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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Meltdown!

 

Before there was a Dubstep, I was calling it Mutant Dub!

Greetings,

Needed a long weekend to begin the giant move into the newly renovated Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Day 1

Last Saturday: From 7:30 AM to 6 PM. Moved all my LPs, 10″ and 12″ black wax from my detached garage to the Ark-Ive.

Loaded massive Tupperware tubs full of records. Loaded them on a Dolly and pushed them the 50 feet from garage to the back door. Lifted them over the door stop and finessed them into the new room.

Since I had spent all winter and spring sorting 15,000? pieces of black vinyl goodness into proper categories, moving from the tubs to the shelf was easy.

Now if I want to find Mutant Dub, herbtune, Halloween songs by female artists. I know right where to go. Before it was a game of needle in a haystack trying to remember which pile to dig through.

Other than a quick lunch, it was 9 hours of physical, exhausting labor. I was drenched in sweat and sore all over..

But it was worth it. Looks very nice and neat. Unlike the hoarder/collector vibe of massive cardboard boxes filled with stock bought out from long dead record store chains.

CDs are next. So because i don’t like to go a week without new content at Mixcloud’s Smile Jamaica Podcast link: enjoy 3 hours of Mutant Dub not interruptions, just bass in ur face!

I’ll be checking it while I spend 10AM to 3PM Saturday huffing CDs into the Ark-Ive

Vinyl last Saturday. Non-Reggae CDs and DVDs this Saturday – From the garage into the Ark-ives

bless, robt

0-30 min.

  • Avatars of Dub – Uptown Jungle; Babylon Is Ours (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ.
  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK w/ female vox
  • Digital Dubs feat. Jeru Banto – Liga Legalise; #1 (ROIR) 2011 Brazilian herbtune
  • Djins feat. Venudas – Indi’ka; Verbalistic (Hammerbass) 2003 Fr./Arabic
  • Afro Omega – Whatcha Need + Dub; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Dr. Israel – Counting Out Stones; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn dubber

30-60 min.

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK
  • Thievery Croproation feat. Pamela Bricker – Lebanese Blonde (French version) + Dub; CD Single (ESL) ’98 herbtune
  • OSC – Originate; Bay Area Dub Step (Full Melt) 2011
  • Pama International – I Found Sunshine; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UK
  • Ther Herbaliser feat. What What– Herbal Blend; CD Single (Ninja Tunes) ’97 UK female vox

60-90 min.

  • Dub Gabriel feat. 77 Klash – Crooklyn Crouds; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy A/C) 2008 Brooklyn; herbtune
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Stand Up Dub; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) UK w/ female vox
  • The Orb – Earth Orbit One: Little Fluffy Clouds; The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (Island)  ’91 UK
  • Dubateers Meets Charlie P – Policeman +Dub; Hustle (The Dubateers) 2011 UK herbtune
  • International Dub System feat. K-Tee on vox – 05:30 am; I.D.S. (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Groove Corporation – Concrete Jungle; Presents Remixed From the Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 UK Bob Marley cover

90  min. – 2 hr.

  • King Earthquake – Native Dance Dub; Dub Plates Chapter Two (King Earthquake) 2010 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun & Truman Chewstick – Money; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria; female vox on Horace Andy tune
  • Death in Vegas – Aisha: The Contino Sessions; Milk It (Sony) 2005 Best of
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galazy (Vince Vinyls Beats Mix); Through the Haze (Dubhead) ’98 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Love Explosion + Version; Full Contact (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon w/ female vox 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Sounds From the Ground – Sweetdust; the Egg Files (Universal Egg) ’97 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Who Jah Bless + Bless This Dub; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Audio Active – Stiff Wheel; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon
  • 2 Bad Card – Mentally Ska’d; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Bajka – Surfing the Silvatide; We Are to Answer (ESL)  2009 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Gorillaz – Strobelite; Humanz (Virgin) 2017
  • Earl Sixteen – Is It Because I’m Black; Steppin’ Out (Downbeat) Syl Johnson blues cover
  • Santigold – Guns of Brixton; Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub (Mad Decent) 2008 female take on The Clash
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Clich’ (RealWorld) 2006 UK herbtune
  • Fort Knox Five – The Big Score; The Underground Sound of DC (ESL) 2000
  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Café (Ministry) 2002

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): June 3, 2017 – Black Wax Cratedigger’s Harvest!

