Nov 29, 2012

RhoDeo 1248 Goldy Rhox 84


Hello, today the 84th post of GoldyRhox, classic pop rock, in the darklight an Italian composer and conductor, Grande Ufficiale OMRI (born November 10, 1928). He is considered one of the most prolific and influential film composers of his era. He has composed and arranged scores for more than 500 film and TV productions, and is well-known for his long-term collaborations with international acclaimed directors such as Sergio Leone, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, and Giuseppe Tornatore.

He has won two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, five Anthony Asquith Awards for Film Music by BAFTA in 1979–1992 and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score during 1979–2001. He received the Academy Honorary Award in 2007 "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music"..

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Most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accommodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.

Today's mystery album is a compilation of filmscores that not only made the artist's name but that of the director (Leone) as well, it changed the perception of spagetti westerns and launched the career of possibly the biggest actor/director in Hollywood (Clint Eastwood). If you still have no clue as to what to expect you must have been living under a rock...



Goldy Rhox 84   (flac 326mb)

Goldy Rhox 84   (ogg 147mb)


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Nov 28, 2012

RhoDeo 1248 Aetix


Hello, last week i dozed you with some alternative Wobble, this week things get even more out-there with a group with several faces and to honour this multiple personality group we get 3 very different postings coming up. Ov Power to the People ! N'Joy

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After Genesis P-Orridge dissolved the seminal industrial rock outfit Throbbing Gristle, he and Gristle cohorts Peter Christopherson and Cosey Fanni Tutti, plus Geoff Rushton, formed Psychic TV in 1979 as a means of continuing their confrontational, shock-oriented approach to music and their multimedia live performances. Psychic TV draws much of its inspiration from the literary underground, including situationist philosophy, William Burroughs (a professed fan), the Marquis de Sade, and Philip K. Dick. The group also claims to be the mouthpiece for its own quasi-religious group, the Temple Ov Psychick Youth.

Psychic TV was formed with the core membership of GP-O, and Alex Fergusson in 1981. Alexander Fergusson was a member of the punk outfit Alternative TV, upon whose 1978 album Vibing Up The Senile Man (Part One) had played percussion, and contributed the latter half of the name Psychic TV .Peter Christopherson got involved in 1982 and claimed that the 'TV' component of the name was intended to focus on the visual elements of the outfit.

In the earliest live performances, Psychic TV maintained much of the noisy atmosphere as Genesis' previous band, Throbbing Gristle, although now with an increased use of exotic acoustic drums and other instruments. Psychic TV were signed to WEA Records and subsequently CBS based on the infamy of Throbbing Gristle. Their first albums Force The Hand Of Chance and Dreams Less Sweet featured high production values, catchy pop songs written by Fergusson (with barbershop quartet vocals arranged by Andrew Pearson), and sound experiments primarily created by Peter Christopherson and Geff Rushton, a.k.a. John Balance - foreshadowing the pair's later work as Coil.

The live shows continued to be improvised noise until Peter Christopherson left the group and Fergusson implemented musicians capable of improvisational pop music, known as hyperdelic, such as that featured on the singles Godstar and Roman P. This led to a series of 23 live show recordings being released, which dominated most of Psychic TV's output until 1988. Towards the end of this period Fergusson/P-Orridge completed their third proper studio album Allegory and Self: Thee Starlit Mire....to be continued


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Originally released on vinyl in 1985 as DECEMBER 24, 1984--A PAGAN DAY, this 1994 CD reissue finds Psychic TV in the same sort of live improv setting that leader Genesis P. Orridge favored in his previous band, Throbbing Gristle. Indeed, PAGAN DAY was originally released during Psychic TV's first '84-'85 burst of live albums, just before their infamous barrage of 23 live albums released on the 23rd of each month between 1985 and 1987, each titled after the city where the performance was located.

Pagan Day is less extreme than some of those albums. Song structure is observed, and Orridge and cohort Alex Ferguson keep a fairly tight rein on things. The 14 songs include two untitled fragments originally released as a seven-inch single with early copies of the album, and most of them have a clearly defined musical logic and progression. Fans of Psychic TV's more out-there work might find this distressingly restrained, but it's a remarkable performance nonetheless.



Psychic TV - A Pagan Day (flac 331mb)

01 Cadaques 3:44
02 We Kiss 2:47
03 Opium 3:12
04 Cold Steel 2:55
05 Lost Angeles 2:22
06 Iceland 2:11
07 Translucent Carriages 3:21
08 Paris 3:51
09 Baby's Gone Away 2:16
10 Alice 4:32
11 New Sexuality 4:54
12 Farewell 3:42
13 Unclean 8:15
14 Pirates 21:49

Psychic TV - A Pagan Day (ogg 152mb)

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More of a Czukay album I suppose, this album is in fact an extended version of the suddessful How Much Are They EP, the rest of my Jah Wobble eighties releases i have on vinyl Bedroom album and Neon Moon but I'm unable to rip that at the moment , still if you don't have Full Circle it's well worth the attention.



Psychic TV - Mouth Of The Night (flac 261mb)

01 Dawn
02 Ordeal Of Innocence
03 The Wedding
04 Rebis
05 Separation & Undressing
06 Discopravity
07 The Immune Zone
08 Climax

Psychic TV - Mouth Of The Night (  ogg 117mb)

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Beginning with "Godstar," Psychic TV's tribute to Brian Jones complete with Stonesy guitar licks, Allegory and Self balances surprisingly straight-ahead alternative pop with more experimental tracks using tape cut-ups or extended synthesizer freeforms. P-Orridge makes for quite an ambitious frontman, crooning like Love and Rockets' Daniel Ash on "We Kiss" and producing a series of guttural roars for "Southern Comfort." "She Was Surprised" even bears the first fruits of Psychic TV's fixation with sampladelic acid-house. It may not be characteristic Psychic TV (if such an animal exists), but Allegory and Self may well be the best introduction for beginners.



Psychic TV - Allegory & Self (  flac 363mb)

01 Godstar 3:42
02 Just Like Arcadia 4:00
03 Southern Comfort 3:45
04 We Kiss 3:37
05 She Was Surprised 5:06
06 Caresse Song 2:13
07 Starlit Mire 5:36
08 Thee Dweller 6:41
09 Being Lost 3:53
10 Baby's Gone Away 2:48
11 Ballet Disco 4:51

Psychic TV - Allegory & Self  (  ogg 146mb)

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previously re-rip-up

Psychic TV - Force The Hand Of Chance (  ogg 179mb)

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Nov 27, 2012

RhoDeo 1248 Roots


Hello, as mentioned last week there's been a big influx of Jamaicans in the UK these last decades and they seeded a vibrant reggae/dub culture, reason enough to post some of the results here..  a dub poet   N'joy

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Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) is a British based dub poet.  Johnson attended Goldsmiths College in New Cross, London, which currently holds his personal papers in its archives; in 2004 he became an Honorary Visiting Professor of Middlesex University in London. In 2005 he was awarded a silver Musgrave medal from the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished eminence in the field of poetry. Most of Johnson's poetry is political, dealing mainly with the experiences of being an African-Caribbean in Britain. However, he has also shown himself more than capable of writing about other issues, such as British foreign policy or the death of anti-racist marcher Blair Peach. His most celebrated poems were written during the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The poems contain graphic accounts of the alleged regular racist police brutality

Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) (born in Jamaica, 24 August 1952) is a UK-based dub poet. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series (Mi Revalueshanary Fren). Johnson was born in Chapelton, a small town in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. In 1963 he came to live in Brixton, London, joining his mother who had emigrated to Britain shortly before Jamaican independence in 1962. Johnson attended Tulse Hill secondary school in Lambeth. While still at school he joined the British Black Panther Movement, helped to organise a poetry workshop within the movement, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. During the early to mid-1970s he was employed as the first paid library resources and education officer at the Keskidee Centre, where his poem Voices of the living and the dead was staged (73), produced by Jamaica novelist Lindsay Barrett, with music by the reggae group Rasta Love.

