Day 13 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica Weedstep Review: Soom T & Disrupt – Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari); 2010



<Soom T – Ode to a Carrot: Smile Jamaica Mini Mix; 4 min 20 sec.>


One of the things I want to try and accomplish with the Smile Jamaica blog is to introduce readers to new music releases and titles that I favor and listen to for the purpose of “rinsing out” on KRCL 90.9FM Saturday’s 4-7 PM. Smile Jamaica on “your station that rules the nation!”

In the spirit of the season, I’ll start with Soom T & Disrupt – Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2010. (Click link for track list and metadata)

Soom T is the singer. Disrupt the Dubstep producer. Jahtari is a major Dubstep label out of Jah-many.

Here is Smile Jamaica’s definition of Dubstep: heavy bass and dance music that focuses more on the “wobble” at the expense of the “echo”.

Most Post Modern Dub that I have been calling Mutant Dub for 25+ years  is the evolution of Jamaican Dub. Orthodox Jamaican Dub of its 70s heyday, made by guys like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry, concentrated on turning the vocal inside out and deconstructing or inverting the song structure.

The focus is on delay and ricochet echo of the riddim guitar and vocal; with the drum and bass pushed up in the mix. In Reggae the guitar serves as a rhythm instrument. That makes the perfect soundscape to chop that guitar down stroke (the “chukka chukka” sound of Reggae) into shards of cascading reverb.

The vocal becomes texture as it reverberates or drops in and/or fades out. In the coffee table book Reggae International, by Stephen Davis & Peter Simon, they call this studio phenomenon “X Ray Music”.

Mutant Dub is the European (for the most part) evolution in sound using contemporary UK and German dance music, modern instrumentation and studio craftsmanship while punching up the Jamaicanesque echo in both tempo and volume.

The Holy Trinity in this sound was Adrian Sherwood’s ON U Sound, the Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. They bridged the gap between 70s Roots Jamaica and today’s Dubstep, Lounge, Techno and Downtro.


21st Century Dubstep serves to lessen the echodelic environment and goes for over modulating the bass. That phenomenon is where you get the pulsating vibrato effect which has a more dark and ominous sound that is less kinetic and more dense. The brooding and malevolent “wubba” effect. Geared at maximum volume right at your groin.

One of the other components of Dubstep is the tendency to cut all that “murk” by layering in tinkly video game effects and bleeps and boops.

Soom T & Disrupt have crafted a typical Dubstep release in Ode to a Carrot which showcases the “wubba” as well as the 80s Atari lo fi sound.

Soom T is a wee female Singjay out of Glasgow, Scotland. Singjay is a style in Reggae that combines a synthesis of Jamaican toasting along with singing. Think Eek a Mouse or Sister Carol. Singjay = singer + deejay.

In addition to her album, Soom T has been a featured rub-a-dubber for collectives like Mungo’s Hi Fi. Ode to a Carrot is, essentially, a “concept” album devoted to the Seven Leaf; 15 tracks on disk or dubble LP all devoted to Ganja.

I play her with frequency on Smile Jamaica: as a way to get more quality women’s music into the show, herbtunes and Mutant Dub. That’s why I usually call her The Weedstepper on air.

Vocally she has a winsome, youthful voice with a little Scottish burr and sass in her delivery.

The lead off track “Roll It” grabs you by the eardrums with its “Bic flicking” intro and green smoke exhale. Lyrically, it is anthemic pot propaganda full of four letter middle finger salutes in praise of aggressive cannabis consumption in all its style and glory. The thud of the bass is leavened with slicing electronic syncopation while video game effects swirl in and out. “Suck it, f*** it, everybody inhale to get stoooooned.”

“Boom Shiva” is old school video game soundtrack welded to Digital Reggae Sleng Teng bass Riddim underneath Soom T’s double time lyric delivery. The Wubba interlude will make your fillings ping. “Never Get Caught” shows our gal so boastful she brags about selling weed to the cops. She blows smoke their way again on “Puff the Police”. “Puff” being a substitute for another 4 letter word.

“Saved by a Ganja Leaf” showcases her unique rhythmic speed rap over a gurgling bass and chunky pump organ chop chop. She is fearless in her devotion to the Seven Leaf. She inspires me to do the same here on the Smile Jamaica blog. Selah!l

“Puff That Weed” is straight in the UK tradition of 80s speed rappers like Smiley Culture packing dubble the lyrics per BPM. The throwback 80s Riddim has some Dubstep grit in the baseline. She segues into more of a cool down the pace outer space echo on “I Need Weed”. Nice to mix up the flow of the disk for a sense of free from gravity expansion with some old school Mutant Dub stylee.


“Ganja Ganja” is straight out of  the 80s synth pop tradition with its thudding drums and keyboard burps.  A heavy dose of video game effects makes it contemporary. More great programming, as 80’s dance funk slides straight into slow and sticky rub a dub bass on “Wee Rant”. This features Soom T’s spoken word narration sounding like Spud’s li’l sister from the flick Trainspotting.

