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Brownout - Homenaje (2008)

"Smoking Latin funk from Brownout -- an octet with a heavy groove of percussion, organ and horns -- rolling from a loose limbed groove to a storming dancefloor vibe! Brownout is a collective from the ever expansive, always unpredictable Austin, TX scene -- getting some love from the UK's solid Freestyle label. The group brings a smoldering and much needed Latin approach to the deep funk underground -- with elements of Afro funk, psychedelia and some jazzy interplay -- all of it supremely funky and ready to get you're ass moving!" [A small selection of whatever fills my head]

Brownout - Homenaje (2008) [Download here]
Freestyle Records FSRCD033, 2008-01-25

01. Brown Wind And Fire
02. Homenaje
03. Laredo 77
04. African Battle
05. Con El Brownout No Se Juega
06. Latin Asscape
07. Barretta
08. Chema's Contraband
09. They Don't Know
10. The Sexican
11. El Narco
12. You Already Are
13. Chafa Kahn

Band Members :
Greg Gonzalez - bass
Beto Martinez - guitar
Adrian Quesada - guitar
Johnny Lopez - drums
Sweet Lou - congas
Josh Levy - saxophones
Leo Gauna - trombone
Gilbert Elorreaga - trumpet

Links :

Press Release :
Coming this fall, the LONG awaited debut album from latin funk collective Brownout. The album is entitled "Homenaje' (meaning homage) and will no doubt make international noise as the real deal latin funk. Two and a half years in the making, it was recorded in rare down-time from their main project Grupo Fantasma (who recently toured as backing band to Prince!). The band hit analog tape machines, home studios and laptops to create their full length introduction to the world, chock full of Latin, afro, funk and psychedelic sounds that will challenge you to sit still without snapping your neck. Con el Brownout no se juega!

Named one of Austin, Texas' 'Best Live Acts' by the Austin Chronicle, Brownout perform the nastiest Latin funk music out today. This band of ''party rocking legends'' was resurrected from the same tequila soaked border town explosion that originated the highly acclaimed latin powerhouse Grupo Fantasma, Ocote Soul Sounds and many more getting the seal of approval from Maceo Parker (James Brown's saxophonist) and Greg Boyer (P-Funk trombonist/arranger). High praise indeed.

Brownout! is an 8 piece ensemble complete with 2 guitars, bass, no nonsense latin percussion, and the 'Best Horn Section' 3 years in a row at the Austin Music Awards. Throwback but not copycat retro, their music is timeless and honest, keeping the spirit of 70s afro-latin and funk music alive while honoring their South Texas roots. Fresh off the worldwide release of their first 7'' single on the UK's prestigious Freestyle Records and a subsequent underground classic 12'' on texas label Alternate Take, the band has made waves internationally amongst dj's and tastemakers winning over fans like Quantic, Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez and discerning music fans alike.

The Techniques - .357 Magnum Dub [197x]

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The Techniques - .357 Magnum Dub [Download here]

Weary Dub
Fashion Dub
Enforcer Dub
Adam Dub Eve
Dub A Carpenter
Dub Feeling
357 Magnum
Crucial Dub
Killer Dub
Techniques Special

Roots Archive: The Techniques

Producer : Winston Riley & Carl Campbell

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Jazzman Records - What Is Wrong With Groovin'

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We started our 7" reissue series a few years back with one thing in mind; to make the rarest, most obscure and grooviest records available to all on beautiful 7" vinyl. Many of the recordings chosen were little known by music lovers but were so good that they deserved to be heard by the many people with an ear for the good stuff living around the world. This idea still stands to this day, and we continue to seek out great music that has long since been forgotten or has proved very difficult to find in the original format.

Now our Jazzman 7" releases themselves have proven hard to locate by some, and have proved useless to those who do not own a turntable, so now the time has come to make some of the best cuts available on CD for the first time. This CD it chronicles the first 10 releases, and includes the elusive first Jazzman 7", now long out of print, 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child' by Kathleen Emery. As the first release on the label, we had to make sure it was a good one - it can't have been a bad choice as demand for the record continues to this day. The complete track listing is as follows:

Jazzman Records - What Is Wrong With Groovin' [Download here

1- Kathleen EmerySometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
2- Los Brasilios - Brasilian Beat
3 - Fred Johnson - A Child Runs Free
4 - Lorez Alexandria - Send in the Clowns
5 - Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale
6 - Freddie Cole - Brother Where Are You
7 - Keith Mansfield - Ophis le Serpentaire
8 - Vincent Geminiani - Ophis le Serpentaire
9 - Unknown 10 - Frank Motley - Ya Ya
11 - Letta Mbulu - What's Wrong with Groovin'
12 - Bruno Spoerri - Les Electroniciens

Big thanx to: A small selection of whatever fills my head!

