Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Blogariddims 42: Sun'n'Bass


Sun and bass. Two things I love. I don't see enough sun in the UK. Bass however, is another thing.

When I was asked to do a mix for Blogariddims I initially had issues about what I could provide in such an awesomely diverse series. I couldn't think of any one particular genre that I'd want to listen to for 60 minutes so I just thought i'd make something that i'd want to hear if I was on holiday at a beach party, rum flowing, bass hammering. Not the most specialist or obscure concept but the kind of music that i've been writing about here and why I started Ghetto Bassquake. The mix is a clash of sounds that I'm influenced by: From where I live in Brixton, south London - The UK's Bass shattering sounds of reggae, grime, drum'n'bass and dubstep. And the Latin American & Jamaican bass party music of the caribbean and South America - dancehall, cumbia, baile funk, reggaeton, soca with a bit of baltimore thrown in for good measure.


Vamanos - Blogariddims 42 - Sun 'n' Bass (direct download)

Intro
1. Shark Records Remix - Joyride
2. Lady Saw - Sycamore Tree
3. Wayne Wonder - Bashment Girl
4. El General - Muevelo
5. Unknown - Panamanian Reggaeton
6. Lucky Kumbias - Tocando Palmas RMX
7. El Hijo De La Cumbia - Bombon Asesino Version
8. Mims - Why I'm Hot (DJ Panik Remix)
9. Jowell & Randy - Bajaera De Panty
10. The Bug feat. Warrior Queen - Poison Dart (Original Mix)
11. Coki - Spongebob
12. Rusko - Cockney Thug
13. Terror Danjah - Reloadz Rmx feat. Durrty Goodz, Badness & Shabba D
14. Trim - I Can C U
15. Ghislain Poirier - No More Blood feat. Face-T (Deadbeat Remix)
16. Dj Jeff ft Kiss - Cavalier ô Dame
17. Machel Montano - One More Time (Remix)
18. Japanese vs Toy Selectah - Cocobola Tripiton Remix
19. DJ Amazing Clay - Montagem Aquecimento do Sambinha
20. Scottie B feat. Moleque Bil - Mais Ela
21. Cobra Krames feat. Rye Rye - Get Familiar (Start The Violence! Remix)
22. Ricky Blaze - 2 The Beat

1. Shark Records Remix - Joyride

This is from random Ragga hip hop cd I picked up in Brooklyn a few years back. Its the Joyride version with some AV8 style rap loops to get the party cracking. Simple but effective.

2. Lady Saw - Sycamore Tree
3. Wayne Wonder - Bashment Girl


Staying with the Joyride riddim, a couple of bashment anthems. When King Jammy made the Sleng Teng riddim, loads of Jamiacan DJs complained as it had such a big bassline that it was hard to find anything to follow it. Same with Joyride. Weight.

4. El General - Muevelo
5. Unknown - Panamanian Reggaeton


I picked up these tracks in Nicaragua off a taxi driver. He was playing this incredible cd really loudly while speeding driving around the city. I managed to persuade him to swap it for another cd. Having never really heard spanish reggae, it blew me away. Later on I learned this is old school Panamanian reggaeton from its birth in the early 90s. I love this stuff, El General especially- over a minimal beat, the mc flows just keep you hooked. Video here. If anyone knows the second unknown artist please hit me up.

6. Lucky Kumbias - Tocando Palmas RMX

DJ/Rupture posted this on Negrophonic. A great piece of texas crunked cumbia from the Lucky Kumbias mixtape vol.1 where the traditional mexican cumbia has been given a US bass heavy sound for the clubs.

7. El Hijo De La Cumbia - Bombon Asesino Version

This is from the Bersas Discos record, the first proper physical release of Nueva Cumbia scene centered around the Zizek night in Buenos Aires. This dub version is crazy, quite psychedelic, it almost turns into dubbed out drum 'n' bass. Future Latin music.

8. Mims - Why I'm Hot (DJ Panik Remix)

Another excellent texas cumbia, this time a mash up with Mims. The acapella has had plenty of outings but it sounds hot over the bumping cumbia shuffle.

9. Jowell & Randy - Bajaera De Panty

Rafi Mercenario produced this who I think is one of the best reggaeton producers, he also made also Don Omar's La Batidora. His beats are always really hard and stay true to the dem bow drum heavy origins of the genre which always does it for me. My spanish is pretty bad but I have a feeling this track is quite rude.

10. The Bug feat. Warrior Queen - Poison Dart (Original Mix)

There's alot of swirling depth in this track, Warrior Queen's sweet vocals riding a massive dub bassline. London FYA from The Bug.

