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Awesome new album from Tone & Papa Sparks.
Definitely visit their website - download & tune in.....
....go on treat yourself!

VERSION BIG-FI - EVERYTHING BUT (Free MP3 & covers here)

01. This Place Is Big-Fi (3:03)
02. Time To Be Happy (Part 2) (2:49)
03. Top Of The World (3:58)
04. Chicken Shot (4:28)
05. Skit Skank (3:16)
06. Stalag-A-Go-Go (4:25)
07. High Tide (3:50)
08. Rocket (Album Version) (3:59)
09. Under Me Version (4:47)
10. Riddle Beat (3:45)
11. Run Tings (3:20)

All Songs Written & Performed by Version Big-Fi
Produced by Tone396. Recorded at Big-Fi Studio

Dubtronic Records
Catalogue No. DUBTREC-003
Release Date: 28/01/08


Hailing from Reading in the UK, Version Big-Fi sound nothing like anything
the city has ever produced. Putting classic songwriting aside, this
twosome bring wired-up punk energy, super heavy reggae grooves and
booming dub echoes to the forefront, as well as taking in influences
as diverse and eclectic as King Tubby, The Clash, Massive Attack,
Dreadzone, Joe Gibbs, Suicide, Scientist, Dead 60s, On-U Sound,
Death In Vegas, The Specials, John Barry & Pop Will Eat Itself they
have a foot firmly implanted in the 21st Century taking Dub forwards
and upwards.

Version Big-Fi have always been determined to stay totally separate
from the insular music scene around them. "We want to make tea," says
bassist Papa Sparks. "Our songs should be sung at every social gathering
in the country. We're not interested in sloganeering, posturing or coffee
in the conventional sense."

Version Big-Fi - Tone (beats/dubs) and Papa Sparks (bass/samples) -
have been honing their radical assault since late 2006.
Previously releasing 2 singles in the UK under the Dubtronic label,
the bands first full-length studio album Everything But was produced
at Big-Fi Studios in Reading.


Greetings all - I've just had a week with that nasty norovirus winter bug - so this has been knocking around unfinished for a week or so - felt I better get it done & onboard the b0x before I forget all about it! A little quickfire to get it out - but should play okay ;-)

The main big-ups should go to Tone from the Version Big-Fi crew (contributed three excellent tracks here) - they will be certainly kickin' it big time in '08!

and also the oldtime 'kung fu fighting' tune is for my little girl so we can practice our 'kung fu panda' moves!

live and let the b0x that b00ms (listen + MP3 here)
01 'bongo boom' - the herbaliser
02 'rocket' - taggy matcher
03 'duru people' - basement freaks
04 'milwaukee' - dj vadim
05 'whole lotta love' - dynamics
06 'high tide' - version big-fi
07 'the message' - taggy matcher
08 'where is jamrock' - tone396
09 'got to rock' - dj vadim
10 'master jones (live and let live bt edit)' - bermuda triangle all-stars
11 'can't get you out of my head' - shawn lee's ping pong orchestra
12 'the model' - overproof soundsystem
13 'stalag-a-go-go' - version big-fi
14 'problems' - horace andy
15 '24/7' - mudd & smith
16 'shapeshifters' - basement freaks
17 'kung fu fighting' - carl douglas
18 'mr marvin and ms tammi (ain`t no mountain high enough bt edit)' - bermuda triangle all-stars
19 'love music (bob marley vs rihana remix)' - ben double m
20 'la la means i love you' - alton ellis

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The Alton Ellis Mix - Reggaexx

From the dude that brought us "The Distinctly Jamaican Sounds Christmas Mix" comes a tribute to the king of rocksteady - Alton Ellis:

"when I first read that Alton Ellis was about to undergo cancer treatment in London I immediately said a prayer for the man who has been revered by many as the "Godfather of Rocksteady." I then went to my music and put together an Alton Ellis mix."

