Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dancehall Pressure 1988

Soundboy Kuff 'N' Dem - Dancehall pressure 1988. Wicked and bad raggamuffin soundbwoy collection from 1988. Nuff hi-power hits from King Jammy's, Witty, King Tubby's, George Phang (Power House), Fashion Records, Techniques and Steelie & Cleevie. Version pon version..

Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Relist...

Raggamuffin and Rambo - Dancehall Thrillers 1987

Raggamuffin and Rambo - Dancehall Thrillers 1987. More deadly digital dancehall hits from 1987. Nuff niceness in the digital era... Crisp JA & UK productions from King Jammy's, King Tubby's, Techniques, Redman International, Kilamanjaro, Philip Smart, Fashion and Jah Tubby's. Tempo never ease off - version pon version...

Continuous mix. 78 minutes. Relist...

Hol' a Raggamuffin - Dangerous dancehall 1987

Hol' a Raggamuffin - Dangerous dancehall 1987. Digital dancehall mix 1987. Productions from King Jammy's, King Tubby's, Techniques, Redman International, Jah Tubby's and Black Scorpio. Version excursions, nuff hits. Raggamuffin ruffer than Rambo, tuffer than Tyson.

  Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Roots Outernational present... D.E.B Crucial Selections

D.E.B Crucial Selections - Dennis Brown Productions. Selector Omari & Roots Outernational sound NYC come with an essential & comprehensive collection of D. Brown productions. On the DEB & Yvonne's Special labels mid to late 70s. Mighty vocal, deejay & dubwize cuts... in the mix.

Alongside the Crown Prince feature artists like Junior Delgado, Bob Andy, Desi Roots, Horace Andy, Booker T, Jah Thomas, Ras Bug, Big Joe, Ranking Buckers, Ranking Joe, Lenese Linton, Lord Tanamo, Black Uhuru, Castro Brown, Jimmy Riley, Carlton & The Shoes & Trinity. Rhythm track by the DEB Players. Dubs from King Tubby. 

Thanks to Selector Omari & Roots Outernational Sound for the link.
Serious selections!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rising Son - Peace Man/Jah Suckie - Peace Inna Jamdung 7''

9 track pre-release collection.
The legendary Rising Son meets Lester Johnson on the Ta Shi label. Pure roots and culture from 1976. Peace Man, peace man, peace man, mi seh peace youth man... Counteraction from deejay Jah Suckie with Peace Inna Jamdung. Dread dub versions. All-time classic...

Also from Rising Son, Every Man Must Have A home/Dub & Jah Jah Robe, both on the New Flower imprint produced by Al Campbell in 1976-77.
All hard to find... Repost...


Sunday, July 19, 2015

DJ Irie Dread & Legion 16 Movement Sound - Season of Life Mixtape

DJ Irie Dread & Legion 16 Movement Sound present... Season of Life Mixtape. Uptempo collection of modern nu roots, one-drop & lovers grooves. Sweet reggae music. Inna fine style...

Riddim track like Overstand's Rootsman & Militancy, Country Bus (Chimney), Way Back (Dub Akom), Automatic (Penthouse), 50~50 (Starstruck), Ram Jam (Silly Walks), Vision (Live MB), 7th Heaven & Cane River (DJ Frass), Freedom Fire (Independent Works) and Royal Order's evergreen Cultivator. More Life productions come with crucial roots-rocking vibes on the Herb Family - murderation.. blam, blam, blam.....

 Continuous mix. 66 mins.

Max respect to Tafadzwa Irie Dread & the SA-Zimbabwe massive, 
thnx 4 the link up spar.. @DjIrieDread

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kaleidoscope in Session @ New Beehive Bradford July 10th 2015

Kaleidoscope in Session @ New Beehive Bradford July 10th 2015.
Kaleidoscope live in session 10 July 2015. Spaceport7 Selector Big Bri & Paul Rootsical nice up the New Beehive again... Roots, one-drop, dancehall & revival selections a gwarn as always. Niceness every time.
Thanks again to all who come along. Special thnx to ArtistTim & Barry (Roots Records shop) for coming. Also MASSIVE raspect to the MC for the night. COME DOWN AGAIN mi lion. I'll be armed with uff version sides next time & bring my full selection ready to take all special request... 