Although he has only released one album of new material in the last ten years, and virtually retired from the live stage, Linton Kwesi Johnson remains a towering figure in reggae music. Johnson's grim realism and tales of racism in an England governed by Tories was scathingly critical. The Afro-Brits in Johnson's poems are neglected by the government and persecuted by the police. Johnson was also instrumental (with his friend Darcus Howe) in the publication of a socialist-oriented London-based newspaper, Race Today. For one so outspoken in his politics, Johnson's recorded work, while politically explicit, is not simply a series of slogans or tuneful/danceable jeremiads. In fact, is was his second release, Forces of Victory, where his mix of politics and music united to stunning effect. Dennis Bovell and the Dub Band could swing (as in jazzy) more than many reggae bands, and guitarist John Kpiaye, the group's secret weapon, offered deftly played, dazzlingly melodic solos. But it was Johnson's moving poetry, galvanizing moments such as "Sonny's Lettah" and "Fite Dem Back" that made it obvious that this was a major talent.

Although he never intended to, Johnson became a star, in England anyway; in America he had a small yet devoted group of fans. But political activism was as important, perhaps more important, than churning out records and touring, and after the release of his third album, Bass Culture, in 1980, Johnson took time off from the music scene, turning his back on a lucrative contract from Island. He continued to perform, but it was poetry readings at universities, at festivals in the Caribbean, and for trade union workers in Trinidad. In 1982, the BBC commissioned Johnson to create a series of radio programs on Jamaican popular music, a subject he'd been researching for years. The programs, entitled From Mento to Lovers Rock, were more than just musical history; Johnson contextualized Jamaican music socially and politically and offered a more nuanced and thorough examination of the popular music of his native and adopted countries.

Johnson returned to the pop music scene in 1984 with perhaps his best record, Making History. Again working with Dennis Bovell, Johnson's seething political anger suffuses this recording, but it is never undone by simple vituperation. Johnson is, if anything, a thoughtful radical, more analytical than simplistic, and that adds to the power of these seven songs. Unfortunately, this would be the last new music from Johnson until 1991's Tings an' Times, which proved yet again that regardless of how much time he takes off from music, when LKJ returns, it's as if he's never missed a beat. His most recent period of recording silence has been broken by the release of a music-less poetry album. He divorced in 94 (2 sons , 1 daughter) . His 1998 album was entitled More Time, and in 2002 Johnson faces his 50th birthday this August with ambivalence. "I feel good within myself to know I've lived this long. When you're involved in revolutionary struggle, you're wondering if you're going to die in a police cell. I never thought I'd live to the age I have now, but you become more aware of your own mortality. 2003 saw the release of Live In Paris...

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One of Jamaica's most significant reggae albums, originally released in 1978 on Frontline Records. Poet is Linton Kwesi Johnson; the Roots are Vivian Weathers (bass guitar, vocals), Dennis Bovell (guitar, keyboards), Desmond Craig (keyboards), Winston Cumiffe (drums), Lloyd Donaldson (drums), Everald Forest (percussion), John Vamom (guitar), and Lila Weathers (vocals). All but two songs first appeared in Johnson's 1975 poetry book, Dread Beat An' Blood. The poems are political in nature, dealing with Jamaica's racist regime and the way some dealt with the oppression: doping, fighting, and wasting one another in bars, as depicted in "Five Nights of Bleeding (For Leroy Harris)." Johnson does little singing, he simply delivers his poems in cadence to the music. Only on a couple of tunes like "Song of Blood," led by Lila Weathers, does any real singing occur, but Johnson's powerful, inspirational, descriptive words needs little embellishment.



Poet And The Roots ( Linton Kwesi Johnson) - Dread Beat And Blood (flac  225mb)

01 Dread Beat An' Blood 2:58
02 Five Nights Of Bleeding 4:30
03 Doun De Road 2:26
04 Song Of Blood 6:27
05 It Dread Inna Inglan 4:03
06 Come Wi Goh Dung Deh 3:45
07 Man Free 6:01
08 All Wi Doin' Is Defendin' 3:02
09 Command Counsel (Dub) 3:10
10 Defense (Dub) 3:13

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Probably the least essential of Linton Kwesi Johnson's recordings. It is what it says it is, an album of dub versions of songs from Forces of Victory and Bass Culture. As dub goes it's very good; Bovell acquits himself nicely as mixer and producer. This would be the last LKJ release for four years.



Linton Kwesi Johnson - In Dub (flac  193mb)

01 Victorious Dub 3:33
02 Reality Dub 2:45
03 Peach Dub 3:48
04 Shocking Dub 4:45
05 Iron Bar Dub 3:42
06 Bitch Dub 4:35
07 Cultural Dub 3:28
08 Brain Smashing Dub 3:28

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It was as if the four-year break (despite his arduous schedule) re-energized him and Bovell, and the result was this masterpiece of swinging reggae. Johnson's poetry, still delivered in his semi-tuneful sing-song voice, takes on greater musical force on this record, blending in almost seamlessly with the band. Bovell has also taken some chances on this record his arrangements take the natural lilt of LKJ's self-conscious patois to a new level of musicality. There's a lot of busy horn work here, and the rhythms pop and roll more vigorously than ever before, but this doesn't detract from Johnson's intensely lyrical writing, which has rarely sounded more determined. He may not be quite the man of the people he wants to be, but he comes a damn sight closer than most leftists. And he's as smart as anyone could want to be, which is why he puts so much care into his analysis. Bovell has also taken some chances on this record, namely in the arrangements. . OK, I'll fess up, this is the LKJ album to own if you only intend to buy one.



Linton Kwesi Johnson ‎- Making History (flac 224mb)

01 Di Eagle An' Di Bear 4:14
02 Wat About Di Workin' Claas? 5:12
03 Di Great Insohreckshan 4:02
04 Making History 4:19
05 Reggae Fi Radni 4:24
06 Reggae Fi Dada 4:50
07 New Craas Massahkah 6:30
08 Di Eagle An' Di Bear (12" version) 7:24

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RhoDeo 1248 Byron 9


Oops probably too tired/stoned last night, totally forgot to post this

Hello, so today was final race of the F1 season and possibly the best, most exciting one of the 2012 season. The title race went to the wire when 1 lap before the end, the safety car ended all tension, it meant Vettel complete's his triple Worldchampion crown and Alonso just 3 points adrift remained unrewarded for his gaillant effort, his Ferrari lacked a few horsepowers, it needed some Red Bull...

Now listen to the continuing saga of The Byron Chronicles ...NJoy

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From The Byron Chronicles Introduction

“Imagine if the world as you know it… was nothing more than an illusion. What if creatures like elves, dragons, vampires, zombies and werewolves walk amongst you every day… But you never see them.”

“This is the world I walk in.
 I am called Byron
 And these are my chronicles…“

The Byron Chronicles is a dark urban fantasy written and produced by Darker Projects, an audio drama company with an extensive website.  The site is well laid out and all of their shows can be heard free of charge direct from the website or  as podcasts, while your on  the go. The Darker Projects website hosts many shows, but I have chosen to focus on The Byron Chronicles for this review.

The Byron chronicles center around a being simply called Byron, who is something “other than human”. Byron lives in the shadows of our modern world, where vampires, werewolves and other creatures of fantasy are very real, but kept hidden from human eyes. The separation of  the supernatural world from the human world is an important element through out the entire series. We quickly find out that when the two worlds mix violence  seems to ensue, usually leading to bad things for humans and supernaturals alike. In fact, the only person who seems to think humans and supernatural beings can get along is Byron himself, who tends to act as a mediator between the two.

