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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April Showa

The rain in this bloody country never seems to stop. I'm literally done with it. Yeah I'm talking about the weather on a music blog. Thats how we roll in England - weather talk.

Apologies, more important things:

I'm absolutely stoked to have a new contributor to this blog. Chief Boima will be bringing the fire here like never before, so please make him welcome by downloading everything he posts twice and commenting all the time. Its an honour to have him here and I'm crazy excited.



The Count & Sinden have a big free mix at FACT

Tracklist

1. Lil' Wayne - A Milli [Cash Money]
2. Erykah Badu - Honey (Seiji Remix) [Universal Motown]
3. The Count and Sinden - Stinging Nettle (VIP Mix) [Domino CDR]
4. DZ - Down [True Tiger CDR]
5. Skream - Fick [CDR]
6. The Count and Sinden - Beeper (D1 Remix) [CDR]
7. Ricky Blaze - Cut Dem Off [CDR]
8. DJ MP4 - The Book Is On The Table [CDR]
9. Pretty Titty - James Brown Is Dead [Fools Gold CDR]
10. The Count of Monte Cristal - B-More Forward [Cheap Thrills]
11. Jonny L - O Yeah (Remix) [CDR]
12. Stuffa feat. Mapei - Pretty Girls (Sinden Remix) [Trunk Funk CDR]
13. Machines Don't Care - How You Like Me [Machines Don't Care CDR]
14. Action Man - Alarm Bell [Cheap Thrills CDR]
15. Fake Blood - Mars [Cheap Thrills CDR]
16. Young MC - Bust A Move (Dom Rimini Remix) [Delicious Vinyl CDR]
17. Malachi - Snowflake (Herve Remix) [CDR]


An exclusive peep at Ghetto Bassquake favourites, Radioclit's, new track with Esau Mwamwaya & Marina live at their Secousse night. Rowdy!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Overpowered By Bass




The Love Music Hate Racism carnival in London's Victoria Park was fun, after avoiding a near beating by the excitable security, I sneaked into the dance tent to catch the end of Skream & Benga. Dubstep is starting to come alive for me. DMZ's Third Birthday opened my eyes a few weeks ago.

The dubs have more energy and more hype, its pushing towards bassline garage, drum 'n' bass even, ravers, carnival, gun fingers,Spongebob, Night, Cockney Thug...I get it now, sorry I'm a bit late.

This is off the excellent Fabric live mix by Caspa & Rusko.

The Others - Africa VIP - Dub Police

As Rough Trade puts it "an almost perfect blend of dark narcotic melancholy and upfront torrential dancefloor delight, all wrapped in cavity filling ridiculous low-end bass destruction and delay".

As Caspa puts it "Dub is the one for me"



Buy it here



Wiley - The Gerkin Tower

Wiley was supposed to show up. I don't think he did. He is the King of Radio One after all. I just looked on itunes and Wearing My Rolex is the Top Selling song above Madonna.

8 years ago as the smoking embers of So Solid Crew finally died, Wiley and Pay As You Go Cartel released 'Know We'. 8 years later its been Bassline'd.

Pay As You Go Cartel- Know We (Mr Paleface Remix)

Listen to some Wiley talk on this Podcast.



Buy his new album Grimewave on Eskibeat Recordings May 5th

I'd like to... Introduce myself

Ghetto... Bass... Quake...

I just got done djing in San Francisco's Bay View district for an Earth Day event. It, along with the adjacent Hunter's Point, is a neighborhood that could be characterized by the word Ghetto. A neighborhood with a high rate of crime, a high portion of the residents are poor, the majority are non-white, and it's probably the last neighborhood in San Francisco with a high percentage of African-Americans. There is the threat of redevelopment and displacement. There is a presence of drug use and trade. And, there is environmental racism, hence the need for "the people's Earth Day," (the sign that greeted me at the entrance of the event.)

But beyond that familiar and all too common description of a poor people's community, or Ghetto, there are other, more hopeful things that go along with such an area. The people have a spirit and an intellect that goes beyond what most people strive for in the upscale neighborhoods. Faith is strong, the bonds between families are strong, the culture is strong, and every moment is creative, because you must invent and re-invent in order to survive. I, as an outsider, but yet a participant in that community, see the value in those things that are often overlooked by the people in power.

Bass is often associated with such areas. I did a mix awhile back called Bass Began in Africa. I was trying to poke at the prevalence of bass across cultures in the African Diaspora. I hear it when my friends play their hand drums at the club. It permeates throughout Ghettos of the descendants of Africans throughout the World.

In Bay View/Hunter's Point, Low End Theory is all over. Cars rumble past with a West Coast thump. At the event, the rappers blew out my speaker with their bass heavy performance. The rumble of an urban space itself, in the lower frequencies. A constant tremor before the inevitable big Quake! That is California and that is my life right now, and it is with that preface that I would like to introduce myself to the Ghetto Bassquake community as a contributor. After all, community is what this is all about anyway, and I would like to contribute as positively as possible without "redeveloping" the home that Vamanos has created. So I'll take my Ghetto Pass, and I hope I carry it well. I'll leave you for now with this track, and look out for more Ghetto Bassquake updates from me in the future.

