The 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…)
None 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…)
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…)
The Inner West Reggae Disco Machine is a sound system from the Inner West suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The crew, consisting of Rik Sonic, Stevie Dub and Gonz, are a bunch of reggae addicts with a passion for all things reggae from Ska and Calypso to Dancehall and Digi-killers and everything in between. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Let 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…)
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…)
Part 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…)