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Nice Up!

Having first started as an events company showcasing reggae and dancehall, DJ Shep originally founded the Nice Up! label imprint as a means to release exclusive remixes and one drops on vinyl to help promote the events side of the business. Since that original idea, the label has without a doubt grown into one of the UK’s leading experimental dub, reggae and jungle platforms, with a host of the most sought after vocal talent making regular appearances. One of the things that makes the project so unique is their incredible selection of collaborative link ups, from P Money & Chronixx to Riddim Punks, Eva Lazarus & Taxman and then back to Adam Prescott, Dynamite MC, Jah Screechy and Woz, the creativity behind their catalogue holds no bounds. As they continue to push the boundaries of Jamaican influenced music here in the UK, the future has never looked brighter for Nice Up!
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World Peace (Robot Riddims remix) - (5:04) 152 BPM
   
Jah Jah (MNTX remix) - (2:53) 95 BPM
   
High Grade (Rukus remix) - (3:03) 113 BPM
   
Dread & Buried (Congi remix) - (3:54) 140 BPM
   
Gyal A Wine Up (LVNDLXRD remix) - (3:59) 130 BPM
   
Tribute (Zero T remix) - (4:52) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
High Grade (Kelvin 373 & Selecta J-Man remix) - (4:27) 88 BPM
   
Nice & Easy (T-Kay remix) - (4:05) 88 BPM
Review: Over the years the Nice Up! Imprint has continued to supply us with forward thinking, dubwise-influenced original creations, with this new second selection, entitled 'Deeply Remixed' seeing some of Origin One's best work put into the blender. The project is stacked with exciting overhauls, including inputs from Zero T, T-Kay, Congi, Rukus and more, all supplying colourful flavours to the table. There are a few real standouts, with Robot Riddims giving 'World Peace' an uplifting twist, doused in electronic energy, next to the spacey tones of MNTX's rethink of Jah Jah. There is also something very satisfying about LVNDLXRD's sub-heavy garage version of 'Gyal A Wine Up', again adding to the versatility of this fantastic selection.
NUPLP 005R2
28 May 21
Dancehall/Ragga
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Nice & Easy (feat Gardna & Nanci Correia - Mr Benn remix) - (2:59) 100 BPM
   
Tribute (feat MC Spyda & K.O.G. - Sub Alpine remix) - (3:55) 86 BPM
   
High Grade (feat K.O.G. - Think Tonk remix) - (4:15) 117 BPM
   
Jah Jah (feat Soom T - Danny T & Tradesman remix) - (3:13) 94 BPM
   
Mi Bredrin (Bim One Production remix) - (4:02) 101 BPM
   
My Yout (feat Irah - Folding City remix) - (3:22) 95 BPM
   
Where You Come From (feat Peppery - Supa Ape remix) - (4:38) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Trying (feat Dandelion - Gold Dubs remix) - (4:08) 87 BPM
Review: If there is one thing the Nice Up! team are undeniably solid at, its putting together a good set of remixes, with this latest 'Deepy Remixed' project being a perfect example of that, seeing numerous artists rework Origin One tracks into brand new masterpieces. This new selection of eight heaters showcases the full breadth of the Nice Up! Sound, from the digital dub designs of Sub Alpine's 'Tribute' remix alongside MC Spyda & K.O.G, to the hardcore, more junglist influenced recreation of 'Where You Come From' from Supa Ape and Peppery. There is also a fantastic push towards newschool dancehall production throughout the tape, especially on Folding City's remix of 'My Yout' alongside Irah, Mr Benn's 'Nice & Easy' rework with Gardna and Nanci Correia. The project also features top tier additions from Think Tonk, Gold Dubs, Bim One, Danny & Tradesman, making this a standout remix release of 2021 so far.
NUPLP 005R1
23 Apr 21
Dancehall/Ragga
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None Of Dem - (4:03) 117 BPM
   