-DJ Chief Boima-

Traxamillion-SF Anthem feat. San Quinn, Big Rich & Boo Banga

Traxamillion Myspace

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Non Stop African House Party

In my inbox the other day arrived a Coupe Decale mixtape from San Francisco's Chief Boima

It was awesome, like nothing I've heard before, not just straight African stuff but a house party style mash up with Bashment, Juke & Hip Hop. So fresh.

I started trying to write a post but realized I know bugger all about Coupe Decale so I gave up and asked the man himself to fill us in.   

Hi Chief Boima. How's it going?

Hi Vamanos, Let's Go!...

Things are good out here in cloudy California.


Tell me about Coupe Decale music. Where's it from & how did you get into it ?

Coupe Decale is known usually as an Ivorian music, but from what I understand it, kind of started in Paris from some Ivorian immigrants. Douk Saga has a song that says he is the creator of Coupe Decale, and he was like a baller type dude in Paris. Just to get the vibe, it is a club music where dudes would pay to get their named shouted out and tracks produced for them. I've seen Coupe Decale videos with Didier Drogba in a club and money being thrown around etc. It instantly caught on in Ivory Coast, now it's all over West Africa and even in the French Caribbean, and throughout the rest of Africa and being created and listened to by everybody. There's a great article on Afropop.org about the origins of Coupe Decale.

I got into the music after going to a local nightclub in San Francisco, that I started djing at called Little Baobab, which is referenced in the name of the mix. It is a Senegalese restaurant and international club. On Fridays and Saturdays they play all the current African dance tunes as well as the classics. I was drawn to it because it was like a more raw banging version of the type stuff my dad listened to when I was growing up. I instantly identified with the electronic production and Afro Pop rhythm, but at the time I was doing a Global Hip Hop night on a weekday. I kind of moved up the ranks after the owner, Marco, heard me play. He liked how I mixed things up, so I went and raided my dads CD collection for the classics, and brushed up and the contemporary scene in Africa (complete with a trip "home" that resulted in my Diamonds from Sierra Leone mix.)


Your mixing up the raw african sounds with really fresh contemporary hip hop jams like Kid Cudi, D4L, even juke stuff like DJ Chip. Its fire frankly. Why did you decide to mix it up ?

Well it's a sign of my cultural background. I was drawn to Coupe Decale in the first place because of it's mix of sounds and production styles, and like so many musicians who are between cultures, I just wanted to mix my influences.

Coupe Decale is a dancing music. They have instructions on what to do in the song akin to many of the Jamaican Dancehall songs. I chose some of these specific hip hop songs to remix because they are dance songs and dancing is such a huge part of African culture and people of African descent's culture all over the world. I'm a pan-africanist and I like to draw connections between cultures that seem to have been separated by oceans and years. That's why I used more songs like Soulja Boy, Elephant Man, Cupid and D4L, because dancing is essential to their brand of regional American Hip Hop. It only made sense if I was going to mash the two continents, that I would make that connection.


Tell us about the Coup Decale night you do in SF. I can hear an African MC on the mixtape, does he perform with you and are there special dance instructions that go with the tunes ?

Ha! We do all try to talk on the mic. Sometimes some of us more than others! But yeah I mean that's part of the house party vibe too right? On the mix it's DJ Elembe, who is definitely not shy talking to the crowd. When I was in Sierra Leone they had kids on the microphone like Jamaican dj's. It just gets the vibe right when you have someone interact with the crowd. It was popularized in hip hop and reggae, but it works with anything. Ya'll in the U.K. take it to another level as well.

But the night isn't just Coupe Decale. The climax of the night is probably when those tunes go on, and they're the most popular, but we also do African Reggae, French Dancehall, Hip Hop, Zouk, Reggaeton, Salsa, Jamaican Dancehall, Kwaito, Merengue, Hiplife, Mbalax Soukous, Tanzanian and Kenyan Hip Hop, Ethiopian tracks, and more. That's how African parties are, a mix of everything.




Quality. What kind of crowd do you get ? Are there many people from the Ivory Coast in SF ?

The crowd we get is super mixed. I don't think the Bay Area has the African population that New York, D.C., Paris or London, but we have a huge Latino population. The club is in a Latino neighborhood, and I guess a lot of Latinos check it for the international vibe. You hear a good mix of French, Spanish and English being spoken. There's a lot of internationally minded North Americans, (White, Black, Asian) and a lot of French people as well. Most of the Africans that are there every weekend are from the francophone countries, with the a large number being Senegalese, probably because it's a Senegalese restaurant. I don't know if there are a lot of Ivorians. I've met a couple. I meet more Senegalese, Nigerians, Liberians, Eritreans, Ethiopians and Kenyans.

I first heard about you when you did a sick cumbia mix just before all the Nueva cumbia stuff exploded out of Argentina. How did you get into cumbia & are you feeling the new stuff ?