 Don't forget.. we're playing 2nd Friday of each month, Next one 14th August, so run go tell U friend.... :D

Paul Rootsical Sets
 I started with some rootsy favorites while the place start to fill.... Twinkle Brothers, Ffrenchie & Island Life Records lead the roots charge with the Who Can't Hear Must Feel, No More Slaving, Imperial Crown and the mighty Jahovia. Dancehall business later with excursions pon the Freedom Blues, General, Late Night Blues relick, Long Days Short Nights & Ram Jam. Big nod to Virgin Islands reggae. Nuff original foundation selection also.

Spaceport7 Sets  
Reggae-dancehall & Bashment. Nuff Protoje, Jah Sun, Horseman, Tanya Stephens...

Selector Big Bri Sets
Special tribute to the Upsetter Lee Perry with a few dancehall scorchers from Bri's 80s 12'' collection.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gideon Warriors revisited... Culture Mix

Revisiting this one-drop nu-roots mixtape from 2010. Gideon Warriors. Strictly conscious vibes. Riddim like John John's Zion Gate, Maximum Sound's I Know My Herb/Repariation & Help Me Praise Jahovia, the dubby Breadfruit (Fly Roots), Soul Rebel (Peckings) and the stunning Zion Train from Columbian Beatz (check Lutan Fyah's Living In the Ghetto - RUFF!). Bushman revisits 2 classic Peter Tosh tunes @ Penthouse.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rocking Time - Late 70s Revival Vinyl Mix

Rocking Time - Selections from the late-70's. Cool & easy revival mixtape made up of rips from my 7 & 12'' collection. Incorporates various styles of the day, varying from roots to big people revival vibes. Runs vocals into deejay cut into dub version or blazing instrumentals inna true discomix style... Some real timeless classics here like the Phase One classic rockers cut of Waiting in the Park by the Chantells, Owen Gray's cover of When I Need You or Trevor Hartley's combination with U-brown on Selassie-I. Singer Ras Midas with a dread version of the Paragon's rocksteady hit Same Song. Ends with a personal favorite of mine, the sublime Going Is Rough by Jimmy London. 49 tracks.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Monday, July 6, 2015


this Friday10th July 2015 and  2nd Friday of month threafter...
  @ the BeeHive Cellar Bar 
Westgate, Bradford

 KALEIDOSCOPE is back at the Beehive this Friday & its gonna be rocking again. Reggae-dancehall specialist SPACEPORT7 will be juggling current uptempo tunes. 70s & 80s vinyl maestro BIG BRI holds the foundation revival corner while PAUL ROOTSICAL mix up fresh nu roots & one-drop selections with dancehall & rocksteady classics from across the years. So run go tell U friends, come along and feel the vibe. 
Let di riddim roll Rasta  roll Rasta....

No slackness, no gun tunes - strictly positive good-time vybz.
-Keeping it Rootical-

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Real Authentic 60's Jamaican Ska Sound

The real authentic 60's Jamaican ska sound. Jump up revivals, party dance jives, revised traditionals and singerman boasts. Nice, nice time... put on your dancing shoes! King Stitt is MC for the night.
Continuous mix. 78 minutes. Repost...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Vintage Jamaican Ska Mix 1963-67

Vintage Ska Mix 1963-67. One of our old mixes. The original and authentic 60's ska sound of Jamaica. Its jump up time... Featuring: Carlos Malcolm, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Lord Tanamo, Stranger Cole, Derrick Morgan, The Caridonians, Tommy McCook, Basil Gabbidon, Lord Creator, The Skatalites, Laurel Aitkin, Bongoman Byfield, Eric Morris, Prince Buster & His All-stars, Bobby Martell, The Folkes Brothers, The Maytals, Bob Andy, Higgs & Wilson, Jackie Mittoo, Jimmy Cliff, Drumbago's Orchestra, Bunny & Skitter, Bunny Livingstone & Rita Anderson. Continuous mix.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost..

