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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Train Wreck Mix

Cover pic: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by Vamanos flickr

I did a show for Red Bull Music Academy Radio a couple of months back, probably don't need to tell you that its coconut and pineapple flava. Some of the tracks I've posted here as well as a couple of absolute bangers by Banana Clipz which is Ghetto Bassquake's own Chief Boima with Bersa Disco's Oro 11.

Vamanos - Train Wreck Mix (Zshare)

Black Dice - Endless Happiness (DFA/Fatcat Records)
Aniceto Molina - La Cumbia Sampuesana
Sonido Siboney - Cumbia Lorana (Live)
Viento Calido - Ya No Puede Ser (AVA Records)
El Hijo de la Cumbia - El Ghetto Va A Mover (Soot Records)
Patrice Roberts ft. Macka - Wukkin Up (Remix)
Ahmed Janka Nabay - Eh Congo (Green Owl)
Khady Black - Crisis (Bananaclipz Bubustyle Remix) (Ghetto Bassquake)
Magic System ft Cheb Khaled - Meme Pas Fatigue (Artop Records)
B.O.P. ft. Zulu & Costa - Bop Killers (Sony)
Banana Clipz - Push AM (Left, Right) (Ghetto Bassquake)
Skeat - Dumelang (Ruff Riddims)
Dj Mix 1er & DJ Eloh - Bobaraba (Akwaaba Music)
Donaeo - African Warrior (Zephron Entertainment)
DJ Znobia - Beat Remix
ABX - Anthemillas
Homem Barroso - Come Todas
Radioclit - Secousse (All Stars Mix) (Mental Groove)
Scottie B & King Tutt - African Chant (Top Billin' Remix) (TopBillin Music)
DJ SoLmon - UoH Mix
Nayo Crazy - Kibolobolo
Costuleta - Danca do Tchiriri
Buraka Som Sistema - General (Fabric)
Uproot Andy - AKI Special remix

Thursday, June 25, 2009

International Bass Services

Man Recording's own yard general man, Dan Haaksman has been pushing pulverising baile funk on us for a few of years now. Consistantly pushing the funkeiros music - For that he gets big respect round here. Now Dan has been meddling with his own baile inflected riddims and drops a Miami Bass Baile electro funk screamer. When the whistling comes in I can already imagine the kids in Rio doing some crazy dance routine. This track is taken from his new Gostoso EP which is dropping on July 3rd, vinyl and digital.

Daniel Haaksman - Pobum Coco

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Colombian Trigger Pad Killers

Pic: Vamanos Flickr

We've been letting you down hard by not posting any Champeta. What The Fuck. It's summer, you need something to listen to while burning those sausages on the BBQ, swigging ale and annoying your neighbours.

Champeta is from Colombia's northern caribbean coast, cities like Barranquilla, Santa Marta and Cartagena. Like a sweet tropical cocktail of African zouk and Brazilian baile funk, which figures as much of the population of that part of Colombia is of African descent and Brazil is next door. Champeta is mostly now made on samplers and MPCs. What I like about the whole scene is that its got that an element of the JA soundsystem war. But you win, not by audio volume, but who got the hottest gear.

YeYe DJ is a big dog in the game. Love the crazy sample overload in his tracks.

YeYe DJ - El Vacilon del Mike

This one isn't actually from colombia but it damn sounds like it. Kinky Electric Noise says he makes "Campesino and costeño music for the ghetto fabulous". He just sent me his latest track. Miami Hold Tight.

Kinky Electric Noise - El Gozon (Electro Champeta Remix)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shake Am Time

Hey! Sr. Vamanos with installment #2 of the Ghettobassquake vs. Green Owl mix. It's summer solstice in the northern magnetic field (sorry south of the equator) and what a better way to enjoy then with this mix! Vamos!

