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Basque Dub Foundation

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A.k.a. Iñaki Yarritu

BDF - Basque Dub Foundation started in the early 90s as studio project by Iñaki Yarritu ( aka Inyaki ), a London based reggae musician originally from the Basque Country (northern Spain). Iñaki moved into music production in the late 80's having been previously involved in Reggae since the late 70s as a radio DJ, journalist and promoter. In their early days BDF toured (as a sound system) supporting Mad Professor in the first ever Dub sessions to take place in Spain. In 1997 BDF released their debut album "Sustraidun Roots Dub" ( Massive Sounds - 1997) ("Sustraidun" is Basque for "Rootical") the first Dub album ever to come out of Spain. A landmark that started to give BDF an international reputation... BDF's debut album is a collection of instrumental and dub workouts featuring a mix of original material, and some Roots classics covers, such as Abyssinians' "Satta Amassagana", Junior Byles' "Fade Away" and Augustus Pablo's "Cassava Piece". "Sustraidun Roots Dub" revives the spirit of the original Jamaican 70's dub, while incorporating the aesthetic of the 90's UK digital dub and a strong dose of traditional Spanish and Basque melodies. The Album features UK dub stalwarts such as Mad Professor, Dub Judah, and Dougie Wardrop (Conscious Sounds). After this release BDF, evolved into a live band specialising in Roots Reggae and Dub. BDF's live shows capture the unique feel of the golden era of the 60's,70's and 80's. BDF supported international tours by major artists such as The Wailers, Culture, Burning Spear and Lee Perry. Their live performances have been enthusiastically reviewed, drawing praise for being one of the few bands that plays original 70's dub with live (real) instruments. In 2002 BDF released their second album "BDF meets Loud & Lone" (Brixton Records). A musical collaboration with Loud & Lone ( Roberto Sanchez & Borja Juanco ) "inna Showcase Style" (vocal plus dub). "BDF Meets Loud & Lone" recreated with amazing precision the genuine and atmospheric sounds of Roots Reggae's golden era. Using only live instruments and analogue recording, playing the music they love in the same style as the artists that have influenced them so much. In the last 10 years BDF has been touring live in Europe and playing as a backing band for international Reggae artists such as Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Earl Sixteen, Anthony Johnson, U Brown, Kenny Knots, Aisha, Dub Judah, Tena Stelin, Jah Marnyah and Afrikan Simba. BDF has been recording their own productions while also acting as a studio session band and producing foundation Jamaican artists such as Alton Ellis, David Hinds (Steel Pulse ), Luciano, Mikal Rose, Sugar Minnot, Gregory Isaacs, Al Campbell, Admiral Tibbet, Little Roy, Ranking Joe, Johnny Osborne, Ernest Wilson, Wayne Smith, Hopeton James, Zareb, Dawn Penn, Chronicle, U Brown, Queen Omega, Lone Ranger, General Levy, Carlton Livingstone, Eddie Fitzroy, Pinchers and a new generation of French and Spanish artists: Original Uman, Roberto Sanchez, Rootsamala, Little Dani, Tiwony, etc.... BDF has