11. Coki - Spongebob
12. Rusko - Cockney Thug


Two fairly recent big dubstep bangers that I'm feeling. I'm generally not massively into dubstep as i find it a bit dull but tracks like these are alot more exciting and dancefloor friendly - it seems to be going this way. Spongebob does sound a bit like a dentist drill on the rampage however so probably best to avoid if you've got a headache. Loefah played it at DMZ's third birthday and it went off. Rusko's Cockney Thug is a more reggaefied dancefloor roller.

13. Terror Danjah - Reloadz Rmx feat. Durrty Goodz, Badness & Shabba D

This is a heavy track from Terror Danjah's Harddrive vol.1 cd. Great rhymes and tempo switching all over the shop. He's a massive talent in UK music right now and he can turn his slick style to loads of genres. This is like an old school drum'n'bass banger.

14. Trim - I Can C U

A heavy new Radioclit produced track from Trim's excellent Soulfood Vol.3. I like the minimal African drums and samples in this. Less is more. A very ungrime beat underlaying Trim's stream of conciousness flow.

15. Ghislain Poirier - No More Blood feat. Face-T (Deadbeat Remix)

Ghislain sent me this recently and its awesome - lyrically positively on point and futuristic production. Ghislain makes music like no one else, he has his own genre.

16. Dj Jeff ft Kiss - Cavalier ô Dame

This is from a cd that I picked up from a guy selling bootleg African music in a market in London a few weeks ago. I don't know anything about what genre it is but I'm really feeling the accordian sound and rattling beat. Check out the video.

17. Machel Montano - One More Time (Remix)

I posted this on this blog a while back. The tranceish production goes great under Machel's vocals, dare I say erm uplifting....I'm not really into trance or soca particularly but this is one of those tracks that makes me wish it Notting Hill Carnival every weekend.

18. Japanese vs Toy Selectah - Cocobola Tripiton Remix

This was posted up on Mad Decent. Japanese is an excellent Panamanian MC who is currently pretty massive in Central America i've heard. From the original reggaeton beat, Mexico's Toy Selectah's remixes it into a driving juggernaut of a tune.

19. DJ Amazing Clay - Montagem Aquecimento do Sambinha

From what i've read, the Aquecimento has been massive in Rio for a year now, at first I didn't get it but now I do, its just nuts, pushing the funk sound forward like the Tamborzao did. Amazing Clay, who I wrote about here has cut it up with the berimbau and other traditional baile samples to make a blazing Montagem. I think a version of this appeared on his Baile Funk Masters EP on Man Recordings.

20. Scottie B feat. Moleque Bil - Mais Ela

Another track from Man Recording's Funk Mundial series. A really basic beat from one of the Baltimore originators, Scottie B, with cut up baile funk vocals from Moleque Bill, an MC from Rio's Bonde do Sonho crew. It feels like a totally pure clash of two bass music ethos, sparse unrelenting, with a bassline straight from '88 . Simply Baile funk Vs Baltimore.

21. Cobra Krames feat. Rye Rye - Get Familiar (Start The Violence! Remix)

This is one of those tracks that I can't stop listening to. Cobra Krame's warm rave synths are perfect over a sick switch-esque bassline. I feel like you could play this anywhere and people would be feeling it. Rye Rye's got the most party starting flow that i've hear in a long time. Baltimore goes rave.

22. Ricky Blaze - 2 The Beat

Finally from Brooklyn's Ricky Blaze, He shouts out the all the dance crews, instead of going on about himself, which is nearly as original as the acidic trance beats he uses. Heater !

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Panama Baynia

(image by Tragik)

Los Rakas. A group after my own musical heart.

I happened upon a performance by these Panamanian Dancehall/Hyphsters at San Francisco's Carnaval this past weekend. Great live energy and they mix the raw elements and influences of two places that are a big influence of mine right now. While a lot of the songs on the CD are more straight dancehall, I can tell by their performance that they're going to go for a much more fused, personal yet global perspective on the pan-American experience. Check out "Como le hace," produced by Freddy Styles (another one to look out for) on their myspace.

PanabaySpace (Myspace)

Buy their CD Panabay Twist (Soon?)
(They also have the whole thing for download on the Myspace page.)
(If you're in the Bay Area pick it up at Amoeba Berkeley.)

An interview on Public Radio International


Mi Barrio by Los Rakas (Zshare)

Monday, 26 May 2008

¡VAMOS!


I'm playing at a NONAME party, part of the ¡VAMOS! Latin Festival in Newcastle on Saturday July 12th. Alongside Baile funk Art rockers, Tetine. Its outdoors in a tunnel behind a pub and is going to be lots of summer fun. Free entry!

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Kuduro Wants You



I forget sometimes how good kuduro is. Guillaume at Masala's excellent Kuduro One Year Later post and following comments got me thinking that, damn, its important to keep pushing this kind of music out there before it fades away into the blogoshere. I'm hoping that, in Angola, kuduro is stronger than ever right now but I feel like it needs its fans to keep it bumping on the net.

