Solo Banton and Irie Ites – In This Time

Irie Ites Records, 2024 Following on from his previous three albums with Reality Shock Records, Solo Banton is back, this time in collaboration with the Irie Ites crew. In This Time is a strong and…

Te Awa Dub Club – Sat 20 Jul

Date: Saturday 20 July Where: Porridge Watson - 30 Drews Avenue, Whanganui 6pm to late, $10 on the door With special guests Danny Lemon and Shady Lady and your hosts Senor Bambu, Queen Big Punch and…

Debbie Defire – Thank You

While the striding beat is genuinely captivating on its own, its combination with such an emphatic vocal makes this a worthy Track of the Week. “Thank You” may sound intriguingly familiar to roots…

Jstar – 17 May

When: Friday 17 May Where: Havana Bar - 32 Wigan Street, Wellington 9pm start, $10 on the door Jstar was born and raised in West London under a haze of reggae, rave, funk and hip-hop. As an artist,…

Misteek Crucial Selection

My Crucial Selection is Threat to Creation by Creation Rebel and the New Age Steppers. I have chosen this album as it was one of the first dub albums I bought as a young record collector and it…

Wake the Town – Fri 16 Feb

When: Friday 16 February Where: Havana Bar - 32 Wigan Street, Wellington The brilliant DJ Art, original NiceUp Crew and Newtown Sound boss, is back in town and we could not miss the chance to have…

Dub Koala and Dub Dahlia Crucial Selection

Our Crucial Selection is Alpha Steppa featuring Sista Awa - Chain Breaker.  This tune means a lot to both of us for many reasons. This is from the DUBPL8 series from Steppas Records and is only…

Ranking Joe – Zion High

Widely regarded as one of the reggae world's premier reissue labels, Blood and Fire was co-founded by Steve Barrow, Bob Harding and Mick Hucknall of Simply Red in 1993. Over the subsequent 23 years,…

Bill Swift Trio with Drenda Barrett – Chain of Fools/ Daydreamin’/Why Do You Do Me This Way

(Jazzman) Jazz isn't a genre covered frequently on this website and the combination of Bill Swift Trio with Drenda Barnett is so obscure - even by jazz standards - there are only two listings for the…

Micah Shemaiah – Jamaica Jamaica

(Evidence Music, 2023) An exquisite release through and through, Jamaica Jamaica is the culmination of years of effort by Jamaican singer Micah Shemaiah. Featuring societal topics, tight production…

Indra – Kingdom Call

(Reality Shock Records, 2023) On Kingdom Call, Bajan singer Indra strikes a keen (and conscious) balance between soul and reggae. The latest production by Kris Kemist of Reality Shock Records (see…

Mungo’s Hi Fi – Sat 21 Jan

When: Saturday 21 January Where: Hotel Bristol - 131 Cuba Street, Wellington Tickets available from Humanitix. Early bird: $35 +bf, General admission: $40 +bf With support from Big Badaboom, Steve…