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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers!


Went to a conference in Seattle last weekend. Land of 10 down, 40 to go! Stayed near the water and even got in some cratedigging.

Does KEXP do deejay exchange? Definitely heading back to Bezosstan for vacation this Summer.

So enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in my Secret Dubratory: 3 hours of Smile Jamaica’s favorite cover tunes. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers: Rock, Soul, Reggae

0-30 min.

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan)  ’73 (Bob Dylan/George Harrison)
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group covers (Curtis Mayfield)
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Virgin) ’79 (Woody Guthrie)
  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’79 (Bob Marley)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 (Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain)
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’80 (Jimmy Cliff)
  • Doctor Alimantado – Sitting in the Park; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’77 (Billy Stewart)
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Super Hits (Sonic) ’85 (Isaac Hayes)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke – Simmer Down; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 (Bob Marley)
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Presents (Studio One) ’81 (Sam Cooke)
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72 (Bob Marley)
  • Sly & Robbie – Peter Gun; The Sting (Taxi) ’86 (Henry Mancini)
  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 (The Beatles)
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Your Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 (UB40)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Louie, Louie; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’73 (Kingsmen)
  • UB40 – Red, Red Wine; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83 (Neil Diamond)

60-90 min.

  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 (King Floyd)
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 (Bob Marley)
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 (Temptations)
  • Doctor Dread – I For an Eye; Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 (Bob Dylan)
  • Dub Pistols feat. Rodney P & Terry Hall – Peaches; Speakers & Tweeters (Sunday Best) 2007 (The Stranglers)
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Great Dub in the Sky; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 (Pink Floyd)
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 (Wilson Pickett, Lee Dorsey)

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75 (Bob Marley)
  • Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Armagideon Time (Live); CD Single (Hellcat) 2003 (Willi Williams)
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 (Bob Dylan)
  • Lone Ranger – Natty Burial; M-16 (Hitbound) ’82 (Peter Tosh)
  • Martha Velez – Get Up, Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 (The Wailers)
  • Mos Def – Johnny Too Beef; Mos Dub (Mos Def) 2010 (Slickers – Johnny Too Bad)
  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style! (MCA) ’83 (Desmond Dekker)
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Universal Love (I.R.S.) ’92 (The Police)

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Treasure Isle) ’72 (Marlena Shaw)
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 (The Specials)
  • Lloyd Parks & U Brown – Into the Night; Strictly Dancehall vol. 1 (Omni) ’81 Benny Mardones
  • Randy’s All-Stars – Mission Impossible; Randy’s 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds)  (Lalo Schifrin)
  • Mad Professor – Studio 54 Dub; Afrocentric Dub Chapter 5 – Black Liberation Dub (Ariwa) ’98 (Blondie – Rapture)
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together; The Archives (ESL) 2012 (Timmy Thomas)
  • Aswad – Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology); Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 (Marvin Gaye)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Ben Harper – Sexual Healing; Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Virgin)  2003 (Marvin Gaye)
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 female trio covers Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Just My Imagination
  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 (The Heptones)
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Rock It With I; Win This Record (Asylum) ’82 (The Melodians)
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Every Crowd (Polydor)  75 (Gospel hymn)
  • Half Pint – Political Fiction; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’84 (Rolling Stones – Winsome)
  • Deep Dish feat. Stevie Nicks – Dreams; George Is On (Thrive) 2005 (Fleetwood Mac)



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



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


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


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 
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 
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


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
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


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 15, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Disco Mix Fever!

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True dat, Linus!


<Your place for maximum bass!>

Another tradition bites the dust on Smile Jamaica via the heinous Digital Millennium Copywrong Act.

Let us count the ways the DMCA has screwed me on Smile Jamaica

  1. No  bootlegs (I have dozens of killer Reggae bootlegs and rarities)
  2. No more 3 hour artist shows (No Bob Marley A to Z like I have done). Can’t play more than four songs by an artist in a 3 hour bloc
  3. No Album Side. Back in the day I used to play a whole side of a rare, non-CD disk to go beyond the one shot. Can’t play more than 2 songs in a row off an album
  4. No more Dub Album of the Week. The latest outrage. For 27 years I have always talked over a singular dub release to keep a consistent flow bubbling so the music never stops. But Mixcloud keeps flagging the shows for DMCA violations. Their algo’s pick up the signature of the CD even tho I have “wrecked the mix” by talking over it. Nope.

<DMCA follies (1): No more Dub Album of the Week; 15 sec.>

<DMCA follies (2): No more than 4 songs per album; 30 sec.>

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Fiya bun the asinine DMCA!

So I decided to just punt away from CD’s …

<…No aluminum for I ‘n’ I>

and drop down some Black Wax. All 12″ singles. Long dubble length, combination style all the while.

