Thursday, 24 August 2006

CARNIVAL RINSE 2006



Its only days away now.

Here's my carnival mash up to get you in the mood for London's best free party. If your can't make it this year, imagine you're there by simply listening to this mix and get someone to be sick on your new trainers while drinking a £4 can of warm flat Red Stripe.

What I like is the random stuff you see. Like this guy walking around last year with a massive snake. Why ? What was he thinking ? - Oh its carnival time again, shall I get drunk and go on the pull, no I'll just get Charlie out of his tank and take him for a little walk.
Great mate. You've got a snake. Take it home.



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DING DONG - BADMAN FORWARD BADMAN PULL UP
MISTA FAB FEAT. TOO $HORT - SIDESHOW 2006
CHAMILLIONAIRE FEAT. KRAYZIE BONE - RIDIN' DIRTY
BABY CHAM - GHETTO STORY
DJ AYRES - WORK
CAPLETON - FIRE MAN ANTHEM
SIZZLA - SEXY AND CLEAN
BEENIE MAN - JAMAICAN STYLE
RICK ROSS FEAT. JAY Z & YOUNG JEEZY - HUSTLIN' (REMIX)
PLAN B - FRIKITONA
LA FAMILIA - MAS MAIS
MICHEL MONTANO - WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
DOUBLE 99 - RIP GROOVE
RICHIE SPICE - MARIJUANA
TENOR SAW - FEVER
SIZZLA - SOMEONE LOVES YOU

Tuesday, 22 August 2006

The "Shakira Shakira" guy in the shed is the new Ginger Joe

Monday, 14 August 2006

Rocinha Funk Attack


Brazilian baile funk or funk carioca can be pretty heavy and wierd the first time you listen to it, so if your not immediately feeling the Bassquaking beats, crazed rave stabs and hysterical portugese rhymes you have to put in in some sort of context. Think 2 live crew's' 'Me so horny' crossed with early Prodigy and your nearly there.

I first heard funk at Sonar 04 when the Godfather of funk
DJ Marlboro killed it. Opening with Tag Team's 'Whoomp- There it is', he played an incredible hour long set of dirty Rio funk, to thousands of Euro-ravers that had never heard it before. Within seconds the dancefloor was full. I was liking these beats so much that I went to see him play again in London a week later. He gave me a couple of cds and then I was hooked. I did a bit of research and found out that this music wasn't made by some trendy dance producers but by some of the poorest people in South America who live in the favela ghettos around the outskirts of Rio.

Marlboro had brought back some Miami Bass records to Brazil in the late 80's a few kids started making their own localised versions of these beats with some fierce Mcing over the top. They started playing them at Bailes ( favela Balls ) and it became the music of the people in the same way that Hip Hop was born in the Bronx in the late 70's. Everyone else in Brazil thought it was rubbish.

A year later I was lucky enough to be passing through Rio and tried to find some fresh funk. It wasn't happening. I thought this stuff would be everywhere but no one knew what I was talking about and I spent a few days trying to explain to various record shop staff that I didn't want to buy any James Brown cds. Eventually I found some in a dirty market in downtown Rio where some kids were selling cds out of a bag.I bought a few for about 10p each. They were incredible.


While I was there I visited Rocinha favela, the largest slum in Rio. It was a pretty crazy place and lived up to all the cliches in City of God. Some gangster kid walked passed me carrying a golden gun like in James Bond. Apart from that it was quite chilled and all the people I met were really friendly. I could hear funk blasting from people's shacks and saw kids in the narrow streets practising their funk dance routines. It was inspiring to see peope living in such a dangerous and poverty stricken place but they are still making some of the freshest and original forms of global hip hop.