Shama Shama - Okomi Kolangua
Sah'lomon - Rama
Aurlus Mabele - Vacances Aux Antilles
Skeat - Dumelang
Magic System - Kit Dit Mie
Aurlus Mabele - Soto
Normal Nada - Funas 2
Duda - Dja Txiga Nha Bes

Stream it at Green Owl and apparently there's a trick to download, see here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Who Broke my Beats?

I'm out of the bay for awhile, but the descendants still unite. DJ's Shawn Dub and Refusenik will be filling in as the weekly selectas on Thursdays at Luka's alongside Aebl Dee for a couple months. We'll still have some very special guests throughout the summer!

This week we have the one and only Be Brown of the magnificent People Party. This guy should have been born in London, but reps Atlanta, Brooklyn and now Oakland, bringing everything Funky and Soulful to a colorful Bay Area crowd on the regular. He is also my partner on The Highlife parties coming back in August.

He recently put me on to Brokiton, the Puerto Rico-London link up.

Broki-Comparsa (Hector Calderon 7'' mix) (Direct Download)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Funana In Your Face

Cape Verde's accordion hyperspeed Funana Island sickness has been getting a lot of airtime here. Regulars at Secousse will know its a big sound right now. Radioclit have done a juggernaut of a mix for our excellent french buds Corporate Bloggin blending breakneck Funana riddims with soca, grime, juke, bubu, speed merengue and all manner of fastness.

Git It

Radioclit - Fu (Na Na Na) Mix (Direct Download)

Sabi Dimas - Xibioti e Sousa
Janka Nabay - Eh Congo (Radioclit Edit)
Uproot Andy - La Camisola
Raiss Di Funana - Nho Fifi
Naty Kid - Sereia
Pitbull feat Machel Montano & Lil Jon - Floor On Fire
Ricky T - Pressure Boom
Kidy - Apoia Tradisom (Radioclit Edit)
Skepta - Stageshow Rhythm
Ize - Tronku Di Mundo
Wiley - Sorry Sorry Pardon What (Radioclit Edit)
DJ Vielo - Decale Mon Afrique
DJ Gant Man - Boricua Juke
Maluca - El Tigeraso
Marius - Senhora De Luz
Tony Allen - Fuji Ouija (Diplo Remix)

And on the funana tip, this is my favourite jam that I've been listening to everyday for the past month which always makes me want to lose my shit. Don't know much about Duda other than her track has been produced by the AMAZING Normal Nada who also make kuduro.

Duda-Dja Txiga Nha Bes (mediafire)

Actually I'm not done yet. This one is amazing too.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Antilles Soukous Fry Up

Just realised I love holiday music. And holidays. Might post macarena next week. Think I need a holiday. In the meantime here is some ass shaking soukous by the awesome Aurlus Mabele from 1999. I love the way the girls do most of the singing on this.

Aurlus Mabele - Vacances Aux Antilles

The Tour Begins: Los Angeles

This is my last West Coast, U.S. gig before me and Vamanos meet up to rattle your city streets in the form of Ghetto Bassquake Soundsystem. Official dates soon. But for right now, I'm back in LA, Afro Funké at Club Zanzibar in Santa Monica, this Thursday June 18th.

Chief Boima & Glenn Red @ Afro Funké w/listening party of Laura Izibor

Club Zanzibar
1301 5th Street @ Arizona
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.2221 / 21+ / 9pm - 2am
$7 before 11pm / $10 after

Come get down to the baddest African Jams I can find, the last African party I did in LA spilled out into the streets, people were mad!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Omar Souleyman

I'm still blown away by the Omar Souleyman show. At the side of the stage were two guys, occasionally filming the gig who started dancing. I managed to film this piece of footage just as they moved onto the stage. I'm still not sure if they were actually part of the show or just fans. I also filmed a bit of 'Leh Jani'.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tropical Storm Ghetto Bassquake Style

Round 2! Los Angeles tonight (June 12th), San Francisco mañana (June 13th.) Dancehall classics from JA to PTY, cumbia, calypso, and more! The SF night at the Elbo Room will be my last Bay Area gig for two months, so come say hi before I head out!

