A mixture of the old and the new sums up Undercover nicely. His love of reggae spans the entire gamut from 50s Jamaican Shuffle to Ska, Rocksteady, Roots to Dub, Rub a Dub and Digital, to the current crop of Revival Roots Reggae and Dancehall riddims.
Growing up in Auckland, Undercover selected and promoted with his crew, The Sandy Bay Social Club, running sessions at Khuja and Rakinos and jamming with the likes of Gappy Ranks, Million Styles, Junior Reid, Rodney P and Skitz and JStar. Sandy Bay have also held down the Friday Night Takeout radio show on Base FM since the stations first days on air, with Piet still going strong to this day.
Undercover broadened his sights and lived in Wellington and the Wairarapa for a number of years, connecting with NiceUp and Vital Sounds Hi Fi. Here he truly found his love of the Old School, while holding down regular Reggae, Hip Hop and Funk nights at his favourite bar in the world, Havana Bar.
Back in Auckland again and settled with his family he ‘still got game’, dusting off the 7″s (as well as buying up on eBay) and selecting with Jafa Mafia Sound, Dubhead and Sandy Bay with the odd gig and ting.
He also continually drops heat for the massive on his blog www.undergroundundercovered.blogspot.co.nz.
Israel Starr – PrettyTunes (Sandy Bay Dubplate)
Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – Bumps in the Night
The Expanders – Evilous Number
The Frightnrs – Sharon
Protoje – Answer To Your Name
Macka B – Rasta Tell Dem
Tanto Metro & Devonte – Request
Chronixx – Spanish Town Rocking
Shuga – Crime Scene
Major Lazer f/ Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley – Powerful (Heavy Roots Remix)
Horace Andy – Sandy Bay Skylarking (Sandy Bay Dubplate)
J Boog f/ Stephen Marley – Good Good Feeling
Chronixx – Play Some Roots
Luciano – His Imperial Majesty
Jesse Royal – Finally
J Boog f/ Sizzla – Stand Firm
Iba Mahr – Glory of the King
Keida – Mad World
Jesse Royal – Gimme Likkle
Kabaka Pyramid – Phenomenon
Samory I – Take Me Oh Jah
Cadenza f/ Kiko Bun – How Many Times?
Mark Wonder – Rebels
Randy Valentine f/ Kabaka Pyramid and The Fugees – Not for Sale
Iba Mahr – Worries Tonight
Kabaka Pyramid – Well Done
Face and Sheenyboo – Dangerous
Iba Mahr f/ Tarrus Riley – Diamond Sox Remix