Dropping the Stinkbombs – A brand new Stinkmix for nix

Well… the original idea was to be getting some podcastery action up here, with some of my radio honed, inane mumbling atop the musical malarkey, however a more prudent consideration suggests it would be far better and quicker to fling up the latest Stinkbombs, the first since November ’08. It’s a shade over a 100 MB’s all up, so I’ve split it into two and they are available from a choice of folks via Sharebee below, just follow them links and pick your download receptacle. Pretty much every track is very deliberately tagged with stings and diabolical dialogueical nonsense, so as ever if you want them tunes there’s easy links to buy ’em, please support the artists and labels…. serious biz, nearly all of them are actively available and just a click away!
Also took this opportunity to include a few of Jason Burgess’ cracking JA shots (Barrington, Lady Saw, Roof Intl van etc) from our visitation in 1993 (and a couple from a previous trip of Jason’s), that’s re-energised me on getting some more of these posted, so look out.
Download link Part 1 (Tracks 1-11) (55.16MB) Zip
Download link Part 2 (Tracks 12-23 & cover PDF) (50.48 MB) Zip

1. The General – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Liondub International)

Matt Shadetek and Lion Dub lay down an impossibly heavy, minimal rhythm at a dubstempo while Jahdan drops one of his best vocals yet, it’s fire and frikkin ice business. Enormous things to come methinks from the Jahdan, Dutty Artz camp and related breadrun.
Buy (I copped it local from Samurai)
DuttyArtzspace check their blog on the panel right over there

Jahdan Blakkamoore

The General label

2. Murderation – Unknown/RSD (Love Is The Key)

Big, big, big tune that I slept on when it was initially released, one of those that a 30 second online sample can just sound like ‘meh another blend’. Oh no it’s not, anything but that…. this is exceptional. A copy, pretty literally, fell into my hands, which is well handy as it appears pretty hard to find these days. Best place to start looking would be here, if you want to be relieved of upwards of 25 Euros.
Love the photo of Barrington out the back of Bobby Digital’s, that waistcoat and the decidedly un-macho white Jeep that he was driving at the time with his Lipstick label logo made for quite an ..ahem interesting spectacle!
More Rob Smith here

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Barrington Levy in the yard at Digital B, Kingston ’93. Courtesy Jason Burgess.

barrington levy in bobby d's yard
Barrington at Sunsplash, Kingston ’93. Courtesy Jason Burgess.

‘Murderation’ is an unadorned white label, this is the original classic.

Murderer label

3. One – Aardvarck (Bloom/White)
Don’t know much about Dutch dude Aardvarck (Mike Kivits) apart from I haven’t really been too down with the little gear I’ve heard of his before this mighty, mysterious, untitled white label ‘Bloom 1’ EP. A bit of further investigation reveals he’s got some interesting gear bubbling, so what do I know? Not much… except this is a killer, very hard to find now and the follow up ‘Bloom 2’ sold out in a week. Heavy!
Buy digital-lee
Aardvarck label
4. Gold Dust – Earl Sixteen (Roots Garden)
5. Herb Dust – Nick Mansseh/Roots Garden Crew (Roots Garden)
Have ranted about these, previously… here, so check that for links, stinks, shits and giggles. This is a little foundation stone breather after the subsonic attackment of the intro trio.
Earl Sixteen & Nick Manasseh
Earl meets Manasseh

6. Vampire – Chezidek (Massive B)
7. What U Fighting For – Burro Banton (Massive B)
A brace of boomshots on Massive B, the NYC label that should be due for some sort of civic recognition for their phenomenal strike rate and staying power, over many years. Mr Konders rarely mis-fires, and this lick of ‘Declaration Of Rights’ is teflon tough and frill free. Chezidek’s ‘Inna Di Road’ album, handled by Bobby for Greensleeves is one of the best reggae/dancehall albums of recent times in my estimation, and ‘Vampire’ is one of the highlights. Burro does what Burro does, admirably, just ramping up the anticipation for his recording session with The Bug to be unleashed upon us.
Buy Chezi from NYC
or Burro from Japan



Chezideks album is still available and it’s beyond fire, like molten or something….