Friday, June 19, 2015

Glen Brown & Friends - Vintage Revival Selections 1967-72

Glen Brown & Friends - Revival Selections 1967-72

 Glen Brown & Friends - Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae Selections 1967-72. The best of Glen Brown's early output as a vocalist alongside some initial production efforts. Much of Glen's work focused on harmony duos and groups in the 1960's, following a stint with Sonny Bradshaw's Jazz, though he also did some wicked solo sides. He'd begun to experiment with instrumentals by the 70's. Featuring duos as Glen & Dave (Dave Barker), Hopetown & Glen (Hopeton Lewis), Lloyd & Glen (Lloyd Robinson) Maxie & Glen (Max Romeo) and Glen & Jimmy (an obscure vocalist at the Upsetter camp - anyone know a who dat?), and fine sides from vocal groups Marcus & The Musketeers and The Graduates (Glen Brown, Joe White & Trevor Shields). Labels: Doctor Bird, Fab, Stag, Treasure Isle, Studio One, GGs, Coxsone, Harry J, Beverleys, Flame, Bra, Upsetter, Darace, Shalimar and Glen Brown's own Pantomine.

Continuous mix. 96 minutes.
Special request. Repost..

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SOUNDTAPE: Spaceport7 & Paul Rootsical Live @ Beehive Bradford 12 June 2015

SOUNDTAPE: Spaceport7 & Paul Rootsical Live @ Beehive Club Bradford 12 June 2015. Kaleidoscope: a night of dancehall reggae just yards from the old frontline & blues in Lumb Lane, Bradford. An irie crowd turned out and music play til past 3...  Selectors Iain Spaceport7, Big Bri & Paul Rootsical mix up upfront dancehall, one-drop, reggae revival, roots and dub. A big thanks to everyone who came. You made it a good night. See y'all next month - 10th July....

The recording comes from the dj setup and not the PA output so unfortunately the mic is missing from the mix as are Big Bri's well crucial Upsetter & roots vinyl sets. We'll definitely put this right for next time.


Spaceport7 sets 1 & 2

Paul Rootsical sets 1 & 2

Spaceport7 set 3

Sunday, June 14, 2015

KING VOLTS Live at the Tumble Inn, Bradford 1987

King Volts - Live at the Tumble Inn 1987. The legendary Newcastle/Bradford reggae band onstage in Bradford. Brisk, dub-heavy live sound. Solid, irie festival vibes.
King Volts formed in 1984 in Fenham, Newcastle and were regulars on the Northeast gig circuit during the mid-80s, supporting visiting acts like Black Roots. Anyone see them at the Riverside? The band moved to Bradford in 1986 where they quickly built up a local following alongside their King Volts Sound System while traveling to play at free festivals. Key members emigrated and, sadly, the band split in 1987. 
Volts reformed for a great reunion gig in 1988 at the 1in12 Club, Bradford, another memorable night.
Respect to Igger, Martin, Cess, Steve, John, Andy, Mickey, Diccon, The Rootsman, Larry and everyone. King Volts are still fondly remembered. If any of you come on here, link up, leave a comment.... Paul.
 Taken from the original PA tape. 58 minutes. Shame I lost the old Newcastle Demo tape.
Thanks to Iain for ripping this, bless man...Repost...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

REGGAE DANCEHALL PARTY & dred lightshow with KALEIDOSCOPE @ BeeHive Inn, Bradford 12/06/2015

A night of Reggae Dancehall Vybz & dred lightshow with KALEIDOSCOPE Selectors: Spaceport7 & Big Bri..
this Friday12th June 2015 and monthly threafter...
  @ the BeeHive Cellar Bar 
Westgate, Bradford


Guest selector Paul Rootsical will be juggling modern roots & one-drop selections mix up with foundation classic...

From SKA to fresh ONE-DROP selections & DANCEHALL
Music to make u dance! Spotlight on the new Horseman LP, Jah Sun, Protoje, Jesse Royal, Lee Perry..

