Rudekat Records
  • Island Vibe Episode No. 7


    Welcome to the super irie Island Vibe series! Over the years we've been hosting some of the best reggae, dub and soul from down-un...

  • Rudekat Sound Vol 1


    This retrospective compilation plunders the vaults of Rudi Quinzalez's various sound exploits - from dub collaborations with Mad P...

  • Kuranda Roots -Reggae Roots and Dub Selection


  • Island Vibe Tiki Voyager


    The boss compilation from the 2011 Island Vibe Festival with hard funky tracks from Chali 2na, Grace Barbe, Bobby Alu and more!

  • Kingfisha


    Brisbane's premier ska-dub outfit and their debut album. Rudekat recommended!

  • Fly In The Milk

    Die Rude

  • Island Vibe Episode 8


    The eighth enthralling episode of the irrepressible Island Vibe series. The sonic trip weaves threads of smooth island soul and re...

  • Island Vibe Vinyl: 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition


    Featuring a 'best of' track selection from the past ten years of Island Vibe, as well as a few spankin' new tunes. This very speci...

  • Island Vibe USB: 10th Year Bamboo Box Set


    This special edition bamboo USB Box Set features 150 great tracks and rare instrumentals from the ENTIRE back catalogue of Island ...


Party Party Party

03 MAY 2011

Check out a quick clip of Bobby Alu at the website launch below

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The Upsteppers Playing at Kuranda Roots

28 APRIL 2011


Dancefloor-shaking roots-heavy reggae with backbone. The Upsteppers represent the signature sound of Brisbane conscious reggae, and have come to get you moving in positive directions.


Their potent live sound has lead The Upsteppers play alongside the world’s leading reggae acts such as Jamaica’s Chaka Demus & Pliers and Jah Mason, USA’s Groundation, NZ’s Katchafire and Black Seeds, as well as Australia’s very own Kingtide.


This sound is anthemic; compelling roots rhythms and conscious message delivered in big band format.  Delivered without compromise, The Upsteppers feature live skanking guitars and keys, a vintage 3 piece horns, honey-sweet backing vocals, and a workhorse rhythm section.


Hailing from Brisbane’s cultural hub of West End in late 2007, the bands journey has already brought their sound to many of Australia’s best music festivals, allowed them to perform for communities as remote as Palm Island, and play to their own capacity audiences in hometown venues.


Amid interstate and Queensland shows, the ‘Steppers are in production mode concurrently working on two diverse CD releases for 2011.  The first is an instrumental dub EP featuring new tunes written exclusively for collaboration with some of Australia’s most authentic dub producers.  The other upcoming release is a new studio EP featuring new material from the ‘Steppers live set.  These new releases will demonstrate the Upsteppers diversity as well as their development as one of Australia’s foremost recording artists in the Reggae / Dub genre.


2009 saw the release of their second EP Cash War over 4 packed shows at Queensland’s premiere music festival Woodford Folk Festival. Cash War is a collaboration with Brisbane dub producer PaulyB (Beautiful Girls / Tanuki Dub), featuring powerful original Upsteppers recordings coupled with their dub remixes.


This latest disc follows on from the success of their 2008 debut EP Ready That Stony Ground, which was launched to a burning hot hometown reception, and hand-picked for regular spins on Triple J’s Roots’n’All program. The bands foundation release presents six fresh and diverse songs that illustrate the fundamental worth of Brisbane’s newest roots massive. What has set 'Ready That Stony Ground' apart from other releases worldwide is that funding was generated through an innovative new funding model, created by The Upsteppers; a microfinance initiative named the Neighborhood Recording Deal.


More recently, The Upsteppers have been bolstered by the spectacular success of their 1 Massive Version shows. The last of these 3 exhilarating showcase gigs featured singers from all across East-Coast Australia and NZ, performing versions (tributes) of classic reggae tunes with The Upsteppers as backing band. This collaboration has already brought the band together with around 40 singers and at the same time deepened the Upsteppers connection to the vintage ‘riddims’ which are the foundation of the Upsteppers’ sound.


Witness these social and musical innovators uplifting audiences as they explore new territory in 2011.