Chezi LP

The Rt Hon Bobby Konders


Chezi - Vampire
Burro label

8. Bad Man Gon Cry – Lady Saw (Big Yard)

Rattled on about this here.
Still available, Beat Merchants have it for the local yokels.
Or Buy ponline
Lady Saw at Sunsplash ’93 shots c/o Jason Burgess.
lady saw star kingston 93
Bad Man label
9. Hustle – Collie Buddz (Massive B)
Huuuuge tune chopping up Barrington’s timeless ‘Prison Oval Rock’, once again from New York’s finest, Massive B. Everything about Collie Buddz just seems so incredibly wrong, and he looks ultra-irritating… but then he just keeps coming up with fire, the kind of feu that overcomes all obstacles and hinderances. I’m well partial to the flip of this ‘Herb Tree’ which is yet more lyrical license about vegetable matter – boasted, toasted and darkly roasted.
Hustle label
10. Smell Good – Captain Barkey (Roof International)
Couldn’t resist sliding in this olfactory 90’s gem from Barkey, ‘put up yu hands if you know yu smell good!!!’, indeed. Wouldn’t do if the smell bad posse were putting up their hands/arms and other odious appendages now would it! All pungent punning aside this is a killer tune, produced by Courtney Cole, and it very nearly sent the mix off on an unexpected 90’s tangent but I managed to hold back…this time.
Buy re-issue
More photographic funda from Jason Burgess below with the Roof International mobile record shop, guess these are a thing of the past now, too. However Truck Back productions who came up with Erup’s ‘Click Mi Finger’ (and the Dashboard & Gearbox rhythms etc) do all their recording in the back of a container truck in Kingston, so the extra ordinary vehicular vibes live on in JA culture.
roof international van
Barkey Smell label
11. Hussling – Busy Signal (Birch Hill)
12. Tek Back Yard – Beenie Man (Birch Hill)
13. Selassie Love We – Vybz Kartel (Birch Hill)
14. Baddaz Rhythm – Birch Hill Crew (Birch Hill)
Ok it may not be much more than a slight (but skillfully done) embellishment on Dave Kelly’s monstrously mighty Joyride rhythm but who cares? This is stencherific, and then some. Christopher Birch updates with aplomb and Busy, Beenie and Vybz all represent proper and correct in the voicing booth. Things get a little over-ethusiastic with the Kaos pad around these parts… such is life.

Busy getting his Bubbles on, as a paperboy for the day

Vybz looking lairy.
15. Bolivia – El Remolon (ZZK)
16. Aqui Princesa (Marcelo Fabian Rmx) – Princesa (Soot)
17. Calzada Rhythm – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
18. Elsa (Sonido Martines Rmx ft Fefe) Los Destellos (Soot)
This little portion threatened to take over the mix, it’s so good to have an injection of fresh cumbionic vinyl. Basically there’s three indispensable 12″s that anyone with a penchant for nuevo-cumbia hoo-ha should peruse and pursue with great rapdity…they are..
El Remolon’s storming 6 tracker ‘Pibe Cosmo’
El Remolon label
Soot’s all-star magnificent remixery.
Neuva Cumbia Argentaina
The Chancha Via Circuito EP, that goes a treat with his Rodante album
Chancha 12" label
Buy El Remolon
Buy Nueva Cumbia Argentina
Buy Chancha Via Circuito 12″
More wibbling about Chancha Via Circuito here
El Remolon

El Remolon

Marcelo Fabian

Marcelo Fabian

Chancha Via Circuito

Chancha Via Circuito

Los Destellos

Los Destellos 1

Sonido Martines (this fellers mixdiscs are beyond crucial)

Sonido Martines

19. Guajira Sicodelica – Los Destellos (Vampi Soul)

From the superbly named ‘This LP Crashes Hard Drives’, which was put together by the fine people at Vampi Soul, Finders Keepers, Sublime Frequencies, Honest Jons, Numero Group, Jazzman, Daptone, Now Again, Light In The Attic and Timmion… phew. For my money this has got be the best, gregariously genre-free compilation thus far this year, and it’s encased in a meaty gatefold sleeve, as befits a release specifically designed to celebrate Record Store Day.
This cut from the ‘Cumbia Beats Collection’ is Peruvian mellow psych chicha fever, holy hell!
Buy it from Conch or here

Couldn’t resist another Los Destellos shot, they’re giving Barrington a run for his money!
Los Destellos 2
This LP Crashes...

