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Monday, August 02, 2010

Bruno M

Today nothing more than a great horn laden kuduro track from Angola's Bruno M.

Bruno M - Dança Dos Comba

Secousse August Summer Special!

Secousse is gearing up for carnival with a Massive double header of a line up this Friday night. We have an exclusive London show by Brooklyn's highly awesome Latino Tropical bass King, UPROOT ANDY. As well as the welcome return of Congolese/ UK Funky warriors K-Melia.

PUMA presents
Friday August 6th

A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire

Uproot Andy
A.J. Holmes
& Kastro

Email for half price guestlist:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Appietus Hip Life Revolution

Fresh from his extended trip around Ghana, Ben from Akwaaba just sent us this great Hip Life track from Appietus. I've gotta confess I'm not normally that big on Hiplife and find a lot of what i've heard a bit too sweet for my tastes but this track is different, taking a more jump up soca style. Appietus's album, The Revolution features many of the big names in Ghana such as 4X4, Tinny & Kofi B. Get it now here or itunes from 27th July. This bumps.

Appietus - Ghana Lady

Edit - This one's even better.

Appietus feat. 4x4 - Miss Doctor

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Brussels Tonight !

A banger of a summer party at Recyclart in Brussels tonight. BIG live shows from Secousse favourites Harare, A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire as well as deck duties from myself, A.J. as Secousse Sound System and Tupelov Sound Crash's DJ Leblanc. All the info is here


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Half Colombian Half Mexican Bandit

Suitably Trippy new video from Toy Selectah! in Bogata.

Dub Boy's Karnival Warm Up

Carnival season is soon approaching here in the UK so hold tight for a BIG mix from Bristol's Dub Boy to get you firing. Blending a great jump up selection of new dancehall jams and a few classics, this has got my summer listening written all over it. Dub Boy has been holding down the jump up dancehall/tropical/funky scene in Bristol for a few years now and he's hooked up with the Steak House Records crew, so watch out for more heat from him soon. This mix was made for Don't Panic but we nicked it.

Dub Boy - Dancehall Nice Again (Direct Dwnld)


Beenie Man & Richie Spice - Streets Is Getting Hot (Cooking Soul rmx)
Kieth & Tex ft Shabba Ranks - Dukku Dukku (Soul Force rmx)
Mungo's Hi Fi ft Brother Culture - Black Paul Bogle
Mungo's Hi Fi - From Di Ghetto
Mungo's Fi Fi - Bogle Riddim // Rihanna & Assassin - Rude Boy rmx
Demarco - Skull Inna Belly
Assassin - Bam Bam
Busy Signal - High Grade
Pinchers - Bandelero
Papa Levi - Speed Rapping
Super Cat - Come Down
Mikeylous - Country Mi Ting Deh
Leisure All Stars ft Lady Chann - Friday Night (rmx)
Crookers ft Poirier & Face-T - Arena
Busy Signal - Dem Call The Police
Degree - Weh Yu Come From
Elephant Man - Request
Timika Marshall - Whine And Go Down
Red Dragon - Duck
Shaka Demus - Bad Bad Shaka
Busy Signal - Food For Di Pot
Mr G - Guilty Mouth
Alborosie - Blue Movie Boo
Shabba Ranks - Trailor Load A Girls
Risto Benji - Passport Buddy
Leftside ft Syon - Nuh Other Girl
Serani - When It's Cold
Elephant Man - Yuh Are Di Wife
Vybz Cartel ft Gaza Kim - Twice My Age
Beenie Man - VISA // Ward 21 - Cosa Nostra Riddim
Timberlee - The General
Mr Lexx - Dem A Pree // Weedy G - Best Trick Riddim
Mercilous - Country Boy
King General - If I Was A Rich Man
Top Cat - Ganga Smoker
Mr Benn ft Blackout JA - Police (Magic Fly 7" rmx)
Mungo's Hi Fi ft Mikey Murka - Old Time Dance
Mungo's Hi Fi ft Lady Anne - Sound Get A Beating
Mungo's Hi Fi ft YT - Precious Diamond
Lutan Fyah - Yu Looking Hot
Tarrus Riley - Children A Pree We
Busy Signal - Government Gone Luuu
Gappy Ranks - Nerious Joseph - Soul Rebe