 

Lots of my Student Loan kasheesh was spent at this SLC record shop. Going strong 30 plus years later. Removed 90% of their CDs to make room for MOAR vinyl

A life in cratedigging. Kick started the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive’s in my friend Neil’s dorm room. Fall of 1986. That lit the fuse!…..

<Black Uluru in a dorm room? Instant Reggae fanatic; 20 sec.>

…I’m going through a home remodel. 40 years of record collecting crammed into my garage right now. When I ran out of shelves, I bought some big ass tupperware bins to try and make it all fit.

This has to fit into my new addition. A Library for a Librarian

Between my organic collecting (used record stores, Ebay/Amazon, stock from my distributor when I sold Reggae online) and my binge buying when Record Stores started dying out in the mid 2000’s, my 1200 square foot house had reached a state of entropy.

So to make room for the demolition of two bedrooms to accommodate an actual Library (A Librarian with his own Library!), I had to move everything into my garage in a short amount of time.

Now that the project is coming to completion, I have to move everything back in!

Can 40 years of books, records, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes fit into a space 41 feet by 10 feet? Stay tuned!

My method?

  • Get up early on Saturday. Have my spinach determining what I’m going to sort and separate  in the garage.
  • Go have breakfast at Left Fork Grill with my best bredrin Leonard and his buddy John
  • Drink about 8 cups of coffee
  • Head back to mi casa in Sugarhouse
  • Grab a stack of disks for my CD boombox to while away the time sifting wax
  • Fully caffeinated: Start to organize the entropy.
    • I would separate by format: LP, 12″ disco mix, 10″ disco mix, non-Reggae vinyl
    • Then: look by title and cull albums if they fit one of my preferred set-genres
      • 420
      • Roots Dawtas
      • UFOria
      • Wailers Family Tree
      • Halloween
      • Marley Tribute songs
      • Rockers doing Reggae

I don’t know how many physical vinyl pieces I have (not even including 7″ 45s). CDs a whole separate issue.

10,000 pieces? 15,000? Somewhere in between.

It has literally taken me from early January to June to sort it all and separate for the final move into the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

From when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, MT in Sept. of 1986, I have been on a vinyl crusade. And the nostalgia of where and how I acquired the lion’s share of black wax really kicks off memories of a subculture that has mostly died out: the local record store.

Many great ones are still slinging wax: Like Randy’s in Salt Lake. Ditched their CDs to make room for the vinyl resurgence: 20 sec.

But over 500 stores have gone out of business in the last decade. When the music industry killed vinyl, they didn’t anticipate that digital music sales like Itunes, Spotify etc. would make those $18.99 CDs economically irrelevant.

Columbus and Bay in North Beach. I would stay across the street at the Travelodge and crate dig til closing. Nearly cried when I heard the news Tower was going under

And even though vinyl is making an awesome comeback (full vindication for I ‘n’ I), it’s too late for many of my favorite haunts.

Last summer my local Montana chain went out of business: Hastings. I would drive through gorgeous wheat fields and flowing rivers and cratedig from Butte, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings.

700 hundred miles from SLC to Fort Benton, Montana. Hastings books/cds/DVDs broke up the monotony of the drive. Went out of business Summer 2016

As much as I love Montana and my parents, I’m not driving home this summer. Not much for me to do there now but watch wheat grow.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 3, 2017 – All Vinyl Showcase; 34 sec.