I remember the first time I heard Cumbia. This girl came to my dorm room when I was in college and brought an Ozo Motley CD. I asked what it was and she said it was Cumbia. From then I loved it. I probably only paid attention to cumbia fusions too until I moved to California. The first time I heard Yerba Buena, Manu Chao or Celso Piña, and even Oro 11 were all memorable moments in my head. Being in Cali now though, I've been here for four years, you hear Cumbia everywhere. Late night classic cumbia mixes on the mainstream Reggaeton channel. My homie Carlos helped me with the mix by letting me pick through a huge stack of Cumbia 45's that make up the last part of the mix. Now I still dig the fusions, especially what's coming out of Buenos Aires, but I love the old Colombian sound. To me it sounds more tropical, more African.


Thanks for that Chief. Awesome.



The mixtape, BAOBAB CONNECTION VOL.2 drops to buy here on May 3rd. You'll also get a bonus 30 min mix by DJ Sogui So Good with more super fresh Coupe Decale business.

Here's an exclusive joint off the mixtape

Elephant Man - Free Your Soul (Lose Control) (Chief Boima Decale Remix)

Goin Back To Cali

Cali is Colombia's third biggest city otherwise know as SALSA CITY. I was lucky enough to visit for a couple of days and took some photos.






I thought i'd check out some local music and bought a cd off a little stall on this street. It that has a load of different salsa styles: Romantica, Classica, Niche (not that Niche), Mezcla etc. I like this one best, Salsa Rumbera.

download Salsa Colombiana - Salsa Rumbera Mix

Intro
Cali Pachanguero
No hay cama para tanta gente
Sigue tu camino
Cali aji
Oiga mire vea

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reverse (Funk) Techconomics?

As Brazil's top baile funk DJs like Sany Pitbull & Sandrinho are using more and more sophisticated MPC beat rocking equipment (sin decks even).

While....

In Europe, their funk wielding contemporaries are taking it back to the (Miami Bass) old school and chopping up funk breaks with vinyl.

Man Recodings have released a banging Funk Battle Weapons record so now you too, like me, can pretend you are Q-Bert in Rio but manage to break the needles, ruin the record and annoy upstairs.



Here's an exclusive promo cut made from the breaks courtesy of DJ Beware & MC Gringo.

DJ Beware + MC Gringo - Tamborzão Con Scratchy

Saturday, April 19, 2008

ShowerTime



Firstly a big shout to anyone who has downloaded my Mercado Negro mix. Blogaridddims mix coming soon.

Back to todays business = Spitting sick bars over trancy bassline garage.

East London's Mz. Bratt's answer to Wearing My Rolex. Look out for her heavy Terror Danja produced joints.

Mz. Bratt - Wearing My Rolex Remix

An MC led banger from DJ Q & Bonez. After listening to so much southern grime, good to hear some northern man on the mic.

DJ Q ft. MC Bonez - You Wot (Club Mix)

Bonez takes it on road.



Monday, April 14, 2008

Worldkore


Maga Bo has made yet another cracker of a mix for Blogariddims.

Check is Worldwide beat shopping photos here and read an interview with him at Soundtracks For Them.

Stubbornness Gets You Everywhere

Bárbara Wagner's great photographs of the urban beach residents of Brasília Teimosa is on at the ICA this week only.

Read the intriguing background here.



Thursday, April 10, 2008

Afrikola



My mum used to play Paul Simon's Graceland tape really loud in the car when I was a kid. Alot. I listened to it again for the first time in years. But then Tom in my office slammed this baby on my desk telling me I know nothing and that Paul Simon completely ripped off a Boyoyo Boys track off one of their mixtapes before making Graceland. He was the Original worldbeat thief before Timbaland came along.

I've been listening to quite a bit of African music recently, so I thought I'd throw together a mix of some of my favourite jams. Different styles from different countries, mostly funky.


photo: Jodi Bieber

download VAMANOS - AFRIKOLA SOMEBODY WAITING MIX

Tony Allen - Asiko NIGERIA
Tinariwen - Cler Achel MALI
Maciré Sylla - Wombéré GUINEA
Boyoyo Boys - Daveyton Special S.AFRICA
The Mgababa Queens - Akulaiwa Esoweto S.AFRICA
Dembu - Bogiye ETHIOPIA
Stella Rambisai Chiweshe - Mapere ZIMBABWE
Régis Gizavo - Efa Olo Be MADAGASCA
Esau Mwamwaya - Tengazako 2 MALAWI
Brenda Fassie - Vuli Ndlela S.AFRCIA
Various Kuduro - Bowungakanani w Msawawa ANGOLA
Esau Mwamwaya - Chalo (demo) MALAWI
Various - Super Funana 12 ANGOLA
Youssou N'Dour - Birima (Dakar Mix) SENEGAL
Gigi - Balu Washintu ETHIOPIA

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Turkish Disco


Fugazi are pretty much one of my favourite bands, so when I saw that Emynd had remixed one of their best songs I felt sure it was going to be a horror show. Its not, boy done well. My brain still doesn't completely compute Fugazi's harsh angular riddims with 08 HipHouse but hey the world keeps turning.

Fugazi - Long Division (Emynd's Disco Edit)

Emynd's got a mix
Fugazi got a book