Sometimes things just work out, this is one of those times.

When Shadow Ministers were slated to play Basement Reggae Fest 2020 for just their second gig ever, I knew we had to make it a special one. It’s Canberra’s best band room for a start and the fact that it was such a killer lineup of local reggae/ska/Latin acts meant that we had to rise. Finally, we were representing Cultura Clandestino coming straight out of COVID restrictions, so the crowd were hungry.

The gig was a banger although you wouldn’t have picked up from the audience perspective the bumpy lead up, including getting dogged out of a soundcheck and having a guest vocalist fall sick on the day. Fortunately, the level of experience, musicianship and sheer work ethic kicked in to make the desk mix we received of a full hour of tunes some of my proudest musical moments to date. Even while the ghosts of the old guard heckled from the back stage and a foul pustule left this bassist a middle finger down, nothing could hold back this exciting dub jazz phenomena from going off.

Coming out with 2 hard hitting versions made known by the Melbourne Dub super group Sine, Black and White was followed by Headcase and the crowd caught on fast, wailing in appreciation of the spacious steppa grooves. The Ministers followed up with secret onboard weapon Joel Dreezer on flute to smash a swaggering boombap-reboot of the Rocksteady classic Don’t Stay Away (Phyllis Dillon). Now the roots were truly exposed. Next up it was time for guitarist Matthew Lustri to shine on the L O’Connell original Death’s Door – handily nicknamed Felafel in appreciation of Arabic culture, knowledge and cuisine. This track went stratospheric when the drumming of Simon Milman ratcheted up the heat coming off stage like a whirlwind pyramid.

Expanding the massive lineup further came Kenyan songster M.C_Tomasky with his lovers rock anthem Angels, which was reminiscent of a clear eyed Horace Andy in vocal tone if not sentiment. The crowd showed all the love for his uplifting vibes and humble swag. Due to popular demand, Joel reprised his virtuoso flute skills on another classic female-led cover version: Portishead’s flagship trip-hop single Glory Box. Was there to be no stone left unturned along the path to full genre gourmet? Clearly not.

With time running out however and Los Chavos keen to rock the headline spot, Shadow ministers announced their final rejoinder, another original-cum-version, Root Hoppa (best known as the riddum track used for Agency Dub Collective’s Bail Out). This punky mid-Naughties Rubadub apocalypse hammered the final nail in the coffin of that worn out old road show; establishing a new team in town for Canberra dub fans to get behind. Freer in opposition than anybody at the helm, Shadow Ministers are bound for more parties, gigs and sound systems in the brave new world of the Twenty Twenties.

Check the first versions available to the public and be sure to follow Branch Stack records on soundcloud and bandcamp for the polished and mastered tracks in early 2021. In the meantime, the band are in the lab over summer working hard on new compositions, strategies and venues to host their real live dub with next level musicianship. Unleash the beast!

Also: we filmed the whole damn thing from 6 angles so look out for DVD and blue-ray releases next year through Clandestino Productions.

It will be an afternoon and early evening of crazy dancing vibes when the Kingstons kick off Basement Reggae Fest 2020 with 3 inter-stellar reggae-influenced local bands.

Wielding an armoury of classic Rocksteady and Ska hits as well as brand new originals, The Kingstons are true to the feel of 1960s Jamaica and London when they get grooving.

Following on is latest 3oB dub bass incarnation: Shadow Ministers, featuring Coolio Desgracias (drums), Matt Lustri (guitar) and Joel Dreezer (keys/flute). Spacious Rockers rhythms are the perfect place to dub some crazy jazz masters. Instrumental action with guest singers.

Headlining the event is Canberra’s favourite Latin-ska party group Los Chavos. This tight 9-piece ensemble knows how to rock you with more bounce to the ounce.

It promises to be a colourful and vibing day of live music to help welcome Spring.

5.00-9.00, Sunday September 27, The Basement Belconnen, 2 Cohen Street Belconnen ACT 2617.


The debut track and video from Melbourne Hiphop duo The Ombudsmen is produced by international dub legend John Green (Old Skool Johnny).

This track was conceived by John and The Master, written and recorded in Melbourne and Austria – Get High was developed over seas and forged through interstate travel back in Oz.

We were so happy with the lyrics and beat vibes that a video became necessary. This low-fi, single shot clip (filmed by DJ Elev8 and featuring local Melbourne legend China Sky) was filmed in a session while 3oB was en route home to the ACT (via Tathra NSW). Lets just say whether it’s old-growth or saplings – this track definitely has trees in its DNA.

Enjoy ‘Get HIgh’

It is always timely to acknowledge and oppose the ongoing genocide of Indigenous People in Australia.

3oB wrote this track in Melbourne in early 2007.

It is dedicated to the ongoing fight for Land rights, Treaty and Human Justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people everywhere.  get active! get involved!

Shock the System




It’s here! The long-awaited second album by Australian producer/emcee 3ocloc Bogey.  Shock the System is an 11-track dialogue with the world of the artist’s past.  The topics: Imperialism and greed must end!!  People need to get off their arse, curb their own decadence and act.

Delayed warning or misplaced manifesto? The LP finds Bogey clawing at the brink of a Global Financial Crisis, multiple US-led wars and a burgeoning climate change argument, pleading for sanit-damit-hanit…nup, ya fucked it.  How we rebuild is upon us.

