It's Umoja Hi-Fi's Nice Up Radio show #46 with DJ Tomas in the mix. New music from Buju Banton, Anthony B, Jah9, Romain Virgo, Nattali Rize, Christopher Ellis and more. New riddims, and strictly 2020 reggae vibes! Listen to the show live Sundays 3-5PM PST or catch the weekly re-posts at www.soundcloud.com/umojahifi
Welcome to the Umoja Hi-Fi podcast. Umoja Hi-Fi is a seven person DJ collective formed in Los Angeles in 1992 and we are active to this very day! Subscribers to this podcast may be used to the various DJ mixes we’ve been dropping on this channel, and those are going to continue, but today we’ve got something special - we'll talk to DJ Tomas's long time friend and colleague Star Eyes, a.k.a. Vivian Host, an accomplished DJ, producer, music journalist, radio host and podcaster in her own right.
DJ Tomas met Vivian in LA in the early '90s around the same time that Umoja Hi-Fi formed. Tomas booked Star Eyes for one of her first gigs at, an after-hours event at Nova Express cafe, he wrote and edited with her at URB and XLR8R magazines, and watched her career flourish at Red Music Music in New York.
Speaking of Red Bull, Vivian's New York party crew Trouble & Bass won the 2013 Red Bull Culture Clash event -- a true underdog upset, besting Max Glazer's Federation Sound, Que Bajo and hip-hop producer Just Blaze. Since then, she's only continued to rise.
Dubbed "Brooklyn's Queen of Heavy Bass," hear how Vivian discovered reggae sound system culture, became a pioneering US drum & bass DJ, and forged a successful music journalism career along the way.
We present a very special vinyl 45s mix from Umoja Hi-Fi co-founder DJ Daz. This versatile DJ was born in London and raised in Los Angeles where he got deep into music from a young age.
In his London youth he attended Dingwalls sessions (where Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge, Paul Murphy and others played) and after relocating found his way to LA’s Delicious Vinyl Records, home to the Pharcyde, Masta Ace and Brand New Heavies, among others. Later he became a resident at influential LA rare-groove/acid jazz club Brass.
He co-founded Umoja Hi-Fi with DJ Tomas in 1992 and has been an active club DJ in the hip-hop, rare groove, soul, funk, house and reggae scenes. His long running Chocolate Bar night saw dozens of artists and celebrities pass though its doors. Daz agreed to dig in his 45 box for this special guest of rare and cool funk 45s. Enjoy the groove!
Ximeno Records was co-founded by Danny Holloway and Aaron Paar in 2011 and releases limited-run vinyl 45s, focusing mainly on rare, funky vintage reggae and soul cuts. Aimed with DJs and selectors in mind, Ximeno has released though cover versions of tracks like “Let It Whip”, “I Want Your Love,” and “Rock With U” by artists including Derrick Harriot, Grace Jackson, Blood Sisters, Skatalites and Tappa Zukie. Check their Discogs page for more selections (https://www.discogs.com/label/48266imeno-Records). Holloway and Paar first experimented with a 200-pressing 45, when it sold out quickly, and records number two and three also sold out, they knew they were on to something. Says Paar, “A lot of the ideas came from from Danny Holloway’s personal (record) collection; we would discuss and I would recommended the tracks I thought would work for DJs — things that people could play in the clubs right away.
We’ve released a lot of reggae boogie or disco covers, and funkier tracks like “Melting Pot” by Underground Vegetables. Danny and I just combined our knowledge to give DJs something in our bag and make it more accessible.” Now enjoy this mix by Paar, who rep’s Umoja Hi-Fi and Worldship Records in addition to Ximeno.
This mix is an Umoja Hi-Fi exclusive of the first 10 Ximeno singles.
