Music

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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Cassandra London – Just Cool

Cassandra - Just CoolThis is some home-grown reggae from South London. Produced by Senator B of longstanding UK radio station, Vibes FM, for his ‘Blessed B’ music label, Senator has re-called the riddim, ‘Nah Skin Up’. Original heads will know it as ‘Hold Me Baby’ by Basil Daley at Studio 1. (more…)

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Little Harry – Revolution

Little HarryA reassuring collaboration that results in a powerful statement upon one catchy riddim. Tom Chasteen’s Los Angeles-based Dub Club project, with Tippa Lee sharing the engineering duties and Stones Throw handling the distribution, aims to unite under-appreciated veteran vocalists with roots-inspired productions. (more…)

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Devon Clarke – Hanging In Deh

Devon "Bobo Saw" Clarke - Hanging In DehFor my final track of the week for 2014, I’m going to look right back to the start of the year when my favourite 12″ of the last 12 months dropped, from Bent Backs Records out of the Bretagne district in France. (more…)

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Admiral Tibet – Leave People Business

Leave People BusinessTechniques

Admiral Tibet has had a lengthy career which stretches back to the early days of digital reggae. Tunes such as ‘Babylon War’ and Serious Time’ feature his warm delivery and socially conscious content and have earned him a spot alongside veteran singers from the deejay era, such as Cocoa Tea and Tony Rebel. Although he has not had the commercial impact of some of his peers, his impact as a foundation vocalist continues to be recognised. (more…)

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John Holt – Strange Things

John Holt - Strange ThingsSunshot 7″ (1971)

It has been a few weeks now since I woke up and read the sad news of ‘Sir’ John Holt’s passing. John Holt’s career spanned over 40 years. Born in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, he was regularly entering and winning talent contests from the age of twelve, and recording his first singles with Leslie Kong at the age of sixteen.  (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – November 2014 – Texas Ranger

Texas RangerI would say that I first started listening to music while my mum was still carrying me. Before I was born, that is! As there was always music playing at home.

But thinking about it, the first tune that I can remember taking any notice of was 007 by the late Desmond Dekker, a tune that brings back memories of me jumping up and down in my cot while my Dad was playing records on the gram. My Dad was also a great lover of music and he would buy records every week, which would mean a trek to the other side of London to one of the specialist record stores. My Mum would also come home from work in the evening with records she had bought on her way home. (more…)

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Abassi All Stars feat. Junior Kigwa – Jah Before Us

Abassi All Stars ShowcaseI found this tune many moons ago when I was having a dig back in the good old days of Real Groovy in Wellington.  The song comes from the album ‘Abassi All Stars – Showcase’.  Once I heard a few tracks I knew it was one of those LP’s too good to pass up. (more…)

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Jah Cure – Wake Up

Jah Cure - Wake UpWith the apparent resurgence of foundation reggae in recent years with the likes of Jesse Royal, Proteje, and of course Chronixx, I felt it was a good idea to to go back and visit one of the earlier greats of the foundation scene, the one and only Jah Cure.

Born Siccature Alcock in Hanover, Jamaica in 1978, he was originally given his name by Capleton who claimed he was ‘Jah’s Cure’. (more…)

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