1. Tigarah - Girl fight
A japanese girl having a go, quite a decent go, at Brazilian Baile funk. Some of the heaviest use of sampled klaxon horns on wax.
2. Skepta - Countdown
Grime's man of the moment uses the 'countdown' theme, yes Des Lynam's Countdown, to unleash some immensely high powered bars. This strikes me as one of the most British sounding pieces of music i've ever heard- Grime and a channel 4 TV clock.
3. Traxxamillion feat. Too $hort - Sideshow
A fat piece of Hyphie from the Bay area. Too $horts delivery is nearly as good as it was on 'Blow the whistle' but almost eclipsed by a synth wash from hell itself. It sounds hip hop in the future when we all drive cars that fly.
4. The Roots feat.Peedie crack - Long time coming
I thought the Roots had had their day. They haven't .This is awesome. I nearly had a lump in my throat on the third listen.
5. Andy Boy - latigo
A funny name and a funny song .Pure reggaeton. I'm not sure what 'latigo' means but this Puerto Rican like saying it alot. He's playing at the Don Omar after party on Friday followed by the carneval del pueblo in Burgess park,London on Saturday. Go and see him.
6. Wayne & wax - What you joe about that
The hugely talented Wayne Marshall makes a mash up of Jimi Hendrix's 'hey Joe' and T.I.s' 'What you know about that' and makes it sound like they were made to be played together. At last a bootleg mashup record that I want to listen to after the first 20 seconds. Good work Wayne.
7. Baby Cham - Ghetto story
This dancehall anthem is a bit played out now, but i'm still feeling it.
8. Don Omar - Reportense
Heavy flow from the Don off his new album. I haven't heard the new album it yet but this sounds like he's on fire.
9. La familia - Mas mais
Nina Skye, NORE, Fat Joe and some other NY based latinos make a tune dedicated to corn (?! ) Its got a great combination of a merengue and a reggaeton beat with a funny loop of old man singing at the beginning. Good to see reggaeton productions getting a little bit more experimental.
10. Maga Bo's mixtapes. This bloke's mixes are stone cold GENIUS. He mixes up crazy international hiphop/world music with pile drivingly funky breakbeats.In one point he mixes from Samba drums to Dizzee rascal into drum'n' bass into Moroccan stuff. If the Aphex Twin and Coldcut did and load of speed, flew around the world sampling things in every country and made a mixtape, it would sound like this. But better.