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.
Friday August 6th
A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ..
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.
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
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 . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.