You could listen to “They Call It Pot” and use it for your research paper detailing the different types of marijuana:  Cannabis Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. In between her lecture, Soom T vamps it up on the singing part. Very overt video game texture on the mix. “Weed is Sweeter” is smokey Weedstep Lovers Rock where Soom T sings in a very fetching and attractive chanteuse style. She surfs on a more space age classic Neodub riddim that approximates the weightlessness of space. 21st Century Spliff Odd-yssey as opposed to Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey.  Very slinky way to end the set.

Hopefully Weedstep will become as much a perennial sub genre as Mutant Dub has become. At least on Smile Jamaica.

<Soom T – Ode to a Carrot: Smile Jamaica Mini Mix; 4 min 20 sec.>

bless, robt

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Day 12 Cannabis Service Month: Why 4/21 should be a National Holiday



The best writing and publishing in Utah happens to be by SLUG magazine. I have been reading them since back in the 80s when they featured “Serial Killer of the Month”.

About 5 years ago, this esteemed publication chose to interview yours truly about the 420 phenomenon.

420: 8 Minutes Too Late 

Wikipedia more or less confirms my notion that 420 wasn’t cop code or #s of chemical but more likely school lets out at 3:20 and the set meeting time was an hour later. Time to run home, grab your gear, hit the Sev and meet up to have a session in the garage or basement. Mission accomplished: take a hit of Visine and be home before Ma and Pa left the office at 5pm.

High Times, of course, memorialized the group of kids in San Rafael, Collie-fornya, who originally crafted the phrase and smoker’s “happyer hour” as far back as 1971. (San Rafael, near to one of my favorite Bay Area record stores that gave up the ghost in the digital music era: Mill Valley’s Village Music. Sigh.)


(Louis Pasteur Statue; San Rafael, Collie-fornya. Ground Zero for 420)

40 plus years later, here we are and April 20th is to weed heads what Presidents’ Day is for mattress sales. What better reason to get together for some “reasoning”?

And since 4/20 2014 falls on a Sunday, I imagine masses of people gathering after church for a day of passing the kutchie pon d’left hand side. The peak of partaking crescendos 20 minutes after 4pm. Done in time for 60 Minutes later that eve.

(Much like the mindset, “real men invade Iran”,  ardent Vipers start at 4:20 alright…AM!)

So with that in mind, what happens on any Holly-daze occasion? (Especially one that elicits the munchies.)


Too much of everything: Salty snacks, Busch Lite (as opposed to bush a-light), high fructose corn poison and whatever else is in Twinkies and those delicious fruit pies at the Sev.

Those cat vomit nachos look like a winning idea in a state of cannabliss. An hour later? Not so much.

All that kicking the gong around leads to smoker’s cough, sugar coma, chronic (pun not intended) red eye, cotton mouth and sore ribs. Those of you celebrating “early & often” on  420 pay a bit of a price the next morning on 4/21. Am I right? Can I get an Amen?


So the ace marketing team at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives has come up with a remedy to this shituation:

If I had a nickel for every time someone has told me that Obama should make 4/20 a National Holiday, I would be a…thousandaire.

Au contraire mon frère. Much like Superbowl Monday, you need the day after to recuperate.

So join us in the effort to make 4/21 a National Holiday. A day spent in recovery and reflection.

Look soon for this petition to wind its way through, MoveOn and the White House’s “We the People” petition website.

(Good luck on the last one from the most transparent Presidency never. NORML’s petition got over 70,000 signatures the most of any other submission. Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?


Obama’s toke on Cannabis legalization is a lot like my Dad’s take on drinking when I was a youth, “Do as I say, not as I do!”

Barring a Federal Holiday effort, have any of you ever “burned” a sick leave day on 4/21? Hmmm.

bless, robt

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Day 10 Cannabis Service Month: Progress Report of Mutant Dub 4/20 Digital Dubplate Canna-bass Show



Qannabis? No Canna-bass!

That wobbly stack of disks is what I have left to “harvest” (ha ha) to my exclusive online-only Mixcloud Digital Dubplate Show: 420 Canna-bass!

What Is Mutant Dub? Episode 4: Space Dust

4 hours and 20 minutes on 4/20 at 4:20 AM.

  • Rise ‘n’ Shine!
  • Wake ‘n Bake!
  • Wake the Town ‘n’ Tell the People!

With a week to go, I have rinsed out 197 minutes of a total (4 x 60 plus 20, by my liberal arts math, that adds up to…) 260 minutes of acoustic levitation inna Herbal meditation!

63 minutes plus cannabinoidal soundbytes to go. Selah!

Here’s a little “nugg’s” worth, free sample:

<Mutant Dub Herb Show: Space Dust clip; 6 min>

bless, robt


Gremlins in the mix: Alas, no Ark-Ive for Apr. 12, Smile Jamaica



Curses, foiled again!

Wanted to Ark-Ive yesterday’s edition of Smile Jamaica. Terrible signal quality in the digital file, so I had to discard it.

I suspect a conspiracy by the dark forces arrayed against the Seven Leaf.  (20 of the 28 Roots & Dub selections from yesterday’s show were pot propaganda).

