Welcome to the home of The Florence Park Dub Almighty

The F.P.D.A. are an ever growing collective of like minded Reggae loving musicians and DJ's based in East Oxford, England (most of us live in Florence Park), who have come together and grown as friends over many years. We occasionally record a song or two in our very own FunkLab Studio and like to give mp3 versions away for free on this site (copyright permitting of course).

We released our first song 'Revival' back in March 2002 to coincide with FunkLab Studio being featured in the May 2002 edition of Future Music magazine. It's therefore, been 18 years of The F.P.D.A. as I write these words. The studio was already well established at this point and has been around since 1998.

This website has been put together with the intention of letting the world know about The F.P.D.A. and to give people the chance to listen to us and even watch us when we have done a YouTube video. You can now also check out/follow the FunkLab Studio instagram feed which Mr. D only recently setup during lockdown so he could talk somebody through adding a new instagram post on their mobile phone. There are already 30 posts on instagram which have been added in about 3 months so it's well worth having a look.

 

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14th August 2020

We have released a 4 track EP on bandcamp called 'Hiatus Holiday' which is out now. Don't get too excited though, as this is a compilation of songs from 2018 onward when we returned to the studio following a 9 year hiatus for the band. We are now on a Holiday from our Hiatus hence the title.

The main reason for putting the EP out is that we had noticed that none of our songs were in 'Discover' which is bandcamps webpage for discovering new music. Even when we used very specific search terms, there were no results. It transpires that bandcamp don't include single song releases in 'Discover' and that only Albums show up. We therefore, put the EP out as bandcamp does class this as an Album and we are now showing up in 'Discover' for people looking to find new Reggae music...

The EP can be downloaded for as much or as little as you like even if that's nothing.

We are currently working on more new music and will always continue to post new songs on this website and YouTube as each new song is finished. The experience has made us rethink our bandcamp strategy though and we will most likely save songs up to release as EP's on bandcamp in the future.

 

 

20th July 2020

The new single 'Hotta than Fire' is out now and available to download on our songs page (all songs here are always free) and on our bandcamp page (for pay as much or little as you like).

We have also uploaded the video to YouTube which you can click on and watch here and also intend to post the video to the FunkLab Studio instagram feed if we can get it to upload to ICTV without any errors!

 

 

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15th July 2020

The new single 'Hotta than Fire' will be out on Monday 20th July 2020, available to download on our songs page (all songs here are always free) and on our bandcamp page (for pay as much or little as you like).

Hotta than Fire was written, recorded and produced during the Covid 19 lockdown and has certainly helped to stem the boredom. We even managed to get our new/old £9 Glockenspiel from the local Oxfam superstore into the song.

The video is almost complete, so this will also be uploaded to YouTube and IGTV (uploading a video to Instagram) some time during the same week. The picture you can see on the cover is a frame taken from the video...

 

 

9th April 2020

We uploaded our new video for 'Rise Up' to YouTube yesterday evening. The song is also available on our bandcamp page (pay as much as you like) and on our songs page (all songs are freely downloadable).

Please also feel free to share the video on your social media.

You can see the video below:-

 

 

 

Are You Ready single image

26th March 2020

The new single 'Rise Up' will be out on Monday 30th March 2020, available to download on our songs page (all songs are free) and on our bandcamp page (for pay as much or little as you like).

Rise up is the first Ska tune we will have released since March 2007, when what should really be our theme song 'Florence Park' came out. We like to think that we've added more of our own flavour to that classic Ska sound this time round though.

The song features our great friend and wonderful singer Rozz, who is on vocal duties for her second outing with The F.P.D.A. since our 9 year hiatus from the studio.

There will be a video on YouTube some time in the future but it's yet to be filmed, so no release date has been set...

The video should get done soon and we have several ideas brewing considering the current isolated circumstances we are living in and the fact that we're not meant to even meet up as a band. Whatever we do though, the intention will be to cheer people up with our own blend of Ska as much as possible.

 

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29th November 2019

We have uploaded a new instrumental tune 'Jacqueline' on our songs page today.

The tune was written by Mr. D for his sister Jacqueline who recently lost her battle with cancer aged 49.

It was written on the piano while she was I'll and played on the hospital piano outside her ward just after she died.

She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.

There is also a video on YouTube but we've not posted it on this page as it's mainly family photos from over the years.

 

 

 

Are You Ready single image

15th June 2019

The new single 'Are You Ready' showing our support for Extinction Rebellion is out now and available to download on our songs page (all songs are free) and on our bandcamp page (pay as much as you like).

The video is doing well on YouTube with over 200 views in it's first week. Lets hope it continues and helps to put the message out there.

We did promise more music for 2018 back in April 2018, and nothing ever came. Hopefully 'Are You Ready' makes up for it...

 

 

 

7th June 2019

We uploaded a new video 'Are You Ready' to YouTube yesterday to show our support for Extinction Rebellion. The song will be uploaded to our bandcamp page (pay as much as you like) and onto our songs page (all songs are free) in the coming week or so.

Please share this video on your social media and help to put this message out there...

You can see the video below:-

 

The video was put together using stock video footage provided by Videvo, downloaded from videvo.net

No excuses for not making a video these days!

 

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13th May 2018

The Ifficial Video for 'Something Good' went up on YouTube yesterday and you can see it below:-

 

The video was put together using almost entirely free CC0 stock video footage downloaded from the internet. The only bit of the video that's not stock footage is the very short bit with the skeleton playing the guitar.

 

 

 

11th May 2018

The F.P.D.A. are now on bandcamp! Hopefully this will be a good way of getting our music heard and getting more traffic at our website.

Our bandcamp page has gone live today and 'Something Good' + 'Something Dub' are available to download (name your price even if it's 0).

All our music will always continue to be given away for free on this website, even though we do of course hope that many people will actually pay something to us on bandcamp.

 

 

 

Something Good single image

4th May 2018

The new single 'Something Good' is out now and available to download on our songs page.

It will also be released on bandcamp and Youtube next week.

May the 4th be with you...

 

 

30th April 2018 (edited 2nd May)

Our new single 'Something Good (featuring Rozz)' will be released in the coming week.

This is the first original song that The F.P.D.A. have recorded since 2009! Almost 10 Years! We also have at least one other new song to release in 2018...

'Something Good' and 'Something Dub' will be available to freely download (for ever) on our songs page from Friday 4th May 2018. The following week it will be available to buy (pay as much or as little as you like) on bandcamp. There will even be a video on youtube to promote the single. People can consider paying for the song on bandcamp as a way of thanking us for having always given our music away for free.

It's been some time, but The F.P.D.A. are back and better than ever!

 

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