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chancha Via Circuito Mixtape

Leave it up to dem good folk at ZZK in Buenos Aries to keep pumping out their consistently excellent new school digital cumbia folktonica. Chancha has got to be one of my favourites of that scene. His beats are always swirling with echoes of traditional South American percussion chopped up with the sweet shuffle of cumbia melodies. His new album, Rio Arriba, is dropping soon on ZZK but check out this brand new mix he did for the dudes over at XLR8R featuring some exclusive new cuts from the album.

Chancha Via Circuito - Los Pastores Mixtape

01 Chancha Vía Circuito feat. Miriam García "Coplita" (ZZK)
02 Miriam García & Alicia Solans "Pintar El Sol (Chancha Vía Circuito Remix)" (ZZK)
03 Villa Diamante "Doña María vs. Italtek" (ZZK)
04 José Larralde "Quimey Neuquén (Chancha Vía Circuito Remix)" (Sony/ZZK)
05 Tremor "Caracol (Chancha Vía Circuito feat. Wenceslada Remix)" (ZZK)
06 William Centellas vs. Chancha Vía Circuito "Los Pastores" (ZZK)
07 Black Mandingo "Cumbia Maxonica Rebajada" (ZZK)
08 Chancha Vía Circuito "Río Arriba" (ZZK)
09 K´ala Marka "Florcita del Ande (Chancha Vía Circuito Remix)" (Orccus/ZZK)
10 Chancha Vía Circuito "Cumbión de las Aves" (ZZK)
11 Sonidero Cordobestia "Tinku" (ZZK)
12 Doma Tornados feat. Mercedes Sosa "Antiguos Dueños de las Flechas" (Hipidukimuzik)
13 Los Huanca Huá "Yo Sé Que un Día (Fragment)" (Cabal)

ZZK Summer 2010 North American Tour:
07/20 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
07/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
07/23 Martha’s Vineyard, MA @ Martha’s V
07/24 Montreal, PQ @ Divan Orange
07/25 Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
07/26 Detroit, MI @ The Lager House
07/27 Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
07/28 St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
07/31 Denver, CO @ Biennial of the Americas
08/01 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
08/03 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
08/04 Portland, OR @ Rotture
08/05 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
08/06 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
*All dates with Tremor, Chancha Via Circuito, El Remolón, and El G

Obviously it's hardly easy running a label like ZZK out of Argentina so they have wisely teamed up with Kickstarter, a cool new fund raising project to help them make a tour video. Check out all the info here.

The Godfather of Livin

I went to see Gil Scott Heron the other night. He was extrodinary as you can imagine. Check out this new video from his already classic new album I'm New Here out on XL. Buyable at Rough Trade, Sounds of The Universe,
Itunes and everywhere else.

DJ Vielo Mini Mix

DJ Vielo's breakneck speed Funana mixes are always welcome. Like some frantic computer game rampage through jungle drenched in airhorns. Coming in at a bite sized 6.5 mins, Vielo and Anilson bring the Cape Verde bounce like no one else.

Dj Vielo & DJ Anilson - MiXXxxxXXxxx FuNaNa SeMPre Na GaiTa °°ViEniLsOn°°

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dave Quam Juke Mix

Everyone in London seemingly wants a piece of Juke/Footwork right now. Following on from articles in places such as The Guardian The Wire's weekly radio show on Resonance FM recently played host to Chicago's influential footwork blogger Dave Quam as he put in a great mix starting with early jacking Trax releases from Jackmaster Funk and traced Chi-Town's house evolution all the way up to present day footwork with tracks by people like DJ Clent and DJ Rashad.

Check it out here

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Lifetime in Oriental Jazz

It seems as though The Heliocentrics are on a mission to collaborate with all of my jazz heroes; first Mulatu Astatke, now Lloyd Miller who next Yusef Lateef?.

Check out the opening collaboration Electricone below, buy the collaboration here or here and also definitely get Lloyd Miller's A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz, it's without a doubt the best record i've ever bought based solely on its title, way better than the time i confused ECM's Azimuth with the Brazilian Samba Doido trio Azymuth.

