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Santos Cafe Ponsonby has always been a great champion of local artists, and their art wall has been part of the vibe since 1996. Many young aspiring artists have become a household name since they first exhibited on Santos’art wall. The Santos art wall now has an official name – Arte Na Favela.

Exhibiting in April is artist CHANTEL MATTHEWS-PERAWITI.

"The 4 works I have displayed at Santos consist of 2 digital prints (originals) from my Woven Universe Series of works that are images created using traditional maori patterns, colours and culture. The other 2 digital images are about whakapapa/whanau/family tree and our connections, while the other is a more cultural/environmental spin on all the different cultures here in NZ, how we cope with our identity despite how the environment bares all."


Check it out: Santos Cafe, 114 Ponsonby Rd



Friday 2nd May @ Galatos, Auckland
Hosted by DLT with local support from:
Team Dynamite, DJ Hudge, Human Resource, Poroufessor, Albert Stone, Tihei
plus BBoys & BGirls!

>>> TICKETS | $45 + booking fee <<<

SimmerDown Productions with ZULU64 present the long awaited New Zealand debut of the Bronx native A.G. The Frontman of Showbiz and AG and a foundation member of the Hip Hop super crew D.I.T.C. AG who will be supported by one of the world’s premier turntablist, DJ Total Eclipse of the almighty X-ECUTIONERS.

AG is half of the duo Showbiz & AG and a member of the Diggin in the Crates crew (DITC) along with Lord Finesse, O.C., Big L (RIP), Buckwild, Fat Joe and Diamond D. He came out the Bronx in the early 90′s debuting on Lord Finesse’s Funky Technician album. He’s been “show(ing) all these corny motherfuckers what Hip Hop’s supposed to sound like” ever since most notably with classics like ‘Soul Clap’ and ‘Next level.’

Selected Discography

Showbiz & A.G. Albums:
Mugshot Music (2012)
The Show & A Experience (2007)
Full Scale (1998)
Goodfellas (1995)
Runaway Slave (1992)

Solo Albums:
Everything’s Berri (2010)
Oasis w/ O.C. (2009)
Get Dirty Radio(2006)
The Dirty Version (1999)

D.I.T.C Albums:
D.I.T.C. (2000)


Erykah Badu After Party Auckland

The Official Erykah Badu After Party
Thurs 10th April at Everybody's

DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu (Dj set)
Local support Dylan C & Milo B

Limited $29+bf tickets available from, Real Groovy and Conch Records.

Who better to be the special guest DJ at the Erykah Badu Auckland after party than... Erykah herself! Erykah Badu will be performing a set as her alter ego: DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown at Everybody's April 10 with local support from Dylan C and Milo B.

"I put absolutely no preparation into my sets at all. When I get to the club, I peep the audience, scope the atmosphere, I listen to what the DJs did before me and I just basically remember that it's about having fun and I free myself enough to begin."

This is a truly unique chance to have the complete Erykah Badu experience... her powerful and legendary vocal performance as Erykah at the Civic and then her crowd driven, musical journey as Loretta Brown in the initimate atmoshpere at Everybody's - all in the one night. 



THURS 20th and FRIDAY 21st March – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland

Local DJ support from Bobby Brazuka & Dylan C

FREE ENTRY - 9pm - 3am

DJ Vadim has become well respected as an innovator in a number of areas during his career, "a veteran presence in the DJ community as well as one of the foremost producers in too many communities to count, Vadim is never running out of ideas" (URB Magazine). In 1994, Vadim founded his own independent record label, Jazz Fudge and signed to Ninja Tune the following year. So begun Vadim’s adventure that is now approaching its twentieth year and has seen him tour across 69 countries and perform over 2500 times, with shows at some of the world’s most prestigious events such as Sonar, Glastonbury, Big Chill, V Fest, Fuji Rock, Roskilde, Exit, VInarock, Moscow Street Ball (to over 40,000 people), Notting Hill Carnival and Shambhala… To describe the man as an internationalist almost seems to sell him short.

This week, as part of his worldwide tour, DJ Vadim aka Daddy Vad is coming downunder and to celebrate Loop is releasing an exclusive tour EP, the Dubcatcher Tour EP & Album Taster (more info on the EP below). Daddy Vad will be in New Zealand this week to play 2 free back-to-back shows at Auckland's Ponsonby Social Club.

Don’t miss your chance to see Vadim and get a taste of his album live before it drops. It’s all about vibesing up the place. We know you wanna hear some drums n bass!

DJ Vadim Dubcatcher Tour EP & Album Taster

To celebrate his Australasian Tour and to give you a taste of what’s to come on his upcoming album Dubcatcher, set for release in June 2014, Loop is super stoked to present the limited edition DJ Vadim Dubcatcher Tour EP & Album Taster.

