NiceUp Monthly Mix – July 2014 – Ticklah (NYC)

TicklahMultifaceted musician and dub maestro, Ticklah, has been a continual and integral part of the NYC music scene for over a decade. With a natural knack for re-creating vintage Jamaican sounds, reggae revivalism lies at the forefront of his heavyweight productions.

In his exclusive mix for NiceUp, Ticklah focuses on songs which speak of global problems, alongside themes of devotion and perseverance. Inna Roots and Culture style! (more…)

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Noel ‘Zoot’ Simms – See Them A Come

See Them A ComeStudio One 7″
‘See Them A Come’ was released on Studio One 7″ in 1967, but also featured on the Soul Jazz Records ‘Studio One Rude Boy’ compilation.
Noel Simms was born in 1935 in Kingston and attended the Apha Boys School. His career as a vocalist began singing as a duo with his school friend Bunny Robinson. They began making RnB acetates for sound systems in the 1950′s, after winning numerous talent shows and developing a huge following. From there they recorded for the likes of Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster. (more…)

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Maxi Priest – Every Little Thing

Every Little ThingThe minute I heard this tune, it made my hair stand on end!  Its sound took me back to a time where Rub-a-Dub and Lovers Rock ruled supreme. What appealed to me was its feel, which is a fusion of these two styles of reggae. We already know Maxi is well versed in making songs that encompass these elements. (more…)

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The Tamlins – Baltimore

baltimoreTaking Randy Newman’s original, The Tamlins – arguably most famous as the backing vocalists for 70s touring artists including Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, and Peter Tosh – turn the sparse melodic track “Baltimore” into something far more funky and groove-driven. Opening with a guitar that approaches the skank later found in Ini Kamoze’s “World A Reggae,” it is the foreboding keys and the soulful vocals that combine to elevate this far beyond an average late 70s reggae tune.  (more…)

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Delroy Williams – This Love

This Love(Message 7″)
The best place to start, as a wise man probably said, is at the start! So this time my Track of the Week will be for the first reggae 7″ I brought.
I grew up on the outskirts of London and had become interested in the thriving sound system explosion of the 90s. Culture Promotions put on regular Jah Shaka all-nighters at The Rocket on Holloway Road, as well as their regular Thursday night Dub Club. Every week saw a different sound. And as you reached the top of the stairs at The Dome (Tuffnell Park), there was a record stall. I had quite a few LPs by that time but had not yet started on the 7′s. (more…)

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Donette Forte – Rhythm of Resistance

Rhythm of ResistanceJah Works 12″ (1991)

My track of the week, Rhythm of Resistance by Donette Forte, comes from UK Roots stable, the mighty Jah Works.

I first heard this tune several years ago, on a Kiss FM pirate radio broadcast of a Nick Manasseh show from 1992. Manasseh played a handful of heavy dubpate material from that time, such as Martin Campbell’s ‘Got to Pray’ (also from Jah Works and worth checking). This mix has been on heavy rotation for years as it is loaded with top tracks, but it was Donette’s ‘Rhythm of Resistance’ which resonated most with me. (more…)

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Barrington Levy – Here I Come (Broader than Broadway)

Barrington LevyTime 1 (1985)
Coming from his fifth studio LP, ‘Here I Come’ is possibly Barrington Levy’s most recognisable tune. Beginning with his signature hook, “shoodley wop wop, ooooweeeeoo” and punctuated by a heavy percussive riddim from Jah Screw, this anthem has become one of his most popular numbers and one of the most influential classics in reggae music. (more…)

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Mr Benn ft. Champian – Everytime

EverytimeNiceUp! Records 7”
International Record Store Day has been a great way to celebrate vinyl and local record stores that provide a focal point for selectors, collectors, producers, vocalists and music lovers in general to dig, discuss and share musical knowledge. Or as in my case, get your hands on your favourite tunes.

Every year as part of International Record Store Day there are a number of limited releases available only for this day. The Everytime 7” by Champian is part of a two 7” box-set released for Record Store Day 2014 on NiceUp! Records, produced by Mr Benn. (more…)

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Pablo Gad – Hard Time

Hard TimeThis 1980 classic is now most well-known for its highly-sampled pro-marijuana vocals: DJ L.A.B., DJ Madd, Matta, and Ed Solo ft. The Skool of Thought (in turn remixed by Krafty Kuts) have all used it, as did The Prodigy famously on “Fire.” However, it is definitely a fierce track in its own right, with a catchy melody and an almost hypnotic groove.

While several re-pressings now exist – with the title switched to the plural in some cases (as on the full-length LP) – all early 12-inches featured “Hard Time” on the A-side and a dub, entitled “Lighter Shade Of Black,” on the reverse. (more…)

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