3 Hours of Disco Mix; 19 sec.

Plus bass-delic echo


The role that the 12″ played in Jamaica was strictly for the dance. Dreads and pretty girls would head for the club. The clubs wanted the deejays to stretch out the songs so that a guy could rub a dub with his best gal and work up a thirst.

From there the 12″ spread into the New York and Miami discos catering to the gay, Latin and urban black markets. Reggae always ahead of its time!

DISCO – Never a four letter word on Smile Jamaica

<Reggae History Lesson: The 12″ Single started in Jamaica; 37 sec.>

So enjoy these two dozen A+ riddim explosions!

<A+ for sure!; 9 sec.>

bless, robt

Fred Flintstone loves the drum and the bass to make Wilma wind up her waist!

 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 15, 2015

<The Vinyl Reasoning; 30 sec.>

Set 1:

  • Mighty Threes – Rasta Business; 12” (April) ’78 Haledon, N.J.
  • Frankie Paul – Zion Train; 12” (Glory Gold) ’85 NY
  • The Jayes & Ranking Trevor – Truly; 12” (Channel One) ’77 JA; Marcia Griffiths cover

<Reggae History Lesson: Combination Style; 10 sec.>

  • Hubert Lee & Ranking Joe – Sing a Long; 12” (Waistline) JA
  • Judy Mowatt & Sister Carol – Screwface/Them Vex; 12” (Jah Life); ’86 NY; Bob Marley cover
The Screwface – Jamaican cousin to the Hairy Eyeball

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rainbow Country; 12” (Daddy Kool) ’79 UK

<Daddy Kool: UK Record Store & Label; 22 sec.>

  • Ras Midass & I Roy – Trouble Town; 12” (Harry J) ’77 Miami
  • Augustus Pablo – Crucial Burial; 12” (Rockers International) ’79 JA: Tosh update

<Melodica Tosh stylee; 12 sec.>

London Reggae Record shop

Set 3:

  • Pat Kelly – Sunshine; 12” (KG) ’80 UK;  John Denver cover

<Sunshine on my Shoulder; 16 sec.>

  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Wherever He Leads; 12” (Go Feet!) ’81 UK
  • Johnny Osbourne – 2 YY’s U.R.; 12” (Hot Disc) Can. 
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Pat Kelly. Falsetto roots singer

Set 4:

  • Inai (sic) Kamosa (sic) – Trouble You a Trouble Me (Taxi) ’84 US

<Ini Kamoze – All Time Smile Jamaica favorite; 20 sec.>

  • Don McCarlos – Gimmie Gimmie Your Loving; 12” (Negus Roots) ’84 UK
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The Hotstepper

Set 5:

  • Lion Youth – Rat a Cut Bottle; 12” (Virgo Stomach) ’78 UK

<Time so hard that “rat a cut bottle” 9 sec.>

  • Junior Murvin – Bad Man Posse; 12” (Dread at the Controls) ‘82
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; 12” (Jah Works) ’90 dub poet
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Time so hard that Rat a cut Bottle!

Set 6:

  • Tipper Lee & Rapper Robert – Come in a de Dance; 12” (Witty) NY
  • Naturalites – Black Roses; 12” (Realistics) UK
  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wander; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
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Natural-Ites. Not the beer

Set 7:

  • Bim Sherman – Golden Locks; 12” (Revue) ’79 NY
  • Mighty Diamonds – Possie Are You Ready; 12” (Hot Heat) ’85 JA
  • L. Wright & Rockas – Shoot Me Some Food; 12” (Ubanghi) ‘82

<Hey Pres. Peace Prize, Shoot me some food! 9 sec.>

Don’t shoot guns, shoot food!

Set 8:

  • Heptones & Prince Lamont – Meaning of Life; 12” (Black Lion) ’77 UK
  • Leroy Smart & Ranking Barnabas – Time is the Master; 12” (Jah Life) ‘80
  • The Meditations – World at War; 12” (Hitbound) ’77 JA
  • Sugar Minott & Captain Sinbad – Hard Time Pressure (Sufferers Heights) ’79 UK
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World at War. Same today as 1977

Words of Wisdom:

<Word, Sound & Power!>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Sept. 6, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist)

2 down 48 to go!