Joining Byron on these adventures is Miss Chris Sparrow, who once led a “normal life” as a Barrista at a local Portland Oregon coffee shop before being turned into a half vampire in a freak accident. Chris turned to Byron reluctantly at first, but the pair quickly became fast friends as Chris came to rely on Byron for guidance while supernatural world revealed itself to her. Byron in turn, seemed to rely on Chris in helping him better understand humans as a whole. There were several plot lines in the first season, including Byron saving the life of Lazarus the First Zombie, and preventing a worldwide zombie outbreak in the process. Then Byron had to hunt down a vampire lord named Branlaven, who was selling a super drug called “rush” on the streets of Portland. It was the drug Rush which caused Chris to become a half vampire, and it was here that Chris Sparrow made her first appearance in the series. Next, Byron was taken hostage by two different secret societies; each one trying to save the world from “monsters” like Byron.

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1-The Coming Storm
 could feel their presence
Their hatred for me haunting the shadows
All victims by my hands
All my sins remembered.

2-Dracula-1
There is little point in telling you his story. You would have heard of him already from the various tales, be they in books, films or television. Almost everyone knows of Dracula...


The Byron Chronicles 2 (5,6) ( 44mb)

01 The Byron Chronicles 205 The Coming Storm
02 The Byron Chronicles 206 Dracula-1

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previously

Byron's Tale ( 63mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (2,3) ( 67mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (4,5) ( 45mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (6,7) ( 42mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (8,9) ( 90mb)
The Byron Chronicles 2 (1,2) ( 90mb)
The Byron Chronicles 2 (3,4a) ( 90mb)
The Byron Chronicles 2 (3,4a) ( 66mb)


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Nov 25, 2012

Sundaze 1248


Hello,  Sundaze artist today, was more or less announced some days ago at the latest Aetix (1247) in the nineties Jah Wobble became much more seriously interested in spirituality it follows that music would become part of the selfexpression. Here are 3 clear expressions during his nineties path... N'joy

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Jah Wobble (born John Wardle)  got his musical career started with John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols group Public Image Ltd (PiL). His trademark bass playing drew heavily on dub, which has remained an important feature of his music. Wobble left his signature mark on PiL's seminal second album Metal Box released in 1980. However, he grew increasingly frustrated by the lacklustre creative atmosphere in the band, besides differences in artistic vision, further conflicts were brought on in part by heavy drug and alcohol abuse in the band . Wobble then went on to recording and releasing his debut album The Legend Lives on - Jah Wobble in Betrayal, and found himself accused by other PiL members of having made unauthorized use of material from Metal Box for the making of Betrayal, there upon he then left PiL in late 1980.

Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career, continuing to the present. He has has since collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, first evidence of this the 4 track ep How much are they ? (81) recorded with ex Can members, Hoger Czukay and Jaki Liebzeit. Followed in 83 with the Snake Charmer lp, however his critical stance towards the commercialization of the music industry, caused a clash and he dropped out of the music scene.

It was not until 1986, when Wobble met guitarist Justin Adams, that his creative juices began flowing again. The two hit it off musically, and began experimenting with a diverse palette of pop, dub, Middle Eastern, and North African influences. This laid the foundation for what would eventually become their new group, Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart. Keyboard/percussionist David Harrow and Urban Dance Squad drummer Michel Schoots joined soon after, and the quartet began earnestly working on new material. By 1987, the band had worked out a polished live set and decided it was time to take the show to the Netherlands (where Wobble still had an avid following), do a tour, and record. The result was JWIOTH's debut album Without Judgement.

The single "Bomba" brought Wobble back to the public eye in 1990, and he collaborated with Sinéad O'Connor and Primal Scream in addition to releasing the Invaders of the Heart album Rising Above Bedlam in 1991. Three years later, he released Take Me to God, which featured a number of guest appearances from the likes of Gavin Friday. In 1995, he released Psalms, which was followed in 1996 by The Inspiration of William Blake. In 1997 Wobble formed his own label, 30 Hertz, to release Jah Wobble Presents the Light Programme. Umbra Sumus appeared the following year. In 1999, Wobble released Deep Space, which featured appearances from Bill Laswell and Jaki Liebezeit.

In the new century, Wobble became prolific. His first release was Full Moon Over the Shopping Mall, issued in the spring of 2000, followed by Molam Dub that fall. Passage to Hades with Evan Parker appeared in spring 2001. In 2002, Wobble began a series of interconnected -- sometimes short-lived -- collaborative groups to execute specifically minded projects. First, Temple of Sound -- with Natasha Atlas, Nina Miranda, and Shahin Badar -- released Shout at the Devil. That same year, Solaris: Live in Concert reunited Wobble with Laswell and Liebezeit, along with pianist Harold Budd and cornetist Graham Haynes. Reed and woodwind master Clive Bell and trumpeter Harry Beckett assisted Wobble with the nocturnal club jazz that was Fly later in the year.

 In 2003, he resurrected another previous group he called Deep Space. This version contained original members Philip Jeck and drummer Mark Sanders with bagpipers Bell and Jean-Pierre Rasle, Beckett, guitarist Chris Cookson, and singer Cat Von Trapp. They released the full-length Five Beats. Bell, Rasle, and Cookson would continue to play with Wobble throughout the decade no matter the band, as evidenced by the ambitious English Roots Music (credited to his Invaders of the Heart project with Liz Carter on vocals). He also cut the soundtrack to the French film Fureur (Fury) for EastWest. Wobble and pedal steel legend B.J. Cole, with Bell, Cookson, and Beckett, cut the nocturnal jazz-dub recording Elevator Music, Vol. 1A in 2004. Later that year, Trojan Records honored Wobble with a career-spanning three-disc retrospective, I Could Have Been a Contender. The dub effort MU was issued by Trojan in 2005.

In 2006 there were two Wobble offerings: the completely solo Alpha-One Three (titled for his taxi driver handle), which appeared in July, and Jah Wobble & the English Roots Band in November. The latter is interesting because after English Roots Music, these musicians became a band apart from Invaders of the Heart. This latter album was recorded live in one take in the studio to reflect the fearsome live energy of their concert performances. Trojan Records issued another of Wobble's wild takes on dub with Heart & Soul in 2007. This recording also brought Gregorian plainsong, Appalachian folk, and gospel into the mix, creating a past-future effect.

The wildest was yet to come, however, as he brought dub to the East by employing Cookson, Sanders, and Bell alongside a group of Chinese traditional musicians to create the inimitable and provocative Chinese Dub in 2008. Car Ad Music, with Cookson, Bell, Beckett, and percussionist Neville Murray, was issued in 2009, and the (mostly) solo Welcome to My World arrived in 2010. Also in 2010, Wobble moved his dub fusion toward Japan with The Japanese Dub, recorded with the Nippon Dub Ensemble (Joji Hirota and Keiko Kitamura) with Bell and Robin Thompson guesting.

Wobble was no less prolific in 2011, recording a pair of albums that are, as has become his wont, radically different from one another. The first, 7, issued on Pressure Sounds, was recorded by his Modern Jazz Ensemble as a tribute to his some of his jazz heroes -- Miles Davis, Donald Byrd, Weather Report, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, etc. The personnel include Cookson and Bell but also Marc Layton-Bennett (drums), George King (keyboards), Sean Corby (trumpet & flügelhorn), and Shri Sriram (tablas and bowed bass). The second offering of the year was a collaboration with guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and celebrated post-punk revivalist Julie Campbell called Psychic Life, which was issued on Cherry Red in November.

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Fusing Eastern and Western classical influences with elements of ambient, dub, and hip-hop, Jah Wobble has created a truly brilliant pancultural concept album. The title track opens the LP with a near-orchestral range of dynamic emotions centered around Zi Lan Liao's vocals and violin, Kui Hsuing Li's soaring bamboo flute, and Wobble's percolating tribal drums. "A Love Song" is a hypnotic dub track showcasing the vocal talents of Natacha Atlas, whose Middle Eastern melody lends a sultry feel to the song, perfectly matched by the sensual bassline. Bill Laswell lends his distinctive touch on "Gone to Croatan" and "Hit Me," which perfectly match the hip-hop beats and turntable wizardry provided by DJs DXT and Rob Swift, with Pharoah Sanders' mind-bending flute and horn solos and Bernie Worrell's synth textures. But the pièce de résistance is "Om Namah Shiva," which combines Najma Akhtar's nimble vocal calisthenics and Inder Matharu's dazzling tabla rhythms with programmed percussion and Wobble's bottom-end bass wallop to create a highly effective world/dance track.