None Of Dem (Riddim Punks remix) - (4:27) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
None Of Dem (Red Eye Hifi remix) - (3:47) 88 BPM
Review: With loping dancehall funk and autotuned reggae vibes, this single from Think Tonk and General Mikey is the perfect envelope of music for carnival season. The weather is improving and the lockdown restrictions are easing, and these two have roped in two remixers to beef up an already perfect original. 'None of Dem' is legitimate dancehall, full of integrity and grounded in the partyland ethos that sees bashment, reggae and dub meet in a technicolour explosion of good vibes. Riddim Punks toughens things up with a drum & bass flip, whilst Red Eye Hifi lays out the kicks in an even harder rendition that crosses genre boundaries with ease. Lovely stuff.
NUP 083
09 Apr 21
Dancehall/Ragga
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Strangers (Gray remix) - (3:44) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Strangers (Boa Kusasa remix) - (4:07) 134 BPM
   
Strangers (Casement remix) - (5:14) 60 BPM
   
Strangers - (4:06) 190 BPM
NUP 080R
26 Mar 21
Drum And Bass
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Mutiny - (4:06) 160 BPM
   
Thunder - (3:26) 160 BPM
   
Movement - (3:36) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Over the years we have seen the Nice Up! Team deliver a really wide range of creations, often focussing on the more dubwise end of the spectrum. This time around however, we see them unveil this killer new footwork-style selection from Casement and boy is it impactful. We begin with the super grimey synthesizer work and choppy breakbeat grooves of the title track 'Mutiny', which is set to bring life to any party. Next, we continue the grimey-influences as the eskimo-infused melodies and percussive clicks of 'Thunder' take us somewhere completely different, before finishing up the EP with 'Movement', a crunchy experiment in rhythm and sub. A very tidy selection indeed!
NUP 082
12 Mar 21
Footwork/Juke
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NUP 081R
05 Mar 21
Drum And Bass
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Heavy Sound System - (4:14) 175 BPM
NUP 081
05 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Strangers - (4:06) 95 BPM
NUP 080
15 Jan 21
Dancehall/Ragga
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Dilemma - (3:56) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dilemma (Somah remix) - (3:41) 70 BPM
   
Dilemma (Samson Sounds remix) - (3:31) 73 BPM
Review: Boy oh boy do we love to hear from Escape Roots, following his album earlier this year with this fantastic new single drop alongside the legendary Tenor Youthman. The original mix for this one is a sumptuous modernized reggae original, providing a futuristic digidub soundscape, over which Tenor is giving the licence to roam freely with his instantaneously recognizable vocal texture. From here we then dive into the remix creations as Somah firstly provides us with an aquatic warbler of an overhaul, focussing in on the more dubstep-end of the spectrum, followed by even more futuristic production sounds of Samson Sounds, who remixes the track into a sweeping viber, upping the tempo slightly as he goes.
NUP 079
06 Nov 20
Dub
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Intro (feat Rider Shafique) - (1:25) 155 BPM
   
London's Burning (feat King Ali Baba) - (3:43) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sell My Gun (feat Chronixx & P Money) - (4:04) 175 BPM
   
Heavy Sound System (feat Eva Lazarus) - (4:14) 175 BPM
   
Stranger In Town (feat Exco Levi) - (4:35) 175 BPM
   
Must Get Betta (feat King Ali Baba) - (5:07) 175 BPM
   
Calypso (feat Navigator & Scorpio MC) - (4:01) 58 BPM
   
Inferno (feat Ragga Twins) - (4:04) 174 BPM
   
Gideon Soldier (feat Exco Levi) - (4:37) 174 BPM
   
Coming To Take Over (feat Shumba Youth) - (4:04) 174 BPM
   
Burn The Chronic (feat Cheshire Cat & Gold Dubs) - (3:35) 180 BPM
Review: Riddim Punks is dropping an album on Nice Up and the results are distinctly impressive. The features they've managed to bring in particular, as Rider Shafique, the Ragga Twins, Eva Lazarus, Chronixx and P Money all get in on the fun. There's a moody intro track from Rider Shafique which sets the tone, before a wickedly wobbling number - 'London Is Burning feat. King Ali Baba - gets things underway. For those who love things heavy, 'Calypso' feat. Navigator and Scorpio MC is a stepping jump up number, whilst the dream duo of Chronixx and P Money lay down the fire on 'Sell My Gun'. This album is tight, fuelled by the sounds of the U.K. underground and totally unmissable.
NUPLP 010
23 Oct 20
Drum And Bass
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Sell My Gun - (4:04) 175 BPM
NUP 077
25 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
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Veterans (Liondub & Jah Boogs remix) - (6:05) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Veterans (Daz-I-Kue remix) - (4:53) 153 BPM
   