Head Noddy 2 - LAZY

The excellent Head Noddy gets a second 'new age dub mixtape' outing.....

Head Noddy 2 - LAZY [MP3 here]

G-Corp - Echo Beach.

02.Tosca - Honey [Supatone 2 Dub Mix].
03.Dubaphonic - Bablon Insight.
04.Ganja Beasts - Herb Is Good.
05.Binder & Krieglstein - Daddy.
06.Cotton Belly - Tempest Dub.
07.G - Corp - Groove Corporation.
08.Tripswitch - Shamanic Tea [Remix].
09.Tripswitch - Shamanic Tea [Org Mix].
10.OTT - Escape From Tulse Hill [Remix].
11.Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herring Band - Savannah.
12.Bob Symeonn - Queen Dub.
13.Easy Star All - Stars - Dubbing Up The Walls.

Just in case you missed the first Head Noddy new age dub mixtape [link here]
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Boozoo Bajou - Satta

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Boozoo Bajou - Satta
Label - Stereo Deluxe
Released - 2001
Style - Downtempo, Dub, Nu-Jazz

This must be one of my favourite albums....

"On the Nuremberg based Downbeat/Lounge/Nu Jazz Label Stereo Deluxe, Boozoo Bajou released their 10 track debut album Satta. Since 1997 the duo Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth aka Boozoo Bajou caught the eye of DJ's through the release of three twelve inch records, Night over Manaus, Under my Sensi and Divers, which brought a whole lot of club-play and smaller notification all over the world. The album has turned into a classic and is described as a milestone for the downbeat scene. Those 10 tracks from Satta can now be found on more than 120 CD compilations worldwide and the music was used on half a dozen top class tv adverts." [Its Coming Out Of Your Speaker]

1 Yma (6:30)
2 Camioux (5:32)
3 Night Over Manaus (6:19)
4 Divers (5:02)
5 Bakar (5:14)
6 Down & Out (6:06)
7 Yoruba Road (5:40)
8 Under My Sensi (6:01)
9 Lava (4:51)
10 Satta (5:42)


Freestyle Records Presents: Stay On The Groove [2005]

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Freestyle Records Presents: Stay On The Groove [MP3 here]


1 New Mastersounds, The Stay On The Groove (2:58)
2 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? (4:24)
3 Troubled Soul (2) Funky Me Pt 1 & 2 (4:53)
4 New Process, The Freedom (2:23)
5 Jaguar* Battle Of Funk (3:59)
6 Breakestra Show And Prove Pt 1 (2:58)
7 Lefties Soul Connection Doin' The Thing (2:21)
8 Cookin On Three Burners* Gravel Rush (3:18)
9 Poets Of Rhythm* Ham Gallery (3:19)
10 Quantic Featuring Spanky Wilson Don't Joke With A Hungry Man (5:15)

Featuring [Vocals] - Spanky Wilson
11 M.F.O.S. El Padrino (4:17)
12 Speedometer (2) Work It Out (2:58)
13 Quantic Soul Orchestra* Hold It Down (2:50)
14 Context If I Had A Band (3:11)
15 Ria Currie And Deep Soul Messengers, The Everything's Gonna Be Alright (2:28)
16 New Mastersounds, The Two Note Brown (2:24)
17 Lee Fields & Dap-Kings, The Give Me A Chance (3:12)
18 B.D.M.* No Rest For The Wicked (2:33)
19 Sharon Jackson & Soul Destroyers, The Fakin' It (3:47)
20 Bamboos, The Tighten Up (3:50)


This came in the post recently and it's top gear...more dub fyah from Fried Wire...

Pushing current sound technology to the limits in order to create the sound of 1970s sound technology being pushed to the limits... new-school old-school dub fyah!

"One of the most influential/influenced mid-70s roots/dub bands who never existed... just released their second album!"