recut classic riddims like "Fade Away”, “Real Rock”, “Promised land”, “ Far East” “ Slaving ”, “I Know Myself” and “Tonite”. Also some originals like “Ministerio Del Dub”. All released by renown french label ( and Sound System) Heartical as 7" vinyl singles. So far, more than 60 different titles. In 2010 B D F released a third album ( 12" vinyl - EP ): "Roots Melodies". A return to BDF's original Instrumental and Dub origins. An 8 tracks EP - Album in a showcase style ( 4 Instrumentals + 4 Dub versions) consisting of keyboard instrumentals in the classic 70s tradition of Jackie Mittoo / Augustus Pablo / Ansel Collins / Pablo Black / Winston Wright and many more Reggae instrumentalists featured on hundred of B sides. Old-school , analogue productions using Hammond organ, Rhodes, piano, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, etc....featuring the keyboard and melodica skills (or maybe the lack of! ) and also the compositions and arrangements of BDF main honcho, Inyaki Yarritu, who also plays bass, drums, percussion... Also, five more vinyl releases on 12": ''Faith'', ''Famine'' and ''Rasta Calling'' ( voiced by Nereus Joseph and Nattykaf )and ''Wisdom'' (by The Viceroys), ''Ward Off The Evil'' ( by Nereus Joseph ), ''Guide Us'' by Rootsamala ) and ''Fools of God'' (by Nattykaf ) on Kaf Island label. "Lightning & Thunder" ( an original Augustus Pablo composition), "Forward To Jah" and ''Sufferation'' both with spanish duo Rootsamala on the One In The Spirit label. -- -- -- -- -- -- D I S C O G R A P H Y -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - - - - - - ALBUMS - - - - - - SUSTRAIDUN ROOTS DUB (1989 - 97) CD BDF MEETS LOUD & LONE ( 99 - 2002) CD & DOUBLE VINYL ROOTS MELODIES ( 2010) VINYL HEARTICAL STORY vol 1 ( 2011 ) CD HEARTICAL STORY vol 2 ( 2012 ) CD - - - - - - 10" and 12" SINGLES - - - - - - NATTYKAF - ''I Blame You'' / ''Dub'' / ''Eternal Lie'' / ''Dub'' (Kaf Island - 2009 ) 10" vinyl NEREUS JOSEPH "Rasta Calling'' / ''Calling Dub'' NATTYKAF - ''Faith'' ( Dreadful Time) / ''Faith Dub'' / ''Dreadful Horns'' ( Kaf Island - 2010 ) 12" vinyl B D F - ''Lightning & thunder'' / ''Lightning Dub'' / ''Thunder Dub'' ( One In The Spirit - 2010 ) 12" vinyl BDF & ROOTSAMALA - ''Forward To Jah'' (Disco Mix) B1. BDF & JAMTONE - ''Forward To Dub'' B2. BDF & JONAH DAN - ''A Kette To Jah'' B3. BDF & INYAKI - ''Melodica To Jah'' ( One In The Spirit - 2011 ) 12" vinyl BDF & ROOTSAMALA – ‘’ Sufferation ‘’ / ‘’ Tribulation Dub ‘’ / ‘’ Sufferation ( Digital cut)‘’ / Tribulation ( Digital cut) (One In The Spirit - 2012 ) 12" vinyl THE VICEROYS-" Wisdom " NATTYKAF - " Fools of God" ROOTSAMALA - " Guide Us" NEREUS JOSEPH - " Ward off the Evil " BDF-‘’ Wisdom Dub’’ BDF-‘’ Fools Of Dub’’ BDF- ‘’Guide Us dub’’ BDF- ‘’Wardd Off dub’’ (Kaf Island - 2012 ) 12" vinyl - - - - - - 7" singles - - - - - - BDF - '' Breaking the rules / Dubbing the rules '' ( Shemesh - 2003 ) PROMISED LAND ( DUB FIRE ) riddim ( Heartical label– 2.004) LUCIANO -"Time Will Tell" / BDF - "Melodica Fire" AL CAMPBELL - "The Power" / BDF - "Melodica Fire" CHRONICLE - "Diamond & Gold" / BDF - "Melodica Fire" SUGAR MINOTT - "Prophecy" / ORIGINAL UMAN - "Danse Du Serpent" PINCHERS -"Working For The