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Friday, February 26, 2010

LV Kwaito mix for Blackdown

Bit late on this one (it's sometimes hard to check emails in Peru let alone check out new mixes and then blog about them) but I thought i'd follow GBQ'S recent Kwaito love by linking to Martin 'Blackdown' Clarks blog which has an excellent mix by Hyperdub'ss LV.

This in turn got me thinking that what makes the Funky/Post-Funky/Future Garage (whatever) axis a great mutation of the 'nuum is that whilst it isn't exactly a step forward (it is more of a step sidewards) it does however open itself up to the rest of the world and allows its DJs to pull in tracks from places like South Africa. Check this awesome Jam City mix, which was posted over at Dot Alt a few months ago, as a great example.


Mamaseh from Old Money on Vimeo.

Some nice and murky SA house innna UK funky tip straight from the depths of New York. This is the B-side to Old Money's new single (buyable). Produced by Fonda of Team Facelift, Mamaseh is rocking Ghetto Bassquake hard right now.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wiley Swims With The Toads

So what was the Toads Theme by Mad Decent's croaky soldiers, Toadally Krossed Out, has now become a new Wiley track. Credited as a Diplo production, Wiley and J2K roll over the beat with their tribute to going fishin in the club. Pretty cool.

Monday, February 22, 2010


After being lucky enough to hear Toy Selectah's great lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy last week, it really got me thinking (uh-oh) about how one releativly simple style of music has branched out in so many awesome directions, from the Aztec rave of Tribal Guarachero to the Bass kicks of Texan Crunk Cumbia to the even the relatively commercially crossover leanings of Toy's own work with Vampire Weekend. Its all good basically! Toy gave a great overview and background of how the genre has exploded from its folk origins and subsequent widespread commercial success in Latin America to the rest of the world seen in heavily sampled hits from Timbaland to Michael Clies. The raw folk roots of Cumbia lends itself nicely to other metagenres. Adaptability.

DJ Orion of the excellent Texas based Peligrosa blog has made fine collection of editss rely heavily on the actual original Colombian cumbias, using the beats to subtly underpin the riddims, giving the originals a chance to shine and blast for the dancefloor. His awesomely refreshing Baltimore, Hip Hop and Bass driven Cumbia jams are available to download via his pay-wot-U-want Bandcamp site. Go get 'em.

And if you're in the US be sure to check out his live sets at Que Bajo?! in New York and his own Peligrosa parties at SXSW.


Check out the full lecture by Toy Selectah

March Out

After the monster that was Township Funk burst out of nowhere (ok the internet) over a year ago, its been pretty quiet for Mujava until now. His massive follow up single is coming out so soon you can almost smell it. A huge party anthem called Mugwanti/ Sgwejegweje out on a new compilation called AYOBANESS - The Sound of South African House released in early may on Outhere Recordings. His trademark military Pretoria drums stomp along underneath some great vocals. But before you get ready to support Mujava's awesomeness with a purchase, here is a special FREE remix from Munich's Tropical Bass Terrorists, Schlachthofbronx which we're loving.

DJ Mujava - 'Mugwanti/ Sgwejegweje (Schlachthofbronx Remix) (mediafire)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Afroturf - Sheffield This Saturday

This Saturday, A.J. Holmes and I are bringing the tropical pain to Afroturf in Sheffield. Cannot wait. Come down.

Mix for The Exotic Pylon

Last Saturday I played a few records, had a chat with Jonny Mugwump and did a little mix for his Exotic Pylon show on Resonance FM. It was fun.

Grab the the podcast here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Carnival Carioca

As its carnival season, some fresh Funk Carioca. Much has been said about the current stagnant state of Rio funk, but Rio based Soundgoods has dug up some of the better tunes from last year. Some really cool samba, Batacuda (and Star Wars) sampled jams complete with sleeve notes. Head over to his blog to grab it.