Laswell, who together with most of the Material gang, played on Heaven and Earth calls it "the best thing Jah Wobble has ever recorded." Who are we to argue?



Jah Wobble - Heaven and Earth   (flac 332mb)

01 Heaven & Earth 8:41
02 A Love Song 7:23
03 Dying Over Europe 3:11
04 Divine Mother 11:12
05 Gone To Croatan 15:30
06 Hit Me 7:42
07 Om Namah Shiva 4:47

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An extended orchestral composition that presents the spiritual life of a soul in five parts, Requiem makes absolutely no reference to Jah Wobble's past in either rock or his more dance-oriented productions. These are beautiful, deliberative works written for strings and a five-person choir, with a libretto that borrows many phrases from The Book of Common Prayer. Though synthesizers do play a large part on the album, Requiem doesn't sound like a synthesized work, since the tones are so similar to their organic equivalents. On the third track, Wobble's electric bass is heard with a small amount of percussion.



Jah Wobble - Requiem    (flac  212mb)

01 Requiem I 7:17
02 Requiem II 5:37
03 Requiem III 6:50
04 The Father 6:12
05 The Mother 14:37

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The strange, spiritual album that is Umbra Sumus is one of the more interesting items released in 1998. Bassist and composer Jah Wobble creates strangely compelling soundscapes that draw textures from a variety of ethnic traditions without explicitly evoking any one of them. The first cut, "Il Jevedro il Oblanco," sets the pace with a duet for what sounds like a toy music box and fuzz bass, but suddenly becomes a lush electronica-pop track as vocalist Amila Sulejmanovic begins singing in Bosnian. Elsewhere, Natacha Atlas croons in Arabic over a texture not of ouds and doumbeks, but of synthesized percussion, keyboards, and Wobble's own throbbing bass, and it sounds perfectly natural. "I Offer You Everything" blends reggae percussion, piano, and B.J. Cole's wonderful pedal steel guitar to create something that should have been a crossover pop hit. At times, Jah Wobble's music verges on art-jazz, at times electronica with melodic sound effects, and at times it is in territory that doesn't have a name because nobody else sounds quite like this. Whatever you call this music, it is interesting throughout. Though styles shift continuously, there isn't a dud track on Umbra Sumus, and it's a must-have for those who like intelligent and highly textured pop. The name of this album translates as "We Are Shadows.

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Jah Wobble ‎- Umbra Sumus (flac 307mb)

01 Il Je Vedro Il Oblačno 5:36
02 Mehmeda Majka Budila 3:10
03 Paternal Kindess 3:32
04 Moon Slowbeat Part I 7:24
05 Moon Slowbeat Part II 2:14
06 Just A Prayer 5:10
07 St. Mary-Le-Bow 4:04
08 I Offer You Everything 5:08
09 Organ Meditation 1:35
10 The Compound 1:44
11 Chela 1:37
12 Umbra Sumus Part I 3:35
13 Umbra Sumus Part II 3:27
14 4 Basses, An Organ, Jaki & A Train 4:35
15 Mount Zion 12:10
16 Limehouse Cut 3:43

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Nov 24, 2012

RhoDeo 1247 Beats


Hello, after last weeks relaxed beats today we have some spicier work, indo-dub basslines, searing sitar-inspired guitars and ‘traditional’ sounds, shot through with fast-chat conscious lyrics. Always open to fullfill a serious request, certainly by someone with the clarity of mind chosing Unknown as his/her nick (or is it timed modesty).

(11/11) Unknown said... can you post some asian dub foundation?

(24/11) Rho said.... Ah sure here's their first three postings...  N'joy

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Asian Dub Foundation formed in 1993 as an outgrowth of the documentary Identical Beat, a film shot at London's Farringdon Community Music House, the site of a series of summer workshops designed to teach Asian children the essentials of music technology. In charge of the workshops were tutor Aniruddha Das and youth worker John Pandit, also a noted DJ; with one of their students, a 15-year-old Bengali rapper named Deedar Zaman, they soon formed a sound system that they called the Asian Dub Foundation. After each adopted an alias -- bassist/tabla player Das became Dr. Das, Pandit became Pandit G, and Zaman became Master D -- they gradually evolved into a working band with the 1994 addition of former Higher Intelligence Agency guitarist Steve Chandra Savale, an innovative performer known for tuning his strings to one note like a sitar, turning up the distortion unit, and playing his instrument with a knife, earning him the nickname "Chandrasonic."

Emerging in the midst of considerable anti-Asian violence throughout Britain, the Foundation's early demos landed them a contract with Nation Records, and they recorded their debut EP, Conscious, in 1994. Their distinctive sound is a combination of hard ragga-jungle rhythms, indo-dub basslines, searing sitar-inspired guitars and 'traditional' sounds gleaned from their parents' record collections, shot through with fast-chat conscious lyrics.

After earning a reputation as standout live performers, the Foundation -- who now included dancer Bubble-E and second DJ Sun-J -- won widespread acclaim for the 1995 single "Rebel Warrior." Their first full-length effort, Facts and Fictions, followed later that same year. Their third (second UK) album Rafi's Revenge was nominated for a Mercury Prize combining a unique combination of punk energy with a jungle/reggae core. It had been preceded by a France only release RAFI (96) Tours to the United States with the Beastie Boys and Japan followed to wide acclaim. Their following album, Community Music, developed their sound further and received a coveted 10/10 review in NME.

The band pursued other avenues performing a live rescore to the film La Haine in 2001, and continued performing it around the world for the next five years. They developed this approach in 2004 with the film The Battle of Algiers, first performing the piece at the Brighton dome on the same day that photographs of torture in Abu Ghraib were released.

In 2003, they released Enemy of the Enemy which became their best-selling album and contained the track "Fortress Europe," a stinging attack on European immigration policy along with "1000 Mirrors" a collaboration with Sinéad O'Connor about a woman serving life for killing an abusive husband. In 2003, they played their biggest gig in front of 100,000 people at Larzac in France at a celebration of José Bové, a radical campaigning farmer. In December 2003 A.D.F. released Live: Keep Bangin' on the Walls (live at Ancienne Belgique). For 2005's Tank, they were joined by On-U Sound collaborator Ghetto Priest on vocals, that year they won "Best Underground" at the UK Asian Music Awards.

Bassist Dr Das announced his intention to retire in May 2006 to resume teaching and produce his own music. He was replaced by Martin Savale, aka Babu Stormz, who also plays bass with British-Asian electro/grunge/hip-hop band Swami. In September 2006, the dub/punk opera "Gaddafi: A Living Myth", with music by Asian Dub Foundation, opened at the London Coliseum. In Spring 2007, Asian Dub Foundation announced the release of a best of compilation Timefreeze 1995-2007 which includes a bonus disc of rare remixes and live tracks.

Punkara is the sixth studio album by the collective Asian Dub Foundation. It was recorded with The Go! Team producer, Gareth Parton at The Fortress Studios, London. It is the first album released with new singer Al Rumjen formerly of King Prawn. In 2009, Asian Dub Foundation contributed to the Indigenous Resistance project after having met up with the Atenco resistance movement in Mexico. Asian Dub latest album  "A History of Now "(2011) features Ministry of Dhol, Nathan "Flutebox" Lee, Chi 2 and Skrein.