Also stop by Bollyhood Cafe (down the street from Elbo Room) Saturday before Tormenta Tropical for a live performance of Demo Crazy with myself and Khalil Anthony.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Descendants Diaspora Meet in Oakland

This week's Thursday at Luka's in Oakland, we're calling all South Asian Descendants to Descendants United. As our guest this week, DJ Anjali put it, "African Diaspora meets Desi Diaspora."

With a name like Gitanjali (song offering) you’d think she was born to play records… Made in India, born in Oregon & raised like a gypsy, DJ Anjali is Portland, Oregon's primary advocate (and dance missionary) for the many varied electronic sounds of the South Asian diaspora, from UK Bhangra and Bollywood to Desi beats. Well known as a dancefloor instigator she is equally confident throwing down grime, hiphop & ragga/dancehall.

Below's a mash up by DJ RajStar that blows my mind. You can read about it in context at the great Ghetto Palms column.

RajStar-Jai Hov (Direct Download)

Summer Jammzzzz

Just in time for the summer, The Heatwave drop a sweet reggae mixtape of one drop and parktime dancehall for your chilling purposes.

The Heatwave -Early Warming Mix (Direct download)

Laden - Really Like You
Gappy Ranks - Gyal Mi Love
Voicemail - Ride Mi Bike (Gold Mine Riddim)
Gyptian - Money Man (Gold Mine Riddim)
Buju Banton - Buy Love (Gold Mine Riddim)
Richie Spice - Soothing Sound (Indiscretions Riddim)
Konshens - Straight Forward (Indiscretions Riddim)
Busy Signal - Beep (Indiscretions Riddim)
Mavado - Neva Believe U
Equiknoxx & Gerusalem - Cobba Cobba Riddim
Lil Joe - Wine (Cobba Cobba Riddim)
Tifa - Single (Cobba Cobba Riddim)
Spice - Badmind (Cobba Cobba Riddim)
Cecile - How It Feels (Hot Peppa Riddim)
Anthony B - Roll Mi Gal (Hot Peppa Riddim)
Mr Vegas - Mi Believe (Hot Peppa Riddim)
Mr Vegas - Old School Hustling (Heavenless Riddim)
Major Lazer feat Mr Lexx & Santigold - Hold The Line
Gappy Ranks - Put The Stereo On
Erup & Nature - Trample Dem (Multipurpose Stadium Riddim)
Beres Hammond - I Feel Good (I Feel Good Riddim)
Beres Hammond & Donovan Germain - I Feel Dub (I Feel Good Riddim)
General Degree - Jah Will Provide (I Feel Good Riddim)
Delly Ranx - Pleasure Pain (Comfort Zone Riddim)
Buju Banton - Pretty Every Time (Comfort Zone Riddim)
Cornadoor - Chocolate Fudge (Rougher Yet Riddim)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bass In Your Face London

The recession can be good. The The un-fi-testable Soul Jazz Records are doing a FREE DANCE this Sunday night at Cafe 1001. Dubstep, Reggae and Dub pressure with special guest Kutz. Later dates they've got Disrupt and the highly rated Brazilian crew, Digitaldubs who I wrote about here. Git down there.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Tony Allen Show

The Secousse Sound System featuring myself and A.J. Holmes are absolutely stoked to be warming up for Africa's greatest drummer, Tony Allen!!

We're playing before Tony's show at the opening party of Ornette Coleman's Meltown at the South Bank Centre on Friday 12th June. All the info is here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Amadou & Mariam & Andy

Not much to be said about this other than Uproot Andy is on fire. This was just posted by Ghetto Palms but we loving it too so here you go:

Amadou & Mariam -Sabali (Uproot Andy refix) (Direct Download)

Data Collector

This Thursday we got Juan Data guesting for Descendants United at Luka's Taproom, 2221 Broadway in Oakland.