20. Psychedelic Circus – The Time & Space Machine (5D)
Read all about it here.
21. Major Blitzkreig – Higamos Hogamos (DC Recordings)
On the strength of what I’ve heard so far, the self titled Higamos Hogamos album is very much at the top of my shopping list. This single kinda out-Depth Charges, Depth Charge – which is major points and prizes round my gates. That delightful situation is enhanced by the a storming J Saul Kane mix that takes up the whole of the flipside. There’s also a surprisingly superb bonus, a percusso-pressure-cooker from Ed Banger artiste Mickey Moonlight, an alliterated gent I need to investigate further. It’s an embarrassment of riches really, as most DC Recordings 12″s are, I opted for the brief and blistering original version at the last minute when I was whacking this mix together, it’s very very hard to argue with.
Hig Hog
Hig Hog cover
22. Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free – Zombie Zombie (Versatile)
I’m startled, nay shocked, by the fact that I haven’t posted about this mercurial French duo who come on like a modern day Silver Apples tussling it out kraut-fu style with John Carpenter on the soundtrack to a psychedelic, slightly sick, dimly lit, autoroute thriller movie… or something like that. It was their right renking remix for Kelpe last year that motivated chasing their album ‘A Land For Renegades’ up, and it’s subsequently become a real favourite. These decidedly un-mindless, synth and basheria merchants are definitely a pair to keep les yeux on, I reckon.
Buy from Piccadilly on all formats or CD is cheap here
Zombie Zombie
Zombie Zombie - A Land For Renegades
23. 2080 – Subeena (Imminent)
I read an intriguing review about this 12″ from Subeena on Imminent by the venerable John Eden on his Uncarved blog, and didn’t connect that it was the same disc when I ordered it. He was right, it’s an untypical wee gem and from a little synchronous investigatory behaviour it turns out that Subeena is hooked up with the mighty Coco Solid from their linkage at the RBMA in Barcelona. Small world and all that, but it takes a large tune to finish off a little mix and this does the biz.
Subeena EP

Stinky Grooves 21.04.09 and RSD in Time And Space…

The General – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Liondub International)