Lloyd Miller and the Heliocentrics - Electricone

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Richard 'Nozinja' Mthetwa

If you've heard any of Nozinja's productions on the Shangaan Electro record that we posted about here, (just released on Honest Jons), you'll know he has not only crazy production skills but a great ear for a hook. The album is an absolute stormer end to end and was compiled by Outside Music/Afropop Worldwide's Wills Glasspiegel who also signed Janka Nabay & The Very Best. Check out Will's interview with Nozinja below. Nozinja has also turned his hand to vocals on one of the tracks which is definitely one of the highlights for me, his melodic vocals soaring over high speed shangaan instrumentation. Anyways I can't recommend this record enough. Also buyable digitally on itunes etc.

Monday, July 12, 2010

World Cup Winners

I'm a bit sad the World Cup is all over. Got to say a big congratulations to Spain even though they nearly got chunks taken out of them by Holland. Also a big shout to Paul the Octopus for killing it in the selections. So here's a great cumbia to help them celebrate by Puebla's Grupo Sonador ..

Grupo Sonador - Cumbia de la Cerveza

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

ISA In the USA

Photo: Artelevisual

Hi New Yorkers,

We're sending over our Colombian-Londion Cumbia Electro Bass mistress, ISA GT over to shake the palms at the Latin Alternative Music Conference this week. Check her out at Que Bajo?! Tonight and Saturday at LAMC. Both of which are guaranteed awesome parties. Check out this brand new mix from her too.

ISA GT - LAMC Mix (mediafire)


La Cumbia - Isa GT
Los Pajaritos (Feeling Edit) - Erick Rincon
Leyenda - Isa GT
Gota Frita (Orion Edit) - DJ orion
Alerta feat. Isa GT - Dutch Rhythm Combo
Bayakhulma - DJ Bongz Ft. Mampinsha
Funketa - Isa GT
Ritmo Y Flauta - Dj Antena
Pela´O (Cocotaxi Remix) - Isa GT
Toadstool - Para One
NO PASMA - Isa GT + Toy Selectah
Mete as maos a boca (j-wow mix) - Paus
Pa Las Mamasitas (Chief Boima & Orion Remix) - Isa GT

War Dance!

Big new riddim from London's The Heatwave with Serocee on the Mic doing his damndest. Whoop Whoop !

Git It

The Heatwave & Serocee - War Dance

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Baobinga's Steak House Dinner

Steak House is a cool new UK label specializing in tropical Bass slammers, and going by their first couple of releases and we've got a lot of love for them. They've already dropped a debut by ace Portuguese 2 step crunk bass nutters Octa Push and are now have an fire cracker of a new single from the UK's Baobinga. The Raggastep Bass heavy riddim takes influences from garage to bashment and this is definitely one for the dancefloor.

Remixes come from Ghetto Bassquake pals Poirier and MC Rubi Dan. Here is a free Wine Up remix from Atki2 and stream the rest of the release on Souncloud below. Get the whole EP digitally now .

Baobinga - Wine Up (Ttki2 Remix) (sendspace)

STEAK 003 - Baobinga - Riddim Team EP by Steak House Records

Friday, July 02, 2010

In The Studio with The Hackney Empire & Radioclit

Last winter, on January 2nd when they should have been nursing hangovers, A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire went into the studio with producers Radioclit to lay some tracks down for their very first studio recordings. Two days were spent laying their New Electric High Life tropical flavours down on record. 6 months later we're psyched that say that one of these songs will soon be the debut release on our all new Ghetto Bassquake label. The single is called Fraudian Slip and features longtime collaborator, African Mic Terror & Secousse's resident MC, Kastro.

Remixes from Chief Boima, DJ Erick Rincon, Uproot Andy and more.
Watch out world.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gnawa Festival D'Essouira 2010

I just got back from the Gnawa Festival in Morocco. It was great, unlike any other music festival i've been to in Europe. It takes place annually in the fishing town of Essaouira and attracts 200,000 people over 4 days of open air free music. Gnawa and all it's related offshoots and fusions are represented, you name it from Gnawa metal to Gnawa salsa, it's all there. For me, I was more interested in some of the more traditional forms.

