Taking Off

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"Taking Off", 2011 (Producciones Psicotrónicas, LaFamille Music): reggae roots, with many different influences, from soul to blues, from jazz to afrobeat.

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released April 6, 2011

Han colaborado:
José Recacha (Glazz): solo de guitarra en “Brown Skin”
Javier Ochoa (Hotdrop): coros
Carlos (Maracatú FM)): solo de guitarra en “30 Steps”
Enrique Rodríguez (Canteca de Macao): trompeta en “Last Drop”
Marcos Crespo (Raza Guaya, No Reply): trombón en “Green Dreams”

Grabado en Rat Rabbit Estudios y Baker Studio por Arturo Jiménez
Ingenieros de sonido Rodrigo Díaz y Arturo Jiménez
Producción de Mighty Mike y Arturo Jiménez
Producción artística Mighty Mike
Mezclado por Puppashan, Arturo Jiménez y Mighty Mike en Disco Inferno
Masteriado por Pete Maher en TopFloor Music (Londres)
Artwork Heluna

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Blueskank es un centro de operaciones donde el roots reggae se ve salpicado de soul, jazz y afrobeat, dando lugar a una nueva manera de entender la música negra.

Blueskank is an original mixture of roots reggae, soul, jazz and afrobeat which brings a new way to experiment what black music is.
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Track Name: Keep Cool
I´d rather be a fool, than a stingy man
I´d rather keep cool, than become a worried man

notice that burnin´ flame, inside of you
jealous since you don´t know when
you haven´t found yet what to do
waste your time wondering why, why, why
unable to stop pretending
it´s everybody´s fault, you fell fine like this?

made a good deal but not with the devil
keep cool

haughty when you walk by
find no amusement for you
hard job to make you smile
give up your bitter mood, feel the root skank

pull off that wry face, erase the mistrust
used to get bad taste, alone you will find yourself at last

made a good deal but not with the devil
cold hearted just freeze, your chest is a jailer
keep cool

I made up my mind
no petty resentment
the better I feel
the more I give, more I receive
grab the chance, join us for free
change the groove to keep…

keep cool, when we`re jammin´
keep cool, when we sit around the fire
keep cool, during night time
keep cool, when the sun is shining high
Track Name: Corrupted
CORRUPTED

corrupted, corrupted
whatever you do, corrupted
whatever you speak, corrupted
whatever I see, corrupted
whatever I feel

universal laws
unforgettable rules
were not written
all that glitters is not gold

road to hell, lead by the smell of coins
misguided, feeding our vanity
calamity is waiting for us

black knight, dressed up with fake fortune clothes
gaps filled with dirty green notes
the shortest path isn´t always the best one
stop money slavery, stop money slavery

raindrops, falling against my trench
if you never step outside, step outside
you might never get wet

if you never try you never get
if you just obey, get used to beg
kneel and pray your god for help
just hope won´t give you the chance, you say

“castaway in a crowd
a clown, stranger in my own town”
hit the ground, push them down, claim so loud
that everyone can hear you
somebody could help you
«come to the rescue»

corrupted, corrupted
whatever you do, corrupted
whatever you speak, corrupted
whatever i see, corrupted
whatever i feel

jinglin´ rounded guns that shoot missery, law of the jungle people starving
unexpected consecuences landing, no one but me can be my protector my own savior
hunger leads to anger, soon there won´t be any cure against decadence,
ignorance, money washes brains and hopes while tenderness
lost a site among the bonds of conquering new practices
free will empire, a joke? I would inquire becoming a mess, less means even less
corrupted, everything corrupted
the journalist who tells the truth is killed and nobody can stop it
corrupted, everything corrupted
war disguised as peace and chiildren as cruel sergeants…
Track Name: Things to do
THINGS TO DO

live before death comes
show yourself you are alive
draw wrinkles on your face
tell me the story of your life

challenge your fears
catch flies, tell some lies
dismiss envy
solidarity is a medicine

taste a teardrop fallen off
the eyes of the woman you loved most
once upon a time

take care of your own business
face to face is the way
don´t be nosy
´cause you are bored my friend

waves in the sea, waves in the sea
sunbathe, wasting time
don´t you think it´s a better way
to cure the pain in your heart

taste a teardrop fallen off
the eyes of the woman you loved most
once upon a time...

life is a proof, so candy
my love is pure, so friendly
Track Name: Blink Once
BLINK ONCE

with this eyes wide open I can see
the punishment we are going to live
we deserve
we all new about this unhappy ending
it´s too late to regret

blink once
if you don´t like what you see
blink twice
this is the jungle
three times no more
against the wind my legs tremble

we lost collective conscience
stockbrokers rule he world
tones of bullets mean freedom soldiers
black sheep inna the flock

with this mouth well closed I can´t speak
the government doesn´t want to hear
we accept
wallets full of notes are the only passport
breathe and sign the check

hole in my pocket
coins in their buckets
new culture rise and fall
needles left far away we can´t reach ´em
evil tricks and drugs

worldwide nets of incomunication
decoy to deceive our hopes
makes no sense life with no possession
destroy when they don´t like yours...

claim for what is yours
not because I say, just because you want to
claim for what is yours
don´t let them get it lost
don´t do what you are supposed to...