Veterans (Wrongtom remix) - (5:44) 57 BPM
   
Veterans - (5:44) 172 BPM
Review: This EP has to have possibly the most ridiculous MC lineup that's ever been concocted in the UK, as a truly all-encompassing list of UK greats get's the remix treatment. The Ragga Twins, Navigator, Roots Manuva.... the list goes on. It's crazy to hear and things are made better by the quality of the remixes on offer, as Liondub and Jah Boogs roll the motley crew of vocal sounds out over a rythmically diverse beat that mutates from hip-hop tones into rolling drum & bass business. Wrongtom nails his remix, lounging the vocals out over a dub beat, whilst Daz-I-Kue gives it an afrobeat flip. Legendary stuff.
NUP 078
18 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
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Various
   
Seanie T - "Veterans" (feat Donovan Kingjay/Blak Twang/Ragga Twins/Karl Hinds/TY/Ricky Ranking/Pesci/Rodney P/Skeme/Breis/Navigator/Creed/Hill St Soul/Roots Manuva/Poleto/Cons/Tony D & Serocee) - (5:44) 86 BPM
   
Riddim Punks & Gentleman's Dub Club - "Stranger In Town" (feat Exco Levi - Gentleman's dub Club remix) - (3:54) 82 BPM
   
Sub Alpine - "Rub A Dub Soldiers" (feat El Fata) - (2:54) 84 BPM
   
Escape Roots - "Ganja Socks" (feat Dandelion) - (3:43) 158 BPM
   
Red Eye Hifi - "Kung Fu" (feat Lady Ice) - (3:24) 105 BPM
   
Casement - "Shards" - (4:22) 134 BPM
   
Folding City - "Torrential" - (4:33) 134 BPM
   
T-Kay - "The Almighty" (Noh Vae remix) - (3:52) 87 BPM
   
Noh Vae - "Look At U" - (3:55) 80 BPM
   
Origin One - "Tribute" (feat MC Spyda & KOG - Zero T remix) - (4:52) 87 BPM
   
XL Mad & Kunley Da Kulprit - "When We Drop It" (T-Kay remix) - (4:31) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Escape Roots - "Turn Ya Lights On" (feat Dark Angel - Champion Sound remix) - (5:28) 82 BPM
Review: Well, what more can we say about the Nice Up! team at this point? Their roster and recent catalogue have both been incredible to watch, culminating in this, the sixth edition of their 'Nice Up The Session' compilation series. The line up is outstanding as we see Gentleman's Dub Club, Seanie T, Red Eye HiFi, XL Mad, Origin One and more return to the label for a showcase of some of their most popular releases this year. Two tracks we definitely would like to point out as interesting highlights for this one have to include 'Shards', a lethal future-bashment arrangement from Casement, alongside Champion Sound's explosive jungle rework of Turn Ya Lights On from Escape Roots & Dark Angel. Awesome!
NUP 76
26 Jun 20
Dancehall/Ragga
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One Step At A Time (feat Black Warrior) - (3:53) 84 BPM
   
Find A Way (feat George Palmer & Tom Spirals) - (4:37) 81 BPM
   
Cool Down (feat Jago) - (3:21) 88 BPM
   
Turn Ya Lights On (feat Dark Angel) - (3:06) 158 BPM
   
Nah Get A Look In (feat Parly B) - (3:29) 150 BPM
   
Ganja Socks (feat Dandelion) - (3:43) 158 BPM
   
Sweep Over My Soul (feat Cian Finn) - (4:33) 135 BPM
   
Feel Good (feat Skari) - (3:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
This Melody (feat El Fata) - (3:46) 145 BPM
   