Soundgoods - Funk Carioca 2009 Mixtape


Diplo twittered this new mix from the very excellent Sany Pitbull.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Resonance Radio show Tonight

I'm going to be playing some records on The Exotic Pylon show between 22:00 - 23:30 tonight.

On Resonance 104.4 FM.

Expect a tropical medley including some Tribal guarachero, Funana and a bit of Techno Brega. I may even do a little Secousse mix.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A cuppa with J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema)

Regular readers here will know we've been big fans of Buraka Som Sistema's Bass heavy kuduro for time. To coincide with ex Red Bull Music Academy student, now member, J-Wow's appearance at the RBMA party and workshop on Saturday at the ICA, I got the chance to have a little chat with him about what he's cookin up for 2010. ( Sadly didn't find out why he's in that fridge though).

Hey Joao. How's it going ?

All good thanks!

Although dance music styles like dubstep and bass heavy stuff are a big influence, Buraka's roots lie deep in kuduro. Is it still a big influence in your sound? Where you taking it right now?

Yes.. it's still very much defines our sound!!!
we're probably going to take it as far as possible, experimenting all sorts of different and weird drum patterns... right now we're focusing a lot on trying out cool short vocal hooks that work as both voice and percussion.

Who are you favourite Kuduro artists and who should we be watching out for ?

My number one dude is still DJ Znobia.. he's just a very complete package and the most creative of every producer doing kuduro... he really pushes the limits on music production...
watch out for DJ Malvado as well... he's more on a housier branch of kuduro, but still sounds amazing!

Any plans to record in Angola again with kuduro MCs ?

Not for now...

On kuduro blogs based in Angola and Portugal, I've seen your stuff posted up along with Angolan kuduro. This makes me think people don't really see a difference between your music and Angolan jams. Is that something you care about?

They do see the difference, but it has also became part of it.. like a side branch. Most of the Angolan producers like what we do and kind of use it as a reference as well.

Buraka Som Sistema are kind of the stadium kuduro dance act - I've seen loads of people go mental to your live shows that probably haven't heard your style before, especially at festival shows. Do you think you're opening doors for other kuduro acts like Costuleta, who recently played big stadium shows with Kassav ?

I have no idea... we're just doing our thing... and we like to make things big, so we work a lot in having the best live show possible. Although I dont really think our show is a good stadium performance.. I always like the dirty small and sweaty place better.

Kalemba (Wegue Wegue) went to No.1 in the Spanish singles charts, still is I think. Are you finding more mainstream success in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries? Is it an issue for you to try and cross over into English language markets or not bothered?

We obviously think about it.. I'm not going to lie and pretend we don't... but it's not really a number 1 priority...

On your mixtapes and on Black Diamond, you've collaborated with people like Afrikan Boy, Znobia and Aloe Black. Any more guests in the pipeline ? Who would you love to work with?

I think our next release will be as much guest free as possible... but we got a bunch of stuff recorded with Maluca that we're dying to use.

'Rebita' your new track is pretty sick, almost Brazilian sounding with the accordeons. Is it a J-Wow club tool or a new Buraka track ?

It's just a club tool for me to use on my dj sets... I would probably get in trouble for releasing that because of the sample, so I just decided to give it away...


J-Wow - Rebita (Yousendit)

Catch J-Wow along with James Pants, Poirier and loads more at The Red Bull Music Academy this Saturday night.
All info is here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Every Freakin' Night

Moments in Love Mixtape. I love this song, ever since hearing it on the Boyz In the Hood Soundtrack that my mom took away from me in the 4th grade. I love these guys, I love this mixtape. Too damn good! Every track got me shakin' my head (in a good way people!) House, Kuduro, Juke, Chitown Brass Band, 2 step, Booty Bass... Had to share it!

Nzugunzugu-Moments in Love Mixtape (Direct Link)

Head to DJ Rupture's site to get the tracklist


Wednesday, February 10, 2010


D.C. Africans! (+ more Sierra Leone pride!)

Wale comes with the video for his Bunny Mack sampling Afro Disco jam! I have to say when Wale reps D.C. through Go Go or Nigeria and Africa it is when he, in my opinion, is at his best.

I'd like to take a second to mention the shock and sadness I feel that Google has decided to take down without warning the Masalacism blog. I hope the Montreal crew is able to recover as much as possible and be reborn under a better more free blogging software. We are planning here to get off of blogger and on to a more friendly platform. Hopefully now sooner than later.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Down South with Poirier

Not content with his bashment-soca-dancehall maelstrom, Montreal's excellent Poirier takes his dancefloor armageddon to South America for some latin tinged hammers with the ZZK crew. His new EP Las Americas Vol 1 features reggaeton inspired vocals from MC Boogat and its a killer as you would expect, named Kalima Shop Titi (after him out of Temple of Doom). Remixes come from the ZZK label's macs of the moment Douster, Uproot Andy, El Remolón & Lagartijeando. Its going to be dropping digitally worldwide on Feb 16th.

If your in London this Saturday, be sure to catch Poirier playing at the Red Bull Music Academy party joining J-Wow from Bruaka Som Sistema for a highly recommended, all out bass attack.

Monday, February 08, 2010


Batida - "Bazuka"

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We've been on about the awesome album by lisbon's Batida for a while. Now they're dropping a great video for their Bazuka single. Born out of their Fazuma radio show, they're making some of the most exciting lusophone stuff we've heard for a while - melodic kuduro with Angolan folk samples. This video is the result of hours combing the RTV Africa archives and tells the story behind the song. Pedro from Batida says:

"Bazuka" is based on the testimony of a popular in our documentary "É Dreda Ser Angolano", who raises an unanswered question: "Who drafted me?". He was "drafted" as a child, or recruited and forced to fight in war, got lost from his family and survived with serious health problems. We found him in Luanda in 2005. He has a name. He is the unknown soldier of the Colonial and Civil War in Angola. Has "got two pieces of shrapnel from the war, in his head" and faces a new battle everyday: The survival in time of peace. "Ya. That..s all i have to say."

Friday, February 05, 2010

Congolese Cumbia

Download this video for free here

In my mind, the sound and visuals of this video could put this in D.F. as much as Kinshasa. The rhythm has a Cumbia feel (probably the tempo), and the visuals contain skeletons and lucha libre masks.

Baloji, Congolese rapper based in Belgium, who did one of my favorite music videos from a few years ago comes with a hot hot single Karibu ya Bintu (Welcome to life in Limbo) from his new album Kinshasa Succursale. The album is out, but I can't find it, so in the meantime grab his previous album, Hotel Impala.

Campaign to put Bubu on MTV!

Thanks to Eddie Stats for pointing this out up at Pitchfork! A glimpse into the Salone culture I knew as a pikin. Banquet halls and heavily decorated living rooms.

Check for an interview with Janka in the Fader from last year. His album will soon be released high quality digital and vinyl on True Panther Sounds. Let's get this man paid!


Thursday, February 04, 2010

We Like To Party

This arrived in the in box this morning. Jeeps! An exclusive guilty pleasure remix from Radioclit's Australian tour DJ crate. This one will either send you over the edge screaming waving your shirt over your head or hide in the corner of the room and have a bit of cry.

Radioclit - We Like To Party

Monday, February 01, 2010

Los Chinches Jungle Majik

Last year UK/Peruvian Chicha demons, Los Chinches came down to Secousse and smashed it. I first saw them playing their special amazon surf rock at the Carnaval del Pueblo where they made Camberwell in South London sound like the depths of the jungle. They are super fun, and echo the twanging voodoo funk of classic awesome 70s Chicha bands like Los Mirlos, Juaneco Y Su Combo and Los Hijos del sol. So we're really happy that Toy Selectah has done a snaking reggaeton cobra of a remix complete with dem bow drums on their new track. Check it.

Los Chinches - Chicha Love (Toy Selectah RMX)

Go check them playing live shows in London soon.