Murderation – ? (Love Is The Key)
Jah Rain (RSD Rmx) – Evergreen & Landlord (Ranking)
Rise Up (RSD Rmx) – Henry & Louis (2Kings)
Jerk Pork – Cardopusher (Lo Dubs)
Mind Of Your Own – Assassin (Dawg House)
Flossing Non-Stop – Tornado (Dawg House)
Jamaica Jamaica – Bling Dawg (Dawg House)
Blaze up The Herbs – Busy Signal (Dawg House)
Estan Dead – Scare Dem Fish ft Suppose
Atados – Tommy Real
Ramping Shop Te Quiero – Ruff Dad, Vybz & Spice
Dumpling Shop – Lovindeer & Mama Tia
Tie & Dye Face – Busy Signal (Stainless)
Hussle – Busy Signal (Birch Hill)
Tek Back Yard – Beenie Man (Birch Hill)
Selassie Love We – Vybz Kartel (Birch Hill)
Baddaz – Birch Hill Crew (Birch Hill)
Shy – Depth Charge (DC Recordings)
Major Blitzkreig (Depth Charge Remix) – Higamos Hogamos (DC Recordings)
Sour 24 Hour – Richard sen & Cazbee (Mixed Blood Cuts)
Para Baillar (Rmx) – El Hijo De La Cumbia ft Alika (Soot)
A Traves Del Tiempo – El Hijo de La Cumbia (Soot)
Escape (Dub Version) – El Remolon (ZZK)
Raggasamba – Magic Drum Orchestra
Township Funk (Mark Pritchard Rmx) – DJ Mujava (Warp)
Two – Aardvark (Kindred Spirits)
The General (Noah D Rmx) – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Liondub International)
Traumatic Times – LD (Hyperdub)
2 Far Gone – Kode 9 (Hyperdub)
Bunker – DJG (Tube 10)
Boksd – Subeena (Imminent)
Verdad – Fedadaen (Nacopajaz)
The Annual – Mr Hayday
Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise – Black Moth Super Rainbow (Memphis Industries)
Angela – Jarvis Cocker (Rough Trade)
Psychedelic Trip – The Time & Space Machine (5D)
Zeitghost – The Time & Space Machine (5D)
Sea Within A Sea – The Horrors (XL)
Morado (Subeena Rmx) – Pepepe Agosto (Imminent)
Mr Sponges Groovy Oscillations – Amorphous Androgynous (Lo)
Drago (Brennan Green Version) – Smith & Mudd (Claremont 56)
Old Man Rivers Crying (Rope Of Sand Mix) – Full Moon Scientist (Hard Hands)
A tad live and loose, with more than a modicum of mess tonight – you get that from time to time.  Since I’ve been somewhat slackerating on the blogular vein of late, I’m going to ping a brace of scorchers up, with a very definite guaranteed promise of more action later in the week.
It’s about time we offered up a little slice of mightyness from Richard Norris’s superb The Time And Space Machine album ‘Volume 2’. After the psych-soaked, aural overload of the first edits emission from Norris’s  sci-fi hi-fi, I have to confess I was initially a tad underwhelmed by early plays of its succesor…… Now, with the vinyl in hand, I just mutter ‘O ye of little faith’ and turn it up to speaker cessating, seismic levels. The over familiarity of the vocal samples (which have been banging around on mix tapes since the days when they were actually tapes and called compilations, and the dolby dinosaurs ruled the earth) on this cut ‘Psychedelic Circus’ switched me off at first… that was before the unrepentant monstrousness of the ‘Inna Gada Davida’-esque riff soaked slowly into my brain and I was once again a T&S Machine zombie, fiending for more. Check heem below.
Buy it here, quick smart ..seems to be selling out of its current pressings at a lot of places.



I’ve been running a whole heap of RSD since Mr Smith blessed the b with a visit, and bought the proverbial ‘maison du fromage’* down. Part of  the hefty Smith quota is because he left me with some utterly sterling tunes, the rest is because I’ve been tracking the ones I was missing down –  like a bloodhound with bass fever. Previewing tracks for 30 second snippets on the computer is never an ideal way to shop, and there’s a couple I would probably  have missed out on. This belching, roots-step monster on Ranking Records had slipped under the rhythm radar…. and that would have been a crime. 
Buy  or locally it can be scored through Beat Merchants, Samurai etc



*(I’ve been on a driving around to Mr Cooper Clarke kick of late, ‘Evidently Chickentown’ and ‘Twat’ should be issued as an antidote to road rage!)

Stinky Grooves 24.03.09 Aagh Ess Dee & Onn Raaar

King Step (Unitone Hifi Dub) – Overproof Soundsystem
1000 Mile Dub – International Observer
Jah Jah Harmony – Jackie Mittoo (Jamaican)
Natty Congo Rides On – Jackie Mittoo (Jamaican)
Shock Shenactadys – Simplicity People ft Tommy McCook (BBE)
What Is Man – Delroy Wilson (BBE)
King (RSD Rmx) – UB40
Wadada (Tom Watson Rmx) – Prince Fari/Dub Syndicate
Herbman Hustling/Heavenless Rhythm  – RSD
Murderer (Remix) – Beenie Man & Barrington Levy