Dilemma (feat Tenor Youthman) - (3:56) 140 BPM
   
Hold A Meditation (feat Galak Spiritual) - (4:20) 140 BPM
Review: There are quite a few reggae labels doing fantastic things at the moment, but the high quality levels of Nice Up! are near enough unrivalled at the moment, with this latest album release from the wonderful Escape Roots being a perfect example of that. The project as a whole is a perfect fusion of the old and new, the traditional and experimental, welcoming in a ridiculously strong list of collaborators including Tenor Youthman, Galak Spiritual, Parly B, Cian Fnin, George Palmer, Tom Spirals and more. The full track listing sees so many styles of reggae and dub music fused into one fabulous selection, with our favourites being the sneaky horn structures and colourful harmonies of 'Feel Good' alongside Skari, with the other being 'One Step At A Time', a masterclass in new school digi-dancehall featuring a top quality vocal assist from Black Warrior.
NUPLP 009
29 May 20
Dancehall/Ragga
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Turn Ya Lights On - (3:06) 158 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Turn Ya Lights On (version) - (3:06) 158 BPM
NUP 075
15 May 20
Dancehall/Ragga
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Serious (feat Berry Blacc) - (3:23) 105 BPM
   
Kung Fu (feat Lady Ice) - (3:24) 105 BPM
   
Weak Bones (feat Chunky) - (3:57) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Charge Up (feat Fox & Berry Blacc) - (4:29) 87 BPM
   
Balance It (feat XL Mad) - (4:18) 106 BPM
   
Lil Ze - (3:49) 110 BPM
   
I'm Good (feat Berry Blacc & Chunky) - (3:54) 140 BPM
   
Demons (feat DRS) - (3:16) 140 BPM
   
All In (feat Fox) - (2:45) 100 BPM
   
2 Much Puncheon - (2:59) 130 BPM
   
Storm (feat Fox & Kiva) - (4:36) 127 BPM
Review: Following on from a very enjoyable run of releases, we are back inside the Nice Up! basecamp for their latest offering, welcoming the wonderful Red Eye Hifi in for a very special project indeed. The 'Overproof' album is an exceptional showcase of Red Eye's versatility within the system sound, fluctuating between high energy bashment bangers such as 'Serious' alongside Berry Blacc and 'Balance It' alongside XL Mad, to the more conscious sounds of 'I'm Good', again featuring Berry Black and this time of Chunky. It's a perfect album to take you from the pre-party, to the dance, to the afters, with a particular favourite being the rawcus designs of 'Kung Fu' alongside the highly energetic flows of Lady Ice.
NUPLP 008
10 Apr 20
Dancehall/Ragga
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When We Drop It - (2:45) 117 BPM
Review: When We Drop It gets dropped. Nice Up! dials in the XL Mad, Kunley Da Kulprit (shouts out!) and Ward21 massive for the streets' next boombox hit. Urban heaviness set in dubstep rhythms and vocal trips that switch and flip in a call response to top heavy basslines, crisp snares and the sound of UK club culture. Brap!
NUP 074
27 Mar 20
Dancehall/Ragga
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Weak Bones - (3:57) 130 BPM
NUP 073
06 Mar 20
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Stranger In Town (DJ Limited remix) - (3:45) 175 BPM
Played by: Brian Brainstorm
NUP 065RR
21 Feb 20
Drum And Bass
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Tribute - (3:50) 172 BPM
   
Tribute (Zero T remix) - (4:52) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tribute (Sub Alpine remix) - (3:55) 172 BPM
Review: Nice Up!'s longest standing jungle representative Origin One returns with another skank-packed breakbeat bubbler. Loaded up with powerful vocals from the legendary Spyda and long-time collaborator K.O.G, it's lives up to its name perfectly and pays tributes to UK dance music's deepest, realest roots. There's even more to pay tribute to, too... Zero T is on board with an absolute belter of a remix, all purring bassline and dubby spaciousness. Looking for a little digidub danger? Head for Sub Alpine's remix. Salute the "Tribute!".
NUP 071
07 Feb 20
Drum And Bass
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Shards - (4:22) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cables - (6:10) 85 BPM
   
