Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Feel da Love

Every month at Secousse I'm asking Johan Radioclit what are all these bangers he keeps dropping. Most of them always seem to be some shit hot new remix that he modestly mentions like he made quickly before popping down the shops. I've been loving this Kano remix for a while as its basically Radioclit get lost in a dirty Ibiza rave cave with some awesome drums. This photo was taken at one of our after hours Secousse dancehall raves when he decided to rip his favourite T-shirt off while pulling up Gash Dem about 6 times.

Kano - Rock N Rolla (Johan Hugo RMX)

Next Secousse - Friday 5th February @ Notting Hill Arts club

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Travel In Style

Just spent the last few days, hanging with friends and riding Matatus in Nairobi. I met some great folks and picked up a bunch of music. I'll share some of my favorite tunes after wading through a couple MP3 CD's. In the meantime check out this video from my long lost brother Insect a Nairobi Rapper, Hip Hop Educator and Spoken Word Artist:

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Ghetto Bassquake Xmas lists

Gotta say its been a pretty amazing year for me for a number of reasons. Some highlights were:

Meeting Chief Boima in Stockholm, rocking a great Ghetto Bassquake soundsystem party out there with Anna & Seb, then back to London to do a radio show and gigs.

Fruko joining us on the blog who is off to South America for a while. Good luck dude.

Playing at Secousse in Brooklyn with The Very Best, Janka Nabay, Uproot Andy, Radioclit et al.

Playing at Lowlands with Sonido del Principe and cumbia crew.

So a massive cheers to everyone to who has commented, sent us nice messages, supported us and sent us wicked music. Its been great-Happy Xmas to all Ghetto Bassquake readers. Hyped for the launch of the Ghetto Bassquake label next year.

As its list season here are our tracks and live shows the year:


This was v hard, but these are some tracks I've been loving this year in no order.

1. Skeat - Dumelang
2. Busy Signal - Da Style Deh (original & Douster mix)
3. The Hackney Empire - Update Your Status/I'll Never Forget You
4. Lil Silva ft Maxwell D- Blackberry Hype
5. The Big Pink - Velvet (Gang Gang Dance Mix)
6. The Very Best - Julia
7. P-Money - Left the Room
8. Uproot Andy & Geko Jones - Manuelita RMX
9. Demarco - Love A Come Down
10. Duchess Says - Black Flag

Live shows

Omar Souleyman & Group Doueh @ the Dome, London
The Hackney Empire @ Secousse , London
Toto la Momposina @ Cargo, London



I have to admit while some lament lists, this is kind of fun for me. I like to acknowledge those who are doing stuff that I dig that I don't always get to post on the blog. So here it goes:

My top 10 Tunes are randomly pulled from the vaults of my brain, and in no particular order, but yes, subconsciously I ranked them to tell as story about my experience in 2009. Some of these may come out officially in 2010, and some of them were leaked in 2008. My only criteria was to think back on this year to songs that when I heard them they made me knees go out and fall face first on the floor:

1. Party Hard-Donaeo
2. Bumper 2 Bumper-Wande Coal
3. Yuh Love-Vybz Kartel*
4. Couper Decaler Instru-Zaza Twins**
5. Daydreaming (Lil' Silva Mix)-Kyla***
6. You're a Jerk-The New Boys
7. El Tigeraso-Maluca
8. Ojala Rumba (with Choquibtown freestyling over it at Que Bajo)-Uproot Andy
9. Cash Flow-Major Lazer & Jahdan Blakkamore****
10. Sane Eba-Zakee Kuduro & Anbuley

*This song is my current ringtone so I had to include it. Vybz has turned me on to make him my favorite Dancehall artiste right now, and I kind of hated on him before 2009, therefore, top 2009 artiste in dancehall for me, now just sign that peace treaty and keep the kids safe and you could continue being a favorite in 2010.