Umoja SoundStation 3-5PM PST on Nice Up Radio with hosts from Umoja Hi-Fi DJ Tomas SF, Culture D and King CoknI O'Dire. Listen on niceupradio.com or download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play. #reggae #roots #classic-dancehall #one-drop #nice-up-radio #umojahifi Catch the re-broadcast every week on soundcloud.com/umojahifi Find Umoja on all your socials @umojafifi (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube)
DJ Tomas SF presents Rocksteady to Rub-A-Dub Mix
1. Melodians – Swing and Dine
2. The Cables – Baby Why
3. Hemsley Morris – Little Things
4. Derrick Morgan – Want More
5. Derick Harriot – Have You Seen Her
6. The Heptones – Party Time
7. Johnny Osbourne – Rub-A-Dub Party
8. Hopeton Lewis – Rockashocka
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Nice Time
10. Slim Smith – Rougher Yet
11. Lone Ranger – Love Bump
12. Lloy Robinson – Can't Stand It
12. Alton Ellis – I'm Just A Guy
13. Sugar Minott – Vanity
14. Jimmy London – I'm You Puppet
15. Zap Pow – This Is Reggae
16. Anthony Johnson, Little John, Don Carlos – Roll River Jordan
17. Jr. Reid – Concrete Castle King (Dub)
18. Dennis Brown – I Can't Stand It
19. Sister Nancy – Transport Connection
20. Delton Screechie – Get Up Stand Up
21. Ranking Devon – All Nation Have To Bow
22. Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
23. Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping
24. Nicodemus – Bubble Nicodemus
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"I’m A Rootsman, Part 1: Deep Roots Mix"
A 73 minute selection of deeper roots reggae music from the 1970s and ‘80s. This selection focuses on slower, dubbier tracks with conscious themes and lyrics. I was trying to invoke the spirit of reggae radio in the ‘80s – be it pirate radio in the UK, college radio in the US or Dread at the Controls broadcasts in Jamaica. Another inspiration was DJ Andrew’s foundation/roots underground parties in Los Angeles in the mid-90s. A UK native and carpenter, Andrew would hold late night affairs in small after-hours bars on Fairfax Ave, focusing on strictly roots and culture selections. Honest Jons’ Dave Phelps would bring his 45s and Daz and Cokni would rope in. I & I hope you enjoy this set. More soon. Giving I-ses unto Jah I-tinually. Word sound is power.
The Silvertones – Rejoice Jah Jah Children
Jah Lion – Columbia Colly
The Heptones – Sufferers Time
Junior Murvin – Police & Thives
Delroy Williams – Foxhole + Dub Version
The Abyssinians – Good Lord
Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
Prince Lincoln – Humanity + Dub Version
Patrick Andy – Every Tongue Shal Tell + Dub Version
Kojak – Penitentiary
Johnny Ringo – Tense Me Tense
Penitentiary Dub Version
Wayne Jarrett & Silver Fox – Saturday Night Jamboree (12" Mix)
The Viceroys – My Mission Is Impossible
Prince Alla – Only Love Can Conquer
Jah Woosh – Marcus Say + Dub Version
Gregory Isaacs – Mr Cop
Mikey Dread – Barber Saloon
Bunny Wailer – Boderation
Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed
Frankie Jones – Don't Smoke The Seed
Johnny Osbourne – Give A Little Love
Scientist – Give A Little Dub
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rebel Music
Horace Andy – Zion Gate
Leroy Smart – No Love + Dub Version
Johnny Clarke – (Just Call) Me African Roots
Fabian – Prophecy
Political Fiction Half Pint
Tightrope Steel Pulse
Study People Serani
Cyaan Look Inna Wi Eye Bugle
Dem Bwoy Ah Baby Vybz Kartel
Dem Nah Look Nuh Gal (Raw) Assassin
Nuh Linga Elephant Man
Usain Bolt Nuh Linga
Line Fi Line (Raw) Busy Signal & Assassin
The Next Movement The Roots
Sunday Coming Alton Ellis
Christmas Coming Alton Ellis
Im Still In Love With You Boy Sean Paul Ft Sasha
Umbrella (Offical Reggae Remix) Rihanna & Shaggy
brown skin Richie spice
My African Queen
Youths Are So Cold Richie Spice
Cherish The Day Sade
Never Dis Di Man Sanchez
Shine Criss Shabba Ranks
Respect Shabba Ranks
dj dAz presents: Kwanzaa Series/Mellow Bump Vol. II
1. 4 Hero – Conceptions
2. Yesterdays New Quintet – Sunrays
3. Massive Attack – Exchange
4. Lil’ Kim – Queen Bitch
5. Teedra Moses – Still Got Love (Instrumental)
6. Ta’Raach – (White Label Promo)
7. Spacek – Eve (Jay Dee Mix)
8. Dwele – A.N.G.E.L. (Slum Village Mix)
9. Keith Murray – The Rhyme (Slum Village Street Remix)
10. Talib Kweli – Never Been In Love
11. Red Astaire – Follow Me
12. The Mighty Bop – Ride Away
13. Jamie Cullum – Frontin’
14. Esthero – Superheroes
Wow. How to explain the beauty I maintain, with the love around and for the love of sound, this mix is dedicated first and foremost to UMOJA Hi Fi… no lie, always inspiring me to challenge my left and right ear and represent this thing here… we call it life!
But there would be no life if it wasn’t for my family, so I dedicate this to them too… I got mad crew in the form of friends that have supported me since back then, so a big shout out to you!. And up next is my boo… I recorded this mix for you, I’m so, so blessed for us to be two, you keep me true… so true, Alisa I love you!!!