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Jason ‘Jay La Roc’ Brown

Jason Le Roc Brown

JAY LE ROC’s first experienced DJing back in 1989 at the age of 17, playing out at many memorable house parties in Birmingham.

The real transition into Jungle / Drum ‘n’ Bass came when he was introduced to the sounds of LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad in 1996. By 1997 Jay was on the local circuit, where he was offered to play on the legendary pirate radio station ‘Kool Fm Midlands’ every Sunday morning playing deep and progressive drum & bass on his ‘Atmospheric Funk Show.’ In 1999 Jay was then offered to play on another radio station called Sweet Fm this time playing nu jazz, broken beats, hip hop, deep house and drum bass. This show was called ‘Phunky Dimensions’ and was on every sunday evening, but unfortunately both stations were pulled off air at the same time and ended in 2001.

Jay has been fortunate enough to have enjoyed his first international outing last year in 2006, when he played in New York & San Francisco. That year also saw the return of Jay on the radio. Presenting on New Style Radio, the only Legal drum ‘n’ bass show in the Midlands alongside DJ’s Tidal, Lubi J & Xtract.

In all this Jay has progressed to playing alongside some of the top names scene, such as London Elektricity, Commix, DJ Tayla, Mickey Finn, Pariah, Grooverider, LTJ Bukem, Blame, Logistics, Cedar and many others. Spreading the deep vibes of drum ‘n’ bass.

Jason passed away August 2013

Here is a very short snippet we uncovered from his “Funky Dimensions” radio show on Birmingham’s pirate radio station Sweet FM – Sunday 1st July 2001:

Offworld Recordings had this to say…

“We`re very sad to announce the sudden passing of Jason le Roc Brown.Jay was a great guy, a kind and passionate man with a great sense of humour.
Jay loved the deeper side of drum and bass which he championed as part of the Central Projection crew alongside Tidal, Bass`flo and Mc Smilee.
He spun sets all over the world and hosted radio shows over the years which we remember fondly culminating in his immensely popular `Launch Pad experience` on Bassdrive. Atmospheric heads knew there was only one place to be on a sunday.
Jay loved the deep sounds of Offworld Recordings, LM1 featured guest mixes from him on the `Offworld show` and had him down to play at the Offworld PST nights in birmingham, where he kicked up a melodic storm.
He will be greatly missed by all his family, friends and fans all over the world.”

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TDE Promotions

Olie Brice Trio featuring Toby Delius/Paul Dunmall – The Lamp Tavern, Digbeth 06/10/15
Petter Eldh’s Amok Amor – Hexagon, MAC Centre 17/11/15
Food featuring Iain Ballamy/Thomas Stronen/Percy Pursglove – Hexagon, MAC Centre 02/12/15
Lee Butcher Sanders – Hexagon, MAC Centre Wed 03/02/16
Eddie Prevost/Tom Chant/John Edwards – The Lamp Tavern, Digbeth 23/02/16


Cecilia Costello

Cecilia Costello (née Kelly, 24 October 1884–20 April 1976) was an English traditional singer whose repertoire of folk songs was recorded by folk music scholars in the 1950s and 1960s.

Born near the Bull Ring in Birmingham, she was the youngest of 10 children of parents who left Ireland to escape famine. She is first recorded making screws in Digbeth, and later as a brass polisher in the Birmingham Workhouse Infirmary in Winson Green in 1901. She married Thomas Costello in 1904 and they had 8 children.

Costello was visited twice – in 1951 and 1954 – by folk music researcher Marie Slocombe of the BBC Sound Archive, who recorded 13 songs of hers. Charles Parker visited her in 1967 and recorded a series of interviews. These were combined on a record released in 1975.

The recorded songs of Cecilia Costello largely reflect urban life. She is notable for performing songs from the Irish tradition in a musical and linguistic dialect that identifiably belongs in the English West Midlands, illustrating how immigrant cultures were quickly assimilated within the local musical tradition. A later commentator analysed her work: “To listen to that warm Brummie voice in the excerpts from Charles Parker’s interviews … you wouldn’t dream that this old lady was only a generation away from rural Ireland.”

Costello grandparents

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6A Soho Road, Handsworth B21 9BH


May have been called Tito’s Bar during the 60s
More widely know as Rialto
1975 renamed Santa Rosa
1981 renamed Thasha’s

The building was demolished in 2000 to make way for the Nishkam Centre


Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LL

2003 called B3
2008 called The Swinging Sporran
2011 called The Hairy Lemon
2015 called Lantern Lounge


Faces International

Auchinleck Square, Broad Street, Five Ways


Record Centre (Bull Ring)

134-135 Bull Ring Centre Market B5

So we stumbled on another ‘Record Centre’ whilst researching, with (current) evidence of it being open between 1967-1974, so we wondered if it had any connections with Ray Purslow prior to him opening his ‘The Record Centre’ in Loveday Street.

This is what Ray came back with:

“Re the Bull Ring Shopping Centre, the only stall I can vouch for was run by Dot who lived at Symons Yat (and her very attractive daughter on Saturdays only), that sold a mixture of Deletions, Overstocks and New Releases at discount prices. It was owned by Midland Records who had a large warehouse near Lichfield and also had a shop in Walsall under the name of Sundown Records (I think that was the name). The date [we gave Ray 1974 in our email] is approximately correct, but could have been a little earlier until at least up to 1976 when I opened my shop. I used to visit and purchase from there almost every Saturday after leaving work (at Birmingham Box). I bought at least a dozen of those wonderful RCA Bluebird Vintage Jazz albums i.e. several Waller, Morton and Ellingtons, plus Johnny Hodges, Henry Red Allen, King Oliver etc, all at only £1.00 each. I’ve still got a few of them, as they have great sleeve-notes with full discographical details and were great transfers and excellent pressings done by Decca who had just ended their licensing deal, dictating clearing their stocks. A little while later Decca lost the USA MCA recordings to EMI. This resulted in all their Ace Of Hearts & Coral albums being dumped at low costs too. Great times for building a jazz collection which was my intention. Great memories.”

Oriental Star Ltd

Birmingham based Oriental Star Agencies is one of the most successful record labels in the UK and specialises in Asain music. Some of the artists on their roster are the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Malkit Singh, Alam Lohar and Bally Sagoo.

The label was founded in 1970 by Abdul Ghani, his son Dr Abdul Mohsin Mian and Muhammad Ayub, who had previously owned a record store with Abdul Ghani importing Indian and Pakistani music into the United Kingdom. In 1969 Ayub was approached by members of two local bhangra bands – Bhujhangy Group and Anari Sangeet Party – to record their performances, and the success of the following recordings led him to establish the label.


Fried are a musical duo made up of US soul singer Jonte Short, and ex-The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals guitarist David Steele.

David Steele looked for a singer for his new project away from The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals for five years. He finally met Jonte Short in 2001 at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and they decided to collaborate. Steele and Short worked together on songs that Steele had already written, and they also wrote new ones together. The duo decided to name themselves Fried, after Southern U.S. cooking, and started recording in New Orleans and London.

Fried, after working on their album for five years, signed to London Records the home of Steele’s previous group Fine Young Cannibals to release their debut self-titled album, which spawned the singles “Whatever I Choose I Lose” and “When I Get Out Of Jail”. However, the band’s career with the label was short-lived and were subsequently dropped from the label due to poor sales.

In 2007, however, the band were re-signed, this time to RCA and Fried decided to re-work their debut album and three new songs were added, while removing two. “I’ll Be There” was released as the album’s lead single, while they re-titled the album Things Change. The album was released on 16 July 2007.

Fried (2004)
Things Change (2007)

“Whatever I Choose I Lose” (2004)
“When I Get Out of Jail” (2004)
“I’ll Be There” (2007)


Anti-Social was a UK Punk Rock band from Birmingham, United Kingdom, formed in 1977. They released one single, Traffic Lights/Teacher Teacher on Dynamite Records DRO1 that is now one of the rarest UK punk record releases and was included in John Peels legendary Record Box. They became nationally infamous by advertising for someone to commit suicide live on stage for which the band would pay them £15,000.
Early History & Record
In 1974 Bass player Matt Smith joined with Robert Fern Vocals/Guitar (a classmate of Black Sabbaths Geezer Butler) and Johnny Harrison on drums in a band called Maniac they later changed their name to Anti-Social. After gigging for a while they recorded what would later turn out to be one of the rarest UK Punk Rock releases `Traffic Lights` backed by `Teacher, Teacher` at Outlaw Recording Studios in Birmingham released on the Dynamite Label (DR01) in 1977. Paul Morley reviewed their single in NME in January 1978, calling it “archaic rock song sneered with incongruous, but violently necessary contempt.” Matt Smith left during these sessions (now married to Carolyn Spence who worked at UK`s Sounds (magazine)) Matt felt that the constant aggression associated with the band was no longer to his liking and was replaced first by Paul Cooper and then by Gabrielle Fern.

Suicide Offer
Their label manager Bob Green decided to offer £15,000 for any volunteer who would committ ‘suicide’ live on stage via a guillotine, fortunately no one took up the offer, the Department Of Public Prosecutions was less than amused and the band was arrested.
Band Manager Les Hemmings died in a car crash in the 1970s, while delivering copies of the single to various shops. The Studio Recordings to their follow up single were stolen and their flnal gig (at the Kingshurst Labour Club) ended with drummer Harrison playing a drum solo on old chap’s head, an offence for which he was later arrested and charged. He phoned Rob Fern the next day to inquire as to whether he was still in the band Fern replied, “There is no band”. The 7 inch record now sells for upward of £500 and has thus led to bootleg copies swamping the market (easy to recognize as they have the release date of 1978 instead of original 1977 and have incorrect label credits).

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