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Everyman a Mi Bredrin; Jamaica, Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC:
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Nature’s Dub; Nature’s Dub (Wackies) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Time Unlimited – Live Upright; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tollo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Devon Russell- Homebound Train; Homebound Train (Freedom Sounds) ’83 JA
  • Zap Pow – Be Cool; Irie Land (Rhino) ’80 LA
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
The Record Room: Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Set 2:

  • Inner Circle – Forward Jah Jah Children; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US

<Inner Circle: Capitol’s answer to Bob Marley; 15 sec.>

  • Leroy Smart – What Will I Do; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’77 Fr.
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 NY female dj

<Roach Killer shoes: favorites in the dancehall for killing roaches and rub a dubbing; 35 sec.>

Starboard Records, 1988 – West Valley City, UT. RIP

Set 3:

  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – I Am an Ethiopian; Movements (Dynamic Sounds) ’78 JA

<I’m not Mr. Brown, Mr. Smith, Mr. White – I’m an Ethiopian; 12 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Wake Up; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 UK
  • The Meditations – Running From Jamaica; Message From the Mediations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On; Rock On (Jah Live) ’75 Fr. Combination style
  • Prince Far I – Bendel Dub; Front Line Dub (Virgin Front Line) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

<Virgin record label in Nigeria; 50 sec.>

Randy’s Records: SLC, 1986

Set 4:

  • Lone Ranger – The Clock; Hi-Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 Boston; female vox on Judy Mowatt tune
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wanderer; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
Rough Trade Records: San Francisco, New Years Even 1988

Set 5: 420 Black Wax

  • Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold 10” LP (Top Beat) 2000 UK 

<Coconut chalice; 14 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Winston Reedy – Sensimilla; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’83 UK
  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ‘83

<Johnny Law in your rear view? 28 sec.>

Reckless Record, 1990 San Francisco/Haight Ashbury: RIP

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up; Wailers Vinyl Box Set (Island) #3484 of 10,000 vinyl box set

<Lessons in crate digging: Buy low ($70), sell high (working kidney)>

  • Bobby Culture, Brimstone & Fire, Nicodemus & Louie Culture – Going Home; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica: R.B. Greaves pop update
  • Junior Byles – I Don’t Know; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Blackout in the Ghetto; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) NY
  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve

<Not Marley, Tosh, Cliff or UB40: Black Uluru’s Anthem made I ‘n’ I a Reggae fanatic>

  • Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.: Mutant Dub album of the hour
9 disk vinyl box set: Amoeba Records, Berkeley 2001: $70. Versus $3500 on eBay

Set 7:

  • Blue Riddim Band – Restless Spirit; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St. Louis

<Livicated to our KRCL bredrin: Bad Brad Wheeler>

  • Fab 5 – Shaving Cream; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’90 UK
Smokey’s Records, SLC 1987: RIP

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia rmx no. 2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97 US
  • Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment; Echomania
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK female vox on Lena Horne classic
ON U Sound mail order, London: 1990?

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Snowbound Excursion – Jah-nuary 27, 2017!

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Greetings,

I knew it was gonna be trouble. Last Saturday we got 6 inches in the Salt Lake Valley. My garage is in the alley way. Dangerous for getting high centered and sliding into power poles.

So I waited for a lull in the storm and moved my car to the front street.  My street was unploughed and there was snow accumulated over the curb.

Loaded up my stacks of wax and suitcase of disks. And headed for KRCL.….

Goosed my All Wheel Drive Subaru to plow through virgin snow. Best intentions….. 4 wheels on top of snowpack just skidded me to the curb and I was wedged in a snow drift and dead in the water.

Two hour wait for AAA. First show I had been a no show for in 27+ years.

So after I got towed out and back into my garage, I hunkered down in my Secret Dubratory and pulled together 3 hours of Digital Dubplate sound.

Snowmageddon Stylee!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Jah-nuary 27, 2017 Playlist

0-30 min.:

  • Black Uhuru – World is Africa; Sinsemilla (Mango) ‘80
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ‘78
  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Big Cat)  ’79 dubs

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30-60 min.:

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Westside)  ’72 Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Jacob Miller Meets Fatman Riddim Section (Crocodisc) ’78 herbtune
  • kode9 + the spaceape – Portal; Memories of the Future (Hyperdub) 2002 UK: mutant dub w/ dub poetry
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low; Redemption (bootleg) ’77 studio demo
  • Carol Kalphat & Clint Eastwood – African Land/Africa We Want to Go; Reggae Archive vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’78 Prince Far I prod’n
  • The Orb – Towers of Dub; U.F.Orb  (Island) ’92 UK mutant dub 
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Look to the skies!