It's North African trance roots are heavily apparent as the musicians jam into the night, though the songs originate in healing rituals not unlike Haitian Voodoo ceremonies or the Afro-Brazilian practises of Candomblé. Some of the shows go on till dawn, with the artists stopping only to changing into differnt coloured robes representing for each section (derdeba) of the perfromance, black, blue, white etc... Bands travel from all over Africa as well as the world to perform to massive crowds of people, mostly young lads who all seem to be into reggae too. The vibe was really chilled (and booze free) as hash smoke circled above the crowd and pople dance themsleves crazy. Here's a quick video I took at the end of a show by the excellent Gnawa master, Maâlem Saïd Ouressan.

I also caught a show by the legendary Maalem Mahmoud Guinia who was truly awesome, the deeply hypnotic bass sounds of his three string Gimbri were funky as hell.

Grab a great album download by him over at Snap Crackle & Pop.

Other than the Gnawa music, Morocco proved to be a brilliant place to indulge my growing interest in North African and Arabic stuff. The infamous Jemma el Fna square in Marrakech is an awesome place to hear anything from snake charmer music to all kinds of stuff I couldn't even begin to label. On the subject of snakes, some dude did actually sneakily put a live cobra around my neck while I wasn't looking :(

Anyway as dusk sets over the square and the smells of insense and merguez sausages fill the air, it's a truly special place to hear some of Morocco's amazing solo musicians playing though battered car stereo systems. Sublime Frequencie's Hisaham Mayet has recently release a film on DVD and album called Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna, a raw collection of some of the sounds. As they say..

For centuries, the Jemaa El Fna (Rendezvous of the Dead) has remained the stage for one of the most spectacular social forums on the planet. By day, this central square in the city of Marrakesh, one of Morocco's great imperial cities, fosters a kaleidoscope of entertainment for its local inhabitants; storytellers, acrobats, magicians and snake charmers all create intriguing displays of bewitching spectacle. As the sun sets, the evening grows frantic with the pulse of the crowd; it is then that the night musicians set up. Free from the restrictions and expectations of light entertainment for a tourist crowd, these musicians manifest ecstatic performances that animate the audience and players alike.

Here is the trailer for the film.

Record shopping was also a great experience. For some reason many of Marrakech's cd sellers are based in between orange juice stalls surrounding the square. I picked up some Moroccan Gnawa and percussion, Algerian Rai and some great comps of Syrian Dabka (Omar Souleyman style).

Here's a nice, sadly unlabelled Gnawa track that I picked up.

Unknown - Gnaoua Traditionnel

And I swear I'll make a little mix of some of the best stuff soon.

Boogat Mixtape

You might remember Poirier mentioned this in our interview with him a few months ago. Montreal's MC Boogat drops a fresh mixtape, packed with all kinds of tropical stormers mashed together slickly by Poirier himself. Get it now.

Boogat – Que Pegue Duro y Violento (mixed by Poirier)

01. Pa’ Argentina (El Hijo De La Cumbia)
02. Mejor No Preguntes (Sonido Del Principe)
03. Beat Perfecto (Afrika Bambaataa)
04. La Gloria (Poirier x Gotan Project)
05. Bajo (Schlatchofbronx)
06. No Mames Wey (Pitbull)
07. Pega La Conga (Yerba Buena)
08. El Gran Robo (Cosa Nostra Riddim)
09. Subestimado (Nookie Riddim)
10. No Te Fies In Nadie (Untrust Riddim)
11. La Mezcla (Monobloco)
12. Quedade Lejos de Mi (El Hijo de La Cumbia)
13. Wakala (Punjabi MC)
14. Me voy Pa’ Brooklyn (Uproot Andy)

Secousse This Friday

Secousse is back this Friday with our second

World Cup Afro Special

A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire

The Secousse Sound System ft. Vamanos, A.J. Holmes & Moroka

This month we're celebrating the diverse sounds and flavours of Africa, Secousse brings you a special live francophone and anglophone set by K-Melia, who developed their own unique style in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, namely RPK (Rap Purement Kinois), an inspired mix of hip hop, Congolese rumba, ndombolo and pop music. The band are fronted by Secousse's own awesome Mic champion MC Kastro so bigness is guaranteed. Joining them, Secousse's resident tropical party band, A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire along with The Secousse Sound System DJs: Vamanos, A.J. Holmes & Morocka.