Alton Ellis:
"By 1966 the red-hot double-time ska beat had given birth virtually overnight to a much slower, hiccupping rhythm dubbed "rocksteady," and it was Alton who was to be its midwife. "One evening in the studio," Alton recalls, "the bass man didn't show up. So Jackie Mittoo, the keyboardist, had to play the bass pattern on the piano with his left hand, but he couldn't hold it steady, and we all thought the line was so fresh and nice. When the bass player turned up next time, Jackie insisted that he play what Jackie was playing with his left hand. That's how rocksteady was born; we called it so that night." (

The Alton Ellis Mix MP3
The Alton Ellis Mix @ Distinctly Jamaican Sounds

01 "Cry Tough" (1992 Heartbeat various artists - Duke Reid's Treasure Chest) 02 "You Make Me Happy" (1967 debut album on Treasure Isle "Mr Soul Of Jamaica")

03 "Girl I've Got A Date" (1992 Heartbeat various artists - Duke Reid's Treasure Chest)
04 "Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)" (Alton Ellis CD compilation "Arise Blackman" - Moll Selekta)
05 "We Need Love" (Studio One LP called "Showcase" from the mid 70's)
"Skateland Girl" (Volcano 7")
07 "Willow Tree" (The Story Of Treasure Isle - Metro Music label)
"Sun Of Man" (Alton Ellis CD compilation "Arise Blackman" - Moll Selekta)
09 "Remember That Sunday" (Trojan various artists sampler Moonwalk - "Treasure Isle Skinhead Reggae Anthems")
10 "How Can I"
(Alton Ellis CD compilation "Arise Blackman" - Moll Selekta)
11 "La La Means I Love You"
(The Story Of Treasure Isle - Metro Music label)
12 "Stronger Than Before" (Abraham Records LP "
Slummin' ")
13 "Can I Change My Mind" (Heartbeat - "The Best Of Studio One")
14 "Back To Africa" (1992 Heartbeat various artists compilation "Lloyd Daley's Matador Productions 1968-1972")
15 "It's A Shame" (Blood & Fire's - 2001 compilation "Darker Than Blue - Soul From Jamdown")
16 "Loving Mood" (2005 Moll Selekta various artists CD called "The Bunny Lee Rocksteady Years")

Alton Ellis - Do the Ska & Rock Steady Live - part 1&2

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Stop That Train - Mix Ten

Here's the fresh new years podcast from Papa Sparks at the mighty Stop That Train blog.
As always he's hitting all the right buttons!

****Check out the
Big-Fi version of Jammy's Stalag17 riddim (trk 06)****

Download/play STOP THAT TRAIN - 10

Cast Notes:
01. Kanka - Nova Dub
02. Quest - Hard Food
03. Cotti - Tamil Dub
04. Eugene Thomass - Undergroovin'
05. Vanilla Fudge - People Get Ready
06. Version Big-Fi - Stalag-A-Go-Go
07. Abassi All Stars - Heavy Load
08. Gorillaz - Kids With Guns (Quiet Village Remix)
09. Scientist - Beaming
10. Aswad - Warrior Charge
11. Jackie Mittoo - James Bond
12. Mitsoura - Lei Toi
13. Balkan Beat Box - Adir Adirim
14. Burial - Southern Comfort
15. Overdub - What A Wonderful Surprise
16. Al Wilson - The Snake
17. Dennis Alcapone - It Must Come
18. RupieEdwards All Stars - Free The Weed/Free The Dub
19. The Revolutionaries - A.N.C.
20. The Revolutionaries - Death in the Arena
21. Scotty - Draw Your Brakes

Mixed By: Version Big-Fi

Running Time 62.00

Tone396 - Where Is JamRock?

Howdy again - I say this every year but I really want to put some effort back into the Boogie Shed and drop down a few more posts (if I can!)

First up some more mashup trickery from Tone396, part of the UK based DUB collective Version Big-Fi.

This is what you get .... Damien Marley vs Black Eyed Peas vs Def Leppard vs Buster Rhymes vs Scratch Master Tone mashed up and spat out inna 396 styleee.

Download Tone396 - Where Is JamRock? MP3 here

Tone made it almost a year ago for some mixing game that never got past the demo mark ... and then recently decided it would be good as a video so made that and released it:

need the visual stimulation?

Version Big-Fi website
Version Big-Fi @ MySpace
Tone396 Blog
Stop That Train Blog