01 Guess Who (A Tribute To The Upsetter)
02 Dub Come Rally
03 Son Of Roots
04 Black Psychedelic Matchstick Men Dub
05 Dubbing For Victory
06 Taxation Dub
07 West Of The River Nile
08 Giggit Riddim
09 A Judgment On Babylon
10 Monday Dub
11 Pipe Lick Riddim
12 Poor Man Dub
13 A Psychedelic Dub
14 Digging A Little Deeper
15 Laying Low The Mighty
16 Tribulation Dub
17 Lion Sounds Skank
18 The Meek Keep Strong
19 Hear-I Dub Revisited
20 A Dub Of Righteousness

Dub Specialist - 17 Dub Shots From Studio One

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Dub Specialist - 17 Dub Shots From Studio One [MP3 here]

Cornell Campbell & The Eternals - Starring Dub
The Soul Agents - Dubbing Lecturer
The Sound Dimension - Mr Joe
The Heptones - Together Dub
Green Light
Banana Walk
The Heptones - Lost In Dub
The Lyrics - Old Man Dub
The Soul Vendors - Dub It Easy
Cornell Campbell & The Eternals - Queen Of The Dub
Delroy Wilson - Runnings
Horace Andy - Johnny Man
Cornell Campbell & The Eternals - Can't Find Dub
Roland Alphonso - Beam Sound
Horace Andy - Love Of A Dub
Roy Richards - Freedom
Jackie Mittoo & The Invaders - Depth Charge

CD #CDHB 142 1995

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Basement Freaks Guest Mix April 2008

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Direct from Greece.... for a more funky flavour....
Basement Freaks Guest Mix April 2008 [Download MP3 here]

1. Basement Freaks vs AWB - Edit The Pisces
2. Audit - Reggae Type Of Way
3. Beastie Boys - Shure Shot (bootleg mix)
4. BlackEyedPeas Vs Glen Steffani - Start Your Feet Lik Dis
5. Boomfunk Mcs Vs Basement Freaks - Ya need a B.boy Band
6. Ohmega Watts Vs Unklejam - Get in the Scene
7. Chops Vs QDup Foundation - Drop the Renegades Revenge
8. Basement Freaks & Quasamodo - Move Sucker
9. Feature Cast - Chuck Berry
10. P-Zilla - Badest Man
11. Feature Cast - Get Up (Lets get down)
12. Badboe - Loose your funk self
13. SunstetSoul presents Da Wiesel - Soulfood (Feature Cast remix)
14. Fankanomics - 33 Positions
15. 50Cent - Window Shoper (bootleg mix)

Basement Freaks @ MySpace

One People : One World : One Love - LAZY

Another killa selection from Lazy at the Blogger's Delite HQ....

One People : One World : One Love - LAZY [MP3 here]

King Tubby - Killa Dub.

02. Fi Mi Horns - Matic Horns.
The Aggravaters - Riding In A Dub Groove.

Barry Brown - Release The Cains.

Wayne Jarret - Live On Jah.

Riddim Version - Ceema Riddim Version (Lukie D Prod).

John Holt - Don't Fight Your Brother.

The Jays - When Your In Love.

C.Drummond & The Cables - World Dub
10. Earl Daley - Reggae Sound.
King Tubby - Sensation Version.

Stay Free...Lazy

Mikey Dread - Jungle Signal (1982)

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Mikey Dread - Jungle Signal (1982) [MP3 here]
::: big thanx to the DISCO DEVIL blog :::

01 - Signal One
02 - Jungle Signal
03 - Signal Three Dub
04 - Rainbow Jungle
05 - Star Chase
06 - Jungle Gym
07 - Jungle Juice
08 - Dub Jungle
09 - Theme Signal
10 - Lazer Signal

Mikey Dread

A pioneering reggae artist and broadcaster, he worked with the Clash and UB40

Alan Clayson
Tuesday March 25, 2008
The Guardian

Collaborations with UB40, Izzy Stradlin (of Guns N'Roses), Seal and, most spectacularly, the Clash bound reggae artist Mikey Dread, who has died of a brain tumour aged 54, to a fulfilling career as one of the Caribbean's leading musical ambassadors. Even without such big name associations, however, his reputation might have spread when, in the 1970s, reggae, once dismissed as "skinhead music", became acceptable globally to a white intelligentsia.

Worlds away from the Jamaican shanty towns where reggae supposedly originated, Dread - born Michael Campbell - grew up with his four siblings in relative affluence in Port Antonio, on the island's north-east coast. He excelled in physics at Titchfield high school, and after graduating from Kingston technical college was recognised as something of a console boffin when taken on in 1976 by the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation (JBC).

After Dread had criticised the station's cautious output of bland, and mostly foreign, pop, it was decided to let him host a weekly four-hour record show, entitled Dread at the Controls, during the late-night Saturday shift. There was not much executive enthusiasm for the idea, but it was a huge success. The discs - almost all reggae - were only part of the appeal to young listeners as dreadlocked, bearded Dread developed a fast-mouthed spiel, or "toasting", over highly rhythmic backing tracks, freighted with sound effects. In 1977, Dread was voted Jamaica's radio personality of the year.