Lazer show, projections & lightshow
Whole heap a vybz
MCs welcome 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Travelling East - New Roots Mixtape 1997

Travelling East - New Roots Mixtape 1997 - Part 1. Roots & reality mixtape remaster from the original cassette mixtape. A great year for roots reggae. Established nu roots stars like Sizzla, Luciano, Capleton and Tony Rebel stand alongside veterans Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs and Everton Blender, while emerging talent like Morgan Heritage, Daweh Congo, Anthony B and Bushman come on strong. A real highlight of that year was the Reggae Day at Finsbury Park, London. A whole heap a artist come down - Beenie Man, Anthony B, Everton Blender, Macka B, Earl 16, U-Roy, Danny Red, Mad Prof. etc. etc... I missed (the ever-disappointing) Lee Perry as he was on at the same time, on another stage from Beenie who was magnificent... no contest who to watch there!

Riddim like Star Trail's Burning Bush & Lift Up Your Head, Heathen (Digital B), War (African Star), Collie Weed, Kette Drum & Slave Master (Jazz Jamaica).

Riddim: Mr Bassie (Xterminator), Revolution, Stepping Outta Babylon (Penthouse), Satta (Digital B & Manatee), more Burning Bush, Mount Jerusalem (Firehouse Crew) and the awesome Ghetto People Song (Flames).

Continuous mix. Total 158 minutes. Repost..
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Monday, June 1, 2015


PEACE MIX by DYNAMICDUO. Vital 2hr collection out on Mixcloud by the dynamic duo. We crying out for peace.. Eclectic, rootsy selection from Misty In Roots to Luciano and U Roy, Barrington Levy to Augustus Pablo and the Twinkle Brothers. Full discomix cuts with dub versions. MAXIMUM RESPECT SELECTOR!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1988 - Augustus Clarke Productions

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomixes 1988. Crucial, uptempo collection of mainly hard-hitting dancehall tunes. All but one of these tunes came out of Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke's Music Works. Riddim like Rumours and Mind Yu Dis - vocal and dubwise. Clarke's re-entry into the dancehall scene produced what was unquestionably the freshest, richest, biggest sound to come outta yard since Jammys. Clarke released upfront dancehall hits but also combined dancehall and lovers rock to great effect. Wicked raggamuffin dub versions!

 Continuous mix. 71 minutes.

Bonus 30 minute excursions pon the Rumours and Manners riddims with Lady G, The Mighty Diamonds, Josie Wales, Dean Fraser, Gregory Isaacs, Ken Boothe, Home T, Hopeton Lindo, Dennis Creary, Robbie Lyn, Johnny Osbourne, JC Lodge, Rebel Rockers, Jackie Mittoo and Nadine Sutherland.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cultural Deejay Conference 2003

Cultural Deejay Conference 2003. Deejays lead the line in 2003. Conscious reality over fresh one-drop and new roots riddim like the Herbalist, You Should Have Known (Black Scorpio), Monday Morning, Bobby Digital's Java & Queen Majesty, Negust Negast (King of Kings), Sly & Robbie's Tabla and the heartical Zulu Chant. Version excursions...

 Continuous mix: 76 minutes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Richie Spice - Roots N Culture Mixtape 2008

Wha the World Gone To... Strictly conscious, positive vibes from St. Andrews rootsman Richie Spice 1998-2008. His first hit, Earth A Run Red on the Sweet River Rock (1998), took a few years to register. Its sunny melodies and solid rootsiness kinda worked its way into the consciousness, eventually being recognised as a sufferers classic with its apocalyptic world visions from the street. This essential theme is returned to with strings of tunes over the years; World Is Troubled, 9-1-1, Trouble Deh Abroad, World Is A Cycle, Upside Down, Wha The World Gone To, Trouble In The World, World Crisis, Youths Are So Cold, Blood Again and plenty others... One of the top conscious artists of this millennium. Na na na na na na naaa!

