King Fire (ft. Steady Ranks) – Herb For Real

Over a banger of a beat, King Fire and Steady Ranks arguably outshine Capleton, Determine, Tony Rebel, and even Sizzla on an obscure riddim from an equally unknown label, Stargate Records. A…

Death By Dub – Guillotine

As taut as the murderous device, Death By Dub’s “Guillotine” is horn-led yet groove-driven, a timeless slab of instrumental dub. Death By Dub is effectively an American supergroup – featuring…

Johnny Clarke, Revolutionaries and Scientist – Bad Days Are Going Away / Bad Days Dub

(Weed Beat/Greensleeves) We live in the strangest of times. An invisible enemy attacks our species, kills our weak, stifles our communities, and delivers an after-taste of racism, downward economic…

Rise & Shine Rockers – At The Dub Market, Best of Summer 2019 – 20

6FtSTIX aka STIX of Rise & Shine Rockers and Majestic Roots Sound System was formally introduced to sound system culture back in 2011. Experiencing Aba-Shanti-I at the junction of Southern &…

Lisa Dainjah – Grand Finale

The B-side to the Yami Bolo-led Head A Go Roll 12”, this fierce deejay cut showcases the mic stylings of the veteran Lisa Dainjah. Over a hard-hitting bubbler of a riddim – dominated by the broad…

Jesse Royal – Natty Pablo

Eschewing much of the rootikal framework of his debut Lily of da Valley, in 2020 Jesse Royal simply slays with wisdom atop a hypnotizing hip-hop-infused beat. Ostensibly the second single off his…

Solo Banton Australasian Tour – 20 – 29 Mar

Due to COVID-19, international travel restrictions and unprecedented lock downs around the world, the Solo Banton tour is postponed. Sydney: Friday 20 March @ Secret Warehouse Location (Foreign Dub…

Solo Banton interview with The Groove Thief

Just before touching down for his debut Australasia tour, veteran UK vocalist Solo Banton kindly took the time to speak with The Groove Thief. TGT: This is your first time in Australia and New…

Stepping Forward – Sun 23 Feb

When: Sunday 23 February Where: Laundry - 240 Cuba Street, Wellington We are back in session with special guest direct from London, Conviction Roots. And Wellington favourites Skaman, The Good Taste…

Jah Red Lion – Wicked Affi Run Weh

2020 is starting out with a bang for Jah Red Lion, with a new single and video. The single ‘Wicked Affi Run Weh’ is a return to his reggae roots. A rub-a-dub anthem riding on top of a solid riddim,…

Superman & Spiderman – Tear It Down

Riding the triumphant horns and bubbly bass to far more meaning than any other track on the Six Month Break riddim, “Tear It Down” by deejay duo Superman & Spiderman is surprisingly conscious.…

Castrum Mix for NiceUp

Castrum discovered sound system culture in 2011, at a Pressure Roots Hi Fi night in Falmouth. He has been selecting and collecting around the UK and Europe over the last 4 years and recently moving…