He also branched out into record production, scoring in the local charts notably with Barber Saloon, a blend of rapping and singing that became known as the "sing-jay" style. In 1978 he performed at Reggae Sunsplash, Jamaica's most prestigious annual music event, though the year ended in disputes with fellow JBC broadcasters that forced his resignation. After founding his own production company, DATC, Dread notched up hit records for other artists while maintaining his own run of Top 20 entries. These included Breakdown the Walls - heard in the 1980 ITV drama Walcott and the US movie The Rift - and the albums Dread at the Controls and African Anthem, each containing jingles from his old JBC programme.

An exploratory promotional trip to England in 1979 was extended to enable Dread to complete a course at the National Broadcasting School in London and support the Clash on a round-Britain tour early in 1980. The group made use of his studio skills, most conspicuously on the million-selling Sandinista! triple-album, and granted him vocal pride of place on Rockers Galore and Radio One, respective B-sides of its spin-off singles.

In 1982 Dread narrated Channel 4's Deep Roots Music series and created its Jungle Signal theme tune. He was also to script and present the channel's 10-part Rockers Roadshow (1983). He also furthered the cause of reggae with a stint at VPRO Radio in the Netherlands, and expeditions to Japan and continental Europe with UB40, for whom he oversaw the mixing of the successful single Red Red Wine and other items.

Still a determined self-improver, in 1984 Dread enrolled at what was then the North London Polytechnic to study advanced recording technology. Later, he gained honours degrees in music, media and business studies. He was not, however, metamorphosing into a cerebral academic: he continued to broadcast on radio and make personal appearances at, for example, the 1984 Miss Black UK Pageant in Birmingham. He also joined the board of the Caribbean Satellite Network in Miami, and taped voiceovers for TV commercials.

As a pop entertainer, he headlined tours of north America and took potshots at the charts with such releases as the 1990 single, The Source of Your Divorce. He managed well-received spots at the 2002 Montreux jazz festival and at Glastonbury in 2004, and was in demand on what amounted to a niche nostalgia circuit peopled by the likes of Bunny Wailer, Kid Creole and former personnel of Bob Marley's Wailers. The much reissued Mikey Dread's Best Sellers CD retrospective always did brisk business on auditorium merchandising stalls.

He was back in the UK on a short tour in 2006 and is survived by his wife Monika, their infant son Zylen Jahlight and six children from previous relationships.

· Mikey Dread (Michael George Campbell), vocalist, producer and radio presenter, born January 1 1954; died March 15 2008

DUBSTA chapter three

The sleeve notes....

Well it's coming round to that time of year again - putting the sound systems & bad boy speakers out in the fields! Here's the next Dubsta installment - as usual a selection of old and new dubplates.

Big ups as always start with Tone of Version Big-Fi here with an exclusive re-rub-a-dub of Marley's 'Is this Love' (incidentally his Version Big-Fi were nominated for "Best Dub Recording Or Album" at the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards).

Big thanks also to Fried Wire / Jah Inspirazion from Mexico / Farm Fresh Sound System / Clint at the Peppermint Iguana HQ & for giving the last two chapters excellent reviews (see below).....and of course all the operators at the b0x that keep it alive and b00ming!

As with before you’ll find there’s absolutely no structure or reason to the track ordering because it was very much a random pick and blend scenario - any connections between the tracks I would put down to the work of jah!


"....this is not MONO....this is not STEREO....this is for folks with MORE than two ears!"

DUBSTA chapter three ::: S*A*T @ b00mb0x (Listen & MP3 here)

(01) 'jah freedom' - jah inspirazion
(02) 'raise your glass (ft. silent knight) - dj vadim
(03) 'version 78 style' - king tubby
(04) 'highest grade dub' - roots manuva
(05) 'is this love (version big-fi dub) - bob marley
(06) 'dub will tear us apart' - fried wire
(07) 'ja fun mi (instrumental)' - king sunny ade
(08) 'plague of zombies' - scientist
(09) 'babylon police thief dub' - augustus pablo meets the upsetters
(10) 'the ghost dub' - burning spear
(11) 'natural progression dub' - aswad
(12) 'capo' - the hippy boys
(13) 'god bless my dub' - niney and friends
(14) 'invasion dub' - king tubby
(15) 'fire and brimstone dub' - black uhuru
(16) 'teach them dub' - king tubby & the african brothers
(17) 'african dub' - joe gibbs
(18) 'run tings' - version big-fi
(19) 'drop It like a hog' - farm fresh sound system
(20) 'roots and culture dub' - mikey dread

1:05:06 ::: 89.5 MB

"Because Dubbing Is A Must: 65 minutes of crucial Drum and Bass lines from the best of the online (DUB) Reggae artists to essential Dub from the days of old. Dubsta Chapter Three is out and you better get it while it's hot!