**A vision of the Future!

***Do you mind was probably a bigger tune, but this remix by Lil' Silva borrowing Township Funk's Soukous inspired drum pattern goes over with even the most hardcore Coupe Decale fan in my experience. Abidjan meets Paris meets Pretoria meets London, another vision of the future in my mind.)

****Love myself some nice roots reggae. Runner up was Baby G's Good Love, but Jahdan's vocals were a revelation for me this year.

Live shows

1. Applesap Festival in Amsterdam headlined by Pharoahe Monch
2. Buraka Som Sistema Live Show (Rickshaw Stop SF)
3. Soum Bill (at Baobab Village SF)



JJ - Ecstasy
Martyn feat D Bridge - These Words
Rebolledo feat Matias Aguayo - Pitaya Frenesi
Matias Aguayo - Ritmo Juarez
Nite Jewel - Suburbia
Busy Signal - Up In Her Belly (this was 2009 right?)
Cooly G - Love Dub
Untold - Just For You (Roska Remix)
Moody - Freeki Mother Fucker
Rainbow Arabia - Holiday in Congo

Live shows

Konono No 1 - Sonar
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Sonar
Matias Aguayo - Fabric

Funky Dip

A few weeks back we posted the wicked Bashment Funky from The Heatwave's Rubi Dan. He's back already with another anthem. Not sure who's on production but its massive.

Go get.

Rubi Dan - Funky Dip

Sunday, 20 December 2009

In My Country

Beautifully shot video from CIA Africa holdin down the resistance from Abidjan. This is Manusa's Dans Mon Pays.

Dans Mon Pays (In My Country):

in my country
everything can be sold, everything can be bought
everything ends up into songs, everything is sung dancing
in any case everybody fuck up their ass even the boys

in my country
ever since the 12yo its heavy, ever since the 12yo the kids get comfortable,

make business, dream of getting thru, want to transgress
dream of taxing even the countrymen from Sansan or from Sassandra

come down where human life is worth nothing

in my country
there's the law and the laws on my combat pants
there's crisis, unemployment and scrubland on music that gets the kids

in my country
soldiers are forced to shoot patriots with real ammos while in their country
demonstrators beat up the police for real

here thousands of UN soldiers carry aids, transmit aids to our prostitute
sisters and our insane brothers who go for homosexuality

the hatred we have no one deserved it

at my place there's no law against bodies to be looted, at my place there's
no law against prostitutes
there's no law to condemn those who looted the treasury coffers

French People Rule

For giving Kuduro some stadium time. Below is a pretty damn impressive show by Costuleta supporting zouk stars Kassav at Stade de France in Paris. Hearing the crowd roar that loud when they drop Tchiriri kind of makes me want it to be Christmas No.1. Buraka should be a little worried.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Funky Blends Abound

Featured here before, Gabriel and the Heatwave's mixes of Funky Bashment have been constant on my listening rotation.

I've taken a similar approach to UK Funky, trying to cross bridges between geographies and musical styles, but from a different angle. Check out this mashup of Flamzy and Joskar's Faroter vs, Marlon D's Jesus Creates Sound. Faroter is when performers throw money out in the club, kind of like making it rain (I think.)

Jesus Faroter (Marlon D vs. Flamzy & Joskar)
(Direct Download)

Thursday, 17 December 2009

King Midas Sound Mix

Showcasing their own tracks with other dub excellence, King Midas Sound's mix for FACT is pretty great. Formed by Kevin 'The Bug' Martin' with Roger Robinson and Hitomi, they're making some sublimely deep pressure. The album, I'm Waiting for you, is out soon which I think will be equally awesome.

