Top Tens

Naram Top Ten – February 2013

NaramNaram is a reggae selector, producer and promoter from Mt Crook, Wellington. Though he has nuff love for loads of music from across the spectrum of Jamaican (and outernational) soundsystem culture, he has a particular penchant for the sound of early 80s rub-a-dub and later 80s digital dancehall. (more…)

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Riddim Tuffa – January 2013

Riddim TuffaRiddim Tuffa are an Edinburgh-based DJ and producer duo, and with their heavy digital releases are now a crucial part in contemporary digital dancehall and reggae.

They say – ‘2012 has been an amazing year for us with some great new vinyl on our own Tuffa Dubs label, as well as working with various producers worldwide. We have also been fortunate to get bookings around Europe and also have a fantastic tour of Mexico. (more…)

Livity Top Ten – December 2012

LivityLivity began selecting on Dunedin’s Radio One alongside General Dread from Renegade Sound. He later joined the Renegade Crew and started selecting live.

Around 2007 Livity moved back to his hometown of Christchurch and linked with Messenjah and Nazarite of Dubwize Sound, and began hosting RDU’s Dubwize radio show and DJing weekly reggae sessions at the Dux de Lux.

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Israel Starr Top Ten – September 2012

Israel StarrIsrael Starr is able to rip up anything from hip-hop flows, sweet lovers rock, dancehall to smooth soul.

Growing up in the Twelve Tribes gave him the opportunity to learn from some of the best reggae talents in New Zealand, including vocalist Che Fu, selector Oblex Brown, and his father, the legendary Mighty Asterix. Israel says, ‘music is in my blood and I can’t deny it’. (more…)

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DJ Jaz Top Ten – August 2012

DJ Jaz first fell in love with music in his youth, becoming obsessed with his Dad’s varied record collection, and later Hip Hop in the very early 1980s. He always aspired to be a DJ and was heavily influenced by local DJs, TP, Rhys B and Mighty Mic C from the Uncut Funk Show on Radio Active FM. (more…)

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Lowe1 Top Ten – July 2012

Jonny Lowe AKA Lowe1 began his music career back in ’98 in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he was exposed to a wide range of music ranging from Roots, Dub, Dancehall and Drum’n’Bass. He regularly went to all types of gigs but was blown away by early sets from NZ heavyweights, Sunshine Sound System.

Lowe1’s love for turntables was born at the ripe old age of sixteen and he then began to dig deep into his dad’s dusty old reggae vinyl collection.

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Frankie Curac (Battle-Ska Galactica) Top Ten – June 2012

Formed in 2009, Battle-Ska Galactica has fast become New Zealand’s premier ska band. With their debut album, ‘Everybody’s Got An Opinion’, the band is set to take the New Zealand music scene by storm with their infectious mix of Reggae, Jazz, Rock, and of course Ska, Ska, Ska! (more…)

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Prince Alexander Top Ten – May 2012

Prince Alexander grew up in Hamilton where he was introduced to reggae music beyond Bob Marley by good friend and long-time reggae selector/collector, DJ Atmosphere.

Through his experiences sitting in on Atmosphere’s radio shows on what was then Contact FM, he quickly gained a thirst for the music and was also inspired by the message of unity and one love. During this time he also began dabbling in music production, and started to amass a collection of synths, samplers and outboard gear, and set about writing music.

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Scratch Famous Top Ten – April 2012

Selector Scratch Famous of Deadly Dragon Sound System used to be a very smart guy about a whole range of subjects. He could wake up in the morning, write a thesis paper about Walter Benjamin, cook an experimental ‘futurist’ lunch, build a prototype engine for a manned space mission to Mars, translate the Yiddish works of Sholem Aleichem into Hopi, train German draft horses to waltz, prepare a 12 course classical French banquet service after Escoffier, train a bit with his break dancing crew, juggle cats and finally end the evening in deep astral projection based on an intensive study of the Theravada school of Thai Buddhism.

Then in the mid-90s he helped to found Deadly Dragon Sound-System and he left behind all foolish things, focusing on the most important thing of all: reggae music.  (more…)

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Stryka D Top Ten – March 2012

Stryka D was born and raised in Liverpool UK. As a teenager his appreciation of music broadened after discovering Toxteth Community Radio, a pirate station that specialised in Soul, RnB, Funk, Jazz, Dub, Reggae and electronic dance music during the mid to late 80s. Around this time a friend introduced him to veteran reggae singer Roy Cousins (The Royals) who ran Cousins Cove record shop. (more…)

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