California-based reggae-rock group BURNT came together in 2002, initially based around Coachella Valley, relocating to San Diego in 2005, and eventually settling in San Francisco. The group's sound combined reggae, dub, ska, soul, hip-hop, punk, and acoustic rock, and featured environmentally and politically conscious lyrics, as well as songs about partying and relaxation. The group maintained a strictly do-it-yourself approach to recording and releasing music and booking shows, playing anywhere from street corners and parks to festivals across the West Coast. BURNT have released seven full-length albums and two mixtapes on their own Stems and Seeds label, beginning with 2005's Chorro. Esperanza and Tortillas both followed in 2006, featuring contributions from members of the Debonaires and B-Side Players, as well as MC Karmic Basis, all of whom would become regular collaborators with the group. Brains Keep Cookin' was issued in 2009, followed by La Quinta in 2011. Released in 2012, Radio Quemado, funded through a Kickstarter campaign, was the first BURNT album to be professionally engineered. The group's seventh full-length album, Headlamp, arrived in 2014, a year that also brought two mixtapes of live and unreleased material, The Red Tape and The Blue Tape. - Paul Simpson, AllMusic
MIKE LOVE with BURNT & YELLOWSKY at VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL XVIII (19yrs+) @ Sugar
A special night for all our those true reggae lovers among us. The one and only MIKE LOVE makes his Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest debut! If you haven't heard about Mike Love, now is the time to learn yourself a thing or two about one of the most important forces in the current reggae climate. In these troubled, frantic times, Love's music is a salve for humanity. Songs like “Penniless” and “I Love You” tackle societal ills and general love respectively, showing the range of Love's inspiration. This deeply inspired love for humanity and the Earth is buoyed by incredible guitar work and Mike Love's saccharinely sweet voice. The combination of positivity and top-tier musicianship has won Love fans all over the world, winning him appearances at Cali Roots, Wanderlust, the Montreal Jazz Fest and, at long last, Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest!
Joining Mike Love in this celebration of reggae are California's BURNT. For 15 years now, California's BURNT have been soldiers in the struggle to keep real roots reggae alive and well on the west coast, with an eye always forward, looking for new ways to evolve and add to the traditions of the music they love so much. With their passion for soulful melodies, bass-heavy riddims and lyrics that deal with both parties and politics, BURNT have become beloved west coast reggae favourites, exciting the reggae massive up, down and all around our beloved coast.
Kicking the night off with bang is the mighty YELLOWSKY. Hailing from the Plains Cree First Nation, Yellowsky (Born Roberto Andres Pooyak) is one of the most important First Nations rappers rocking in Canada right now. His massive, bottom end-heavy beats pay homage to the grimy city life of the most classic of hip-hop music while his elastic, malleable delivery harken to the traditions of both classic Jamaican deejaying and more modern MC styles. Where a lot of positive hip-hop starts to lose some of its edge Yellowsky is making positive music that still retains an exhilarating edge.