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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-ly 14, 2018 (Podcast & Playlists): 30 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Just say no to starving kids, eh Nancy? Thanks to your husband, Smile Jamaica was well stocked with fresh roots! Selah!

Greetings,

It was July 2, 1988. Late Sunday Night/early Monday Morning. I jumped in my car and drove from my apartment by the University of Utah campus downtown to community radio station KRCL 90.9FM.

Unloaded a suitcase full of CDs and a crate full of LPs. At 3 am on a hot summer night, I cued up Black Uhuru’s “What Is Life” from the album that made me a Reggae fanatic  – Anthem.

Drop the needle pon the record and that began a 30 year legacy of Reggae Radio.

<Sunday Night/Monday Morning, July 2, 1988; 3-6AM, debut of 3 o’Clock Roadblock on KRCL; 30 sec.>

Not Bob Marley. Not Peter Tosh. Not Jimmy Cliff. Not UB40. Black Uhuru lit the Reggae fuse that led to Smile Jamaica

I had returned that Sunday afternoon from a massive cratedig in the Bay Area. Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkely, Mill Valley, El Cerrito, Oakland, Santa Cruz.

I was glad my car didn’t break down. It would be bad juju to be late for my debut radio show. Not to mention how would I keep two crates full of vinyl from melting on the side of the road somewhere.

Ronald. Wilson. Reggae. 666 as the Rastas might say. Not I ‘n’ I. I didn’t see eye to eye with Ronnie politically, but I am forever grateful to him as the benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, even if it was a misuse of funds.

The 80’s were a time you could get more student grants than student loans. Tuition was a fraction of what it is today. That left me about $2k left over to front load music for a Radio show. LPs and these recent creations called CDs. I was format agnostic. Good Reggae for the masses.

And I have Ronald Wilson Reagan to thank!

<Ronald Wilson Reagan – benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 2 min.>

Ronald Wilson Reagan or as I call him – the Smile Jamaica financial enabler

So from July 2, 1988 to July 14, 2018 – 3 o’Clock Roadblock (July 1988-August 1989) to Smile Jamaica (Oct. ’89), let’s celebrate with the Sequel to my 30th Anniversary showcase (cd versions) from 2 weeks ago.

All vinyl this time out!

 

<Who wants to live in a world without bass? 30 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Hoping Interwest Electronics can bring Yammy the Subwoofer back from the dead

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 30 Years of Vinyl: July 14, 2018; 83 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Reggae Music; Free From Sin (Trojan ’79 UK vinyl: 30 years of Reggae Vinyl
  • Black Beard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour
  • Jah Lion the Humble One – Dis Ya Sound; The Humble One (Virgin Frontline) ’78 UK
  • Sister Carol – Principle; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Zap Pow – Irie Land; Reggae Rules! (Rhino) ’80 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
When you hear the beat, you gonna move your feet!

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 at the Roxy; LA CA
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 UK
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 

<The Middle Passage; 54 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka – Revelation 18; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

<Revelation 18 and UFOs; 18 sec.>

Earth lightened by his glory? UFO

Set 3:

  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee; Bob Marley cover
  • Gregory Isaacs – Mothers Day; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 US
  • Itals – Herbs Pirate; Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis herb tune
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) ’82 UK; youth update of Mighty Diamonds Pass the Kutchie
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Sound; In Dub (Nature Sounds) 70’s Dub Album of the Hour
How does it feel when you got no food

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA
  • The Meditations – Do Mama Do; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Lovindeer feat. Wailing Souls; Man Shortage; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA
  • UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe; 12″ (DEP) ’85 cover of Sonny & Cher

Set 5: Heavy politics set

Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan (ORA International) ’85 US

<Man a fight man over lollipops; 33 sec.>

  • Pablo Moses – Bomb the Nation; Tension (Alligator) ’84 Chicago blues label
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President; Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK female group
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World World War is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland; twin youths

<World War III: No Cold War 2.0; 89 sec.>

Meme all you want. If this is what it takes to prevent Cold War 2.0? You may kiss the bride

Set 6:

  • Jimmy Riley – Sweet Sensimilla; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 US herbtune

<North Dakota legalization in 2018; 37 sec.>

  • Anthony Johnson – Dread Locks; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal female
  • Black Survivors – President; 12″ (Witty) UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

North Dakota legalization

10 down, 40 to go!