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One Conscious Roots Night

15 APRIL 2011

Presnted by " the roots collective"
This event will be Headlined by local Wynnum crew "One dread" a nine piece original reggae band with smoothe vocals and classic Newzealand reggae style grooves,
"One dread's" Popularity is rapidly growing as they quickly blaze their way towards the top of their class
  "One dread are confirmed for "Reggaefest 2011" have already supported international acts, they are currently working on their debut release and are sure to do big things in future with limitless possibilities.
"Darky roots" who were originally formed and used to rehearse in the Wynnum area, play only their seccond show in the bayside region and are ready to road test new songs from their forthcoming debut full length album.
  These guys have achieved almost every goal set by lead singer songwritter Josh Hillman (Hua), from supporting international acts, to playing at almost every major reggae festival on the east coast, headlining their own tours interstate and oversea's, darky roots have released two EP's which have received radio play locally and worldwide, their well tested tight set is sure to captivate audiences for years to come.
"Conscious Jury" will be a name relatively new to most ears as they have not yet been apart of many bills with your usual suspects,
They have hit the live scene in 2011 by playing at "Waitangi day Festival in logan central, and have played around Brisbane at the "Balcony"  this event is a good opportunity to share the stage with fellow New Zealand born reggae acts, and showcase their talents and unique style of reggae music.
The night will be held together by 4ZZZ's Selecter "Basmati" One half of rhythm collision sound , who have played at iconc festivals "Reggaetown" and "Island vibe"
"DJ ragga khan" who made his debut earlier this year at January's "Maori boi" show at the HI-FI,
And Versatile DJ "Andy dub" who has played support for "Dubmarine" played at numerous festivals including "Southern oracle" and " West end Carnivale"
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Tickets available from the royal mail hotel 1563 Wynnum Rd , Tingalpa QLD 4178, Ph: 07 3390 4401

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07 JANUARY 2011

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19 DECEMBER 2010


As summer pushes winter down the cold hard stairs of spring and struts back into our lives, the debut solo album, “International Rudeboy”, from Mercury Prize winning producer, Wayne “LOTEK”, is primed to ignite the music scene with his own cheeky UK hiphop laid over traditional reggae and ska sounds.

International Rudeboy offers a rare insight into the musical genius that has... already achieved critical acclaim as a producer. With albums such as Roots Manuva’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Run Come Save Me’, and Speech Debelle’s Mercury Prize winning ‘Speech Therapy’ under his belt, the half Jamaican, half Londoner (who now calls Melbourne home), is set to follow his past work and please some ears with his self-penned and self-produced musical offering.

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From raw beginnings as a young punk playing with The Gastric Chunks and Acid Moon, Morgyn Quinn (aka Rudi Quinzalez) started his career at underground festivals such as EarSex and monthy noise gigs at the local community centre. 

In 1999 Rudi toured Japan as bass player with Gudju Gudju and stayed as a guest with the Ainu people of Hokkaido. In 2001 Rudi visited the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, researching the origins of Rastafarian culture and satisfying a deep love of reggae music.



In 2003 Rudi settled in Brisbane and  founded Rudekat Records and going on to play in such acts as Hot rubber Glove, The Dynamic Thrills, Die Rude, The RudeKat Sound System and The Senors alongside such players as Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, Bobby ALu), Lachlan Mitchell (Laneous & The Family Yah), D KazMan (Dubmarine, and Sunny Dread (The Zionites).

What started as an ethical clothing label specializing in original screenprints, the company soon expanded to include live events and music releases.

As well as being an avenue to release Australian reggae and independent music, Rudekat Records has been the creative force behind the Kuranda Roots Festival (2003 - 2013), West End Carnivale (2009 - 2010) and Island Vibe Festival (2006 - 2013). Rudekat also co-developed a DIY Event Management course for Youth at the Byron Bay YAC.

Rudekat Records has always been a strong supporter of environmental groups and causes, donating popular tee shirt designs to The Wilderness Society and The Australian Marine Conservation Society. Island Vibe has a strong environment record and has been twice awarded by the prestigious international A Greener Festivals Award. Wherever possible, Rudekat uses recycled materials for posters and CD manufacture, promotes recycling and DIY composting at festivals, and abstains from sweat-shop produced merchandise.

A trademark of Rudekat events is a cross fertilization of cultures, with a strong focus on Indigenous and Pacific artists and World Music. Rudekat has been proud to work with a stunning line up of star acts over the years including Archie Roach, The Easy Star AllStars (US), Prince Alla (Jamaica), JipaJiroa (Vanuatu), Opiuo, Spoonbill, Blue King Brown, Katchafire (NZ), Nicky Bomba, Chali 2na (US), The Black Seeds (NZ), House of Shem (NZ), Olmecha Supreme (NZ), Ladi 6 (NZ), Little Bushman (NZ), 1814 (NZ), The Beautiful Girls, Mista Savona, Grace Barbe, Oka, Dubmarine, Kooii, Kingfisha, Electric Wire Hustle (NZ), Zennith, Mantaka, The YuluBarribah Dancers, The Groote Eylandt Dancers amongst many others.

Rudekat events are also supportive of emerging artists, youth and showcasing various artforms, including circus, cabaret, spoken word, comedy, dance and visual arts.






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