Night Garden - (5:52) 63 BPM
Review: With the All Out label grooming Glasgow talent Casement for successive releases on labels like 1Forty, Deep Cover and a 2018 album for Wile Out, it's the Nice Up! label up next that delivers three dubby variations of urban and club sounds from the UK. Dubstep leads the charge in "Shards" with syncopated drums and stepped percussion submitting to stabs of huge reverberating bassline rave, with touches of baile funk nestled in behind cosmic melodies of synth in "Cables". "Night Garden" adds a solid trip of tropical weightless grime to the EP as well, and a nice left field alternative for the dancefloor or club.
NUP 072
10 Jan 20
Bass
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Torrential - (4:33) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Exit Stage - (4:07) 132 BPM
Review: As a project, the team at Nice Up! have been continuing to deliver top notch releases for the whole of 2019, with this latest two track offering from Folding City being no different. This one takes an old school UKG vibe as we kick off with the shuffling, old school drum vibes and Big Apple sounding LFO structures of the title track 'Torrential', a track perfect for adding a touch of spice to garage dances around the UK. The flip for this one takes us down a more experimental UK funky direction, as we embrace the scattered percussion and tripletted drum slaps of 'Exit Stage', all sat beneath a super catchy vocal slice.
NUP 070
06 Dec 19
UK Garage
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Various
   
Seanie T & Roots Manuva - "Warning" - (2:58) 146 BPM
   
Mr Benn & Parly B - "Gwarn Go Bathe" - (2:55) 88 BPM
   
Origin One, Gardna & Nanci Correia - "Nice & Easy" - (3:09) 95 BPM
   
XL Mad & Gappy Ranks - "Bad Mi Bad" - (3:39) 143 BPM
   
Preacha & Rider Shafique - "Chasing Dreams" (DJ Madd remix) - (4:59) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Origin One & Irah - "My Yout" (Folding City remix) - (3:22) 95 BPM
   
Folding City - "What It Is" - (3:43) 120 BPM
   
Escape Roots & Black Warrior - "One Step At A Time" (Fleck remix) - (4:16) 87 BPM
   
Mr Benn & Parly B - "Heat Up" (T-Kay remix) - (4:31) 118 BPM
   
T-Kay - "Bring The Bass" - (4:06) 88 BPM
   
Sub Alpine & Natty Campbell - "Bubblin" (Conrad Subs remix) - (4:15) 85 BPM
   
Seanie T & Serocee - "Blaze Fire Bun" (Max Rubadub remix) - (3:55) 144 BPM
Review: What we have here is a fantastic selection and representation of the future of reggae music worldwide as the Nice Up! team unveil the fifth edition of 'Nice Up! The Session'. The release features some pretty top draw names, including the likes of Parly B, Gardna, Seanie T, Gappy Ranks and more. From the junglist flavours of Fleck's 'One Step At A Time' rethink, to the future dancehall delights of 'Bad Mi Bad' from XL Mad & Gappy Ranks, we witness the full breadth of reggae's development in 2019, with other favourites including DJ Madd's crispy rethink 'Chasing Dreams' from Rider Shafique & Precha, along with Folding City's experimental overhaul of 'My Yout' from 'Origin One & Irah'. Excellent stuff!
NUP 069
29 Nov 19
Dancehall/Ragga
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Kung Fu - (3:24) 105 BPM
NUP 068
15 Nov 19
Dancehall/Ragga
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Veterans - (5:44) 86 BPM
Played by: Nice Up! Records
Review: We most certainly have a treat on our hands here as Seanie T lands on the well respected Nice Up imprint for a brand new hybrid single, combining the best of UK hip hop flavours and dubwise delights within 'Veterans'. This one's official feature title says 'UK Allstars', and we can understand why as too many names to mention join the party for an old school, toasty rally track, sitting in its own pocket of creativity.
NUP 066
08 Nov 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
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Look At U - (3:55) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Days & Days - (3:40) 80 BPM
   