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Asian Dub Foundation's album debut finds the band with their chops fully intact, even at this early date. Dr. Das' rapping flow is speedy and intricate, though continually inflected in the same ways (very reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha). The production and programming, by Steve Chandrasonic and Dr. Das, is the real highlight here, incorporating traditional Indian percussion and instruments, but constantly name-checking contemporary dance styles like bhangra and ragga jungle. The haunting vocals that open "Rebel Warrior" make it a highlight, while Chandra's deep drum programs provide continual thrills.



Asian Dub Foundation - Facts And Fictions (flac  431mb)

01 Witness 4:50
02 PKNB 6:27
03 Jericho 7:02
04 Rebel Warrior 6:27
05 Journey 7:06
06 Strong Culture 6:44
07 TH9 5:25
08 Tu Meri 4:57
09 Debris 4:18
10 Box 6:09
11 Thacid 9 (Dub Version) 5:32
12 Return To Jericho (Dub Version) 4:26

Asian Dub Foundation - Facts And Fictions (ogg 132mb)

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On R.A.F.I., the Asian Dub Foundation further refines their sound, honing their blend of miscellaneous styles -- ragga, jungle, dub, rock, hip-hop, rap -- to a consistent aesthetic characterizing each of the songs and the album as a whole.  If this album is less daring with its application of influence, it also benefits from this very lack of daringness by staying true to a common sound: fractured drum'n'bass rhythms, deep dub basslines, dancehall reggae rapping, revolutionary ideology, and rock accessibility. This album won't lead anyone to call them the next Rage Against the Machine, but it will satisfy anyone with a hunger for the group's truly patented sound.



Asian Dub Foundation - R.A.F.I. (flac  372mb)

01 Assassin 4:13
02 Change 3:07
03 Black White 3:34
04 Buzzing 5:35
05 Free Satpal Ram 4:24
06 Modern Apprentice 4:55
07 Operation Eagle Lie 4:17
08 Hypocrite 4:29
09 Naxalite 4:56
10 Loot 5:07
11 Dub Mentality 4:26
12 Culture Move 4:30
13 Real Areas For Investigation 4:22

Asian Dub Foundation - R.A.F.I. (ogg 139mb )

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Much of the really interesting music coming out of England in the late '90s is being produced by members of what has come to be called the Asian Underground -- a dancehall aristocracy of mostly South Asian DJs, producers, dub artists and instrumentalists who seem bent on completely transforming the U.K. dance-music scene into a welter of wildly various and pan-ethnic influences: bhangra, dub, ragga, funk, speed-rap and metal, even surf guitar and classical Hindustani music all get thrown into the stew, and the result is thick, spicy and delicious. On this release from Asian Dub Foundation, that vision is realized in tracks that blend Indian percussion with reggae basslines and jungle breakbeats, as on the head-banging "Buzzin," or which combine a straight one-drop reggae beat with Indian keyboard and pop vocal samples, as on "Black White." The singing is paradigmatic: vocalist Deedar sings and shouts in an accent divided in equal parts between Cockney, Indian and Jamaican. This is an exhausting but exhilarating album, and its depth and complexity of texture keep revealing new surprises with repeated listenings.



Asian Dub Foundation - Rafi's Revenge (flac 321mb)

01 Les Nuits 6:20
02 Morse 6:21
03 Ethnic Majority 4:31
04 Jorgé 2:29
05 Finer 3:31
06 Ease Jimi 5:33
07 Argha Noah 7:55
08 Fire In The Middle 4:17
09 Survival 4:30
10 Capumcap 5:10

Asian Dub Foundation - Rafi's Revenge (ogg 111mb)

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Nov 22, 2012

RhoDeo 1247 Goldy Rhox 83


Hello, today the 83rd post of GoldyRhox, classic pop rock,  in the darklight an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer (born March 2, 1942). He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of Andy Warhol's Factory band, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. Though the Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, they gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. After his departure from the group, he began a solo career in 1971. His first solo effort went south somewhat, but his second hit the sweet spot, thanks to the hit "Walk on the Wild Side" (Goldy Rhox 11) . Subsequently he largely lacked the mainstream commercial success his status seemed to indicate. In 2008, he married performance artist Laurie Anderson.

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Most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accommodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.

Today's mystery album is the artist's 15th album released January 10, 1989, It was received very warmly as a return to the style of The Velvet Underground it's drummer Maureen Tucker played on the album. The straightforward, rock and roll sound on this album was unusual for the time and presaged a back-to-basics turn in mainstream rock music. On the other hand, the lyrics through the 14 songs are profuse and carefully woven, making it his most overtly conceptual album since the early 1970s. His polemical liner notes direct the listener to hear the 57-minute album in one sitting, "as though it were a book or a movie." The lyrics vent anger at many public figures in the news at the time. Reed mentions by name the Virgin Mary, the NRA, Rudy Giuliani, "the President", the "Statue of Bigotry", Buddha, Mike Tyson, Bernard Goetz, Mr. Waldheim, "the Pontiff", Jesse Jackson, Hendrix, Swaggart, and Morton Downey. "Dirty Blvd." was a #1 hit on the newly created Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks.


Goldy Rhox 83   (flac 321mb)

Goldy Rhox 83   (ogg 143mb)


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Nov 21, 2012

RhoDeo 1247 Aetix


Hello, enough of those Aetix samplers for the moment, i do have some in hand for later. Today is all about John Wardle who's name got garbled to Wobble by a drunk mate unable to pronounce it John liked it added the reggae tinge Jah and you get Jah Wobble now that's easy enough to pronounce and remember and so it stuck. He's been a busy boy for the last 30 years even though he got of to a relative slow start (usually it's the other way around). He likes to collaborate with others and the list has become very long over the years, I'm planning a Sundaze post as well soon. N'joy

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Jah Wobble (born John Wardle)  got his musical career started with John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols group Public Image Ltd (PiL). His trademark bass playing drew heavily on dub, which has remained an important feature of his music. Wobble left his signature mark on PiL's seminal second album Metal Box released in 1980. However, he grew increasingly frustrated by the lacklustre creative atmosphere in the band, besides differences in artistic vision, further conflicts were brought on in part by heavy drug and alcohol abuse in the band . Wobble then went on to recording and releasing his debut album The Legend Lives on - Jah Wobble in Betrayal, and found himself accused by other PiL members of having made unauthorized use of material from Metal Box for the making of Betrayal, there upon he then left PiL in late 1980.

Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career, continuing to the present. He has has since collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, first evidence of this the 4 track ep How much are they ? (81) recorded with ex Can members, Hoger Czukay and Jaki Liebzeit. Followed in 83 with the Snake Charmer lp, however his critical stance towards the commercialization of the music industry, caused a clash and he dropped out of the music scene.

It was not until 1986, when Wobble met guitarist Justin Adams, that his creative juices began flowing again. The two hit it off musically, and began experimenting with a diverse palette of pop, dub, Middle Eastern, and North African influences. This laid the foundation for what would eventually become their new group, Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart. Keyboard/percussionist David Harrow and Urban Dance Squad drummer Michel Schoots joined soon after, and the quartet began earnestly working on new material. By 1987, the band had worked out a polished live set and decided it was time to take the show to the Netherlands (where Wobble still had an avid following), do a tour, and record. The result was JWIOTH's debut album Without Judgement.

The single "Bomba" brought Wobble back to the public eye in 1990, and he collaborated with Sinéad O'Connor and Primal Scream in addition to releasing the Invaders of the Heart album Rising Above Bedlam in 1991. Three years later, he released Take Me to God, which featured a number of guest appearances from the likes of Gavin Friday. In 1995, he released Psalms, which was followed in 1996 by The Inspiration of William Blake. In 1997 Wobble formed his own label, 30 Hertz, to release Jah Wobble Presents the Light Programme. Umbra Sumus appeared the following year. In 1999, Wobble released Deep Space, which featured appearances from Bill Laswell and Jaki Liebezeit.

