Auckland Ska Festival – Sat 5 Dec

When: Saturday 5 December Where: Whammy Bar - 183 K-Road, Auckland 6pm start, $30 door sales Live music and DJ's performing on 2 stages. Live bands: The 2Tone Review Radio Rebelde AceTones The Was…

Salaam Remi and Super Cat – Push Time

Wild Apache/Louder than Life, 2020 Super Cat is one of the great 70s-80s dancehall dons, renowned for his phenomenal live and recorded work with the equally legendary but now deceased Nicodemus.…

Tenor Saw – Roll is Called

7” Powerhouse (1984) In 1984 a diminutive 18 year old named Clive Bright approached producer George Phang at Dynamic Sounds, wanting to cut a tune. ‘Him was next to tears. Him say no one wanted to…

LQ Crucial Selection

'Step in the Arena' by Gang Starr is the first track that really got me hooked on hip hop. The first time I heard it I was mesmerised by the breakbeats and jazz samples. Guru's lyrics and delivery…

The Shady Lady Mix for NiceUp – Take Up Space

NiceUp Crew · Take Up Space by The Shady Lady The Shady Lady AKA Carrie has been rocking dancefloors and airwaves all over Aotearoa since 2003, with her fresh blend of skank-based selections ranging…

Maxine & Jahnet – One Light Four Wheel

There’s certainly no lack of transportation-focused reggae tunes, from the vintage “Mini Bus Driver” by Junior Reid to the modern “Bike Rider” by Mungo’s Hi Fi (ft. Pupajim). Given that, it’s safe to…

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…