<Reggae History Lesson: Greenbay Killing>

Jump straight to the Sept. 6, 2014 stream

Here is what you can enjoy during the Sept. 6 Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica:

  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob’s last live; Tosh rarity from Equal Rights dubble disk, Bunny Wailer “Camoflauge” plus Marcia Griffiths; 18 sec.
  • Rockers doing Reggae: Dylan, Harper does Tosh, South Africa, Jah-cago; 13 sec.
  • Vinyl is Vital: Lps, 10″ Discomix and Jamaican Jukebox 45s; 14 sec.
  • 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcements & the Seven Leaf: Aswad, Scratch
  • Roots Dawtas: Marcia, Aisha
The Greys love the Green!

bless, robt

Playlist: Sept. 6, 2014: Smile Jamaica

Set 1:

  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord Why Lord; Best of Horace Andy (Studio One) JA vinyl
  • Reggae on Top All Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part 1; (Reggae on Top); ’95 Mutant Dub Album of the Week

<Psalm 18: Verse 8; 24 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Endurance; Sinsemilla (Mango) ‘80

<Black Uhuru led to Smile Jamaica; 26 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Truly; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78

<Reggae History Lesson: The I Threes; 21 sec.>

  • Barry Brown – Dread Full Day; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83
  • Aswad – Pass the Cup; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit) ’82; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Cannabis History Lesson: Pass the Cup; 15 sec.>

Black Uhru. The group that got me into Reggae: Oct. 1986

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – You Can’t Blame the Youth; Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia/Legacy) ’77; bonus track from dubble disk; riddim shower (1): Original
  • Ben Harper – You Can’t Blame the Youth; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ’97  CD EP; riddim shower (2); cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Stay Red; 10” (Upsetter); ’73 herb tune
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK female/Mad Professor
Prof. Tosh: Education as brainwashing. You can’t blame the youth!

Set 3: Rockers doing Reggae

  • Bob Dylan – Dead Man, Dead Man; Shot of Love (Columbia); ’81 

<Bob Dylan, “loping whiteboy Reggae”; 44 sec.>

  • The Members – Clean Men; 1980: The Choice is Yours (Virgin) ’80; UK new wave/pub group

<The Members: Whiteboy UK Reggae; 14 sec.>

  • BLK JKS – Skeleton; After Robots (Secretly Canadian) 2009 black South African hybrid
  • Jai Alai Savant – Data Massagana; Flight of the Bass Delegate (Gold Standard Labs) 2007 Jah-cago; take on Abyssinians tune; 7 sec.
Familiar with the One Drop

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redemption Song; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); last live performance: 9/23/80, Pittsburgh Jah-sylvania

<Thought 34 of 56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road; 37 sec.>

  • 4th Street Orchestra – Scientific (Hurting Dubb); Scientific (Higher Ranking Dubb) (Rama) ’77 Dennis Bovell w/ female vox
  • Robbie Levi – War; 10” (Digital Conscious); 2010 cover of Marley’s Selassie speech

<Haile Selassie’s War Speech at the United Nations; 25 sec.>

H.I.M. Haile Selassie I Speech to the United Nations (excerpt)
New York CityNY  October 4, 1963

“…until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil…”

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams); herb tune cover of Mike Brooks “Rum Drinker”

<Cannabis History Lesson: I Want a Draw; 13 sec.>

Haile Selassie at the United Nations; Oct. 4, 1963

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Gregory Isaacs/Prince Far I – Uncle Joe/Come Off Mi Toe; Crucial Cuts (Virgin Front Line); Vinyl is Vital set: ’83 UK
  • AmJam – 99 Ties – Live at CBGB (CBGB); ’87 NYC: American/Jamaican feat. Leisha Salesman on vox
  • Meditations – Woman Piabba; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US; herb tune by Winston Watson

<Nelstradamus Picks 6 to legalize in 2014; 40 sec.>

  • Bloodfire Posse – Pink Panther; Are You Ready? (Synergy) ’86 UK; Henry Mancini theme
Vinyl is Vital
  • Bunny Wailer – Camouflage; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Robbie Valentine & Jah Mason – Ganja Afe Free; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 mutant dub herbtune

<Nelstradamus of the Seven Leaf; 35 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Postman; Twice (Mr. Bong) 2014 
Brand new, good for you!

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 RPM

  • Jahlights – Right Road to Zion; 7” (Trojan) ’78 UK
  • Willie Brackenridge – Blood Money; 7” (Harvest) ’79 JA
  • Noel Grey – Black Man; 7” (Freedom Sounds) JA
  • Leroy Smart – Jungle and Rema; 7” (Well Charge) JA

<Reggae History Lesson: Jamaican Civil War 1976-1980; 30 sec.>

Mek wey for di rub a dub!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Matty G – Sensimilla; Bay Area Dubstep vol. 3 (Full Melt) 2011; Mutant Dub set: herbtune
  • Botom Botom – It’s Your Life; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass) 2006 Fr. w/ female vox
  • Skream ft. Warrior Queen – Me Love It (Instrumental); Dubstep Allstars vol. 04 (Tempa) 2006 UK
  • The Widdler – Sensi Samurai; Studio Rockers at the Controls (Studio Rockers) 2009 UK
  • Dry and Heavy – Life in the Jungle; Full Contact (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things that Made U.S.; Wild Paarty Sounds! (ON U Sound/Cherry Red) ’81 UK
All killa, no filla!