Written between 2007 and 2017, the interrupted long player contains takes from a younger 3oB, as well as later tracks, written and recorded in real time. There are some songs born in the aftermath of severe illness and neurosurgery (in late 2009) that slowed his roll to a standstill; whatever it is, it is all classic Bogey.  It’s a more radical collection, compared to the 2013 debut 3ocloc Bogey, with no lyrical collaborators: just 3oB laying it down from start to finish.  It’s like there was a lot he needed to get off his chest and you better not be a neocon.

‘From here the future is mine to do with as I please creatively, I’ve no more cross to bear, at least time can heal some wounds’

The long-awaited LP documents this transformation from youthful rebel, to wounded soldier and back again as vengeful phoenix.  How does it feel to return from the brink of deadly bad luck to find the world in such a state?  The answer: a Shock to the System.

‘The world has changed a lot since the receding of the neo-con era, and not all for the better I’d argue.  I urge people to learn to see beyond their own material interests and to work together to build a more just world for all.’

now available from bandcamp – Feb 28 2019.

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‘special mention must go to all the supportive students at Marist College Canberra (2014-18) who encouraged me to continue my work as an emcee.’


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3ocloc Bogey and Coolio Desgracias are honoured to join the fab lineup of artists at this year’s Canberra OXJAM fundraiser event, live at the newly zhuzhed up Smith’s Alternative: September 1st 2018.

OXJAM is an unforgettable month of events, where people from all over Australia and all over the world raise funds to help fight global poverty.  Every dollar raised by OXJAM goes directly to fighting global poverty.

OXJAM CANBERRA 2018 is the Canberra leg of OXJAM and is highlighting refugees and their right to refuge, recognising their amazing strengths, knowledge and resilience, and celebrating their social, cultural and economic contributions to Australia

Tickets available at

In the meantime, check our bio:

3oB and Coolio Desgracias joined forces in 2016 to regenerate Old-School Rap sounds and rock the party (piss-up or political).  3ob’s signature beats bring back the Golden Era vibe of 90s Boom Bap, while his rhymes are updated for locals; contemptuous of authority yet laid-back and very groovy.  When combined with Coolio’s masterful vinyl mashups and scratch routines, the heads nod and rumps shake for days.

3ocloc Bogey and Coolio Desgracias added to stellar soundsystem lineup

It is with great pleasure that we announce our addition to this already top quality and diverse bill of local talent.

Come out for a good cause (divestment in fossil fuels) and enjoy the musical entertainment we provide.  Live bands out the back, and DJs in the front to keep the sounds nice all day. It will be especially exciting as we get to rock our rhythms and raps on the Comunifi Soundsystem – courtesy of legendary local sound man Orizon Eyes.

Just look at that assortment of talent!

Be sure to get down early for the dub and a pint or 2.  Travel safe friends.

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Check out the clip – what a great night!


3oB is a Melbourne-based beat-maker, vocalist and emcee.  He is best known for his work in Agency Dub Collective and Organic Intalekt.  He is a multi-instrumentalist with a long list of writing credits on over 9 releases from 2003-2013. He has collaborated with The Master, Krisdafari, Lotek, Sine, Ishu and The Bird.

His lyrical style is informed by early 90s US East Coast hip hoppers like KRS-ONE, Guru and Brand Nubian, as well as by the Jamaican dancehall toasting of Yellow Man, Tappa Zukie and Jr Gong.

3oB is a proponent of the rare DubHop style of beat-making that weaves sampled records from reggae, soul and funk with live instruments and dub effects. He has toured the east coast with ADC extensively over the last decade, from Wollongong to Coolum and Tathra to Tenterfield.

He will perform at Folk Rhythm and Life in 2014 in collaboration with long time friend and Agency Dub Engineer Malicine.  In a set that incorporates lyrics and remixes of ADC tracks, plus a preview of his new music, 3oB seeks to eke out the common vibe between Dub and Hiphop.  All this is brought to you with one mic, one MPC and one Space Echo.

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For immediate release


Playing classic jazz and Gypsy swing guitar since his youth, Liam O’Connell has toured Australia with Swing and New Orleans style bands for over a decade.  Through the seminal sounds of early jazz, he discovered Western Swing, Cajun folk tunes, Caribbean Calypso and old time Country music.  It is this melting pot of the pre-Rock n Roll Americas that focuses his creativity and sparks his writing.

In 2009, Liam collaborated with eight of his favourite Melbourne associates to record the twelve original songs that comprise Mild Wood Swings During production, he was struck down with a major stroke and required neurosurgery.  He has spent the years since recovering, rebuilding and now, finally returns to his hometown to launch this hallmark album of original music.  Featured on the album are the legendary Peter Baylor, Andy Baylor, Michael McQuaid and Leigh Barker.

Joining Liam for the Canberra launch is Canberran Elrond Veness [The Dreamlanders, The Kingstons], old mate and interstate neighbour.  Sharing a deep musical camaraderie and friendship, the two guitarists team up to reinterpret these songs in duet form.  The intimate locale of The Front Gallery is the perfect venue for this stripped back, acoustic version of Liam’s music.

Good Gosh launch the album Mild Wood Swings at The Front Gallery and Cafe, Sunday October 19. Music from 6pm

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