This is how deeply they Roll in Rio


I have made this bitesized mix with some of my favourite tunes. The sound quality is a bit shit in places but it should be played with as much bass as possible for the full funk impact. However, like drum 'n' bass you won't really 'get it' till you hear it on a big soundsystem. But for now...Play loud.

download ROCINHA FUNK ATTACK

Tracklist

INTRO
BASS GEN XX - ROCINHA STREET TRACK 6
UNKNOWN - ROCKY THEME
DEIZE TIGRONA - INJECAO
UNKNOWN - FUNK NEUROTICO 1
UNKNOWN - FUNK NEUROTICO 2
FELIPE CARVALHO DJ & MC KULA - VIRA DE BRUCO 2006
BOLA DE FOGO E AS FORGUENTAS - ATOLADINHA
UNKNOWN - FUNK CRUEL 10
MC SAQUINHO - MONTAGEM THE SMITH
DENNIS DJ & MC CABO - TIRE A CAMISA ( DJ GORKY REMIX )
DJ SUJINHO - TA DOMINADO
PITBULL - ABERTURA
SD BOYS - POPOZUDA DO PLANETA
UNKNOWN - FUNK NEUROTICO 23
UNKNOWN - MONTAGEM COCA SKOL
BONDE DO VINHO - DEITA NO CHAO ( REMIX )
OS CARRASCOS - TRES TENNORES





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Tuesday, 8 August 2006

DON OMAR CONCERT - LONDON 06

THE DON OF LONDON






I missed one of his staduim shows in Ecuador by a day ( poster pic above ) and have been gutted ever since. Then when I saw he was playing in my own yard, Dj steppa was a happy man. Though the 25quid ticket wasn't much fun.

He only played for an hour but it was a tight show. All the hits. It was Heavy.

Tuesday, 1 August 2006

Top Ten August.

1. Tigarah - Girl fight
A japanese girl having a go, quite a decent go, at Brazilian Baile funk. Some of the heaviest use of sampled klaxon horns on wax.

2. Skepta - Countdown
Grime's man of the moment uses the 'countdown' theme, yes Des Lynam's Countdown, to unleash some immensely high powered bars. This strikes me as one of the most British sounding pieces of music i've ever heard- Grime and a channel 4 TV clock.

3. Traxxamillion feat. Too $hort - Sideshow
A fat piece of Hyphie from the Bay area. Too $horts delivery is nearly as good as it was on 'Blow the whistle' but almost eclipsed by a synth wash from hell itself. It sounds hip hop in the future when we all drive cars that fly.

4. The Roots feat.Peedie crack - Long time coming
I thought the Roots had had their day. They haven't .This is awesome. I nearly had a lump in my throat on the third listen.

5. Andy Boy - latigo
A funny name and a funny song .Pure reggaeton. I'm not sure what 'latigo' means but this Puerto Rican like saying it alot. He's playing at the Don Omar after party on Friday followed by the carneval del pueblo in Burgess park,London on Saturday. Go and see him.

6. Wayne & wax - What you joe about that
The hugely talented Wayne Marshall makes a mash up of Jimi Hendrix's 'hey Joe' and T.I.s' 'What you know about that' and makes it sound like they were made to be played together. At last a bootleg mashup record that I want to listen to after the first 20 seconds. Good work Wayne.

7. Baby Cham - Ghetto story
This dancehall anthem is a bit played out now, but i'm still feeling it.

8. Don Omar - Reportense
Heavy flow from the Don off his new album. I haven't heard the new album it yet but this sounds like he's on fire.

9. La familia - Mas mais
Nina Skye, NORE, Fat Joe and some other NY based latinos make a tune dedicated to corn (?! ) Its got a great combination of a merengue and a reggaeton beat with a funny loop of old man singing at the beginning. Good to see reggaeton productions getting a little bit more experimental.

10. Maga Bo's mixtapes. This bloke's mixes are stone cold GENIUS. He mixes up crazy international hiphop/world music with pile drivingly funky breakbeats.In one point he mixes from Samba drums to Dizzee rascal into drum'n' bass into Moroccan stuff. If the Aphex Twin and Coldcut did and load of speed, flew around the world sampling things in every country and made a mixtape, it would sound like this. But better.