And get there early to watch the screening the Quater final game: Ghana Vs Uruguay.

All the info is here and at Notting Hill Arts club.

Newcastle This Saturday

One of my favourite summertime gigs is playing the epic latino raves by the river at Newcastle's Vamos festival. Come check me throw down loads of tribal, cumbia, Techno Brega and latin party bangers on saturday night. Also a live set by Portugal's Octapush.


All the info is here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

World Cup Rivalry Part 7 - Ghana vs USA! USA! USA!

There are three very worrying issues for the 21st century; global warming, overpopulation and the fact that the Americans are sooner or later going to win the World Cup.

Just think how many young Americans will have kicked their first ball in the wake of their famous victory over the English. A resounding win by Ghana, the only African nation left, will however put an end to America's brief fancy with the beautiful game.

To inspire Ghana here's some highlife from the legendary Mercury Dance Band as well as a recording from a Ghanan funeral procession, ie the sound of Ghana once again finishing America's World Cup hopes.

The Mercury Dance Band - Kai Wawa

Ghanan Funeral Procession - Adova

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

World Cup Rivalry Part 6: Ghana vs. Germany

They call him the Ballack slayer. An ominous name that seems like something conjured up from a Tarantino movie. Tomorrow is going to be a must watch because German born Kevin Prince-Boateng is ready and coming for you, German national team!

Ghana is looking like it right now for Africa, so we're gonna put all our strength behind this exciting squad. Plus, Black Star fans are the best.

There are a couple globalista DJ's out there, that will be supporting the German side, so that warrants a little stoking of the rivalry flames (I see you Orion & Sebastian.)

Here's a little Hiplife to get the competative juices flowing, and check out my WFMU post on the new Hiplife documentary Homegrown: Hiplife in Ghana.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hunter's Music

Donso is a collaboration between European electronic musicians and Malian artists working in cultural traditions. The project is produced by Frenchie, Pierre Antoine Grison in Paris, and the music is based around Bambara hunting music and the Ngoni. Their album on Comet Records is out now.

This is a remix of their track Mogoya done by T-Bird and Maxey Blaze out of Barcelona:

Mogoya (T-Bird & Maxey Los Chicos Altos De BCN Mix)-Donso

I have a soft spot for Malian music in electronic style ever since I've heard some of Salif Keita's more contemporary experimentations. Ngoni players like Issa Bagayogo have done remix albums (which I got to be involved with) and check out for Burkinabe Yacouba Diarra the Bay Area's local Ngoni master.

Un Remix Pa Las Mamasitas

A few friends collaborated and came out with a tune. DJ Orion and I made this remix of Isa GT's Pa' Las Mamasitas, while I was out in Austin last month. Isa is on her way to the US for an appearance at New York's Latin Alternative Music Conference in early July.

Pa' Las Mamasitas (Boima & Orion Remix)-Isa GT

Follow her on Twitter for up to the minute details on her show. Visit her myspace for all her show announcements. Visit her blog for a peak into stuff she digs, and visit her label to pick up some more great tunes!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mr and Mrs Vamanos

There are tearful eyes all over England tonight and it's nothing to do with a certain football result i feel i played a part in, it's because of the news that tomorrow Vamanos' days as a rum-drinking man about town are officially over.

Being half way around the world i can't attend the ceremony myself but i really hope they managed to book Omar Souleyman

Failing that, Dave Quam put me onto an awesome recording of Wedding Bands From Rajahstan and i think The Village Band who would do an awesome job too

Village Band - Jhumar

World Cup Rivalry Part 5: England vs. Algeria

Ok the World Cup is going mad. Some big teams are going down, and I love it. So how do I approach this post? Fruko already came with the pro-Algeria post and some nice Rai tunes. So I'll have to play devil's advocate a little and post something from England. Punk rock legends The Clash's anti-authoritarian jam:

The Clash-Rock the Casbah

Dedicated to Fruko, who is embodying this spirit by supporting Algeria. If this is indicative of anything in the World Cup, and especially if the upsets continue, your allegiances are gonna get confused.