Set 7:

  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Women Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Carlton Livingston – Call of the Rastaman; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Disarm the World; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory)*80 UK
Female heroes through history

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<What is Mutant Dub? 18 sec.>

  • Singers & Players w/ Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 female tour of the Bible: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’88 UK trance dub
  • The Clash – This Is England; 12″ (CBS) ’85 UK picture sleeve
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’80 UKKeith & Tex update
  • Steel Pulse – Heart of Stone; Reggae Fever (Island) ’80 UK Request

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 23, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Harvest Time!

 

<Jah Jah clean out the bad weeds. Separate them from the good. 20 sec.>

Greetings,

I always assume Summer is over when I have to switch from AC to the furnace. Alas, that happened this week.

Time to celebrate that with some Harvest Time roots ‘n’ dubbers. Fall also means an anniversary for I ‘n’ I. October 1989 I co-hosted Smile Jamaica with my bredrin Rutabaga Reese. He moved on Summer of ’90 and I have been juggling wax every Saturday, (not cratedigging of course), since.

Selah! Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 23, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 34 sec.

Don Carlos – The day of harvest has come!

 

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl dj to Mike Brooks Feeling of Reggae
  • Scientist – Surveilance (sic); Encounters Pac Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Lions Den – Zion Dub; Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubbers
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jarrett Park; Montego, Bay JA
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female cover of Rita Marley’s 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 herbtune

<Adventures in Cratedigging – The Melodians big seller; 22 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Hooverphonic – This Strange Effect/ Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC rmx w/ female vox
  • Mighty Diamonds – Fools Rush In; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Channel One) ‘78
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; 12” (Black Art) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’82 

<Mondays: Theme to my first show: 3 O’Clock Roadblock; 13 sec.>

  • Black Roots – Mighty Lion; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Burning Spear – People of the World; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Love Joys – Long Lost Lover; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Black Cinderella riddim
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shsnachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“One day I don’t like is a Monday, Monday”

Set 4:

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley = Joseph Biblical Prophet

<Bob as Biblical Prophet Joseph; 28 sec.>

Eric Donaldson – Black Magic Love; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ‘89

Horace Andy & Jah Mike – Praise Him + Babylon Happening; 12” (Joe Gibbs) ‘81

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (PVC) ’83 DC punkdub 

<HR throat of Bad Brains on Smile Jamaica in the studio; 59 sec.>

<Say it with me: Bad Brains; never THE Bad Brains; 6 sec.>

  • Bobby Culture w/ Brimstone & Fire – Dreadlocks Man; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • Icarus – State of Mind; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • I Roy – Quarter Pound of Ishens; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK

<Qtr. pound of herb costs $1.10 and you still can’t pay your rent?! 17 sec.>

Autographed copy from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s ’77 Exodus. Ziggy’s 2017 rmx; 45 sec.>

<Waiting in Vain mix ‘n’ match – ’77 to 2017; 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl: riddim shower (1): original
  • Simply Red – Love Fire; 12” (Elektra) (2): Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood rmx

<Bunny Wailer & Simply Red Meet Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood of ON U Sound; 38 sec>

  • Earl Moodie – Untouchable Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodie Music) ’74 Dub Album of the Hour
Great Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood Bunny Wailer rmx Rokers do Reggae!

Set 7:

  • Fabiane – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 original female vox
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 cover
Aisha – my favorite female Reggae singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Roots Manuva – Yellow Submarine; Badmeaningood no. 2 (Ultimate Dilemma) 2002 Beatles Cover
  • Sons of Arqa – Asian Rebel; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound)
  • Systemwide – Ripe Up Version; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • New Age Steppers/Creation Rebel – Threat to Creation; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
  • Alpha & Omega – Conscious Black Woman + Version; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (Koch) 2007 Melodians cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): March 4, 2017: Vinylicious Spring Cleaning!

Greetings,

Winter is when I usually spend the most time in my Ark-Ives. Organizing, sorting, reminiscing about how and where I bought these musical curios.

I had a couple days off and was really in a vinyl listening mood. After 30 years on the shelf, the vinyl still sounds criss  as the Rasta might say (aka crisp).