BIG riddim like Jah Love, Truth & Rights, World Jam, Giddimani, Passion, Righteous Youths, First Born, Real Rock, None A Jah Jah Children, 5th Element, Ali Baba,... Combination and version sharing with Chuck Fender, Jah Mason, Choppa Chop, King Kong, Chezidek, Anthony B, DYCR, Fantan Mojah, Lutan Fyah, Capleton, Perfect, Little Hero, Jah Cure, Chrisinti, Turbulence, Major Chris, Luciano, Bascom X, Etana and Bonner brothers Spanner Banner & Pliers. 54 tracks, 26 riddim, 24 producers...

Continuous mix. 110 minutes. Repost...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Irie & Mellow: 90s Reggae Hits

Irie & Mellow 1998. Uptempo collection of crucial reggae hits from the mid-late 90s. Real mixed bag... lovers, roots, dancehall, ragga and mainstream reggae. Some great cover versions. Leads with the Beres Hammond hit from way back in 1982 (I played the tune a lot back then... Wicked!) and then switches straight to 90s selections with Frankie P's I Got The Vibes. Nuff other highlights, like Luciano's Its Me Again Jah & Your World and Mine, Garnett Silk's Ebony & Ivory, The Rod, Goofy & Red Rat's hilarious Big Man Likkle Yout and some great sides by Sylvia Tella.

CD1: Riddim like Let Him Go, Boops, Babylon Cowboy, Seek & You Will Find, Fattie Fattie, Rich & Shine Eye Gal.

CD2: Riddim: No No No, Land of Love, So Much Things to Say, Rainbow Country, Bam Bam, Mr Bassie, Fever Pitch, Sun is Shining & Journalist.
Continuous mix. Total 159 minutes. Repost...
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Silverback Gorilla - Nu Roots Mixtape 2015

Silverback Gorilla - Nu Roots Mixtape 2015. Latest conscious reggae selections & fresh ganja tunes on some killer riddim old and new. Named after the popular new indica strain. Looks so sweet you could eat it...

Highlights three massive new rhythm tracks. Oneness Records come with the Retro Locks, a rocking update of Bim Sherman's Golden Locks, with strong cuts by Iba Mahr, Dre Island, Mark Wonder and Glen Washington who sings the Sherman original. Gappy Ranks teams up with Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal. The Ram Jam - Fattie Fattie (Silly Walks) finally drops with big tunes from Chronixx, Ras Demo, RC and emerging singers Clay and Dalton Harris. Pure feelgood party vibes when Protoje meets Sara Lugo on I Really Like You. This riddim's gonna mash it up this summer. Inner Circle's relick of the Tenement Yard is already a hit for Chronixx. Assassin aka Agent Sasco does a hebalist cut inna wicked 90s deejay style. 

Two Ghetto Youths Int. riddims here... Stephen Marley is on the Sun Is Shining while Wayne Marshall's controversial On The Corner is built around REM's Losing My Religion. Kabaka Pyramid takes a shot at 'mr politician man' on the same rhythm. Norris Man and dancehall-crossover artist Mark Balet also aim on Politicians and Running. Special request to the election-weary... Sudden Flight, the latest hit from Protoje's hot new album Ancient Future for Overstand, rides a crucial relick of the Gunshot alongside Jesse Royal & Sevana. Micah Shemaiah, Hempress Sativa & Jahkime whip up a roots session vibe on the Prince Far I/Adrian Sherwood Tempo version. The original from the Cry Tuff Dub Vol. 3 LP 1980 - one of the greatest dub albums ever - is in the mix. Levi Roots does an irie update of Roman Stewart's Rice & Peas.

The MARCH TOWARDS LEGALIZATION seems to have inspired more than the usual number of weed tunes recently. After several cuts on the Tenement Yard we revisit Chronixx on the Cultivator from 2013/14 (Royal Order) with additional tracks by Bobby Hustle, Pressure, Sizzla, Mykal Rose and  Perfect's funny Smoke Alarm. Every day a four20! Chronixx also comes together with the Mystic Revealers for Herb Must Legalize Now. Staying with the same theme Protoje & Winta James' great remake of Zap Pow's Bubblin' Over is brought together here with the 70s original. UK dancehall artist Stylo G does a nice Sugar Minott tribute on the Mr DC. Jesse Royal cool up him nerve on the Diamond Sox (Notis) and Keida sips Ganja Tea with Rory Stonelove. Passenger Seat by RC is on a Penthouse lick of an early 80s (Junjo?) riddim. Its been killing me trying to remember the original. Was it the Wailing Souls? Can anyone help me with this one???