Of course, Algeria heard the message:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

World Cup Rivalry Part 4 - Algeria vs England

Not being unpatriotic but I promised myself that for the World Cup i'd always support the African team first. Things aren't looking too promising at the moment for the African nations so Algeria will definitely need my support against England tomorrow.

If anyone can inspire Algeria surely it's Cheb Khaled

Cheb Khaled - La Camel

And one more for good luck

Boutaiba Sghir - Dayha Oulabes

Monday, June 14, 2010

World Cup Rivalry Pt. 3: Cote D'Ivoire vs. Portugal

I'm ecstatic over the Ghana win, one of my favorite teams in the Cup, and the only African team to deliver a win so far, but Les Elefants carry my hopes to keep the Cup in Africa. I need to give them all my power for when they take on Portugal tomorrow (I didn't do a post for Eto'o and see what happened!?!). Coupe Decale vs. Kuduro mayne. Let's goooo!


One of the things i miss most from London would be my regular trip to Honest Jon's in Ladbroke Grove where I'd come away with far too many awesome records for my skinny arms to easily carry so it's very welcome to see from the other side of the world the shop and its labels going from strength to strength.

Not only have they released two of the greatest new records this year in T++'s sampling of old East African 78s on Wireless and Actress' brain melting loops on Splazsh, but their nascent Dug Out reissue label has given us everything from the trippy reggae-psychedlia of Dadawah to RnB inflected Dancehall of Foxy Brown.

Check out an old unmastered version of Dadawah's Seventy Two Nations below, then go a get the new undoubtedly better, new version too.

Dadawah - Seventy Two Nations

Vuvuzela House + 70s Rare Groove

The Vuvuzela; an ingenius present from the good people of South Africa who are trying their best to drown out the ignorant comments from your average football commentator.

Now not only can we hear it whilst we watch England fail miserably in the World Cup we can be treated to its joys whilst listening to South African House too

Going back 40 years, the always diligent scholars at Strut are releasing the second volume of their insightful Soweto Township Sounds series with the third to come in early August.

Cop a free download of Mahotella Queens' Nkuli's Shuffle below. A must for fans of Afro Jazz and Rare Groove

Mahotela Queens - Nkuli's Shuffle

Buy volume two here and here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

World Cup Pt 2: US Vs England

Oh it's like that is it Boima ?

Fair enough, the US aren't looking like jokers this year. Gotta admit Clint Dempsey has been a fucking legend at Fulham the last 4 years (rap career aside) and it's gonna be weird seeing him against England. But at the end of the day..Shhhh

Conroy Smith - Dangerous

See you on the other side !!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fader Pitch Perfect Mix Series

Also, for more listening pleasure, check out the Nike and The Fader's Pitch Perfect Mix Series. I was invited to do the North America one. Big up to everyone on my mix, here's the tracklist:

Los Rakas, “Abrazame (Uproot Andy Remix)” (United States/Panama/Canada)
Mr. OK, “Poto Mitan” (Canada/Haiti)
M.anifest, “Swing Low” (United States/Ghana)
Tabi Bonney, “Tick… Tick” (United States/Togo)
Toy Selectah, “Half Colombian-Half Mexican Bandit” (Mexico)
Dubbel Dutch, “Throwback” (United States)
Kush Arora, “Humidifier Jammer Club Edit” (United States)
Rita Indiana, “Poderes” (United States/Dominican Republic)
Theophilus London, “Don’t Be Afraid” (United States/Trinidad and Tobago)

World Cup Rivalry Pt. 1: England v. USA

A rivalry amongst us Ghetto Bassquakers? Today's matches were great, big up Group A, (my allegiances were torn, so I'm happy all around) but let's get down to the nitty gritty with a friendly taunt... England, what you got?