60-90 min.

  • Christ Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Pop-Eye) Dutch flautist w/ Sly & Robbie
  • Dennis Bovell & Janet Kay – Silly Dub; Dub Dem Silly (Arawak International) ‘93
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant dub
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a The Creator + Stinkin’ Dub; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • Ranking Ann – Black Rock Possee; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82 singjay 
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Dutch Flute inna rub a dub stylee

90 min. – 2 hr.:

  • Burning Spear – Farover; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry (Discomix); Bloodsuckers (Melodie) ‘78
  • Peter Metro & Lady Ann – Bossanova; Dedicated to You (Grapevine) ’84
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Na Lend Out Me Chalice; Origination (Sky High) herbtune
  • Yellowman – Cocky Did Hurt Me; Mister Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82 rude
  • Sam Carty – I Don’t Mind; Black Arkives (Justice League) ‘75
  • Lijadu Sisters – Reincarnation; Sunshine (Afrodisia/Knitting Factory) ’78 Nigerian sisters

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2 hr. – 2 & 1/2 hr.:

  • The Wailers – Concrete Jungle Dub; Dub Marley (Tabou1) ’76 rare dubs
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give & Take: Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Gorillaz vs. Space Monkeyz – Starshine; Laika Come Home (Astralwerks) 2002 Mutant Dub UFOria
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote)
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Little David– Yes It’s Bless; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots)  2001 UK Mutant Dub 
  • Black Slate – Thin Line Between Love and Hate; Amigo (Ensign) ’80: Persuaders soul cover
  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob/Peter cover
  • The Meditations – Woman Piabba; Anthology (Nighthawk) ’76 herbtune
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Bob Marley produced Martha Velez w/ Lee Perry & the Wailers

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango)  ’80 UK dub poet
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’82 Rita Marley herbtune
  • Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’80 herbtune
  • The Rolling Stones – Cherry Oh Baby; Black and Blue (Rolling Stones) ’76 Eric Donaldson cover
  • Trinity – Put it On; Burning (Rhino UK)
  • J. Geils Band – Give It To Me; Bloodshot (Atlantic) ‘73

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 7, 2017 (Stream + Track List). Mutant Dub New Year!

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<How to deal with the Trump-o-calypse: Let’s Go Out With a Bang!>

Greetings,

Hope everyone had a nice Holiday. I spent the first week at my sister’s in Albuquerque. My parents just became Snowbirds, so my second week was in Phoenix.

Phoenix is a great town for vinyl. CDs are becoming irrelevant, but the racks are full of black wax and lots of people doing what I do for 30 years: cratedig. So I will be visting often in the months of Dec-March. Otherwise, vinyl melts from the store to the car!

Found some nice gems to play in 2017. For over a decade now, the first show of the year on Smile Jamaica is devoted to what I call Mutant Dub: Jamaican drum and bass with modern electronic sounds and textures awash in echodelia.

The 3 hour Mutant Dub World Tour!

As Joe Strummer sang, “Knives to the trebel!”

  1. Crank the volume!
  2. Set bass phasers to stun!

Happy New Year. Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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“Shit good this is”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 7, 2017: Annotated Playlist – photos, soundbytes captions, Reggae History Lessons; 56 sec.

Set 1:

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierig) ’88 Green Germ. Vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Afro Omega – Pick Up the Pieces; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; ON U Sound Celebration (Trance) ’88 West German comp
  • Sizzla – Rainshowers (Bronx Dogs Dub Mix); Dub Selector (Quango) 2001
  • Brain Damage Meets The Vibronics – Siege of Kut; Empire Soldiers (Hammerbass) 2013 Fr. w/ Arabic vox
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; The Archives (ESL) 2012 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcment
  • Butch Cassidy Sound Sytem – Hear What I Say; 12” EP (Fenetik) 2004 Glasgow, Scotland
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All aboard the Mutant Dub train!

