Thursday, July 19, 2012

Would the real Aotearoa reggae please stand up! w Undercover

Exclusive biz from the land of the long white (ganja) cloud - New Zealand!
Aaah little did you know we have a good little underground scene down here that goes pretty hard. I think the beauty with being so far attached from the rest of the world is we stand apart from all the 'scenes' and we can stand back and just pick and choose styles we dig. Influences down here originally stem from good old Bob plus a good dose of foundation reggae, but I would say nowadays we all love a likkie bit of hip hop in our reggae.
In this mix we have a few of my dubplates and either NZ productions, NZ vocals or both!
Players on the New Zealand scene production wise include Tiopira and Simon from High Stakes who produced a big number one tune on the Jamaican dancehall charts for Popcaan (the big time!), Messenjah at Reality Chant produces the baddest JA/Euro influenced roots riddims, Iron Will from Riddim Central always bangs down a big riddim as well as being a roots man, Art Offishall from Newtown Sound who produces big hip hop and digital influenced reggae and Chris from Dub Terminator who drops some of the best reggae dubstep worldwide IMO. 
As for vocalists you have to start at The Mighty Asterix who for years along with stalwarts like Tuffy Culture, DLT etc have been the founding influence of New Zealand reggae. The next generation bring Asterix's son Israel Starr to the stage who I have the pleasure of jamming with and he always blows me away with his vocal range - from Slim Smith melodies to Johnny Osbourne singjay styles to ragga muffin Buju gruffness! MC Arme is another star who grew up singing gospel in his church and has now turned his talents to vicing big tunes with my crew the Sandy Bay Social Club, just check that version of Come Around - Lord a Mercy! Silva MC is another local talent who just tears shit up in the dance and reps for all the sistas worldwide, her new ep/album is dropping soon so be sure to google it! DJ Grassroots is a multi-talented sound-man whose flow from sweet to gruff voice sounds wicked in the dance and over his own productions! Chilean import Jah Red Lion has recently hit out shores and made big waves teaming up with Riddim central and recently Dub Terminator! Then there is Ras Stone  who I think sits atop of most NZ mc's at the moment, his voice is so crisp and clear and he shines on everything from foundation, roots, steppers, dubstep and to his chargrin - dancehall! Which brings us to the dancehall scene where we have the Yung Shottaz repping hard in a group styley and recently Max and Raiza teaming up to create Caged Lion.

Gappy Ranks - Put The Stereo On (Sandy Bay Dubplate)
Israel Starr - Foundation (Newtown Sound)
Mighty Asterix - Dub Murderer (Undercover Dubplate)
Mighty Asterix - Blood of the Saints
Mighty Asterix - Yardwise Stylee (Niceup Dubplate)
Natty King - Fyah Bed (Reality Chant)
Natty King - Fyah bed (Dub Terminator Remix)
Tiki Taane - Faded
Silva Emcee - Here We Go Again (Riddim Central)
Israel Starr f/ Silva MC and Juse1 - Speak! (Newtown Sound)
Israel Starr - Summertime (Soulforce and Newtown Sound)
Jah Red Lion - Vampires (Riddim Central)
MC Arme - Sandy Bay Come Around (Sandy Bay Dubplate)
Jah Red Lion f/ Anbless - Fire I Blaze - Fire I Blaze Riddim (Reality Chant)
Deadly Hunta Give Thanks  - Fire I Blaze Riddim (Reality Chant)
David Levi - Warriors of Ethiopia - Nah Bow Down Riddim (Reality Chant)
Natty King - Rasta is the light (Nah Bow Down Riddim (Reality Chant)
Rhombus f/ Ranking Joe Babylon Retreat
Sola Rosa - Lady Love (Richie Poe Instrumental Mix)
Jstar & Dr Cat - Blessing
Rhombus f/ Junior Kelly - Royalty
Dub Terminator f/ Ras Stone - Bad Mind
DJ Grassroots - Fatty boom (Dub Terminator Remix)
DJ Grassroots - Seems Like (This Time)
Gappy Ranks - God Father (Dub Terminator)
Jah Red Lion - Never Leave Me Alone (Dub Terminator)
Raiza & Max - Said & Done (Caged Lion)
Jah Red Lion - Jah Gimmi - Life Lessons Riddim (High Stakes)
Konshens - All This Love - Life Lessons Riddim (High Stakes)
Caldhino - Street Struggles (High Stakes)
Popcaan f/ Busta Rhymes - Only Man She Want Remix (High Stakes)
Yung Shottaz f/ TK Paradza - Good Ol' Days Refix (High Stakes)
Raiza & Max f/ Jah Red Lion - Lady Luck (Caged Lion)