Continuous mix. 94 minutes.

SiamRootsical Roots N Culture Mix 2014

We revisit Royal Order's killer relick of the Channel One dancehall classic Worries in The Dance, renamed War Is In The Dance, with cuts by Pressure, Bobby Hustle, Gappy Ranks and the amazing Stand For Something by Keida as well as the original Frankie P scorcher (Hitbound). Lustre Kings come with  the dubstep-roots flavoured Junction riddim. Equally rootsy is the Jah Warriah (Zion High) with conscious vocals from Jahdan & Pressure, Batch, Niyorah, Jah Mali and one by Lloyd Brown from last year's excellent Rootical album. Keyboards interplay nicely with live horns on the Reggae Root (Kheil Stone). Kabaka Pyramid & Chronixx team up with the Ghetto Blues. Duane Stephenson gets in the groove on Bunny Wailer/Roots Radics' Cool Runnings (Kongstar).

There were a few interesting roots lps in 2014. Included here are two songs by Netherlands-based singer Rass Motivated who released his impressive debut album Who Am I. Hear it on Soundcloud. Norris Man collaborates with the Hot This Year Band on Real, his 2nd album for Partillo & Lancealot for a great live sound throughout. Two tracks are featured, including an irie collaboration with veteran deejay U-Brown. Hear the full album on Soundcloud here. Panama rootsman Likle Mystic released an excellent 2nd set with producer Ziggy Blacks this year, the Island In The Sun EP. Jah Cure's upcoming Rasta lp should be good judging by the single Rasta Is Passing Through. Pressure Busspipe was back at his best this year with a chain of ruff tunes & two good albums, including the musically diverse Africa Redemption (Yard Vybz). Jahdan Blakkamore also came strong. Another contender is Addis Pablo's In My Father's House, sister  to Chezidek's Order Of Melchezidek on Jahsolidrock. Penthouse artist RC (Righteous Child) and young blood Yung J.R. broke thu...

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Who Can Feel Must Hear - Roots Selections 2014

 Who Can Feel Must Hear Mixtape. Heavy roots selections 2014.

Starts with Iba Mahr's Glory Of The King on a wicked Channel One style rhythm (Royal Order) then a Bushman classic 'Knowledge' on the Trying To Conquer Me (Ruff Cut 2001). Island Life records come with yet another roots scorcher, the Who Can't Hear Must Feel, an update of Santic's  Problems/Lovers Mood with cuts by Richie Spice, Lutan Fyah, Everton Blender, Luciano, and the brilliant 'So Hard' by Adventurous. Killer dub version also. Ffrenchie's Imperial Crown (Maximum Sound) is a rootsdub style keyboard-driven rhythm featuring uplifting melodica from Addis Pablo and some conscious vocal cuts. King Tubbys Dub Plate Style (also Maximum Sound) is another updated classic, this time Striker Lee's Ali Baba. 'Trials & Tribulation' by Ras Demo is classic roots. Bury the barber...! Stingray bring back the Brentford Road vibes with Freddie McGregor for a fresh relick of the Bobby Babylon/Hi Fashion riddim. Another Studio One veteran Johnny Osbourne makes a welcome reappearance with reality tune 'Why' on the Way Back (Akom) alongside Lutan Fyah, Million Stylez and Lukie D. NYC band Morning Sun & The Essentials stay with the reality on Highrises (End Of Era). Hear the Love Agenda EP on their soundcloud page. Mykal Rose & Treson combine for Life On The Rocks (Pha Real). Good to hear Natural Black back on form on 'If You Did Know' for Jammys. Pressure, Tarrus & Junior Gong blaze it up on 'Mental Disturbance' taken from Busspipe's Africa Redemption LP for Yard Vibes.
 Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
(includes 2 promo songs by Likle Mystic)