Doubt any of these are readily found on .mp3 and not many on CD. Gems and obscurities for surety!

bless, robt

No brittle 1’s and 0’s for I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 4, 2017: Vinylicious!; 37 sec.

Set 1:

  • Natural Roots – Children of Jah; Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. – Vinyl is Vital Show
  • Jah Shaka – Zulu Chalice; Sensi Dub vol. 5 (Original) ’91 Dub Album of the Hour
  • The Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Best of (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis
  • Matumbi – Music in the Air; Seven Seals (Harvest) ’78 UK green vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stand Up to Your Judgement; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 JA: Request
  • The Jay Tees – A Prayer to Jah; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA female duo
  • Ras Shaka – Ganja Parrot; Melchizedek Vibes (Melchizedek) ’96 Florida herb tune
Do yourself a favor and educate your mind

Set 2: 4:20 Cannabis Set

  • Sugar Minott- International Herb; Jamming in the Street (Wackies) ’86 Bronx
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC
  • Prince Far I – Don’t Deal With Folly; Free From Sin (Trojan) ’79 UK

<Don’t deal with folly, smoke up the collie!>

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet

<Binta: Arabic & Swahili for Dawta; 4 sec.>

Binta – Arabic or Swahili for Dawta

Set 3:

  • Reggae Regular – Tribute to the D.J. (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Simple Simon – Judgement Time;  Bad Man (Kingdom) ’85 UK Eek a Mouse singjay
  • Oku Onuora  & AK7- Slum Dweller Declares + Dread Times; Pressure (Heartbeat)  ’84JA dub poet
  • Scientist – The Anti-Christ; Dub 911 (Nature Sounds) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour
Tribute to the D.J. – Thanks!

Set 4:

  • Leroy Sibbles – Rock and Come On; On Top (Micron)  ‘82 Can.
  • Riot Squad – Peacemaker; What the Hell is Going On (Riot Squad Inc) ’89 Margate FL
  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band  – Science; Chapter 1 Dub Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK: Thomas Dolby inna rub a dub stylee; 13 sec.
Thomas Dolby in a Reggae Stylee
  • The Clash – Bankrobber/Robber Dub; Black Market Clash (Nu Disk) ’80 10” EP Mikey Dread prod’n

<$90 dollars Phoenix vinyl; $4 Randy’s Records bought 1986; 35 sec.>

Set 5: Roots Dawtas

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. Miss Mack – Cracking Up; Stand by Jah (Black Spade)  ’90 San Francisco
  • Blondie – The Tide Is High; Top Chrysalis 2 (Chrysalis) ’80 US Paragons cover
  • Sister Carol – None of Babylon Business; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Sis Nya – Zion I; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK
New Waves Meets Rock Steady

Set 6:

  • Twinkle Brothers  – Let The Music Play; Burden Bearer (Twinkle) ’83
  • The Vision – Youth Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 West. Germany Green vinyl
  • Willin Prophets – Pressure; Resurrection EP (1Up) ’87 LA
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If The Third World War Is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ‘88 Finland

<War with Russia; 63 sec.>

  • Version Dread – Dub Specialist (Heartbeat/Studio One) 18 Dub shots from Studio One, Dub Album of the Hour; 16 sec.
youthman brothers – If the Third World War is a must Russia and American haffi bust. Prophecy!

Set  7:

  • Wayne Wade – What’s Going On; Poor and Humble (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
  • Tony Tuff – Follow Fashion; Sailing (Park Heights)

<Jamaican saying: Follow Fashion Monkey>

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Elektra) ’76 Judy Mowatt covery by American band

<The Shakers – Rolling Stone’s worst Reggae LP ever released; 16>

  • Frankie Paul – Brothers; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – King & Queen; King & Queen (Alpha & Omega) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Basement 5 – Work: Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK – future members of Big Audio Dynamite
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Skip McDonald – Roots Commandment; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK
  • Moody Boys – A.U.N.; Journey into Dubland (XL) ’90 UK
  • Martin Campbell – Everywhere I Walk; Rootsman the Real Thing (Chanel One UK) ’98 UK
  • Singers & Players feat. Brent Dowe – These Eyes; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’89 Melodians singer on the Guess Who
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa Part 1; An ON U Journey Through Time and Space; 10” (ON U Sound) 2015 picture sleeve

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 7, 2015: (Stream + Tracklist); Spring Forward Ever Backwards Never!