 Set 2: Mutant Dub World Tour

  • Samia Farah –Le Monde; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female singer
  • Al Haca Soundsystem feat. Ras MC-Tweed – Libation; Inevitable (Different Drummer) 2003 Spanish
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Change; Time Freeze (Caroline) 2007 best of Hindi/Pak/UK collective
  • Audio Active – Paint Your Face Red; Startrec EP (ON U Sound) ’96 Jah-pon vinyl
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French-Tunisian dubstress Samia Farah

Set 3:

  • Dub Colossus – Shem City Steppers; In a Town Called Addis (RealWorld) 2008 Ethiopian female vox
  • Ripple – Sunday Morning Dub; Bay Area Dubstep volume 2 (Full Melt) 2008
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” UK (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 Stormtrooper Theme from Star Wars

<Star Wars in dub>

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Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Tiger Balm; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress

<Dawta of a Sex Pistol; 20 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart – This One is About Flying; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria
  • Troubleman – Intergalactic You, Intergalactic Me; Far Out Spaced Odyssey (Far Out) 2010 Brazilian UFOria
  • Nomadix – Juggling; Rolling Papers: Ambient Dub Selection (Roar) ’93 UK – Dub Album of the Hour
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Mutant Dubstress – Hollie Cook: Daddy was a Sex Pistol!

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Mutant Dub

  • Singers & Players feat. Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 UK Bible stories: Mutant vinyl set
  • Martin Campbell – You Lick Me First; Rootsman – The Real Thing (Channel One UK) ’97 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – Pounding System; Pounding System (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Zulu Warriors – Chanting Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK
  • Doctor Pablo & the Dub Syndicate – Doctor Who?; ON U Journey Through Time & Space; 10” Dubplate (ON U Sound) 2015 UFO-ria
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ON U Sound Record Store Day, 2015

Set 6: Space Dust 420; 21 sec.

  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) Brooklyn 2005
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 female weedstepper out of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around + Dub; One Punch (Green Tea) Jah-pon ’98

<“Whenever I get low, I get high!> 9 sec.

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Ancient Astronaut Theorist, Giorgio Tsoukalos. Ancient Aliens Friday Nights on Viceland

Set 7:

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 – live version of The Paragons reggae classic
  • Rasheda & Mystikal Heights – I Love Jah + Jah Love (Discomix); 12″ (Zion Gate) 2007 Fr.: Don Carlos cover
  • The Outsider Meets High Tech Roots Dynamic – Alfa; At Channel One UK (Jah Works) ’91 UK vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
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Ari Up Rest in Peace. The Slits: rudegirls do punkdub & roots reggae

Set 8: UFO-ria

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night (I Fell in Love with an Ancient Astronaut); Into Time and Bass (ESL) 2011 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – March of the Reptoids + Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 US
  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Soko – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was an Alien (Because Music) 2012 French female
  • Tena Stelin & Jah Warrior – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Jive) ’82 UK New Wave

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  • Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Jah-cember 2016 – Mutant Dub A-Z!

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Greetings,

Been on a cratedig during the Thanksgiving Holiday. So I have been away from the decks at KRCL Smile Jamaica.

My fascination beyond Reggae is what I have called Mutant Dub for nearly 30 years: Take Reggae drum & bass and weld it on to contemporary dance, dub echo and modern pulsating electro beats.

So I hunkered down in my Secret Dubratory this week and cooked up what I call Digital Dubplate shows. Bonus roots and dubbers.

From A to Z. From Audio Active out of Jah-pon to Zombi Italian dubbers. Massive Attack, The Slits, ON U Sound, Bill Laswell and Thievery Corporation.