The EP brings together the sounds of the up-coming album including 80’s dancehall, reggae, soul and boogie. Featuring 6 unreleased tracks - 4 off the album plus 2 exclusive tracks only ever to be found on this limited edition EP! Excitingly, both the Dubcatcher LP and Tour EP include the standout tracks 'Ring My Bell' and 'Rise'.

‘Ring My Bell’ ft Governor Tiggy is a vibing dancehall track that is – as Daddy Vad would put it - “for those trainspotters of the HH electronic echo unit as made popular by Jah shaka in full effect with the echo plex and space echo to boot!.” ‘Rise’ takes influences from classic roots music, infusing soul boogie with live horns and features the smooth vocals of New Zealand’s own Rio Hemopo of Trinity Roots.

Dubcatcher Tour EP & Album Taster, available now digitally only via iTunes and Bandcamp and you can stream it HERE.

Get dat riddim' in yo ears!


1. Depend On I 2 ft Diana Bada

2. Ring My Bell ft Governor Tiggy

3. Rise ft Rio Hemopo & Sabira Jade

4. Pele ft Karen B

5. Lyrical Soldier ft Demolition Man

6. Lyrical Soldier ft Demolition Man (Vadim Remix)


LORD ECHO (live) | ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE (sound system)


Saturday 29th March @ Silo Park

Family Friendly Event | FREE ENTRY | FACEBOOK EVENT

With a penchant for heavy rhythms moving through a fresh fusion of soul-reggae, afro-disco, latin-boogie and more, Lord Echo has been blowing stereos and minds internationally with the release of his 2nd LP ‘Curiosities’. Mike Fab (The Black Seeds) is the man behind Lord Echo, and will be leading the live band with himself on guitar and mixing desk. He will be joined on stage by extremely talented vocalists Ria Hall (Fly My Pretties) & Leila Adu (as featured on the track 'Molten Lava'), Mara TK and Taay Ninh (Electric Wire Hustle) on guitar & keys, Issac Aesili (Funkommunity) on trumpet and Lucien Johnson (Shogun Orchestra) on sax. 

Electric Wire Hustle will also be performing their sound system set, which should feature a mix of their own material and tunes to get the dancefloor started. Rounding out the musical line up the day will also feature DJ sets from Isaac Aesili and Lord Echo. Come down for a brew, a browse of the Silo Markets and a boogie in the sunshine on the last Saturday of summer.

This event has been made possible by Waterfront Auckland.




Thanks to everyone who made it along to the Base FM Boat Parties!

Check out the photos from each event & the highlights video below:

PHOTOS: BOAT PARTY #1 ft. Eric Lau |   BOAT PARTY #2 ft. House Shoes

VIDEO: Base FM Boat Party Highlights video

AUDIO: HOUSE SHOES DJ set from the 2nd Base FM Boat Party!

Rocking on the wake of New Zealands' pinnacle summer month is the release of #BaseFMHighseas Boat Party Highlights Video.  Let's face it, there's something about going on a boat party that leaves you hyped and dancing like a crazy person with a huge grin slapped across your face. Maybe it's the sun, the people, the flow of crispy cold beverages, or perhaps it's just the beats. What ever it is, boat parties are the bomb.

It's been a good start to the year for Base FM, with two solid Boat Parties sitting comfortably under their belt, and much like a good feed, the effects are digesting nicely.'The Boat Parties were such a new and exciting project for us. To work with international artists, labels, promoters and an all-new "floating' venue - it's inspiring. I still can't help but smile from ear to ear, just thinking about it - definitely a next level' concept and production for Base FM. Not just another club show that blurs into the next but something so special that everyone on that boat will remember for the rest of their lives"" -Jazz Ziedan (Base FM Managing Director)

Hosting international talent offered guests a strong point of difference to other events. So teaming up with Sam Dutch from Grindin (Aust. Touring & Management Agency) to bring a dose of world-class underground beats to Auckland."Big shout outs to Base FM who ended the DJ House Shoes and Eric Lau Australasian tours the right way. Was great to see Auckland in a different way, and give the artists an opportunity to perform outside of their usual club environments in front of a musically intelligent crowd - It was an experience" - Sam Dutch (Grindin)

The musical line up featured; Eric Lau (UK), Lo Key, Miso Shiru & B.Haru on the 8th of February, and DJ House Shoes (LA), Junior, Dylan Cand Milo B on the 22nd of February. Both events hosted and toasted by Beau Jeffries.

Base FM made sure their international guests made the most of their stay and arranged a couple of cool initiatives leaving a lasting impression among New Zealand fans.

(1) Base FM joined forces with Red Bull Studios bringing together Eric Lau and Team Dynamite for an exclusive collaboration. The #SoundSelect session resulted in the track "One Up'. Listen HERE.

(2) The good folks over at SERATO have uploaded Base FM's live recording of HOUSE SHOES DJ set from Boat Party No.2. Check out it on their Mixcloud page HERE


We usually don’t find ourselves in a viaduct bar on Saturday nights. No disrespect for those that do, but we generally find that the music isn’t quite to our liking… However, we took over Goldfinch on Saturday 22nd Feb for the Auckland round of the Australasian Beat Maker Invitational – an event put together by Grindin & Joint Adventure.