In the new century, Wobble became prolific. His first release was Full Moon Over the Shopping Mall, issued in the spring of 2000, followed by Molam Dub that fall. Passage to Hades with Evan Parker appeared in spring 2001. In 2002, Wobble began a series of interconnected -- sometimes short-lived -- collaborative groups to execute specifically minded projects. First, Temple of Sound -- with Natasha Atlas, Nina Miranda, and Shahin Badar -- released Shout at the Devil. That same year, Solaris: Live in Concert reunited Wobble with Laswell and Liebezeit, along with pianist Harold Budd and cornetist Graham Haynes. Reed and woodwind master Clive Bell and trumpeter Harry Beckett assisted Wobble with the nocturnal club jazz that was Fly later in the year.

 In 2003, he resurrected another previous group he called Deep Space. This version contained original members Philip Jeck and drummer Mark Sanders with bagpipers Bell and Jean-Pierre Rasle, Beckett, guitarist Chris Cookson, and singer Cat Von Trapp. They released the full-length Five Beats. Bell, Rasle, and Cookson would continue to play with Wobble throughout the decade no matter the band, as evidenced by the ambitious English Roots Music (credited to his Invaders of the Heart project with Liz Carter on vocals). He also cut the soundtrack to the French film Fureur (Fury) for EastWest. Wobble and pedal steel legend B.J. Cole, with Bell, Cookson, and Beckett, cut the nocturnal jazz-dub recording Elevator Music, Vol. 1A in 2004. Later that year, Trojan Records honored Wobble with a career-spanning three-disc retrospective, I Could Have Been a Contender. The dub effort MU was issued by Trojan in 2005.

In 2006 there were two Wobble offerings: the completely solo Alpha-One Three (titled for his taxi driver handle), which appeared in July, and Jah Wobble & the English Roots Band in November. The latter is interesting because after English Roots Music, these musicians became a band apart from Invaders of the Heart. This latter album was recorded live in one take in the studio to reflect the fearsome live energy of their concert performances. Trojan Records issued another of Wobble's wild takes on dub with Heart & Soul in 2007. This recording also brought Gregorian plainsong, Appalachian folk, and gospel into the mix, creating a past-future effect.

The wildest was yet to come, however, as he brought dub to the East by employing Cookson, Sanders, and Bell alongside a group of Chinese traditional musicians to create the inimitable and provocative Chinese Dub in 2008. Car Ad Music, with Cookson, Bell, Beckett, and percussionist Neville Murray, was issued in 2009, and the (mostly) solo Welcome to My World arrived in 2010. Also in 2010, Wobble moved his dub fusion toward Japan with The Japanese Dub, recorded with the Nippon Dub Ensemble (Joji Hirota and Keiko Kitamura) with Bell and Robin Thompson guesting.

Wobble was no less prolific in 2011, recording a pair of albums that are, as has become his wont, radically different from one another. The first, 7, issued on Pressure Sounds, was recorded by his Modern Jazz Ensemble as a tribute to his some of his jazz heroes -- Miles Davis, Donald Byrd, Weather Report, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, etc. The personnel include Cookson and Bell but also Marc Layton-Bennett (drums), George King (keyboards), Sean Corby (trumpet & flügelhorn), and Shri Sriram (tablas and bowed bass). The second offering of the year was a collaboration with guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and celebrated post-punk revivalist Julie Campbell called Psychic Life, which was issued on Cherry Red in November.

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The main points of grief with Wobble's debut album are his vocals -- they're awful, most resembling a liquored up Colin Newman. Another criticism is that a couple of his syrupy basslines here are nicked from his PiL work; "Not Another" and "Blueberry Hill"'s lines are straight off Metal Box, so it's no small wonder why John Lydon quickly sacked him from the band. Aside from these gripes, it remains a pretty strong record. The Legend Lives On's finer moments often occur when Wobble's mouth is shut, or when he chants rather than sings. "Today Is the First Day of The..." and "Tales From Outer Space" feature nice and queasy synth effects and ample basslines. The record is largely guitar free, submerged in white reggae. Virgin's CD reissue adds seven bonus tracks, including a horn-laden remix of "Today Is the First Day" and the likely offensive "Dreadlock Don't Deal in Wedlock."



Jah Wobble - Betrayal, The Legend Lives On (flac 518mb)

01 Betrayal 4:55
02 Beat The Drum For Me 4:03
03 Blueberry Hill 4:18
04 Not Another 3:15
05 Tales From Outer Space 3:04
06 Today Is The First Day Of The... ? 7:26
07 Dan McArthur 5:25
08 Pineapple 6:54
09 Blueberry Hill (Computer Version) 4:19
10 I Need You By My Side 3:35
11 Message From Pluto 4:49
12 Sea-Side Special 7:39
13 Something Profound 6:07
14 Dreadlock Don't Deal In Wedlock 4:31
15 Battle Of Britain 7:59

Jah Wobble - Betrayal, The Legend Lives On (ogg 196mb)

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More of a Czukay album I suppose, this album is in fact an extended version of the suddessful How Much Are They EP, the rest of my Jah Wobble eighties releases i have on vinyl Bedroom album and Neon Moon but I'm unable to rip that at the moment , still if you don't have Full Circle it's well worth the attention.



Jah Wobble, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit ‎– Full Circle (flac 242mb)

01 How Much Are They ? 4:48
02 Where's The Money ? 5:02
03 Full Circle R.P.S. (No. 7) 10:58
04 Mystery R.P.S. (No. 8) 8:47
05 Trench Warfare 6:45
06 Twilight World 4:20

Jah Wobble, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit ‎– Full Circle (  ogg 99mb)

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Following his split from P.I.L. in the early '80s, bassist Jah Wobble was more likely to be found sweeping tubeway stations than performing on stages, and by the middle of the decade, his musical output had all but ground to a halt.

Pieced together from live, two-track DAT recordings made during performances in Holland, the album managed to sound relaxed, free, and spontaneous while maintaining an air of calculation and precision. Unlike most live albums, the fact that Without Judgement was, indeed, recorded live was not immediately apparent. The only crowd noise present occurred during the fade-out of the last track and the album itself was edited together in such a way that full songs found themselves placed among snippets of instrumental interlude and sound atmospherics. This unconventional approach may have seemed like a recipe for disaster, but in the talented hands of editor Step Parikian, the flow between musical ideas was tasteful, seamless, and, above all, interesting. Without Judgement still shines as the toughest album Jah Wobble has made under his own name.



Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart ‎- Without Judgement (  flac 378mb)

01 Bungalow Park 5:10
02 What The Problem Is 4:18
03 Anything Can Happen 0:56
04 A13 3:47
05 Drowned And The Saved 5:18
06 So Many Years 2:51
07 Message From Our Sponsor 0:13
08 Coypu 1:10
09 Burger Bar 1:48
10 What Will You Say 4:14
11 Spirit 8:54
12 Voodoo 5:26
13 Psyche 3:04
14 Good Ghosts 1:39
15 Saracen 4:52
16 Eternal Vendor 1:30
17 Invisible Cities 6:10
18 Inferno 1:14
19 Location 0:48
20 Uncommercial Road 1:58
21 Will The Circle Be Unbroken 4:00

Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart ‎- Without Judgement (  ogg 157mb)

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Nov 20, 2012

RhoDeo 1247 Roots


Hello, well i've posted most of my On U sound collection there's some leftover titles of acts posted and some samplers I will post later but there's been a big influx of Jamaicans in the UK these last decades and they seeded a vibrant reggae/dub culture, reason enough to post some of the results here.. Hop aboard the Zion Train   N'joy

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Multimedia acid-dub collective Zion Train comprised vocalist Molara, DJ/bassist Neil Perch, trumpeter David Tench, melodica player Colin Cod and trombonist Chris. Formed in North London in 1990, its members initially came together as a dub sound system; their first single, the limited-edition roots 7" "Power One", immediately sold out, while its follow-up "Power Two" was a major favorite at shaka dances throughout 1992.