Perception - (5:03) 57 BPM
Review: Nice Up! are at it again here as they continue their journey into the unknown, this time employing the talents of Noh Vae who arrives with three parcels of absolute weight. We kick off with the title track 'Look At U', a precisely design jukey masterpiece, with incredibly crispy drum arrangements and subtle bass tones leading the way, before the more emotive atmospherics and vocal stabs of 'Days & Days' roll into play. Finally, we take a more experimental D&B route as 'Perception' again deploys incredibly fine drum work to round this project off with some major finesse.
NUP 067
11 Oct 19
Footwork/Juke
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Stranger In Town (feat Exco Levi - Gentleman's dub Club remix) - (3:54) 82 BPM
NUP 065R
20 Sep 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
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Ganja Socks - (3:43) 79 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ganja Socks (version) - (3:43) 79 BPM
NUP 063
16 Aug 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
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Stranger In Town (feat Exco Levi) - (4:36) 175 BPM
NUP 065
09 Aug 19
Drum And Bass
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Get Hustlin (feat DJ Suro) - (4:23) 74 BPM
   
Warning (feat Roots Manuva) - (3:00) 73 BPM
   
The Bird - (3:41) 97 BPM
   
More To This (feat DJ Suro) - (3:50) 98 BPM
   
Mad Dem (feat DJ Suro) - (3:45) 105 BPM
   
Plush - (3:46) 103 BPM
   
Blaze Fire Bun (feat Serocee) - (3:51) 70 BPM
   
Veterans (feat Donovan Kingjay, Blak Twang, Ragga Twins, Karl Hinds, TY, Ricky Ranking, Pesci, Rodney P, Skeme, Breis, Navigator, Creed, Hill St Soul, Roots Manuva, Poleto, Cons, Tony D & Serocee) - (5:44) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
UK Warriors - (4:20) 97 BPM
   
Dancefloor (feat Simone Watson) - (3:21) 78 BPM
   
More Of It (feat Chezidek) - (3:55) 94 BPM
   
Acceptable (feat Little Hero & PZ) - (4:02) 88 BPM
   
Uncomplicated (Bonus) - (4:09) 80 BPM
NUPLP 007
12 Jul 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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Blaze Fire Bun - (3:51) 70 BPM
NUP 064
28 Jun 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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Nice & Easy - (3:09) 95 BPM
   
Nice & Easy (Mr Benn remix) - (2:59) 100 BPM
   
Nice & Easy (T-Kay remix) - (4:05) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
NUP 062
24 May 19
Dancehall/Ragga
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Rub A Dub Soldiers (feat El Fata) - (2:54) 84 BPM
   
Bubblin' (feat Natty Campbell & Jago) - (2:54) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rub A Dub Version - (2:54) 84 BPM
NUP 061
26 Apr 19
Dancehall/Ragga
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Hidden Paths (Intro) - (0:34) 127 BPM
   
Badman Chronicles - (3:28) 122 BPM
   
Top Shottaz - (2:49) 136 BPM
   
When We Drop It - (2:05) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bad Mi Bad (feat Gappy Ranks) - (3:39) 143 BPM
   
Real Hustler - (1:55) 100 BPM
   
Daggering Check - (2:57) 133 BPM
   
Can't Stop We - (2:24) 140 BPM
NUPLP 006
22 Mar 19
Dancehall/Ragga
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World Peace (feat Tenor Youthman) - (3:49) 76 BPM
   
Mi Bredrin (feat Parly B) - (4:06) 95 BPM
   
Nice & Easy (feat Gardna & Nanci Correia) - (3:09) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Where You Come From (feat Peppery) - (3:15) 90 BPM
   
High Grade (feat K.O.G) - (3:04) 85 BPM
   
My Yout (feat Irah) - (3:06) 127 BPM
   
Gyal A Wine Up (feat XL Mad) - (4:33) 107 BPM
   
Tribute (feat MC Spyda & K.O.G) - (3:50) 86 BPM
   
Jah Jah (feat Soom T) - (3:02) 95 BPM
   
Dread & Buried - (4:47) 73 BPM
   
Trying (Dandelion) - (3:28) 72 BPM
Played by: Buck Lee
Review: Nottingham's finest Origin One comes correct with his debut album. And if so much as your little toe loves rootsical flavours then you need to tune in. A heady melting pot of dub, reggae, dancehall, soul, afrobeat and hip hop, all wrapped up with strong beats and features from the likes of Spyda, Irah, XL Mad, Peppery, Parly B, Gardna, Nanci Correia, double-O badman Origin One has cooked up something special. From the flabby bass of "Where You Come From" to the juiced up jungle skanks of "Tribute" via the system-melting skanks of dubstep stamper "Dread & Buried", sitting somewhere between The Bug and Dub Pistols, this is serious piece of work right here. Listen up. Nice Up.
NUPLP 005
15 Feb 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
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Chasing Dreams - (4:09) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Chasing Dreams (DJ Madd remix) - (4:59) 160 BPM
   