King" / BDF -"Melodica Fire" PROMISED LAND ( DUB FIRE ) riddim (Heartical – 2.007) ADMIRAL TIBETT - "One Way" / ROOTSAMALA - "Where U Gonna Run" JOHNNY OSBORNE - "War Season" / BDF & DUB STUDENT - " Dubbin with Fire " MIKAL ROZE - "Overground" / BDF & DUB STUDENT - " Dubbin with Fire" GENERAL LEVY - "Time Dread" / BDF & DUB STUDENT - " Dubbin with Fire" REAL ROCK riddim ( Heartical label– 2.004 ) BUNNY LYE LYE -"Give Me A Dub" / LITTLE DANY -"Met Le Faya" ANTHONY JOHNSON -"Gunshot Rock" / BDF -"Real Kette Rock" CHRONICLE -"Rub-A-Dub"/ BDF -"Real Kette Rock" REAL ROCK riddim ( Heartical label– 2.006 ) JOHNNIE OSBOURNE & WAYNE SMITH-"Conscious Anthem" /BDF "Melodica Rock" JUNIOR CAT - "Love Jah & Live" / SKULLY ZOOT SIMMS"See Dem A Come" ROBERT LEE- "Time" / ROBERT LEE- "Come Now" CHUCK TURNER- "Culture Rule" / ORIGINAL UMAN- "Body Bags" FADE AWAY riddim ( Heartical label– 2.005 ) MIKAL ROSE - "Never Surrender" / BDF - "Melodica Way" TROUBLESOME – "Hungry Youths" / DIFANGA - "Jah Cours" RANKING JOE - "Heartbeat" / BDF - "Fade Away Version" HOPETON JAMES -"The Stalker" / UMAN & DIFANGA - "Plus 2 Love" WAYNE SMITH - "Ask Jah" / BDF - "Melodica Way" FADE AWAY riddim ( Heartical label– 2.008 ) GENERAL LEVY - "See A Man Face" / BDF & DUB TERROR- "Dub Nah Fade" LUKIE D - "Rise" / ROOTSAMALA -"Never Walk Away" QUEEN OMEGA - "Shining" / ROBERTO SANCHEZ - "Wise Enough" CHRONICLE - "Serve Jah" / PAPA KOJAK - "Rise & Shine" SLAVING riddim ( Heartical label – 2.005 ) LITTLE ROY - "Only Jah" / BDF - melodica MYKAL ROZE - "Babylon Fight" / BDF - dub feat Dub Student EDI FITZROY -"Throw Down"/ ROBERTO SANCHEZ -"Slaving For A Reason" CARLTON LIVINGSTONE -"Demolition" / BDF – melodica LONE RANGER - "Original Style" / BDF – melodica U BROWN - "Rootsman Skank" /BDF – melodica AL CAMPBELL- "Be Conscious" / ANTHONY JOHNSON - "No More War" MINISTERIO DEL DUB riddim ( Heartical label– 2.008 ) ALTON ELLIS O.D "Peaceful Valley" / BDF & DUB TERROR "Ministerio Del Dub" DAVID "STEEL PULSE" HINDS "Jah Vengeance" / BDF "Ministerio Del Dub - Melodica" EARL 16 "Virtual Generation" / BDF & DUB TERROR "Ministerio del Dub - Melodica" MYKAL ROZE "Wah Dat" / BDF "Ministerio del Dub - Melodica" ZAREB a.k.a MR FLASH "Ghetto Youths" / PAPA KOJAK "Evil Forces" LITTLE ROY "Remember Jah" / BDF "Ministerio Del Dub" SUGAR MINOTT "Trodding" / BDF "Ministerio Del Dub" CARL DAWKINS "Doggy Dog World" TONITE riddim ( Heartical label– 2.009 ) DAVID “STEEL PULSE” HINDS “Positivity” / BDF “Midnight Organ” .... MYKAL ROZE “Hypocrites Warning” / BDF & DUB TERROR “Dubbing Tonight”.... PATRICK ANDY “Got To Do” / ORIGINAL UMAN “Parcours Santé” .... THE SILVERTONES “Poverty” / KOJAK “Freedom Fighters” .... GLEN RICKS “Name of the Father" / JOSEPH COTTON “Perpetrators”.... ANTHONY JOHNSON “Tribulation” (Tribute to Dennis Brown) / ROOTSAMALA “Injustice GENERAL LEVY “Life Hard” / BDF “Midnight Organ" FAR EAST riddim ( Heartical label– 2.010 ) MYKAL ROZE "Down Pressor" / BDF "Far East Organ" RANKING JOE "Rastaman Talk" / ROOTSAMALA "World Crisis" CHRONICLE " Sweet sinsemilla" / JAH MIKEY & DADDY SHARK "Tune in - Go before us" CARLTON LIVINGSTON "Once was a man" / NIGGER KOJAK "Nah fuss nor fight" I KNOW MYSELF riddim ( Heartical