Ninja – Unknown
This Is Life (Rob Smith Rmx) – Dubblestandardt
It Was Written – Chasing Shadows
Love Love (L-Que & J Red Rmx) – O.G.
Grumble About It – Wrexile
Rocking Down The House – Stagger
Raining ?? – Landlord & Evergreen
Trample – RSD
Good Energy – RSD (Punch Drunk)
Late Night Blues – DJ G
Und – Peverleist
Fallen Angels – Visionary
Rise Up (Rob Smith Rmx) – Henry & Louis (2Kings)
? – RSD (R8)
? (RSD Rmx) – Pinch
? – Monkey
***** ROB SMITH ENDS *****
Cha Cha – Mulatu Astatke & Heliocentrics (Strut)
To All The Wizards On Lockdown – Richard Norris (Lo)
Dreams – Onra (Favourite)
Ordinary Life – Smashproof (Move The Crowd)
Call To Arms – Harmonic 313 (Warp)
Township Funk (Ikonika Rmx) – DJ Mujava (Warp)
Nice Green – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Dutty Artz)
King Step (Unitone HiFi Rmx) – Overproof Soundsystem (Elephant House)
Gold Dust – Earl Sixteen (Roots Garden)
Herb Dust – Nick Manasseh (Roots Garden)
Done Upon The Rhythm – Jackie Mittoo (Jamaican)
House Of Love – Beat Pharmacy (Wave Music)

Rob Smith…. phew! What a great set and lovely geezer, I’m raring for tomorrow night (except I won’t be able to ask him ‘what’s this one?’ virtually every track). I may well  have missed and mis-titled a few tunes during his sublime, best part of two hour, set. I do remember one of his Punch Drunk 12″‘s making an appearance, and I’m pretty sure there was another track from the Welsh wonder Monkey, I’ll be keeping a firm eye out for his gear in the future and several others from Robs futuristic rub-a-dub rhythm riot. Big thanks go out to Tom for making it happen and chaperoning Mr Smith.

Up this week is Onra’s drop dead gorgeous ‘Dreams’, a track that Rob was quite taken with incidentally. It’s from ‘1.0.8’ which is now available on vinyl (Boomkat had it as album of the week, nice) and though I’ve been fortunate enough to have been thrashing  it from when he was over in November, it’s a record that continues to grow on me. More Onra in this post and that one, non excuses monsieurs et madames buy buy buy .
(Onraspace) where you can buy ‘1.0.8’ digitally for a paltry €5…get to it!
(buy) the LP



This Just In – Rob Smith (RSD/Smith & Mighty) on Stinky Grooves tonight!!!

It’s past 12… so today is tomorrow, if you know what I mean, but I’ve just confirmed Rob Smith will be joining me on Stinky Grooves this Tuesday (24.03.09) to spin a few tunes (proper oper vinyl and CDs, no frippery from this leg-end) and have a little chinwag, in anticipation of his appearance at 4.20 on Wednesday, and around the country following that. I’m pretty picky about folks coming up on Stinky Grooves (mainly in respect of the many mighty artists, producers  & DJ’s that have visited since the early ’90s, we don’t have no riff raff) and I’m really excited about having Rob going over the bFM airwaves.

 The ‘Steppers Delight EP’ is one of the all time great 12″s in my estimation and it was stuck in my box for literally years, I still haul it out, and every time it gets an airing it’s as timeless and monstrous as ever. You can pick it up for a very reasonable price at Discogs, and working in Real Groovy at the time of its release I can testify to there being a good 50+ copies floating around Auckland, because that was hot cakes business back then (alongside all the good S.U.A.D. hoo-ha, klonk records and other malarkey Mr Buchanan and myself were similarly taken by.)
Some of the earlier 3 Stripe material is more firmly linked to its time, but no less potent and revolutionary, and the dubwise business of Henry & Louis has often floated my boat. With its phenomenal depth and the experience of all those years on the boards shining through, Rob’s solo R.S.D. gear over the last few years has exposed the lightweightness of much of the sample-CD soundbite, dibby dibby dudestep action that litters the shelves these days. 
Unfortunately though I have much vinyl I don’t have any R.S.D. digitally so let’s settle for a trio of Smith & Mighty scorchers close to hand, and look forward to this Bristolian beat bandit getting his renk on in AK over the next couple of days.