In celebration I'm posting this dark cumbia by the man by the dam, Sonido del Principe, a remix of Night by Benga & Coki. The Geenus remix of this made its way into my Calypso mix, definitely a favorite track of mine.

Night (Sonido del Principe Remix)-Benga & Coki (Direct Download)

You can get one of Juan's mixes over at Sonido's place Generation Bass, which is kind of like our sister site. We really tryin' to connect the dots here!

A little more info on Juan Data:

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, DJ Juan Data was an underground journalist deeply involved in the local hip-hop scene. In 2001 moved to California and with his first paycheck bought a couple of turntables. For two years he played in many venues of Los Angeles before or in between acts during rock en español concerts. In 2003 moved to the Mission District in San Francisco and since then he has been DJing all over the city in latin and world music parties. Among his many eclectic influences are: Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Krush, Felix da Housecat, Toy Selectah, Cut Chemist, The KLF and all the 1988/1992 wave of sample-heavy hip-hop and house artists. Besides DJing he still freelances as a music journalist for several publications and may or may not have been involved in porn.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Secousse & O Baile! This Friday

SECOUSSE – Friday 5th June
Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3JQ

Free Before 8PM




In June Secousse continues it's musical rampage across the tropics to bring you the original riddims of Afro-Colombia. Taking you to the windswept caribbean coasts of South America,, will play the sweet sounds of cuuuuuumbia!! They are one of the only Vallenato bands in Europe keeping the roots alive and are going to mash up all your favourite cumbia jams in a nonstop sun-drenched tropical hoedown.

The white hot cumbia sound of the barrios continues with an exclusive live performance from Me Tarzan You Jane. Inspired after months of raiding the CDR black markets of Argentina and Bolivia, Capitol K and Secousse friend Cibelle will bring their own slice of Tropicalia Acid Cumbia to our grinding dancefloor.

Joining them, A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire, who absolutely destroyed it last month, and are officially the best house band in London will play their awesome Palm wine tropical bangers. On the decks as usual, The Secousse Soundsystem will rinse the Tribal skanking pressure till chuck out.


O Baile! - Friday 5th June
Bar Music Hall
134 Curtain Road


Later on I'm playing at O Baile! The Portuguese crew are hosting a tropical pre-summer party with xxxcellent Brazilian Baile Funk Punkers Tetine. They're going to play all kinds of red hot
underground punk funk, disco oddities, political tropical pop - including some baile funk and kuduro action! Followed by me playing the usual Ghetto Bassquake rockers from 11.30-1am.

See you at both!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Secousse Tropical FM

A couple of weeks ago Radioclit and Secousse fam were invited to do a show on Diesel U Music Radio. Massive live sets from Tropical thrashers Zun Zun Egui, and our own A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire and Radioclit.

Head over to The Fader to grab the highlights.

Radioclit on Diesel U Music Radio

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sand Relief

Pic: Tartit

When It comes to the trancelike desert beauty of Touareg music, I don't normally associate it with speaker tearing sub-bass.

Belgium's triple threat Tupolev Sound Crash do however. Which is a good thing as they've made this dirty sahara prowler for us. Blending the incredible cyclic vocals of Touareg group Tartit with their own beats they've made this beauty which I'm listening to on a loop.

Tartit - Eha Ehenia (Tupolev Sound Crash RMX)

On friday, I was lucky enough to see the Sublime
show in London. Gotta say that both bands were fucking awesome. Doueh from Group Doueh, dressed in white robes, played guitar behind his head Hendrix style. Omar Souleyman was one of the most captivating performers I've seen in ages, stalking the stage backed up by his whispering lyricist, Syrian techno keyboards and electric saz player. If you can, catch them on tour this summer. It was jaw droppingly good.

Then I caught Ghetto Bassquake pal, Gabriel Heatwave tearing it up in Brixton, dropping bombs like his ultra awesome new funky track with Busy Signal on vocals. Absolute FYA!