Zion Train are Dub/Dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the genre for more than 15 years. The band are heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture and have been since the 90s as well as being purveyors of the finest Roots Reggae music throughout this period. They are one of the finest live dub acts in the world and promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing which they perform alongside acoustic instruments and the best live vocalists.

Between 2001 and 2005 Dubdadda added extra live vocals and Bigga replaced Forkbeard on trombone in 2001. The live line-up has always been very flexible, varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to the full lineup for larger events. From 2006 Molara concentrated on her solo projects and Zion Train live features a variety of renowned vocalists including Dubdadda and Earl 16 alongside Marlene Johnoson, and YT.

Zion Train have been one of the planet's most prolific groups, along with a mammoth recorded output and innumerable production credits, remixes and song writing collaborations they have produced magazines, CD-ROMs, Internet sites and built sound systems. Their early releases were on their own Universal Egg label, until in 1995 they signed to China Records. They released the world's first promotional dub music video for the 'Get Ready' single and caused a furore with the publicity campaign for their 'Homegrown fantasy' album.

Back on their own Universal Egg label since 1999, they have continued to release quality dub, electronica and world dance music. There was a bitter feud within the band beginning around 2001, which led to Neil Perch continuing the band with an almost new line-up, comprising long-term trumpeter Dave Hake, trombonist Bigga and an assortment of international session players and studio vocalists.

Their work from the past decade and a half still sounds fresh to today's discerning ears. 2005 saw the reissue of the bands seminal and long unavailable first and second albums; 'A Passage To Indica' and 'Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub' remastered and redesigned. 2006 saw the re-release of the third album 'Siren', which was thought by many to herald the birth of the dub-dance vibe that swept the globe in the 1990s. A new album entitled 'Live As One' was released in September 2007. 2011 saw the release of their latest album State Of Mind.


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This album was recorded partially in Harlesden at the then home of DJ Perch and partially in the then brand new studio space in Seven Sisters - London, The Wibbly Wobbly World of Music. As with all ZT releases around this time there is no 'live' playing of anything, all instrumentation is programmed. Throughout the making of this album ZT were operating the studio commercially and teaching themselves to be studio engineers.

During the making of this LP ZT were educated, by Dougie Wardrop from Conscious Sounds, in the ways of Jamaican mixing. One key element of which is the routing of effects returns back up audio channels on the desk in order for them to be 'properly' fed back on themselves. This is a fact that many 'Rock' mixers are unaware of and which leads to them being unable to create an 'authentic' feedback sound.

The concept for the album is based around a journey to a place where marijuana can be smoked, it could be Amsterdam or anywhere in the World that you can smoke without fear. The CD of this release features only two IDs for the LP sides and one each for the extra tracks. This was an idea which ZT thought was cool at the time but has been adapted for the remastered version released in 2005. This here (93 cd edition) was 'remastered' by me and the tracks split.



Zion Train - Passage To Indica (flac  406mb)

01 Shining Light Steppers 4:12
02 Plunging Into Darkness 4:29
03 Earthrush 3:28
04 Watching Deep Water 5:31
05 Customs Check 6:18
06 Daybreak 4:51
07 Arrival 7:02
08 Burning Indica 4:52
09 Power One - Dub Power 7:46
10 Power Two - Dub To Power 9:09
11 Sending Out A Positive Message 8:45

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This album was recorded at the same time as many of the early Dub House tunes and was used as a chill out for ZT after the manic sessions for some of those. Percussion is a vital part of Jamaican Dub yet none of ZT has any real skill as a percussionist and so for many years they have relied on samples to add that part to the mix. It has never been the intention to replicate Jamaican Dub music but ZT have always let it serve as a reference and eagerly absorbed any information about Jamaican studios and musicianship. Each of the tracks on this album is a beautiful place that ZT have either visited or read about and many people have been affected by these references. John Peel spoke to the band with great emotion about memories of Llanberis Pass and was amazed that anyone had written a song about it.



Zion Train - Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub (flac  305mb)

01 Gargantua Del Diablo 4:28
02 Great Barrier Reef 4:50
03 Amazon 2:04
04 Kilimanjaro 3:50
05 Giant Redwoods 3:25
06 Aurora Borealis 3:45
07 Ross Ice Shelf 4:25
08 Bora Bora 5:27
09 Llanberis Pass 3:22
10 Roussillon 3:58
11 Sargasso Sea 4:35
12 Chomolungma 3:33
13 Krakatoa 3:19
14 Tassiliplain 5:58
15 Zion Canyon 5:20

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Hey, finally after so many disappointing releases through the last years, someone decided to rewind the time back in the days of 1993. It was also the time when Zion Train came up with the "Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub" album, a very well appreciated album everywhere.  At this time Zion Train also produced this album with the same rig than the "Natural Wonders..." LP. They never published it though. But 7 years  later they decided to bring it out. A good decision, the warm bass sound, the digital drums, all the typical sounds Zion Train used, it's wonderful.

14 tracks are presented all dedicated to one special animal said to be interpretations of the animals. It's a wonderful idea and sometimes it really fits. Most songs are quite fast steppers but all with a soft touch in somehow that comes from the melodies (the interpretations=the animals). You can either dance or dream to the songs. That's of course fascinating. But it's difficult to explain the songs. If you know the "Natural Wonders..." album you know what you have to expect here. Zion Train don't want to prove something with this album IMO. They just wanted to publish a nice and sweet album that is dedicated to the most valuable thing on this planet: the animals!



Zion Train - Secrets Of The Animal Kingdom In Dub (flac 512mb)

01 Funnelweb 3:30
02 Wildboar 4:21
03 Gavial 5:11
04 Sea Otter 5:15
05 Wallaby 5:18
06 Fox 5:28
07 Rhinoceros 4:50
08 Condor 5:43
09 Elephant 10:45
10 Reindeer 4:49
11 Scorpion 4:25
12 Fiddler Crab 3:44
13 Crown Of Thorns 5:31
14 Manta Ray 4:58

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Nov 19, 2012

RhoDeo 1247 Byron 8


Hello, another lazy sunday with some skilled F1 racing, unfortunately a backmarker impacted the speed of the leader who then could be overtaken by Lewis Hamilton who had been in his slipstream him for most of the race afterwards it was clear that Vettel dare not chance overtake a driver who has nothing to loose, he comforted himself with fastest lap of the race. A shame really those two had been way infront of Alonso who basicly cruised to third, keeping his worldtitle aspirations alive after all 13 points is possible, you just have to make sure Vettel doesn't finish in the last race, one corrupted mechanic is enough. I'm sure they are worried at Red Bull, afterall for months Alonso has been proclaiming he would be worldchampion ...

Now listen to the continuing saga of The Byron Chronicles ...NJoy

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From The Byron Chronicles Introduction

“Imagine if the world as you know it… was nothing more than an illusion. What if creatures like elves, dragons, vampires, zombies and werewolves walk amongst you every day… But you never see them.”

“This is the world I walk in.
 I am called Byron
 And these are my chronicles…“

The Byron Chronicles is a dark urban fantasy written and produced by Darker Projects, an audio drama company with an extensive website.  The site is well laid out and all of their shows can be heard free of charge direct from the website or  as podcasts, while your on  the go. The Darker Projects website hosts many shows, but I have chosen to focus on The Byron Chronicles for this review.

The Byron chronicles center around a being simply called Byron, who is something “other than human”. Byron lives in the shadows of our modern world, where vampires, werewolves and other creatures of fantasy are very real, but kept hidden from human eyes. The separation of  the supernatural world from the human world is an important element through out the entire series. We quickly find out that when the two worlds mix violence  seems to ensue, usually leading to bad things for humans and supernaturals alike. In fact, the only person who seems to think humans and supernatural beings can get along is Byron himself, who tends to act as a mediator between the two.

