots)

Papa Steve Downbeat Melody (photo: Jen Walsh, knots & shots)

Papa Steve runs Downbeat Melody Sound in Bristol UK, for the last ten years. His passion for reggae developed in the 70s when he began going to blues dances in South London and built his first sound, Sir Messenger. For awhile Steve lost contact with reggae, then some years later around ’91 his interest was rekindled and he has been hooked ever since. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – October 2015 – Grafta presents Dun Di Place Vol.3

Grafta presents Dun Di Place Vol.3Dun Di Place Vol.3 is the third in a series of strictly dancehall mixes by DJ Grafta, that represent the main focus of his output as a selector, Jamaican street music.

Originally hailing from the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand, Grafta has played a crucial part in developing the Auckland and New Zealand bashment scenes, and now resides in Vancouver, BC. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – September 2015 – Bent Backs Sound

Bent Backs SoundBent Backs Sound was founded in 2009 in Rennes, France. Passionate about the 80s era of reggae, the crew collect records, cut original dub plates, and promote artists and sessions.

In 2011, Bent Backs founder, Lo, decided to move forward and produce his own records. Bent Backs is now a Brooklyn-based label working with artists in New-York and riddim makers from Rennes. (more…)

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Prince Alla – Stone/Great Stone

Stone(Freedom Sounds 7″)

For this review I thought I would pick a ‘memory tune’. Not a rare like hens teeth tune, not a ‘next cut tune’ or a blank or rare label number, but a tune that any self respecting rootsman (or woman!) should own. Are you sitting comfortably, then I will begin!

I started collecting records and going to dances in the 90s and living on the outskirts of london meant I was in the privileged position of being able to see a lot of the big sounds. Aba Shanti, Conscious Sounds, Jah Warrior, Boomshakalaka (Disciples), Jah Observer, Mount Zion I, and Entebbe all played regularly. At the same time there was a new style of roots and dub being produced and played (90s style I always called it!). (more…)

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Bugle – Be Proud

BugleLet me start with saying, I love Bugle. He would quite easily be one of my favourite foundation artists. Since first hearing him on the Daseca-produced ‘Doh’, with Serani I was hooked on him. I will listen to riddims entirely based on the fact he has a version on it. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – August 2015 – Roots Factory (UK)

Roots FactoryUK crew, Roots Factory, bring you an essential mix of some of their favourite records, unreleased gems, and home-made heavyweight dubplates and specials.

Since 2007, Roots Factory have been making waves on the European circuit, headlining club nights and festivals all over. They have also been busy in the studio releasing two 12″ records, as well as a very limited series of dubplates cut especially for sound systems. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – July 2015 – Adrians Wall presents The Word Sound & Power Mixtape

Adrians WallPart 1 of a 3-part series from Adrians Wall – Word Sound Power. Showcasing Roots Reggae, Dubplate Specials and Heavyweight Steppers.

Originating from High Wycombe in the UK, Adrians Wall started building his Sound System around the end of 2007, after hearing Channel One at Notting Hill Carnival, before packing it up and shipping it over to Melbourne in late 2011. (more…)

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