don´t do what you are supposed to...
don´t do, don´t do, don´t do...
Track Name: Green Dreams
GREEN DREAMS

planting and growing laughs and seeds
water and light will bring me the bubble
green dreams, smoggy landscapes
cream fields, in this tribal process
ritual starts with a big bonfire

is not legalizing what I talk about
I´m not apologising, I´m not allowed, allowed, allowed

flames reach the clouds
reggae music grounds
drum and bass play the beat of this new sound
horns cry out here we are jamming, all of us
connected by the
green dreams, smoggy landscapes
cream fields, in this tribal process
smoke invades my lungs and brain

I forget, where i belong to
I forget where i come from too
oh na na ven, na na ven...
inhale! exhale!

waiting, learning, sharing experiences
wings on i backs to fly back to the past
to the innocence, back to the innocence

fourth dimension is now open
hazy impressions of my whole life
no conversation we talk with the eyes
words are behind...

creating, collecting
smoking, protecting
life remains the same
Track Name: Prince of Nowhere
PRINCE OF NOWHERE

too much hate
too much rage
to grow with
no one by your side supports
the special way you see life

why do we let a child drift, why, why
why do we close the eyes
and pretend we don´t see

dreams vanish staring at the roof
violence fed by the one who should
take care of you

poor prince of nowhere
poor prince of nowhere
prince of nowhere

lord with no castle
king without a kingdom
s.o.s. in a bottle s.o.s.

men aren´t taught to cry
shame, shame, shame
guilty for been born
blame those who haven´t realized
what they have done, done, done

dreams vanished staring at the roof
violence fed by the one who should
take care of you

poor prince of nowhere
poor prince of nowhere
prince of nowhere

blame those
blame those
men aren´t taught to cry

poor prince of nowhere...
Track Name: Ana
ANA

when you come downtown
when you turn around and smile
when you look at me
I feel, there´s no need to speak

naughty, naughty soul
there´s a wit child deep inside
when we play some role
when we dance along the shore

“who´s that lady?”, people wonder
“she drives me crazy”, men stumble

if you feel blue
if you need a fix she´s your glue
if it´s a cloudy morning
she will make it sunshine for you
she brings the sun, she gives you fun
rocking and rolling
that´s the way she does, and I hear them say

“who´s that lady?”, people wonder
“she drives me crazy”, men stumble

gimme a happy day
gimme happy day today
gimme a happy day
gimme a happy day today

when I take off, I know
I´m gonna miss you much
but as you told me once
in a crossroads we will find
this future past

“who´s that lady?”, people wonder
“she drives me crazy”, men stumble

gimme a happy day...
Track Name: Last Drop
LAST DROP

forward
never step backwards
fearless
health is all what you need man
progress´ not the way they teach you
those stray dogs bite and bite
´till you bleed down to the last drop

I never told nobody to save my life
who are them to decide my future?
I don´t believe in invented threats
those stray dogs bite and bite
´till you bleed down to the last drop

war ain´t work but for their wealthy lives
a child with a gun is aiming right at my head
somebody kidnap mister president´s plane
and show him all the pain around the world
´till he cries down to the last drop

some pretend being god
consequence is...
shake their hands and we frown
time goes by ice melts
we´ll sweat down to the last drop

misunderstanding
thunders and lightnings
last drop of life...
Track Name: Border Walls
BORDER WALLS

my god is the music
prayer could be this song
right on my back, I carry on
with this message I put in words
we are not alone

just look around and see
how blind we are
how people forgot to be
no straight lines, no easy roads
that´s an invention like frontier walls
border walls
frontier walls
border walls

so many miles to walk
so many steps to take
so many tears to drop
but none of them will fall in vain, in vain
I could run away, and hide
but chose the fight
I & I will beat
all those fears and reach
the highest ground
highest trance
the highest ground
highest trance

humanity begins in each of us
I don´t like flags and all those symbols
they don´t represent my thoughts
represent my thoughts
I will stand here when they come
stand here when they come, come...

my chest to the front
my head up high, looking to the sky...
Track Name: 30 Steps
30 STEPS

it´s midnight in this smoke jungle
somebody put all the lights down
there´s no witness, out of sight
I´m just, thirty steps from you

take a blow, let your spirit flow
you don´t know but I am, getting close to you
your smell comes to me
this is your last chance to flee

there´s no bodyguard that can keep me away
I don´t need an invitation to stay
I do fear but i just hear the devil on my shoulder
no more than twenty steps from you to me

lack of self confidence, from you to me
leave apart the worries, from you to me
possessed by the heat like a sickness

backwards like a crab I wander
I mumble, mu mu mumble when i see you
face the truth, your worst enemy´s front of you
the shape is drawn with sweat on the mirror

I´m so close that I can touch you lightly with my breath
Before I faint I want to paint your lips with mine
something´s burning, could be me ´cause you look fine
just can blame myself would you mind if...

lack of self confidence,
leave apart the worries
possessed by the heat like a sickness

crowded place, seems like empty
porcelain face, my knees are shaking
lend me your hands, lend me your hands
I´ll write a happy end where we lie full naked

I get it, I get it
we gotta play the game
we gonna play
Track Name: Brown Skin
BROWN SKIN

brown skin
you got that rhythm
brown skin
you break my bones
brown skin
you make me feel it
brown skin
you turn me on

brown skin
you spread your feathers
brown skin
you break my bones
you break all my bones
brown skin
dream of your leather
brown skin
you turn me on

brown skin
you got that felling
brown skin
you break my bones
brown skin
you make feel it
brown skin
you turn me on...