In the past, a beat battle consists of producers ‘performing’ their beats live – wither using MPC or some other piece of kit. In this way, the live re-creation or performance is the key factor. The difference with Australasian Beat Maker Invitational however is that each piece of music was judged purely on the finished beat, not the performance – each person played their round off a CD. No mixing, no effects, no gimmicks, just the beats!

The level of talent in the Auckland/New Zealand heat competing was really high. Most came with a definite hiphop flavor, but each beatmaker displayed their own distinct style.

There was $2500 worth of prizes up for grabs, thanks to Akai, Auckland Rockshop, Crooks & Castles, Acclaim Magazine, and the chance to represent your city in the Australasian finals in April 2014.

The guest judges were HOUSE SHOES, P-MONEY and DYLAN C



Battle DJ & producer, originally from H-Town, spent the last few years in Wellington. Represented NZ at the RedBull3style in Poland 2013.


Wellington-based producer with a smooth style. Sweet like brown sugar, references some of that sweet rhythm & blues of the late 70s (Marvin, Barry White) etc. Worked with Tom Scott, Tyna, Raiza Biza. 


Rising up through the ranks these last 18months with a handful of EPs under his belt and international recognition via Darker Than Wax and Complexion radio.


A relatively low profile, Ill Methods produced the recently released EP by RosaDub. Classic boombap, with some offbeat skank going on in there too


Auckland producer who has worked a lot with vocalist Bailey Wiley. His style would be somewhere between Breaks, Electro, Glitch, Garage and Hip Hop.

SHAQAVEY (Shaqles)

The man behind the beats behind The Doqument. Also worked with Kenzie From Welli.


Auckland YGB / Base FM. Prolific producer with releases & collabs available through both the soundlcoud / bandcamp. Worked with @peace, Home Brew, Raiza Biza and too many collabs to mention!

Absent from the event was LMC – young cat doing a deep trap things on Eight Supply label.


For round 1 each competitor was allocated 3 minutes to display some of their finest finished beats, with the 3 judges giving them each a score out of 10.


The 4 producers with the highest scores followed through to the 2nd round for a battle style quick fire heat. 2 x 90 second rounds.

ChoiceVaughan vs Samuel Truth

BenJamin vs Shaqavey


Samuel Truth vs Shaqavey

P-Money mentioned on the night that both producers deserved to be in the final round and had obviously saved something special for the end. Samuel Truth's intriciate snare fills & signature wall-of-sound vs Shaqavey’s diverse range of beats. It was definitely a close battle.

WINNER: Samuel Truth crowned champion, who will be off to Sydney in April for the final against Australian state winners. Stay tuned for more details.


Photography by Joe Hockley


UK Dancehall legend GAPPY RANKS is coming back to Ponsonby Social Club for another biggie. His last set at PSC was a Tuesday night following Splore 2012, and this time it's a Sunday throwdown! Gappy Ranks (Jamaican/Dominican descendent, based in the UK) is going to rock the PSC dance floor with Base FM's DJ Locksteady on the 1s & 2s, with support from Dubhead, Jah Red Lion, Sandy Bay Social Club, Israel Starr and Dub Terminator. That's one heavyweight line up!! Kicks off at 7pm, and with all PSC gigs it's FREE ENTRY!



Gappy Ranks is a British Dancehall Musician. His love for music started in his home town Harlesden, London Where he was born & raised. The year 2010 and the introduction from Silverstar Sound’s DJ Gussy, which lead Gappy Ranks to joined forces with Pierre Bost of French Records and Special Delivery Music Label. Opened up a whole world of show dates and touring. In 2010 Gappy was signed to Greensleeves Records & released his 1st album “Put The Stereo On”. This album was well received worldwide featuring tracks such as “Put The Stereo On” and “Heaven In Her Eyes” which went to number 1 for 16 weeks on the UK charts.

Gappy Ranks was nominated for the 2010 MOBO Awards in the Best Reggae Act category. In 2011 Gappy Ranks followed up with his second album “Thanks & Praise” on his independent label Hot Coffee Music distributed by VP Records which included the smash hit “Stinkin’ Rich” by Italian producer Macro Marco. Gappy Ranks has now released his 3rd album “Shining Hope” and will be launching it in Australia and New Zealand this March.


@Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony is released on Friday 14th March - pre orders available via BANDCAMP.

Catch @PEACE on tour.

AUCKLAND | Friday 14th March @ Monte Cristo Room, Nelson St | TICKETS

WELLINGTON | Saturday 15th March @ Bodega | TICKETS

DUNEDIN | Friday 21st March | TICKETS ??

CHRISTCHURCH | Saturdat 22nd March @ Dux Live | TICKETS


WATCH: The Death Of @Peace




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