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Every time Giorgio says “Extra Terrestrials” take a drink or a hit off yer spliff!

<Lose an hour; 11 sec.>

Greetings,

Daylight Savings means winter is over!

breakfast
No worries. Just cratedig

<HIghlights of the Show>

Annotated Playlist: Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes, photos, captions: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 7, 2015

Set 1:

  • Winston Francis – Let’s Go to Zion; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 mutant dub
  • Jah Lloyd – Sharp Razor; Herb Dub (Teams) Dub Album of the Week
  • Black Slate – Calling Jah; World Citizen (Unit 8) 2014; UK group reunion
  • Rhoda Dakar – Too Experienced; Cleaning in a Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon); 2007 UK ska vet covers Bob Andy
  • Horace Andy – Fly Like an Eagle; See and Blind (Heartbeat Europe); ’98 Neth.; Steve Miller cover
  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ’99; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny Wailer – Didn’t You Know; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
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4 down, 446 to go!; Plus Jamaica + DC

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Kinky Reggae; Burnin’ (Disc 2) (Tuff Gong); Live at Leeds Polytechnic; 11/23/73 UK

<Reggae History Lesson: From the Wailers to Bob Marley & the Wailers; 33 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown & Ranking Buckers – Tenement Yard; 10” (Observer Gold) ‘77
  • Akabu feat. DJ Pepsi; No Crack; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group
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The Wailers – 11/23/73. Live at Leeds Polytechnic. North of London

 Set 3: Rockers doing Reggae

  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Atlantic) Rockers do Reggae Set; ’73 NYC black rock artist with Byron Lee in Jamaica

<Garland Jeffreys – NYC black rocker in Jamaica; 76 sec.>

  • The Slits – I Heard It Thru the Grapevine; Eastbound & Down Soundtrack (HB0); UK female punk dub cover of Marvin Gaye; 11 sec.
  • Peter and the Test Tube Babies – Trapper Ain’t Got a Bird; Punk Rock Singles Collection (Anagram) UK punkers

<You’ve got punk rock in my dub reggae!; 5 sec.>

  • Led Zeppelin – Dy’er Mak’er; Houses of the Holy (Atlantic) ’73; Did you make her in Jamaica. Say it fast!; 78 sec.
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“Did you make her in Jamaica?”

Set 4:

  • Izyah Davis & Coptic Sound – No More War; 10” (Livication Corner) 2008 Fr. Mutant Dub

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital – Seven Leaf Set; 22 sec.

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK 
  • Heptones – Sensemenia Collie; One Step Ahead (Sonic)
  • ’85 JA
  • Lion Youth – Bring de Couchie; Love Comes & Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl
  • Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA

 <Legalize it for “foreign currency”; 8 sec.>

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“You’re wasting my time looking for dope!”

 Set 6: Best of 25 Years

  • Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’89; Best of 25 Years
  • Big Youth – Screaming Target; Screaming Target (Trojan) ’73; over Dawn Penn’s “No, No, No” riddim
  • Madness – One Step Beyond; One Step Beyond; 2 Tone UK ska
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’81 herbtune; 12 sec.
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Rita teaches star pupils: Smokey, Herbie and Milla as in Sensi-milla!

 Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM

<lo fi, no computers for I ‘n’ I!>

  • King Stitt – Herbman Shuffle; 7” (Trojan) ’69 pic sleeve; 7” Jamaican Jukebox set
  • Hortense Ellis – Red Shirt; 7” (Sun Set)
  • Ronnie Davis – Tradition Song; 7” (Clocktower) ’75 NYC
  • Dub Syndicate – Etherealites; 7” (blank); mutant dub
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4 down, 46 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<UFOria; 16 sec.>

  • Zion Train – Rebuilding Rome; Love Revolutionaries (Universal Egg); ’99 UK; Mutant Dub Set
  • Ras Command – Education; Serious Smokers (Waveform) 2000
  • Dreadzone feat. Ini Kamoze – One Way; Second Light (Virgin) ’95 UK
  • Soom T – Weed is Sweeter; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2010; female weedstepper from Jahs-gow, Scotland
  • Bob Marley – Exodus Dub (Kindred Spirit Mix); Marley Soundtrack (Tuff Gong) 2012
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