label– 2.011 ) MYKAL ROZE "Universal Struggle” / ROOTSAMALA “ Decisions” GENERAL LEVY “ Chant” / SLY & BDF “ Melodica Knowledge” JOSEPH COTTON “ Gone clear” / ZAREB “ Rise Again” DAWN PENN “ Yes Yes Yes” / TIWONY “ Justice” ERNEST WILSON “ I Know Myself” / E. WILSON & KOJAK “ True Love” SLAVING riddim ( Heartical label – 2.012 ) LLOYD PARKS “Slaving” / LLOYD PARKS & JOSEPH COTTON “Mental Slavery” SYLFORD WALKER & PAPA KOJAK “Babylon Kingdom Fall” / NELLO B "So Jah Say” ZAREB “Heart of Mankind” / ROOTSAMALA “Keep up the faith” GENERAL LEVY “Rub A Dub Session” / BDF "South East London Skank” Sylford Walker – Chant Down Babylon Sylford Walker & Papa Kojak –Babylon Falling Papa Kojak – Reality Song Nello B – So Jah Say Tampanaeh – Poor People’s Cry Little Guerrier - I-Life Uman - Prédateurs

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Popular Tracks   
Melodica Way on Heartical & Bdf Fade Away Showcase by Various Artists
Judgement Time on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Give Thanks & Praises on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Give Dub The Praises on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Fade Away Version on See a Man Face by General Levy, Basque Dub Foundation & Heartical Sound
Breaking The Rules on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Judgement Dub on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Don't Forget on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Reggae Session on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation
Hope on BDF Meets Loud & Lone by Basque Dub Foundation

Track list and 30sec audio provided by


Title Artist Year Type
Do GoodBasque Dub Foundation2017Album
JuggernautBasque Dub Foundation2013Album
Flick Flick / Freedom Rockers DubGeneral Levy / Dub Terror & Basque Dub Foundation2013Single
SufferationBasque Dub Foundation2012Album
Rub A Dub SessionGeneral Levy / Basque Dub Foundation2012Single
Forward To JahBasque Dub Foundation2011Album
Chant / Melodica KnowledgeGeneral Levy / Basque Dub Foundation & Sly Dunbar2011Single
Lightning & ThunderBasque Dub Foundation / The Disciples2010Album
Downpressor / Far East OrganMichael Rose / Basque Dub Foundation2010Single
Roots MelodiesBasque Dub Foundation2010Album
Positivity / Midnight OrganDavid Hinds / Basque Dub Foundation2009Single
Hypocrites Warning / Dubbing TonightMichael Rose / Basque Dub Foundation & Dub Terror2009Single
Life Hard / Midnight OrganGeneral Levy / Basque Dub Foundation2009Single
Virtual Generation / Virtual DubbingEarl Sixteen / Basque Dub Foundation & Dub Terror2008Single
Righteous Tradition / Ministerio Del Dub (Melodica Cut)Sugar Minott / Basque Dub Foundation2008Single
Only Jah / Melodica SlaveLittle Roy, Basque Dub Foundation2005Single
The Power / Melodica FireAl Campbell / Basque Dub Foundation2004Single
Breaking the rulesBasque Dub Foundation, Roberto Sanchez2003Single
BDF Meets Loud&LoneBasque Dub Foundation Meets Loud & Lone2002Album
Sustraidun Roots DubBasque Dub Foundation1997Album
Gunshot Rock / Real Kette RockAnthony Johnson / Basque Dub FoundationSingle
Original Style / Melodica SlaveLone Ranger / Basque Dub FoundationSingle
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