Footnote 1. There is a Maori/Pacific BBQ reggae scene that is pretty huge in NZ (Katchafire, Unity Pacific etc) which I will do a post on very soon, but this is the real shit right here!!!

Footnote 2. NZ Artists - This post is trying to rep you to the world! I'm also pretty sure all of these tunes were free promos but if you are not cool with your track on here, just holla!

Re ups!

Hey crew!

So as may have noticed I've sorted another account out for you all. I have updated the last few months posts, working on some new ones and sorted a few requests.

Here is the mash-up series from a little while ago someone requested.

Original Jamaican - Mashups, Remixes and Covers

Ska and Rocksteady - Mashups, Remixes and Covers

Marvin Gaye - Mashups, Remixes and Covers

Party Bangas - Mashups, Remixes and Covers

Plus some bonus surprise hip hop and remix comps I could never be bothered sorting the tracklists for!!! (Direct links, but I assure you they are worth it)

Hip Hop and R&B - Mashups, Remixes and Covers

Remixes - Mashups, Remixes and Covers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big Tunes w/ Undercover

Reggae Music Again! Big shouts to the foundation dons like Fattis' (RIP) Xterminator label, Fat Eyes with Bulby still at the controls, Penthouse and it's new main men Shane Brown and Busy Signal, legend European producer Frenchie, vocalists Yami Bolo, Beres Hammond, Bushman, Alton Ellis and Don Cambpell returning to the scene. The experience and sound they bring is definitely rubbing off on the younger crew like Raphael, Exco Levi, Masika and Jesse Royal and teaching them a few tricks! NEW LINK!

Jesse Royal - Hotter The Battle (Six String Cutlass Riddim) Xterminator
Cali P - Can't Hold I (Six String Cutlass Riddim) Xterminator
Bushman - Back Weh Vampire (Vampire Riddim)
Alton Ellis - Jah Made Me Stronger (Vampire Riddim)
Don Campbell - Hypocrites (Vampire Riddim)
Sizzla Kalonji - Rumours (Revolution Riddim)
Yami Bolo - No Weapon (Shank I Tun Up Riddim) Fat Eyes
Red Rose - Hello California (Shank I Tun Up Riddim) Fat Eyes
Lukie D - Are You Going My Way (Shank I Tun Up Riddim) Fat Eyes
Noddy Virtue - Your Body Calling (Shank I Tun Up Riddim) Fat Eyes
Busy Signal - Reggae Music Again (9.58 Riddim) Penthouse
Beres Hammond - Dancing Beauty (9.58 Riddim) Penthouse
Romain Virgo - This Thing Called Love (9.58 Riddim) Penthouse
Exco Levi - Life In The Factory (9.58 Riddim) Penthouse
Perfect - Balou Ba Labo (Jungle Skunk Riddim) Irievibrations
Raphael - Inna Dis Ya Time (Jungle Skunk Riddim) Irievibrations
Konshens and Delus - Call the Police (Jungle Skunk Riddim) Irievibrations
Luciano - Hard Road (Jungle Skunk Riddim) Irievibrations
Christopher Martin - Make A Sound (Most Loyal Riddim) Maximum Sound
Agent Sasco - Survival (Most Loyal Riddim) Maximum Sound
Tarrus Riley - Chant Rastafari (Most Loyal Riddim) Maximum Sound
Sizzla - White Collar Boss (Most Loyal Riddim) Maximum Sound
Masicka - Fall Inna Love (Peenie Wallie Riddim) Don Corleon
Vybz Kartel - Real Friend (Peenie Wallie Riddim) Don Corleon
Da Professor - Summer Nice (Peenie Wallie Riddim) Don Corleon
Sizzla - Don't Mislead The Youths (EP)
Shaggy, Assassin, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Damian Marley, Romain Virgo, Chevelle Franklyn, Wayne Marshall, Tifa & Tessane Chin - On A Mission (Randy Entertainment)
Vybz Kartel - Dynamite (Dynamite Riddim) Russian
Elephant Man - Muss Come Back (Dynamite Riddim) Russian
Chan Dizzy - Good Fuck (Dynamite Riddim) Russian