Once these incredible metagenres are discovered in the corners of the world, why dispose of them once 'used'. Keep pushing and things evolve. Baile funk is a great example of how a once regional urban sound can steadily grow as an international club sound from France to Canada. I'm seeing many of the same DJs and bloggers that were playing funk two years ago are still banging it while the bandwagon jumpers have jumped. Check Timo at Rio Baile funk's blog roll of the real man dem still keeping it out there.

So I'm figuring that its high time to get kuduro cracking again.

Angola's finest for 2008.



Here's a bed wetting 5 min mix from DJ Gold.

DJ Gold - Carta Bruta (2008)

An awesome remix of Fifty & Timberlake. DJs- This is perfect when you need to drop that kuduro jam in the middle of crowd pleasers. sshh..They won't know a thing.

Snake.E vs Timbaland - Ayo Tecknology

White hot Afritekno from DJ Papa. Check the baile funk samples at 1:26.

DJ Papa - 180 seconds

Lisbon's Buraka Som Sistema bring the sub-tropical heat as ever. Buy their EP here. The album, Black Diamond, is out later this year. Catch them in Europe this summer.

Buraka Som Sistema - Move DJ

And as if you need another reminder, this is why you love Kuduro.

Friday, 23 May 2008

Taliesin



Bolting out the Dutty Artz stable door comes a mix from New York's Taliesin, blending all kinds of glitched out bangers. Catch him at Supreme Trading NY, June 6th with Kid Kameleon.

download Taliesin - Bass Binshit (direct)

Lazer Sword- Gucci $weat$shirt
Juelz/Wayne/ Make it Work
Grimey String Tune that runs at 80
Sebastian- H.A.L.
Missy- The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
Cauto- Shy Fx Remix(dub)
Trill Bass- save me from myself (dub)
Styles P- Blow Ya Mind (Starkey Remix)
Distance- V
Rusko- Gone 2 far
Cardopusher- Green Disorder (dub)
Iron shirt- All my Love (Matt Shadetek's all my dub remix)(dub)
Cataracts ft pack- Blueberry (BD1982 remix)(dub)
Zomby- Spliff Dub (rustie remix)

Thursday, 15 May 2008

AfriCampy


The other day I was listening to music on my iTunes and I saw that the next song in the cue was going to be, African by H2O Feat. Zubz, (from the compilation Mzansi Music/Young Urban South Africa.)

I didn't know that the play function was on shuffle and the song Aguanile, by Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe (from El Juicio,) came on instead.

Not super familiar with either, I heard the intro and was like wow! I can't believe this young South African musician sampled this stereotypical 60's explore Africa documentary as an intro. What a great example of Camp Africain.

Then the part familiar to me, where Hector starts to sing came on and I was a little disappointed. Not that a Nuyorican salsa record can't reference Africa, but their use of stereotypical cues just seemed a little less... Funny.

So I decided that I really like Camp, and especially lately, I really get a kick out of when Africans do it. Not everyone can take themselves seriously. And I even do it myself.

Yet I'm always watching out for instances when people just use stereotypical cues to further their point without any deeper exploration of what that means to those people that they're stereotyping. For a more in depth and long winded exploration check here: (Ping).

Otherwise, have a laugh (it's okay!) and enjoy, these examples of great campy African comedy.


Sway Desafo



Naija Boy


Arthur Simeon

Its Sure Gonna be a Beautiful Day. Yes Sir, a Beautiful Day.




George Martin - Baron Samedi's Dance Of Death

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Vamos a bailar la Murga...

La Murga by Willie Colon is one of my favorite salsa songs of all time. In the lyrics Mr. Lavoe canta "vamos a bailar la Murga, la Murga de Panama." I visited Panama just before Carnaval this year. I got the chance to dance to a live Murga band.



This one is Dianas. I'm not sure if it's a different style from Murga or not but it seems similar enough to me.


I also picked up some old and new Panamanian Dancehall. And in this track I started visioning images of the Murga band coming out of the sample heavy production:

Track 10 from El Chino Presenta: Bu-yu Reggae

One of my favorite of the new Panamanian Dancehall tunes and artists is Cocobola de la Verga by Japanese on the Drop Draws Riddim. (Poco Pelo!)

(Cell phone camer footage ends at 44 sec.)


And lo and behold in the cache of tunes I picked up appeared this Murga/Dancehall hybrid, which is one of the most amazing things I've ever heard.

Dianas 2007: Cocobola de la Verga

Finally, online I found this cover of Dancehall/Reggaeton by Dianas Bands. ¡Que Viva Carnaval!


www.Tu.tv