CD of the week: Batucada Sound Machine "Don't Keep Silent"

Riding the wake of their successful European summer tour, Batucada Sound Machine return to New Zealand with a new album of tried and true road-tested tunes entitled “Don’t Keep Silent”, due for release January 23rd, 2012. In addition, BSM have planned their first ever comprehensive tour of New...

SOULWARE "Return To The Source" CD Giveaway

  Soulware is a 5-piece live electronic act hailing from the South Island of New Zealand. The music they create is lush, emotive, textured, thought provoking, and combines elements of Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Trip Hop, Dub Electronica, Blues and Rock. Since their inception just over a year ago,...

WU-TANG CLAN: Off The Top – CD giveaways

To say the the Wu-Tang Clan was one of the most influential Hip Hop groups of all time wouldn’t be an understatement, ranked 5th by MTV in 2007. From the rough borough of Staten Island, New York City, they created one of the finest Hip Hop albums in living memory...

Mayer Hawthorne: How Do you Do?

The “retro soul” tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded before 1980, and Mayer Hawthorne is aware of how trends come and go. But, he says, he’s not interested in taking it back to the “good old days,” as much...

Jah Red Lion "EP"

Jah Red Lion draws inspiration for his self-titled EP from his journey spent throughout New Zealand over the last two years. His unique tone and style of singing combined with a bass heavy reggae beat makes for a great summer EP and leaves you wanting more. Produced locally...

DJ GRASSROOTS: This Time

DJ Grassroots’ debut album THIS TIME is a collaborative effort, featuring a number of musicians, and top local reggae producers Dub Terminator and Iron Will, alongside LA Bassman and Producer Extraordinaire Steve ‘E’ Ross.  ‘This Time’ covers a range of genres and styles, showcasing Grassroots’ versatility as an...

Bulletproof "Dub Me Crazy"

The 4th Studio album from Bulletproof is also his first since singing with EMI. Collaborations include Tiki Taane, Hollie Smith, Rugged Tekniques, Jessie G, Crushington & Dutty Ranks. The album also includes Bulletpoofremixes of Computers Want Me Dead, Kidz In Space & Anika Moa The album draws influences currently heard in the UK/US Dubstep scene and veers away from the relentless noisy chainsaw...

SUPER VILLIANS (RMC) – Meanwhile EP

From the gloomy depths of Auckland City come the “SUPERVILLAINS” A Hip Hop collective bringing you a 90s style of upbeat BOOM BAP, BIBIDY rap and swayze swagged out bangers. Fred Bishop – Fang Wei a.k.a The BishopPiata Turei – Piatao a.k.a Sweaty Tooth MadManLiam Bree – Michael Checker a.k.a Stich...

THE NUDGE: Big Nudge Pie

Describing their sound as many fingers in many pies, The Nudge pie is a concoction of a blues and rock base with a deep swamp filling and raucous party crust, mixed and baked by singer/guitarist Ryan Prebble, keyboardist James Coyle and drummer Iraia Whakamoe. Fresh from the oven,...

BOHEMIAN THOUGHT: Magnificent Dyslexic

A work of true inspiration steeped in triumph over personal struggle, Wellington based spoken word artist Bohemian Thought delivers a positive message with his debut album ‘Magnificent Dyslexic’, released in New Zealand through Dharma Records / Southbound. A spoken word poet, singer, songwriter and percussionist (aka poetic philosopher) Bohemian...

HOLLIE SMITH & MARA TK: Band Of Brothers Vol 1

Released on August 1, ‘Band Of Brothers, Vol: 1’ is the first in a series of musical projects spearheaded by Hollie Smith with the mind to experiment with different artists and aspects of production and collaboration. In Volume 1 she joins acclaimed beat maker, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist...

THE NOMAD: Perilous Times

Roaming the globe, cruising along the road less travelled, The Nomad makes music that pushes the boundaries. His latest offering Perilous Times sees The Nomad (aka Daimon Schwalger) keep things fresh, taking off on a new tangent by blending signature sounds of reggae, drum & bass, jungle and electronica...

JILL SCOTT "Light Of The Sun"

Executive produced by Jill Scott and J.R Hutson (Pharell, Faith Evans), The Light Of The Sun features appearances by rappers Paul Wall, Doug E. Fresh, and Eve and traverses the rocky terrain of love, longing and loss. The first single, “So in Love,” is a duet with Anthony Hamilton....

WU-TANG – Legendary Weapons

WU-TANG “LEGENDARY WEAPONS” The latest Wu-Tang project, LEGENDARY WEAPONS features Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Method Man, Capadonna, U-God and Inspectah Deck, along with AZ, M.O.P, Sean Price, Killa Sin and others.  This project is Executive Produced by RZA. LEGENDARY WEAPONS’ throw-back sound is inspired by classic soul and kung fu...

PITCH BLACK : Rarities & Remixes

Known globally for their stomping live sets, Rarities and Remixes showcases Pitch Black’s mellower side. Beginning with a dancefloor friendly, but respectful reworking of the Richard Nunns and Hirini Melbourne original, ‘Te Po’ and ending with an equally haunting version of Tiki’s ‘Past Present Future’, Rarities and Remixes...

PUNKY REGGAE PARTY MIX

The Punky Reggae Party 2011 is upon us again. And it’s the 10th anniversary this time around. Head to the Kings Arms Sunday 5th June @ 3pm to skank and groove. The night features The Iron Hammer, The Solomonix & Jah Red Lion, Atsushi & The Mini Moisties,...

THE BEAT GENERATION: 10th Anniversary Collection

 The Beat Generation series on the BBE label are some of the best hip hop albums of the last 10 years. The label’s enormously liberal approach was the antithesis of stiff major record label A&R practices, their forward thinking rewarded handsomely by a truly diverse set of albums...

J STAR – Dub Zealand

Jstar & Dr Cat present: Dub Zealand – bass culture music… It says here that the tracks on Dub Zealand, “highlight the surprising relation,” between the islands forming New Zealand and Jamaica. Surprising!? Given the Olympic quantities of weed smoked in either nation there’s little to be surprised...

LITTLE BUSHMAN – Te Oranga

Base FM’s CD of the Week is Little Bushman’s “Te Oranga”. Venturing at times into the shadows, then veering off up into the cosmos, it is sure to satisfy all who ingest. From a delta-esque hoedown recitation of the cycle of life, to an alternative cosmic take on...

SHAPESHIFTER – System Remix

Back in December, Shapeshifter announced plans to free the stems of The System Is A Vampire’s killer cut ‘Longest Day’ for remixers and versionists worldwide. So that any producer, irrespective of reputation and recognition could get the chance to feature on the box fresh long-player, System Remix. And...