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Beets w Undercover

It's been a while since I dropped some soul, jazz hip hop and beets! Here is a swag of stuff from the last little while that I'm digging. NEW LINK!

Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
Ladi6 - Like Water (Parks Remix)
Suff Daddy - Pattern Select
J. Rawls - The Order Peramater
DJ Mitsu the Beats - Nightfall
Chief - Scanner Resurrection
Guilty Simpson & Eric Lau - He Said, She Said
OC & Apollo Brown - The Formula
Joy Denalane - Free
Danny Brown - Grown Up
Oddisee - You Know Who You Are
DJ Nu-Mark - Tonight
Omar f/ Stevie Wonder - Feeling You
Roc Marciano - Emeralds
Oh No f/ Jose James & Phife Dawg - Dues n Donts
Suff Daddy f/ Vertual Vertigo Twisted
Oh No f/ Termanology & Ea$y Money - Sound Off
Oddisee - Let It Go
Home Brew - State of Mind
Oh No - Ohnomite Jazz
Oddisee - Think Of Things
Visioneers - Shaft In Africa (Addis)
Visioneers - Funky Fanfare
Monophonics - Sure Is Funky
DJ Mitsu the Beats - Masquerade
Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Barbaro - I'd Cry
Suff Daddy - Feelin Allright
Monophonics - Deception
Joy Denalane - No More

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rootstep w Undercover

You can't beat a good rootical dubstep remix! Vibes aplenty with old school boys and girls Kiddus I, Linval Thompson and Susan Cadogan pon the mic along with solid remix action from New Zealand's own Dub Terminator and Johnny Lowe. NEW LINK!

Bobby Treasure - Horns of Blessings
Bam Bam Dealers - Prophet
Rootah - Mr. Vibes
Prince Jamo - Shep to the Shepherd
Version Big-Fi and Kiddus I - No Salvation Until
Busy Signal - Busy Signal (Extended Dub Mix)
Jim Nastics & Mungo's Hifi - Nah Lef Africa
Zacharri & Roommate f/ Susan Cadogan - Sweetness of You
Prince Fatty f/ Hollie Cook - Sugarwater Dub
BunZero f/ Kenny Knots - Love Light (Dubstep Remix)
Kenny Knots - Love Light
Linval Thompson - Show Babylon
Linval Thompson - Show Babylon (TMSV Dubstep Remix)
Dub Terminator & Reality Chant - Uniting Dub
Dub Terminator f/ Bob Marley - Exodus Dub
Matta vs Pablo Gad - When I Was a Yout' (Hard Times)
Scientist - Over 31 Under 21 (Lowe-One/Jordinary K Dubwise Steppa Mix) 
Dub Terminator - Lava Splash Remix
Mungos Hi Fi - Kung Fu Know How
Vibronics Meets Webcam Hi Fi f/ Jospeh Cotton - Oldsmobile
Clinton Sly - Wheel n Come Again (Jinx In Dub Remix)