Usually I spend Sunday chopping up sound files and stripping out the commercial interruptions during the day prior’s broadcast of Smile Jamaica. Gonna post Ark-Ive Editions here (see Tab above) as well as at Mixcloud

I guess I have to do my taxes instead. Below is the Playlist, at least. You can read it like I read the Major League box scores in the papers.

Next Saturday: “4 score and 20 bongrips ago” . I  got 1 score of years devoted to Cannabliss. …

It’s Smile Jamaica’s 20th Annual Cannabis Service Show; 4-7 PM, Mtn. Time. 90.9FM in Utah and online.

Let’s hope for better luck next Saturday. Jah guide!

Before my head hits the pillow this evening, my Federal Taxes will be nice and printed. My Utah State form will be nice and printed. Then tomorrow morning all I haffe  do is skank on over to the Post Office and buy one of those stamp thingees.

Now under what pile of Cds in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive did I stash that effing W-2?

Fi-yah burn!

bless, robt


Smile Jamaica Playlist; Apr. 12, 2014

4:00-7:00 PM

Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Sip Your Cup; Rally Round (Shanachie) ’85 nyahbinghi herb tune

Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; Naturally (Shanachie)

10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Rooftop Duel; 10 Deadly Shots vol. II (ROIR) 2012 Dub Album of the Week

Aswad – Ethiopian Rhapsody; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK roots group Aswad = ‘black’ in Amharic, Arabic; instrumental

Pato Banton – Give Me Oil; Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton (Ariwa) ’85 UK

Pablo Paul – Don’t Dope; 12” (Kingston Connexion); 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo: The Best of Black Slate (Ensign); UK dubble dose of herbs

Israel Vibration – Feelin’ Irie; Got to Move (RAS); triple herbs; ***End of Set 1

John Holt – Police and Helicopter; 12” (Holt); herb tune with police siren effect

Max Romeo – Wet Dream; Pray For Me (Trojan); best of set. Riddim Shower (1): vox

Dave Barker – Wet Version; Monkey Spanner (Trojan); Riddim Shower (2): Deejay

Sister Carol – Wicked Collie; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89; herb tune; ***End of Set 2

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); first song of last concert: Sept. 23, 1980; Stanley Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

Althea & Donna – Jah Music; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin) ’78; deejay duo

Sugar Minott – Strictly Sensi; 12” (Livity); ***End of Set 3

Lone Ranger – Ganja Man; To the Top (Studio One) JA Vinyl is Vital herb set

Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12” (Eruption)

Crucial Bee – Cutting Up Sensi; Just a Sting (All Starr) US Virgin Islands

Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’78 JA

Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg); Live at the Roxy, Los Jahn-geles, Collie-fornya; ***End of Set 4

Peter Tosh – Vampire (Demo); Equal Rights (Columbia/Legacy); ‘77dubble disk rarity

Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life); herbtune ***End of Set 5

The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 herbtune; request

African Head Charge – Take Heed and Smoke Up Your Collie Weed; King Size Dub: ON U Sound Special (Echo Beach); mutant dub herb tune

Sugar Dee – High Grade; 12” (Know Thyself); mutant dub herb tune; ***End of Set 7

Reuben da Silva – Sensi Skank; 12” (Reggae Roast)

Dub Unit feat. Speng Bong – Ganjaman (Cubiculo)

Dubkasm feat. Levi Roots – Sensimilla Addict; 12” (Dubkasm); Horace Ferguson

Jah Mason – Brain Food; 12” (King Dubbist)

Day 9 Cannabis Service Month: A Rare Photo of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive



I grew up collecting comic books and baseball cards. Having a radio show for 25+ years gives me the necessary “excuse” to collect Reggae.

Like my mom who collects beanie babies, I collect and seek out herb tunes. In the same way an art collector doesn’t need to be able to paint to know and enjoy art, same with I on collecting and curating herb tunes for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

The above photo is a portion of the herb tunes wing  of the Smile Jamaica Reggae Ark-Ive. (Ark as in Black Ark)

Smile Jamaica 90.9FM Saturdays 4-7 PM Mtn.

In a 3 hour show every third Saturday in April, near 4/20, I rent a Uhaul, (well not really, but…), and pack in 2 60 CD Suitcases; a 30 CD Suitcase for Mutant Dub cannabliss; a crate of vinyl for LP’s , a red carry case of 45’s, a Rasta bag for 10″s & 12″s plus my trusty red vinyl cleaning mitt and a partridge inna pear tree.

Most 3 hour Ark-Ive editions of Smile Jamaica average 30-35 songs. The secret stash from that photo is probably 250.

I have at least 800 herb tunes in the Ark-Ive including 1 digital that I wrote about for KUER Music: Jim Stafford’s “Wildwood Weed”.

bless, robt

<Cannabis: The Healing of the Nation, 4 min>


Smile Jamaica is hosted by Robert Nelson on 90.9 FM KRCL in Salt Lake City, Utah (Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. MT). Ark-ives available weekly here at the Smile Jamaica blog.