Joining Byron on these adventures is Miss Chris Sparrow, who once led a “normal life” as a Barrista at a local Portland Oregon coffee shop before being turned into a half vampire in a freak accident. Chris turned to Byron reluctantly at first, but the pair quickly became fast friends as Chris came to rely on Byron for guidance while supernatural world revealed itself to her. Byron in turn, seemed to rely on Chris in helping him better understand humans as a whole. There were several plot lines in the first season, including Byron saving the life of Lazarus the First Zombie, and preventing a worldwide zombie outbreak in the process. Then Byron had to hunt down a vampire lord named Branlaven, who was selling a super drug called “rush” on the streets of Portland. It was the drug Rush which caused Chris to become a half vampire, and it was here that Chris Sparrow made her first appearance in the series. Next, Byron was taken hostage by two different secret societies; each one trying to save the world from “monsters” like Byron.

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1-Autumn Twilight
Vampire Trackers... In the night they stalk and hunt prey... Tonight, their prey is Byron.
2-Autumn Dawn
I can feel fingers of flames dancing across me.... Vampire venom is changing me.... Changing my very nature. Unless I can find a way to stop the Turning, I will lose everything that I am.


The Byron Chronicles 2 (3,4a) ( 66mb)

01 The Byron Chronicles 204b Autumn Twilight 21:32
02 The Byron Chronicles 204c Autumn Dawn 26:55

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previously

Byron's Tale ( 63mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (2,3) ( 67mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (4,5) ( 45mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (6,7) ( 42mb)
The Byron Chronicles 1 (8,9) ( 90mb)
The Byron Chronicles 2 (1,2) ( 90mb)
The Byron Chronicles 2 (3,4a) ( 90mb)

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Nov 18, 2012

Sundaze 1247


Hello,  another Sundaze in the spotlight a former busker entertaining portugeese tourists but his birthtown London's music scene call had him return to take a serious dip into the music scene and within 3 years he released his first albums on cassette. Toby Marks aka Banco De Gaia's ambient dub created his own niche as you you can find out here..N'joy

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In 1978, Marks began his musical career as a drummer in a heavy metal band. Marks moved to Portugal in 1986 and played Beatles music for tourists. He first delved into electronic music in 1989, when he bought a digital sampler. The first tune he recorded on it was called "Maxwell House."

Inspired to enter the field of electronic music by Britain's acid house explosion of the late '80s, Toby Marks took quite a different spin on electronica with his recordings as Banco de Gaia, introducing elements of Eastern and Arabic music, sampling similarly exotic sources, and tying the whole to ambient-dub rhythms. Marks began releasing cassette-only albums in the early '90s, distributed through a network of clubs and artists known as Planet Dog. These excellent self-produced albums Medium and (in 1992) Freeform Flutes And Fading Tibetans. His unique and evocative blend of electronica with world-music styles earned him a fast-growing and loyal live following.

When Planet Dog became a record label as well (later the home of Eat Static and Timeshard), Banco de Gaia debuted on disc with the Desert Wind EP, released in November 1993. Early the following year, Marks released his first much acclaimed album, Maya. Maya featured studio versions of many of the tracks that had become the mainstay of Banco de Gaia's live sets and consequently was an immediate hit with his growing fan-base. The Heliopolis EP was also released in 1994, a track from which appeared on Sasha and Digweed's ground-breaking Northern Exposure compilation the next year.

After a big success of the debut album Maya and a European tour with Transglobal Underground Toby Marks travelled the world collecting inspirations. He joined The Tibet Support Group, a part of International Tibet Independence Movement. As a response to the decision to build the Qingzang railway between the cities of Xining and the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, in 1995 Marks recorded a 12-minute long track with looped chants from Tibet. It soon appeared to be a start for the whole project, eventually creating a new album. As Marks said, the compositions were made as a result of political and human sensitivity

Banco's Last Train To Lhasa album collected huge critical acclaim across Europe as well as the US and Canada. The skilful blend of sounds on Last Train To Lhasa produced a timeless release that was one of the 'must have' albums of that year and limited edition versions of the release (featuring bonus mixes) now change hands for huge sums on the internet.

Live At Glastonbury was released in 1996. Featuring a storming set recorded in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995, the album consolidated what had been a period of huge growth in Banco de Gaia's standing within the dance community and gave Toby a breathing space to work on his next studio album.

The result, Big Men Cry, released in 1997 was a deep and very personal album featuring many timeless and deeply moving tunes. The simultaneous release of Big Men Cry both across Europe and in the US, gave Toby the opportunity to completely revamp what had up till then, been a one-man live show. His already massive reputation for stunning live performances was enhanced by the creation of a 5 piece band to enable Banco de Gaia to perform Drunk As A Monk as 'live' as possible. band that included Ted Duggan (drums), Ashley Hopkins (bass), Larry Whelan (wind synth, saxophone and ethnic flutes), and Gary Spacey-Foot (percussion and saxophones). Enhanced with a specially designed lightshow, the band toured the US and much of Europe over the next year, securing a reputation for quality music that has endured to this day.The band reduced in number to just Marks, Duggan, and Hopkins in 1999, and then just Marks and Duggan from 2000 until 2003; when Marks went back to being a solo artist.

Banco de Gaia parted company with Planet Dog Records in 1998 and went on to set up his own Disco Gecko label through which he has released The Magical Sounds of Banco de Gaia two years later. In late 2000, Marks returned with Igizeh through Six Degrees Records, a label with which he decided to stay for 2004's You Are Here and 2006's Farewell Ferengistan. In 2009 Banco released Memories Dreams Reflections featuring an superb cover of Pink Floyd's "Echoes"

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While claiming that his musical pseudonym is named after both Benito Mussolini's homosexual lover and the most boring opera ever made, Toby Marks makes music that's actually quite serious, full of abstract ambience and era-jumping Eastern and Western experimentation. Maya offers the strongest recollection of acid house of anything in his discography, with light, airy breakbeats and endlessly pleasant pianos rippling against a large backdrop of Asian influences.



Banco de Gaia - Maya> (flac  446mb)

01 Heliopolis 7:24
02 Mafich Arabi 8:02
03 Sunspot 6:59
04 Gamelah (Dub 3) 6:37
05 Qurna (Mister Christian On The Decks) 9:16
06 Sheesha 7:45
07 Lai Lah (V1.∞) 7:31
08 Shanti (Red With White Spots Edit) 11:13
09 Maya 7:48

Banco de Gaia - Maya> (ogg 161mb)

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This double-disc concept album concerns the commercial invasion of Tibet by Chinese merchants hoping to overrun the peaceful country. Despite some watered-down beats, Toby Marks weaves Eastern-rhythms and futuristic synth quite well over both uptempo and ambient tracks.



Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa (cd1) > (flac  373mb)

01 Last Train To Lhasa 11:43
02 Kuos 6:56
03 China (Clouds Not Mountains) 7:30
04 Amber 7:34
05 Kincajou 6:47
06 White Paint 6:06
07 887 (Structure) 14:17

Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa (cd1) (ogg 142mb)

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Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa (cd2)> (flac  335mb)

01 Kuos (Gnomes Mix) 11:19
02 Kincajou (Duck! Asteroid) 36:09
03 Eagle (Small Steppa Mix) 12:33

Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa (cd2) (ogg 142mb)

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Toby Marks began to move away from the preconceptions of a Banco de Gaia project with 1997's Big Men Cry. While it has the ambient dub bent of his previous work, the album expands to include tribal drumming and a lot of live instrumentation, organized and tweaked to perfection by Marks' mature studio capabilities.



Banco de Gaia - Big Men Cry (flac 409mb)

01 Drippy 8:59
02 Celestine 12:39
03 Drunk As A Monk 9:27
04 Big Men Cry 6:11
05 Gates Does Windows 0:38
06 One Billion Miles Out 10:38
07 Starstation Earth 19:38

Banco de Gaia - Big Men Cry (ogg 160mb)

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