Dub ‘n bass will put a smile pon your face!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub A-Z Playlist:

0 – 30 min:

  • Audio Active – Audio Active’s Adventures in Time and Space; Happy Shopper (ON U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon: Mutant Dub A-Z
  • Bomb the Bass feat. Justin Warfield –  Bug Powder Dust; clear (Fourth & Broadway) ’95 tribute to William Burroughs
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh Woodpecker Sound
  • Dub Dynasty – Thundering Mantis; Thundering Mantis (Steppas)  2014 UK
  • Ex-Centric Sound System – Ex-Centric Dub Show; Electric Voodooland (Loud) 2000 Brooklyn Afro-Dub
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop – Silver and Gold; Blackbird (Fat Freddy’s Drop) 2013 New Zealand
  • Gorillaz – Revolving Doors; The Fall (Virgin) 2010 UK

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30-60 min

  • The Herbaliser – Sensual Woman; Session 1 (!K7) 2000 UK best
  • Improvisators Meets Iration Steppas – Wah Wah 12”; Inna Steppa Dub (Hammerbass) 2008 Fr.
  • Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart feat. Dolores O’Riordan – The Sun Does Rise; Take Me to God (Island) ’94 UK
  • King Earthquake – Serious Dub; Dub Plates Chapter Two (King Earthquake) 2010 UK
  • Bill Laswell – Cyclops; Points of Order (Innerhythmic) 2001 US
  • Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You Got; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK

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60-90 min

  • Nickodemus – Back From Africa (Derek Sessions rmx); Endangered Species Remix (ESL) 2006 NY
  • The Orb feat. Nina Walsh – Ghostdancing; Cydonia (Universal) 2001 UK
  • Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun; Screamadelica (Sire) ’91 UK
  • Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – Dub Del Pacifico; Death of the Revolution (TruThoughts) 2008 UK 
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Cydonia – human faced pyramid on Mars

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ’94 UK
  • The Slits – Man Next Door; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 Live in SF and Cincy: Paragons cover by UK female punk group
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio (Rewound); Babylon Rewound (ESL)  2004 DC
  • Undivided Roots – Move Up; ON U Sound Discoplate Collection Part II (ON U  Sound) ’82 UK
  • Veve’ – Maka; Veve’ (WordSound) ’98 Brooklyn

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2-2 and 1/2 hr

  • Desmond Williams – This Morning; Delights of the Garden (ESL) 2002 DC
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12” (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Yerba Buena – Fever; Island Life (Razor & Tie) 2005
  • Zombi – DE3; Escape Velocity (Relapse) 2011
  • 2 Bad Card – Leaving Rome; CD Single (ON U Sound)  ’95 UK

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Smile Jamaica’s Mutant Dub Mash Down – Digital Dubplate Only (June 2016)!

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What is Mutant Dub?

Greetings,

Took last Saturday off on a cratedigging assignment. In order to keep fresh roots on my Mixcloud stream, I cooked up 3 hours of Mutant Dubwize in my Secret Dubratory.

I call these off-air Ark-I(ves: Digital Dubplates since they are online only.

Bass in yer Facd!

bless, robt

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Bass the Final Frontier on the Starship Dubwise

Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Mashdown (June 2016) Playlist:

0-30 hr.

  • Alpha & Omega – King and Queen; King and Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox: 3 Hours of Mutant Dub
  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010  Best Of: DC dubbers
  • The Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G-Sides (EMI) 2002
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect)  2006 So Cal
  • Samia Farah – Le Monde; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Tunisian-French singer
  • Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom – Chin Up; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK chanter
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Champion’s Return + Higher Elevation; Survival Guide for the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, CO
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Roots Manuva – UK toaster over dubblicious beats

30 min – 1 hr.:

  • Disrupt – Asteroid Dub Force; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 German
  • Hollie Cook – Postman; Twice (Mr. Bongo)  daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook
  • Dub Judah/Mad Professor – Standing Firm; In Captivity (Nubian) ’95 UK
  • Dreadzone – Cave of Angels; Second Light (Virgin) ’95 UK
  • Ben Wa – Break That Stone (Granite Mix); Docking Sequence: BSI Campaign vol. 1 (BSI) 2000 Portland, OR dub label
  • Sevendub feat. Angelique & Zakaya – Fire (Soul Fire mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 Germ.
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Mutant Dubstress – Hollie Cook: dawta of a Sex Pistol. Former Slit

