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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 23, 2019 – From One Bob to Another!

<Black History Month = Bob Marley Month on Smile Jamaica; 21 sec.>

Greetings,

Indeed for I ‘n’ I and over 30 years, February (or Jah-bruary) is not only Black History Month but Bob Marley Month….Feb. 6, 1945

Therefore, during the last Saturday of February, I clipped out a couple of Bob Marley Stories.

Bob’s not a fan of space travel: 37 sec.

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me
So much trouble in the world 

 

In the mid 90’s, I had a student from Saudi Arabia who worked for me who said that nearly every government building in his home town was tagged with Bob Marley in Arabic. The Wahhabis were none too happy.

<Bob Marley would be Bwb MarLee in Arabic; 39 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 23, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 56 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Roots Uprising – Beautiful Music; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) b’81
  • Black Uhuru & Sly & Robbie – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Barry Brown – Party Night; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Mary Jane; Songs of Life (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopian/Swedish herbal ballad
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old and New Testament (RAS) ’92 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Running Up and Down; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’81(?)

Set 2:

  • Alton Ellis – Lord Deliver Us; I’m Still in Love With You (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70
  • Junior Delgado – Part Time Lover; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’79
  • DJ /Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat) 2004
  • Dennis Bovell – Za-ion; 12″ (Rama) ’76 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Mother Africa; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’87 Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Horace Andy – Elementary; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’85
  • Freddie McGregor – Joggin’; Strictly Rockers (Mango) ’80
  • Earth & Stone – Three Wise Men + Dub; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ’79

Set 4:

  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76
  • Lady Ann – What You Put Me Through; Bad Gyal inna Dance
  • Natural Roots – For My Sensi (Extended); CD Single (Solid Rock) 2011 SLC islander herbtune
  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; Baggaridim (Virgin) ’85
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin) ’85 UK dub

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96 US vinyl tribute to Bob Marley
  • Annette Brissett – Freedom Fighters; Get Up and Dance! (Zodiac) ’91 NY
  • The Moody Boys – Free; Journey Into Dubland (XL) ’90 UK EP mutant dub
  • Fab 5 – What the Police High Command Can Do; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Jacob Miller – Take a Lift; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’79 Miami cream soda colored vinyl; herb tune
  • Roots Radics – How Long Version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

 

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Cry to Me; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Cry to Me>

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Summer – Roslyn, NY
  • Bunny Wailer – Trouble in the World (So Much Trouble in the World); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob Marley’s 50th
  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; 12″ (Shanachie) ’78 US

Set 7: Bob Marley Birthday Tributes

  • Anthony B – Marley Memories; Universal Struggle (VP) 2001
  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Bob Marley; On the Road (RAS) ’90
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob; CD Single (Resin Music) ’99
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island (Rounder)
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’84 German trumpet covers of Bob Marley. Dub Album of the hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley feat. Bill Laswell – No Woman, No Cry; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Sound the Alarm
  • Morcheeba – Moog Island; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture
  • 2 Bad Card – Mentally Ska’d; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’96 UK

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 Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Mash-down 2017!

Greetings,

In the middle of Spring fund drive at your station that rules the nation. So in order to keep fresh roots on the podcast version of Smile Jamaica, I cooked up three hours of my specialty: Mutant Dub.

Requested by a Twitter follower. These are the heavy bass and echo with Jamaican drum ‘n’ bass with modern electronic and echodelia.

Play loud so the bass pulsates!

bless, robt

Princess Leia pon the riddims

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Mash-down Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • Thievery Corporation – Let the Chalice Blaze; The Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC herb instrumental
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Benga – Light Bulb; Diary of an Afro Warrior (Tempa) 2008 UK
  • Bass Communion – Ghosts on Magnetic Tape IV; Ghost on Magnetic Tape (Headphone Dust) 2003 UK
  • The Herbaliser feat. What What; The Blend (Cuban Blend); CD Single ’97 UK feat. Female vox
Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I – best of 2017

30-60 min

  • Bentley Rhythm Ace – Do the Christmas Rush (EMI) 2000 UK
  • Chris Joss – Get With It; Teraphonic Overdubs (ESL) 2007 Fr.
  • Black Star Liner – Swimmer; Bengali Bantam Youth Experience (Warner) ’99 UK Hindi-dub
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – A Hole to Swallow Us; We are to Answer (ESL) 2009 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Audio Active – Happy Shopper; Happy Happer (ON U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon
  • Nightmares on Wax – Da Feelin; Thought So… (Warp) 2008 UK
  • Shantel feat. Angela Palladino; Wow! Experience; Club Guerilla (Shadow) ’95 Germ.
Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

60-90 min.

  • Sub Version – Soul-Jah Boogie; Box of Dub 2 (Soul Jazz) 2007 UK: Dubstep and Future Dub
  • Sandoz – Higher Than That; Sandoz in Dub – Chant to Jah (Soul Jazz) 2002 UK
  • Seinan – Lion; Frequent Flyer Kingston, Jamaica (Kinky Sweet) 2005
  • Seksu Roba – Moon Song; Pleasure Vibrations (Eenie Meenie) 2003 Japanese/Korean duo w/ female vox
  • Kode9 & Space Ape – Sine of the Dub; Dub Echoes (Soul Jazz) 2009 UK dubstep dub poetry
  • Tassilli Players in Outer Space –  Bass, the Final Frontier (Universal Egg)  ’96 UK
Seksu Roba – Sexx Donkey

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bill Laswell – Space-Time Paradox; Essential Dub (ROIR) 2007 dub compilation
  • Bassnectar feat. Persia – Kick It Complex Remix; Underground Communication (Amorphous) 2007 San Francisco w/ female vox
  • Tena Stelin – Lion Symbol + Symbolic Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Butch Cassidy Sound System – Brothers and Sisters; Dub Selector 2 (Quango) 2002 Glasgow, Scotland
  • Red I feat. Camoi – Lost in Space; Jahdgement Day (Red I) 2012 Phillippines w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – March of the Reptoids!; Apocalypse Whatever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 US
Bill Laswell – American Dub Pioneer

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia Rmx #2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97
  • Up, Bustle & Out – Ascending Sun; City Breakers – Ascending Sun; City Breakers – 18 Frames Per Second (Groove Attack) 2006 Germ.
  • Quadron – Favorite Star; Avalanche (Vested in Culture) 2013 Danish downtro w/ female vox
  • Dubadelic – MIB; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 Men in Black – UFOria
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials Everton Sylvester – I Got Cash; Make Them Like It (Shanachie)  2000 NYC dub poet rudeness
  • Kid Loco – Cocaine Diana; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 downtro

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Manasseh Meets the Equaliser – Souljah; Dub the Millennium (Acid Jazz)  ’96 UK   
  • Word Sound I Powa – Dungeon of Dub; Live From the Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 Brooklyn
  • Natacha Atlas – Man’s World; Something Dangerous (Mantra) 2003 Fr. Arabic/Jewish sings James Brown
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things That Made U.S. – Wild Paarty Sounds (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
Natacha Atlas: Belgian, Jewish, Moroccan

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: