Thursday, April 29, 2010
Last summer on my trip around Europe I spent some time in Amsterdam visiting a couple of electronic music/hip hop festivals. A couple weeks back on the WFMU blog, I talked about Zwart Licht, the above group whom I saw at the Applesap festival. They got my attention because of their heavy UK Dubstep and US influenced beats, and the reaction they incited in the crowd. See them tearing down the place at Oosterpark, over on that post.
In that post I kind of veer off on my impressions of the racial environment in Amsterdam. I find the cultural production and identity play in immigrant youth culture in Northern Europe so interesting. It seems that in places like the Netherlands, youth of color are carving out a niche to define their place in a nation where people don't traditionally look like them. There is varying degrees of acceptance and backlash, originality and imitation, but perhaps they are on the way to having the kind of cultural impact similar communities have had in the U.S. or the U.K.
And then there's Arizona.
Something must be in the air (no volcanic ash.) Rumba (or in this case cha cha cha) has inspired an amazing old school referencing video by the greatest music video maker in the world right now, Baloji. Sampling (or covering) Dr. Nico and Grand Kalle it's an independence jam from 1960. Seeing as this is the month for many of the African nations' independence anniversaries, and the Congo's 50th this year, the release is quite timely as well. RUMBA!
For more on my current obsession with Rumba check my last WFMU post.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Not content with posting continuous awesomeness here on Ghetto Bassquake, a massive release from our very own Chief Boima, dropping his all new EP on Dutty Artz. The Techno Rumba single is the next slamming leg in his inspired blend of rolling African riddims with electronic club sounds. Big remixes come from Dutty Artz Tropical hype miesters DJ/Rupture, Uproot Andy & Matt Shadetek.
Techno Rumba tracklist
01 Chief Boima - Techno Rumba
02 Chief Boima - Techno Rumba (DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek Remix)
03 Chief Boima - Techno Rumba (Uproot Andy Ojalá Rumba Remix)
04 Chief Boima - Baobab Connect
Grab Techno Rumba right now on Itunes or Amazon or Boomkat.
And to go with the single, a very special Afro Latino-Rumba mix by Boima playing some of the jams he plays at his Little Boabab club in SF.
Boima says "What's important about Boabab is that it is an African club in the heart of the city's main nightlife districts where Africans can go to a place that feels like home in America but it's not marginalized as an ethnic club on the outskirts of the city. The music reflects this. Drawing influences from the Mission (historically latin) neighborhood, but also from all of our upbringings as first and second generation Africans, and an identity as black people in America. It is a place where I've been able to bridge the disparate worlds' that I grew up in and create something that represents myself and my diverse experiences through music."
Chief Boima - Little Boabab Mix
Rumba sin Fronteras-Sergent Garcia
Techno Rumba (Matt Shadetek & dj /rupture Dutty Artz Remix)-Chief Boima
Angola (Carl Craig Remix)-Cesaria Evora
SOKINSIKARTEP (LP Version)-Osunlade
Umoja feat Kampi Moto (Original Mix)-Mzee
Mama (Chief Boima Techno Rumbita Remix)-Les Garagistes
Pata Pata (feat Lerato)-Matias Aguayo
Techno Rumba-Chief Boima
Agbaza Mimin-T.P. Polythmo
Rumba Cha Cha (Toy Selectah Refix)-Sonidero Nacional
Parkiando (Uproot Andy Ragu Mix)
Señor Matanza-Mano Negra
Safari (Featuring Viviane Ndour)-Mokobe
Confession vs. Baile Aleman-Chief Boima
Droit Chemin-Fally Ipupa
El Latino (Original Mix)-Basti Grub
El Tren featuring Corrales & Prince Nico Mbarga-The King Elio Boom
Techno Rumba (Uproot Andy Ojala Rumba Rmx)
Seka Seka-Mareshall DJ
Cuando Llegare-Amara Toure
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The always amazing John Eden is back with a great new Uncarved radio show. Among plenty of things, John knows crazy amounts about UK reggae. On this show he unearths here mind boggling genres that you probably never knew existed like 80s UK Digital Soca from the 80s, Rapso ( UK Rap and calypso) and reggae flavoured grime.
Grab the podcast here
John Eden - Uncarved Radio Vol. 4
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Been waiting for this ever since we posted his amazing first single, Dumelang. From the village of Palapye, home of Ruff Riddims Botswana, Skeat has dropped his first album on the excellent Akwaaba label. It delivers an awesome mash up of Kawaito, Kwassa House and Congolese music, we're loving this High-Life sound.
This is an exclusive cut that is going straight in our record box. This version is @ 128.
Skeat - Relela
Go grab the entire album Basimanyana Mamela Meropa @ 320 now on Itunes .
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Sumsin and Murkules basically brought the party harder than most Djs we've ever had at Secousse. When they're not going apeshit with their crew to a pile up of Soca, merengue, Tribal and dancehall they're taking the party on road with their awesome portable soundsystem to unsuspecting outdoor locations in London. These boys ARE carnival.
Sumsin's new mental soca riddim, Behind is therefore an acid crazed beast. Here's the vocal version.
Check the Where's Sumsin ? video here and come see them return for more dancefloor destruction at Secousse this summer.
And here is a great party starting mix 'Routes of Socamerenguetek'. As Sumsin says:
Soca merengue house funky tropical bass latin world salsa
A one hour scoot through some of the global sounds feeding sumsin.
Don't mind the cheeses, they're tasteful in the tangy way.
Routes of socamerenguetek by sumsin
Anzala, Dolor, Velo – Ti fi la ou te madam
Jumpin Back Slash – Ibhithi Two – Pollinate Records
Animal Collective – My Girls (El Remolon Cumbia Mix)
Lil Rick – All Day All Nite
Sonido Trucha – A Bailar – Space Cumbia
Lyon Ft. Dixson Waz (Prod by K.O.) – Vamo A Montano
Zan Ft. Serani – Hold You Down (DJ Corleoni Mix)
Kevin Little Ft. Lexus – Come See Me
Afrosound – Pacifico
Malente and Dex ft. New Kidz – Lions (Douster Remix)
KMC – Doh Tape Meh
Special Forces – Sidewinder (blnd! 4×4 Mix) whilst Germ MC spikes the mic
Charles ft. DJ Morphius – Abusadora (DJ Sheeqo Beat & DJ Aza Tribal Mix)
Sumsin – Me Tocastes
Sumsin – Sexpot Riddim (Paul Franklynn’s Overboiled Baloo)
Machel Montano – Jumbie – (Remix Riddim DJ Bass Remix)
Tito Swing – El Bolon
Problem C – Galarytis
Adolescent’s Orquesta – Confianza
Friday, April 16, 2010
In case you need some Funana in your life to get the weekend jamming (at high speed), from a truly amazing new compilation of Cape Verdean bangers called Projecto Funana & Batuku 2010.
Jorge Neto - Salta Rapacinhu
Jorge's jacket in the excellent video is Very Orange and pretty cool.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It's no secret that the strangulating exploitative economic controls that US Fruit companies have on farmers in Central America is outrageous. And it's no new thing, it's been going on ever since the days of the Banana Republics. Haven't seen it yet, but Bananas!*, a new Swedish film looks at the current situation between food multinationals and impoverished Nicaraguan farmers who are being threatened, poisoned, infertilised and generally forced to sell their crops for pocket change. Nice one fruit companies. Like they could ever come up with campesino cumbia mixes like this which I picked up in Nicaragua a couple of years ago. Sorry no tracklist.
Pazzandezas - Mix Las Putierrez 2
Check out Bananas!* at The ICA in London and imminent US distribution.
If you didn't grab it before, a tropical mix of Nicaraguan stuff i did - VOLCANICS
Monday, April 12, 2010
We've been big fan's of New York's Sabo for a while. I first heard his summery latin
vibes on a great mixtape he did a few years back called Funky Verano (recommended).
His Sol Selecta's label has been dropping some great Afro-Latin inflected disco for a while. The next one, No. 10, is a stone cold banger and features this exclusive dubby house remix of Amadou & Mariam. We heart it alot.
Amadou & Mariam - Aritstiya (Sabo RMX)
Also check out some new remixes and edits he's got up at his Soundcloud for download.
A great punishing new mix from Buraka Som Sistema. As always, tearing up bumping kuduro with all kinds of Afro-Tropical-Electro club awesomeness. The Penultimate track is from Ghetto Bassquake's mate Brixton's Photomachine - Get his Bass heavy 'Burn Up' over at The Fader.
Buraka Som Sistema - Essential Mix ((Hotfile)
01. Barros de Landana — Tambi La Rosa / CDR
02. Wildlife — Jumbe / Phree Music
03. King of Africa — Douster / Mental Groove
04. DJ Gregory & Sidney Samson — Salon (feat Dama S) / Defected
05. Kid Kaio feat Buiza — Broadway / CDR
06. L.B.G. — Dont Stop the Music (Bart B More Remix) / CDR
07. DJ Malvado — Puto Mekie / CDR
08. DJ Cucanas — El Canto / CDR
09. Mosca — Square One / Night Slugs
10. SBTRKT & Sampha — Break Off / CDR
11. Sam Tiba — Barbie Weed / Top Billin’
12. Rye Rye — Bang (Buraka Remix) / NEET Recordings
13. Max Morrel — Back Yard Riddim / Cheaper Thrills
14. Major Lazer Major Lazer — Pon de Floor (Drop the lime Remix) / Mad Decent
15. Oliver Twizt feat Maluca — Loca / Mad decent
16. Girl Unit — I.R.L (French Fries Remix) / Night Slugs
17. J Wow — O Dedo / Mad Decent
18. Nouveau Yorican — Boriqua (Douster Remix) / Sound Pellegrino
19. Nic Sarno — Mana Wasa / Enchufada CDR
20. Roulet — Kitamanda (J-WOW Remix) / Enchufada
21. Bok Bok — Dance Report / Enchufada
22. Beyoncé Beyoncé — Diva (Buraka Bootleg) / CDR
23. Buraka Som Sistema — Kurum (Roulet remix) / Enchufada/Fabric
24. Benga Benga — Night (Buraka remix) / CDR
25. DJ Znobia — Dança da mãe Ju (Buraka Edit) / Enchufada
26. Rusko Rusko — Cockney Thug (Buraka Remix) / Dub Police
27. Elephant Man Elephant Man — Ova da wall (MRK1 remix) / CDR
28. Riton & Primary 1 — Radiates (Joker remix) / Warner Music UK
29. Amanda Blank — Make it take it (Buraka remix) / Downtown
30. Buraka Som Sistema — Luanda/Lisboa (Dj Riot remix) / CDR
31. Buraka Som Sistema — Coozi o mambo / Enchufada
32. MastikSoul — Macarron (Buraka remix) / 4kenzo
33. Skream Skream — Filth / Tempa
34. Stenchman — Puking Over / Bovinyl Moosik
35. Buraka Som Sistema — Sound of Kuduro (Lil John remix) / Enchufada/Fabric
36. Buraka Som Sistema — Aqui pra voçês (Riot’s Buratronic mix) / Enchufada/Fabric
37. Daft Punk Daft Punk — Burning / Virgin
38. L-Vis 1990 — Compass / Sound Pellegrino
39. Project Bassline — Twelfth Step (Melé Remix) / CDR
40. Ku Bo — Kaggua (Batida Remix) / Man Recordings
41. Congorock — Babylon (feat. Mr Lexx) / Fools Gold
42. L-Vis 1990 — United groove (Buraka Remix) / Mad Decent
43. DJ Zinc vs BSS — Blunt Kalemba / CDR
44. Photomachine — Burn Up / CDR
45. Os Korimbas — Jemba Braguez / CDR
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Isa GT is on her game right now. Mere days after we posted awesome her track with Dutch Rythm Combo she's back with her excellent long awaited debut EP on Man Recordings.
Titled the "Pa´Chikirri" EP, the opener "Pela´o", whisks us to an imaginary Colombian baile funk party (which is probably actually in Brixton or Hackney), blasting an unholy pile up of Champeta, Funk Carioca and ravey beats. 'Pela´o" has been remixed with a banging ghetto tec style by Italian top dogs Crookers, as well as Rio De Janeiro´s Baile Funk-Techno-Brega tropical smasher João Brasil who's turned in a stormer.
"Pa´Las Mamasitas" is a girl power song with a Cumbia influence. Lyrically, it´s on the lack of good guys in London. A radio and club friendly remix comes from Man Recordings boss Daniel Haaksman streamable right hurr..
Isa GT - Pa´Las Mamasitas (Daniel Haaksman Remix) by Daniel Haaksman / Man Rec
Out today to buy digitally at itunes, or Juno
Friday, April 02, 2010
A massive start to Easter holidays (insert multiple airhorns here)
Secousse @ Notting Hill Arts club. Friday April 2nd.
The Hackney Empire
The Sick Girls (Berlin)
Secousse Sound System ft Radioclit, A.J. Holmes, Vamanos & Mo with MC Kastro
Info at Facebook & My space.