1 hr. – 90 min.:

  • Scott Hardkiss – Hey Deejay!; Technocolor Dreamer (God Within) 2009 San Fran
  • Balkan Beat Box – What a Night; Give (Nat Geo)  2011 NY/Israeli group. Necrophilia lyrics?
  • The Interruptor – African Satellite Dub; Roots of Dub Funk 4 (Tanty) 2004 Swiss artist
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien; I Thought I Was An Alien (Babycat) Fr. Female, 2013 UFO-ria
  • Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft; Hope (Capitol) ’77 Can. UFO-ria.
  • Full Moon Scientist – Lunar Base Dub; Planet Dub (Ultimate) ’96 UFO-ria
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French singer SoKo and her boy-alien as opposed to boy-friend

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Ari Up – Kill ‘em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) female punk dubber of Slits, New Age Steppers
  • African Head Charge – Touch I; In Charge – Live in Japan (Beat) 2005
  • Anju Kumbz – Stand Up On Your Feet; Binghi Riddim (M) 2008 Neth.
  • Martin Campbell – No Farmer; Historical Tracks (Channel One UK) 2010 best of
  • Zion Train feat. Molara – Freedom; Love Revolutionaries (Universal Egg) ’99 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Singers & Players –  Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound)
  • Clive Hunt & the Dub Dancers – Marley Dub; Clive Hunt & the Dub Dancers  (Makasound) 2008 Fr. Bob cover
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RIP Ari Up – Slit, New Age Stepper. Step-daughter of Johnny Rotten

2 hr. – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth/Threat to Creation; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik) ’81 UK: Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • Soho – Shake Your Thing; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon; UFO-ria
  • Bomb the Bass w/ Spikey Lee – Darkheart (7” Edit); clear (Quango) ’95 UK
  • Congo Ashanti Roy & Singers & Players – African Blood; Disco Plates Collection Part I (ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Akabu – Fate of the World; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group
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Adrian Sherwood’s collector vinyl. Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.:

  • Black Star Liner – Bonus Track; Yemen Cutta Connection (Echo Beach) ’96 UK/Hindi group
  • Survival Soundz – Dub Is Dub; Land of Baboon (Baraka Foundation) ’96 Brooklyn
  • Dub Syndicate – Herbal Roots; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots) 2001 UK
  • Kanka feat. Moyenei – Ya Estas Aqui; Sub.mersion (Hammerbass)  2009 Fr. w/ female vox
  • Kode9 – Magnetic City; Box of Dub (Soul Jazz)  2007 UK dubstep
  • Dubmatix feat. Ammoye – Lock Down; Clash of the Titans (Collision) 2011 Can. w/ female vox

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-bruary 27, 2016: Lamb of Judah

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Chunky air Jah-bruary goes out like the Lamb of Judah into Spring. Selah!

<Bad air Jah-bruary goes out like a lamb; 9 sec.>

Greetings,

After a brutal month of bad/chunky/polluted air in Salt Lake City, it was so nice to have 60 degrees for the last Smile Jamaica of winter (Praise Jah!).

I have lived in SLC for coming up on 30 years. Seems like  each winter the Inversion Galore gets worse and worse.

Really vexes me when the weather man talks about “inversion” or “haze”. Yeah, bullflop – it’s smog and pollution.

Thankfully, I don’t have respiratory problems,  but even I got hit with a mild dose of bronchitis this month.

Smile Jamaica’s bronchial cure: Allegra-D in the morning, Mucinex at Noon, Flonase whiff before bedtime. As much water as I can slug down.

One thing about Spring: Hay fever. But at least the mornings are lighter and I get to go home in daylight.

Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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2016 Smog Lake City

<High-lights for Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 27, 2016; 28 sec.>

Set 1:

  • Michael Prophet – Jah Love; Jah Love (Live & Learn) ’83 DC vinyl
  • I Kong – Life’s Road (dub); The Way It Is (VP) ’78: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ‘79
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Strictly For Rockers (Mango) ’85 comp.
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Gregory Isaacs – Slavemaster; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ‘78
  • The Observers – Zorro/Cutting Sword; 10” (PK) ’79 Niney instrumental
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Smile Jamaica’s favorite singer – Bim Sherman & the Lamb of Judah

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 Request

<Reggae History Lesson – Exodus: The LP & Bob’s journey; 22 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Power Strugglers; Crucial! (Shanachie) ’79
  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) 8/23/83 Live – Los Angeles
  • The Wailers – Bend Down Low; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) Oct. ’73 live at KSAN Radio, San Francisco

<The Wailers live on KSAN Radio; 13 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart – Holding You Close (Dub); In Dub (Echo Beach) 2014 Austrian; Dub Album of the Hour

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Sly Stone – kicked the Wailers of his tour as opening act, 1973

Set 3: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Joe Higgs – Songs My Enemy Sings; Life of Contradiction (Micron/Pressure Sounds) ’75
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Island) ’77: Wilson Pickett/Lee Dorsey soul cover; Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters
  • Mighty Diamonds – Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77: Allen Toussaint New Orleans cover of Robert Palmer tune
  • Aisha – Guide & Protect; Roots Daughters Vol. 1 (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Professor
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Smile Jamaica’s favorite – soulful Reggae

Set 4:

  • Black Roots – Earthland; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK roots reunion
  • Martha Velez – Money Man; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Marley prod’n/Perry engineered/Wailers riddims

<Martha Velez, sister of Hendrix percussionist at Woodstock: Jerry Velez; 20 sec.>

  • Horace Andy – Don’t Let Problems Get You Down; 10” (Glimmer) ‘77
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Marley produced. Scratch engineered. Wailers on the riddims

Set 5: Vinyl Is V-Ital 

  • Lillian Allen – Jazz You + This Ya Mumma Earth (Peace Poem); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87: J’can dub poet
  • Basement 5 – Immigration; 1965-1980 (Island) ’80 UK punkdub – members went on to Big Audio Dynamite

<Punk Dub led to Big Audio Dynamite; 17 sec.>

  • Sugar Minott – Mass Mi Mass; Rydim (Power House) ’85 JA – George Phang prod’n
  • Augustus Pablo – Last of the Jestering; Thriller (Echo) ’80 melodica, Enos McLeod prod’n

Set 6:

  • Specials – Rude Boys Outa Jail; A Checkered Past: A 2 Tone Collection (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska revival
  • Dave Barker – Travelling Man; 30 Wicked Hearts (Bushay’s) Techniques cover
  • Audio Active – Auditory Nerve (Part 2); We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon dubbers/weedsteppers
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 herbtune
  • MIkey Dread – Dub Party; Come to Mikey Dread’s Dub Party (ROIR) ’95: Dub Album of the Hour
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Audio Active – Jah-ponese Mutant Dub Weednauts

Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Collie Ruler; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ’91 herbtune
  • Josey Wales – Let Go Me Hand; Outlaw Josey Wales (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah Is Real; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006 UK militant steppers
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The Collie Ruler

Set 8: Mutant Dub Dawtas

<Mutant Dubstresses>

  • Orange Blossom feat. Leila Bennous – Desert Dub; Everything Must Change (Bonsai) 2004 Fr.: Mutant Dubstresses Set
  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2013 UK – dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook
  • Akabu – Sweet Inspiration; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female roots group
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Samia Farah – Yellow Tongue; The Mighty Upsetter (ON U Sound) 2008 UK

<Lee Perry’s intestinal whip>

  • Natacha Atlas feat. Tuupe & Princess Juliana – Eye of the Duck; Something Dangerous (Mantra) 2003 Belgian/Algerian-Jewish
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Mutant Dub with female vox in Arabic