Wyclef-Ghetto Racine (PJ's Creole Mix)

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Afro Cup This Friday !

This Friday after screenings of the opening games i'll be playing my favourite
Durban house, kuduro, coupe decale and and lots more jump up African jams. Secousse Sound System ft. A.J. Holmes, Vamanos & MC Kastro begin the World Cup parties at The Afro Cup at Rich Mix in East London also a live set from The Hackney Empire..FREE FREE FREE !!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A Call Home

An African Hip House Classic Gets Remixed for the 2010 World Cup. And a (very) brief history of African Rap in the US over at WFMU.

DJS Pareja

Comeme's awesome DJS Pareja have served up a fine mix of afro-electro, uk funky, schaffel techno and Tom Tom Club remixes before finishing it off with one of my top two techno tracks of the year so far (MMM's Nous Sommes) over at Del Jardin Latino.

Download the mix here and for those of you with a basic grasp of Spanish there's an interview to read too.

Masalacism Bounce

Masalacism, Montreal's awesome blog/radioshow launch what promises to be a heavy hitting label, if their blog has been anything to go by in the last few years. The first release is a digital EP from Montreal-Haitian Creole Hip Hop artist Mr OK, weighing in with some bass heavy dirt raps over Haitian folk samples. The EP Men Mwen features a great remix our own Chief Boima hot off the heals from his own debut release Techno Rumba EP on Dutty Arts.

Download a track and purchase the 5 track EP over at Maslacism.

Buy on itunes or Amazon

Mr OK - Men Mwen

01. Mr OK ft Larose – Yaya (Prod Freeworm)
02. Mr OK – Men Mwen (Prod Benkele)
03. Mr OK – Bese Ba (Prod Freeworm)
04. Mr OK – Poto Mitan (Prod Benkele)
05. Mr OK ft Larose – Yaya (Chief Boima Remix)

Check out this interview with Masalacism's Valeo over at The Fader


Two years after everyone's favourite angsty basshead Kode9 deplored "fashionable tropical music" (in Plan B i think but if anyone can send us a link to the interview it would be muchly appreciated) he continues to lighten up and to dip his toes into some warm tropical waters.

K7 are giving away a free download of his new Marimba sampling funky dub "You Don't Wash" here which is part of his forthcoming DJ Kicks mix.

The tracklisting looks pretty great too, not only does it start with the lush "Once in a while" by Werk Discs' Lone but it takes in everything from Kwaito (Mujava's Pleaze Mugwanti) to the now ubiquitous pitched down Juke of Addison Groove's 'Footcrab'.

Check the Lone tune below

Champeta Champagne

I always find it fascinating how Champeta has evolved from Colombian DJs playing African soukous records, influencing bands of the time, to the new electronic soundsystem style - one part Baile funk, one part King Jammys.

Just found a great interview with Edwin, a champeta DJ in Cartagena over The Aesthetic Poet which is super interesting.

For a more visual take, LES ROIS CRÉOLES DE LA CHAMPETA is new documentary (French subtitles) by LUCAS SILVA & SERGIO ARRIA.

Thirty years ago, sailors brought the first African records to Colombia. Since then, DJs and black musicians have reworked these rhythms.
Adding an Afro-Colombian feel and rap and raggamuffin influences, they gave birth to a new musical mixture called Champeta, vibrating the sound systems of black shantytowns.

Check out a clip and purchase the DVD here

Tracing the origins of Champeta in the 50s right up to the 90s (before it turned properly electro), an awesome new compilation called Palenque Palenque! is released this week on Soundways filled with rattling Afro-Colobian party jams.

This is a little taster of the album which is buyable here or here.

Son Palenque - Tungalala (El Sapo)

Also check out this amazing gallery of Champeta Sound Systems at Flickr.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Secousse World Cup Afro Special Party Pics

This was a banging party. Massive sets from The Hackney Empire, Afrikan Boy, DJ Edu & The Secousse Sound System. Big up to everyone who came down, it was too much fun. Below are some pics taken by Dave Swindells. More here. And some more over at Vice.

Next dance is JULY 2nd at Notting Hill Arts Club.