As we move from one crucial Dub into the next essential mix, jingles and soundscapes enter into what is another fine mix by the Dubsta crew.

We're treated to a wide variety of styles within the art called DUB. King Tubby's "Version 78 Style", for example: a militant almost punky riddim is flooded with cutting edge echo's. Or Fried Wire, one of the best of the online (DUB) Reggae Artist community, with a trippy excursion into DUB Space. Even the King of Reggae himself is present with an excellent remix by the Version Big-Fi crew of his track "Is This Love".

Dubsta Chapter Three Is A Must, like Dubbing Is A Must." [ Dread]


Just in case you missed the first two outings - click on the links below:

DUBSTA chapter 2 MP3 HERE @ b00mb0x

"Opening up with Mikey Dread's massive and even anthemic Saturday Night Style definitely sets the tone for the second chapter of Dubsta: another 72 minutes of stricktly DUB awaits! Ask "any" well-known producer of contemporary Digital Dance Music, and (s)he will tell you all about how DUB really stands at the foundation of their music.

When (s)he knows his/her own business, that is...

It is said, that DUB originated in King Tubby's studio when he was doing a sound check and forgot to turn of the echo before pressing the "play" button. We all know where it went to, otherwise we wouldn't be checking out Dubsta's second Podcast anyway.

Chapter One introduced us to many of the originators of DUB: King Tubby of course, and Prince Jammy. We got a little taste of the fruits, too, but Chapter Two of Dubsta takes us even further down the road of DUB as we even transcend the realms of Reggae!" []

(01) 'saturday night style' - mikey dread
(02) 'roots once again' - farm fresh sound system
(03) 'new dimension' - dj disse
(04) 'blackboard jungle dub' - the upsetters
(05) 'bionic horn' - king tubby
(06) 'fight the power dub' - dreadzone
(07) 'livin' dub' - small world
(08) 'trap them dub' - jah shaka
(09) 'rocket dub' - version big-fi
(10) 'gringo dread' - mad professor
(11) 'jane dub' - universal subjective
(12) 'rigor mortis' - revolutionaries
(13) 'king zion' - (king of dub)
(14) 'social living dub' - burning spear
(15) 'mandela' - abyssinians
(16) 'black phoenix' - (black magic dub)
(17) 'tubb's dub song' - pablo all stars

::: DUBSTA chapter 1 MP3 HERE @ b00mb0x :::

"Did King Tubby know, what he was listening to when he first heard the drum and bass with echo's on what was said to be a sound check in his studio somewhere in the late 1960's, early 70's?

Did he know, he was about to launch a completely new discipline in studio technology that would forever change the face of not just Reggae Music, but in fact all contemporary forms of (digital) Dance Music?

The answer we will probably never know.

We do know, that DUB indeed has become just that: the foundation for many styles as well as a discipline within Reggae Music that continues to puzzle the minds of many producers until this very day.

We also know, that this can all be experienced by listening to the first chapter of the two-part Dubsta Series.

After an initial introduction, we're taken straight to Jamaica where Prince Jammy and King Tubby give us some crucial DUB vibes, only to move forward to the UK where the Mad Professor is at the Control Tower and takes DUB even further.

Just three names, and don't think it's all about them either.

Dubsta Chapter One takes us to times and places where many don't think they can find some crucial DUB as their minds are mostly in the past anyway.

Know DUB, download DUBSTA CHAPTER ONE!" []

(01) 'brown paper bag' - me&you
(02) 'jump up dub' - king tubby & ranking dread
(03) 'storming the death star' - prince jammy & roots radics
(04) 'checkpoint charlie' - mad professor
(05) 'northern lights' - bush chemists
(06) 'blood sweat & dunza dub' - king tubby (king of dub)
(07) 'sufferer's song' - (black magic dub)
(08) 'chapter three' - joe gibbs
(09) 'dub it star' - scientist & ranking dread
(10) 'killer dub' - boozoo bajou
(11) 'dub remedies' - south
(12) 'rockers galore' - butch cassidy sound system
(13) 'jah love rockers dub' - king tubby
(14) 'mass murder & corruption' - scientist
(15) 'strictly dub' - blackbeard
(16) 'dunza dub' - (rockers almighty dub)
(17) 'weep & wail' - roots radics
(18) 'visions dub' - daddy roots
(19) 'sunshine dub' - vibe tribe soundsystem
(20) 'champion dub' - king tubby
(21) 'keep on dubbing' - augustus pablo