Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 30, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist): From Jah-ly into Jah-gust!



Trodding through Summer. Roots for I ‘n’ I. In the late afternoon when it’s relentless sun and heat, that is what Smile Jamaica is all about. The Soundtrack to your Summer BBQ. A Red Stripe. Mellow Mood waiting for the sun and the heat to go down.

I’m inside KRCL and if they paid their AC bill that month, it’s cool and deadly as I fling roots for 3 hours of killer sound ‘n power.

Since I started Jah Music in late June 1988, this time of year always makes me nostalgic for when I was a youth and not a grizzled vet. When the Compact Disk was new, I still hugged my black wax and digital music was far off into the future.

Nostalgia? No! Jah-stalgia

bless, robt

Kind of looks like headphones on HIM’s ears?

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Jah-ly 30, 2016

Set 1:

  • Prince Alla – Ethiopian Song; King of the Road (Ital International) ’82 JA vinyl
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Original Hit Sound (Trojan)
  • Devon Russell – Life Is; Prison Life (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘83
  • I Roy – Message From the Top; Every Mouth Must Be Fed (Pressure Sounds/Micron) ‘75
  • Samia Farah – Violent; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 French/Tunisian artist
  • H.R. – Who’s Got the Herb?; I Luv (Railroad) ’91: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement, original to 311 cover
  • Dennis Brown – Africa We Want to Go; 10” (Observer Gold)
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl, Dub Album of the Hour


Set 2:

  • Bomb the Bass feat. Benjamin Zephaniah & Sinead O’Connor – Empire; clear (Quango) ’96 UK mutant dub Empire = Vampire
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; Don’t Burn It Down (Shanachie) ’88 herbtune
  • General Public – Forward As One; Hand to Mouth (I.R.S.) ’86 post 2 Tone ska=The Beat
  • Cornell Campbell – Money; 10” (Coptic Lion) Mike Brooks prod’n***End of Set 2


Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Three Minute Hero; Dance Craze (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska live

<Dance Craze – 2 Tone Ska movie>

  • The Maytals – Do the Reggae; Trojan Story (Trojan) ‘76
  • Earth & Stone – Give Me; Hitbound – The Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat/Channel One) ‘78
  • Black Uhuru – Natural Reggae Beat; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ‘80
  • Jah Shaka – Black Steel; Dub Symphony (Mango) ’90: UK dub album of the hour

<Smokey’s Records in Salt Lake City>

Spent my Post Office per diems here building the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Crazy Baldheads; Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition) ’76 unreleased alternate album mix
  • Etana – Jamaican Woman; I Rise (VP) 2014 female
  • The Congo’s – Some a Thief; 10” (Congo’s) 2006 over Johnny Clarke’s Crazy Baldheads


Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Jimmy London – Ride On; Welcome to My World (Burning Sounds) ’78 UK
  • The Cimarons – Moving on Up; In Time (Trojan) ’74 UK
  • Louise Bennett – Dip Them; Sings Jamaican Folk Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) ’54 10” US
  • Don Tinglin – John Brown; Rough Road (Burning Sounds)  ’78 UK red vinyl, herbtune
  • Ijahman Levi – African Train; Ijahman & Friends (Jahmani) ’88 UK
1954 – oldest record in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6:

  • Sisters Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) female group
  • Bongo Herman – Chairman of the Board; 400% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’72 Liquidator riddim
  • Foreign Exchange – Big Head Spliff; Occam’s Razor (First Step) ‘’99 NY, herbtune
  • Allan Kingpin – Stand Up For a Right; 10” (Reggae Archive)
  • Aggrovators – A Rougher Version;  King Tubby – At the Controls (Trojan) Dub Album of the Hour
Roots dawtas working with Augustus Pablo

Set 7:

  • Akabu – The World; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group: Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • Glen Brown – Lambsbread/Lambsbread Dub; The Way to Mt. Zion (ROIR) ’77 herbtune

<Lambsbread – flavor or herb>

Lambsbread collie mek wi jolly

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Audio Active – Happy Shopper (Live); Happy Shopper in Europe EP (ON U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon
  • Sevendub – Running Away (Noiseshaper rmx); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 w/ female vox
  • Tackhead – Black Cinderella; Dubvisionist – Kingsize Dub (Echo Beach) 2014; Errol Dunkley cover
  • Momo Cat – Calling; Rocky Road (Fat Belt)  2008 Arab artist out of Finland
  • Burial – Dog Shelter; Burial (Hyperdub) 2007 UK dubstep
Arab singer by way of Finland

Words of Wisdom:



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