Chasing Dreams (Casement remix) - (4:39) 93 BPM
Played by: Buck Lee
Review: It appears that the Nice Up! Have most certainly stumbled onto a selection of gems here as they unveil one heck of a single from Preacha, who teams up with the vocal fluidity of Rider Shafique on a track entitled 'Chasing Dreams'. The two work in fantastic unison as Preacha gets busy building a spacey base camp, out of which Rider ventures forth with his unique style of poetic scripture. We are also gifted two official remixes on this one, as we firstly take a look at Casement, who reworks the track into a skippy grimey roller, before we hear DJ Madd step out with a gnarly junglist rework, stacked with scattered rhythms and bouncy sub pressure.
NUP 057
25 Jan 19
Bass
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What It Is - (3:43) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Knife & Fork - (4:01) 60 BPM
   
Knife & Fork (VIP) - (3:38) 60 BPM
Review: Blind Prophet & Self Evident's burgeoning new Folding City project makes its debut on Shepdog's Nice Up! with climactic results. "What It Is" busses up sexy R&B vibes with some fantastic drum choppage as the breaks get diced and spliced to smithereens amid a whole sea of tropical tones. Dig deeper for "Knife & Fork" where a little trappist drama provides a white knuckle build into a stripped back dancehall stepper jam. Don't ask what, ask why not?
NUP 060
30 Nov 18
Drum And Bass
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Warning - (2:58) 73 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Warning (Nextmen remix) - (3:37) 71 BPM
   
Warning (Suro remix) - (3:20) 128 BPM
NUP 052
26 Oct 18
Hip Hop/R&B
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Bring The Bass - (4:06) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heard Somebwoy - (4:52) 174 BPM
Played by: Brian Brainstorm
Review: Numa Crew's T-Kay returns to Nice Up! with two more energy sessions. "Bring The Bass" slaps and tickles with serious Bingo Beats 2005 era bassline funk, galvanised by some obese production chops. "Heard Somebwoy" digs a little deeper with its spacious tunnelling soundsystem primed bass drones and rolling underground feel. Two exceptional cuts with a mixdown that really bites into any mix you drop them. Okay T-Kay!
NUP 058
28 Sep 18
Drum And Bass
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Gwarn Go Bathe - (2:55) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heat Up - (3:07) 93 BPM
   
Session Cork - (3:13) 87 BPM
NUP 056
24 Aug 18
Dancehall/Ragga
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Various
   
Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution - "Original" (Liondub remix) - (4:29) 175 BPM
   
Mr Benn - "Stand Up" (Aries & Gold Dubs remix) - (5:06) 175 BPM
   
Cut La Vis - "Rinse & Repeat" (Fleck remix) - (3:53) 174 BPM
   
Black Samurai - "Information Critic" (Benny Page remix) - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Ghost Writerz - "They Wanna Know" (Kursiva remix) - (3:20) 178 BPM
   
Riddim Punks vs Chronixx - "Sell My Gun" - (4:09) 175 BPM
   
Mr Benn - "No More Guns" (Run Tingz remix) - (5:23) 175 BPM
   
Turntable Dubbers - "Be There For You" (T & Sugah remix) - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
T-Kay - "Arrow" - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Origin One - "High Grade" (Selecta J-Man & Kelvin 373 remix) - (4:27) 177 BPM
   
XL Mad - "Bam Bam Killa" (Numa Crew remix) - (4:09) 175 BPM
   
Preacha - "Crying" (T-Kay remix) - (4:06) 175 BPM
   
Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution - "Settle Down" (Riddim Punks remix) - (4:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lost City - "I Spy" (Ghost Writerz remix) - (4:21) 174 BPM
   
Blend Mishkin - "Foundation Style" (Danny T/Tradesman & Jakey Banton remix) - (4:27) 180 BPM
   
