Blend Mishkin / Roots Evolution Original One of the most popular tracks from last year's "Survival Of The Fittest" LP finally gets a single release and the remix treatment from Reggae Roast's Vibration Lab. Taking the track in a deeper, more digital direction, the veteran duo have crafted a classic slice of modern dancehall, reminiscent of the legendary sounds of Gussie Clarke and that timeless 90s vibe. Flip it over for a dubwise version for your own MC or singjay to get busy with. Nice Up! 7"
Mi Bredrin / Parly B Origin One Expected 13th May Presenting a fresh signing to the roster, NICE UP! are thrilled to announce the debut single from Nottingham's Origin One! Centred around the work of one producer, the crew is a fluid collective of MCs, vocalists and musicians, covering a variety of reggae infused genres, from hip hop & soul to dancehall, dub and jungle. Coming in heavy with their first release for the label, they've enlisted the help of one of the UK's finest and most prolific dancehall MCs - Parly B. Having previously worked with heavyweights such as Mungo's Hifi, The Skints and Reggae Roast, Parly brings his trademark toasting to the bubbling dancehall beats of "Mi Bredrin", creating an instant dancefloor killer. Nice Up! 7" Pre-Order
Poirier Positive Up ft Face-T Taken from the acclaimed album "Migration", which covers a myriad of bass genres, this opening track "Positive Up" finds Poirier in a deep dubby dancehall mood. Reminiscent of classic Unity or Jammy's productions, the 80s digital vibe is updated to suit modern dancehalls and soundsystems. Regular collaborator Face-T provides the vocal counter, once again displaying his brilliant lyricism and delivery, whilst also evoking the legendary Shinehead with a whistling solo - its been a while since we heard one of those! Nice Up! 7"
Poirier Migration From his frenetic soca and hyped up dancehall styles to the rootsy reggae and often filmic sounds, during his 15+ year career he has covered a lot of bases. Constantly evolving and shifting, "Migration" is an album that draws all of it together, moving from inspirations and genres, pulling them apart and putting them together again, fluidly building a sound all of his own and planting a flag in the musical map. Electronics meld with acoustic instrumentation while warm tropical sounds rub up against stark digital soundscapes, disparate sounds and styles flowing easily into each other with no boundaries. As with any Poirier album, the guests make up as much of the sonic tapestry as anything else. We find legendary NYC dancehall chatter Red Fox make an appearance on the lively single "Jump" (supported hugely by David Rodigan and Toddla T). Versatile producer Machinedrum teams up with Poirier for a deep electronic post-dancehall tune “Kypoli” while long-time collaborator Face-T turns up on "Positive Up"- a dubby dancehall rhythm and later on the 'future dancehall' stylings of earlier single "Why” and also "Likkle Money". Similarly, previous collaborator MC Zulu steps up once again to give his unmistakeable energy to "Keep It Rolling" and "Universal Peace" and Haïtian vocalist Fwonte supplying the summer vibes on the konpa meets rocksteady styled "Pale Mal". Other like-minded musicians such as Dubmatix and Riddim Wise also bring their flavours to the table, completing a truly international line up. Nice Up! LP
Poirier Jump ft Red Fox Fresh for 2016 comes a brand new 7" from Montreal based producer Poirier. Taken from his forthcoming album "Migration", "Jump" is his take on the classic dancehall sound of the 90s and features a bonafide legend from that era, NYC's very own Red Fox. In the producer's own words: "I wanted to reference the 90's dancehall vibe, but with a modern feel of my own. After I'd made the beat, Red Fox instantly came to my mind - because he IS that sound, that voice!". Nice Up! 7"
Cut La Vis One Step Forward Debut album from Brighton DJ/producer Cut La Vis aka David Lavis. Raised on a healthy diet of 90s hip hop, roots reggae and ska, Cut La Vis debut album for NICE UP! is a melting pot of exactly that - the sounds and culture he grew up around whilst learning his trade. Starting off as the DJ for a reggae band in his hometown of Hereford, he soon gravitated to the turntablist explosion of the mid 90s, competing in local competitions and B-Boy jams. At the same time, his love for dub and roots reggae led him into trying his hand at the fertile reggae mash-up scene, making a name for himself with an array of dancefloor shaking blends of classic hip hop tracks infused with a feel good skank, as well as remixes for for artists such as Blend Mishkin, Dreadsquad and Max Rubadub. Making the transition from mash-up maverick to original producer, you can still expect the same reggae infused bangers, dubwise hip hop and ska shakers complemented by an impressive array of guest vocalists plus a little help from a tight band of session musicians. Following their summer hit "Still Have The Love", London-based reggae/soul singer Maddy Carty appears on a number of tracks, as well as Bristol songstress Eva Lazarus who has been bothering the top 40 recently alongside Etherwood (Hospital Records). Roots Manuva collaborator and Speech Debelle's Mercury-winning producer Lotek blesses the mic on the bouncing "Rinse & Repeat" as well as UK Dancehall legend Tippa Irie who crops up on "Love My Music" pus an appearance from regular collaborator Mystro who opens the album with "Hit Me One Time". Rounding things off are JA dancehall MC Peppery and vocalist from Origin One, Parisa - giving the album a healthy balance of established artists and newer talent. With a cheeky nod to the classic Max Romeo track, "One Step Forward" also refers to this being Dave's debut album and making his first step into the future whilst retaining inspiration from the past. Nice Up! LP
Blend Mishkin / Roots Evolution / Gappy Ranks Hol Dem Expected 14th August Greece's Blend Mishkin and his Roots Evolution band deliver another heavy slice of modern reggae, this time featuring UK dancehall star Gappy Ranks. Deep brooding horns provide the perfect backing for Gappy to lay down his tales of sufferation and overcoming adversity to triumph. On the flip, Blend strips back the vocals and dubs up the track with added instrumentation for the haunting "Melodica Dub" Nice Up! 7"
Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution Survival Of The Fittest Expected 24th July Debut album from Blend Mishkin and the Roots Evolution band A chance meeting with some like minded musicians led to a conversation about them re-creating some of his past tracks for a potential live show, but after much thought it was decided that something brand new and fresh was needed. After numerous sessions and jams, a collection of tracks had begun to take shape. Recorded live and then taken back to the lab for mixing and dubbing, "Survival Of The Fittest" is the fruits of these sessions. The next step was to scout for vocal performers to bring the rhythms to life, with the focus on using both international and local talent to give a wide breadth of influences and themes. Lining up are Rebel Salute show-stopper and Juno award winning Exco Levi and seasoned veteran Skarra Mucci from Jamaica, UK reggae/dancehall don Gappy Ranks, Italian raggamuffin KG Man, Mandinka Warrior from Denmark and fellow Greek BNC amongst many others. Retaining an authentic vibe whilst keeping it current, "Survival Of The Fittest" is a truly modern roots reggae album Nice Up! LP Pre-Order