Dirty Dubsters - "Chant Down Babylon" (Chopstick Dubplate remix) - (5:03) 180 BPM
   
Turntable Dubbers - "Calma & Smarta" (Dope Ammo remix) - (3:23) 175 BPM
   
Various - "Continuous DJ Mix" (continuous DJ mix - Riddim Punks) - (59:36) 175 BPM
NUP 055
03 Aug 18
Drum And Bass
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Arrow - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
The Almighty - (4:11) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Numa Crew's T-Kay makes his debut on the ever-perennial Nice Up imprint with two authentic slabs of jungle drum & bass. "Arrow" is a whirling breezy workout with its wry nod to the Goodlookin era on its pads while "The Almighty" is a modern day gully fest with a big 'ol groaning bass tone that's not dissimilar to the ones sported by the likes of Serum and Benny L. Heavy duty stuff. Nice up your life!
NUP 053
15 Jun 18
Drum And Bass
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Various
   
Mr Benn - "Feels Right" (One Drop mix) - (4:10) 140 BPM
   
Cut La Vis - "Ruling Sound" (feat Joe Burn & Dark Angel) - (3:12) 95 BPM
   
Origin One - "High Grade" (feat KOG) - (3:04) 85 BPM
   
Mr Benn - "Stamina" (feat Red Fox) - (3:16) 100 BPM
   
Jahrkon - "Higher Level" (feat Warrior Queen) - (3:31) 111 BPM
   
Don Cotti & Terror Danjah - "Bun War" - (3:31) 93 BPM
   
XL Mad - "Bruk It Gal" (Jahrkon remix) - (3:21) 150 BPM
   
Ghost Writerz - "They Wanna Know" (Red Eye Hifi remix) - (4:06) 83 BPM
   
Lost City - "I Spy" (Ghost Writerz remix) - (4:21) 87 BPM
   
Preacha - "Crying" (T-Kay remix) - (4:06) 88 BPM
   
Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution - "Settle Down" (Riddim Punks remix) - (4:27) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
XL Mad - "Bam Bam Killa" (Numa Crew remix) - (4:09) 88 BPM
Played by: Dr Meaker
NUP 054
01 Jun 18
Dancehall/Ragga
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High Grade (Selecta J-Man & Kelvin 373 remix) - (4:27) 177 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
High Grade (Think Tonk remix) - (4:15) 58 BPM
   
High Grade (Rukus remix) - (3:03) 57 BPM
Review: Nice Up live up to their name with a trio of speaker-melting takes on Origin One's most recent release; the fragrant herbal homage "High Grade". First up are no-nonsense next-gen junglist Selecta J-Man and Kelvin 373 whole flip the gritty dancehall original into a turbo-charged jump-up hybrid, mysterious Manny collective Think Tonk get all wavey and stampy while Canadian operator flips things into a cosmic halftime workout where K.O.G's gritty gravel vocals really shine. Nice work.
NUP 045R
11 May 18
Drum And Bass
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One Step At A Time (feat Black Warrior) - (3:53) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
One Step At A Time (instrumental) - (3:52) 84 BPM
   
One Dub At A Time - (3:53) 84 BPM
NUP 051
20 Apr 18
Dancehall/Ragga
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Ruling Sound (feat Joe Burn & Dark Angel) - (3:12) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ruling Sound (instrumental) - (3:12) 95 BPM
NUP 049
09 Mar 18
Dancehall/Ragga
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High Grade (feat K.O.G) - (3:04) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
High Grade (version) - (3:04) 85 BPM
NUP 045
16 Feb 18
Dancehall/Ragga
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Stamina (feat Red Fox) - (3:16) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stamina (version) - (3:16) 100 BPM
NUP 050
26 Jan 18
Dancehall/Ragga
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I Spy - (3:14) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Spy (dub) - (3:07) 116 BPM
   
I Spy (Ghost Writerz remix) - (4:21) 87 BPM
NUP 048
01 Dec 17
Dancehall/Ragga
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Bruk It Gal - (3:17) 149 BPM
NUP 047
17 Nov 17
Dancehall/Ragga
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