FACT Mix 103 - King Midas Sound

King Midas Sound - Sometimes (Waiting For You/Hyperdub)
Lovejoys - All I Can Say (Reggae Vibes/Wackies)
15/16/17 - The Weather (Magic Touch/DEB)
Burial - Night Bus (Burial/Hyperdub)
Little Dragon - Twice (Little Dragon/Peacefrog)
The Dynamics - 90% of me is you (Version Excursions/Points South)
Tanya Stephens - It's A Pity (Gangsta Blues/VP)
Jacob Miller - Baby I Love You So (Who Say Jah No Dread/Greensleeves)
Gregory Isaacs - I'm Alright (Cool Down/VP)
Wayne Jarrett - Live&Love (Horace Andy Meets Naggo Morris & Wayne Jarrett/Wackies)
Sade - Lovers Rock (Lovers Rock/Epic)
Rhythm & Sound ft Lovejoy - Best Friend (With the Artists/Burial Mix)
Larry Heard - Missing dub (Theo Parrish remix) (Missing You/Track Mode)
Vincent Gallo - Lonely (When/Warp)
A.R.Kane - Madonna is with child (69/Rough Trade)
Scritti Politti - Sweetest Girl (/Rough Trade)
Lloyd Chambers - Dry Your Tears (Firehouse Revolution/Pressure Sounds)
King Midas Sound - i Dub (Dub Heavy/Hyperdub)
Scientist ft Johnny Osbourne - In Your Eyes (Wins The World Cup/Greensleeves)
King Midas Sound - Outtaspace (Slow Motion mix) (Waiting For You/Hyperdub)
Japan - Ghosts (Tin Drum/Virgin)
Kevin Shields - Ikebana (Lost In Translation s/t/Emperor norton)
King Midas Sound - One Ting (Dabrye remix) (Cool Out/Hyperdub)
Oval - Do While (94diskont/Mille Plateaux)
Thomas Koner - Kanon (Isolationism/Virgin)
My Bloody Valentine - Touched (Loveless/creation)

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A.J. Holmes RMX

The ever awesome A.J. Holmes from Secousse's very wicked house band, The Hackney Empire turns in this sweet remix for Xylitol. A rolling slice of High life tropical fun to warm up a snowy day in London.

Xylitol - Alomo (A.J.Holmes remix feat. Robert Truscott)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Naija Songstress Represents

J.Period & Nneka Presents-The Madness (Direct Download)

I'm a definite fan of this lady reppin' Rivers State Nigeria. Currently out of Germany, she has a top hit in the UK, and has recently been playing shows around the US. I really dug the Messengers EP J. Period did with K'naan, and loved the preview track with Jay Electronica, so I had to put it up. Another document that's proof that Africa really is the future.

She's got an album coming out in February, so take advantage of this chance to get familiar!

Thursday, 10 December 2009


Fresh from dropping their kuduro collection, our buds at Akwaaba are back already with more Angolan fire power. This time the truly awesome, Killamu, one of my favourite kuduro producers who made Kibolobolo, drops a new instrumental cut from his new album which is out on Jan 12th. With a nice mention on The Fader.

Killamu - Flaminguinho (email download)

I'm a Raka, You a Raka, They Rakas 2

I ran into Rico and Dun of Los Rakas last week at Wallenberg (where I work) and got a chance to pick up their new mix CD. If you've been reading here for awhile you know I'm a fan and I knew from some previews that this project was gonna be great.

They start the CD with some throwback classic Panama Reggae en Espanol tracks versioning Tu Pum Pum and Bam Bam, and then move into crunked up De La Ghetto style futuristic Spanish Rap-Reggae-Hall. You can hear the whole thing here streaming, or buy it for $5 (or more if you wanna really support!) by clicking on the download link. The whole thing is great!

<a href="">La Tanda Del Bus intro by Los Rakas</a>

My favorite track is Kalle. And I love the skits... "¿Quien se comió mi Corn Flay?"

As I side note, I did a post about them over at WFMU's Beware of the Blog where I've started doing a bi-weekly post. If you don't know about WFMU, check it out, it's home to my favorite radio show, and a great source for new music in general.

If I Throw It At You Baby Can You Handle It?

New mix heat by Nguzunguzu fam! That opening track is killin! This is the sound that they were pushing when I went down to LA last month for their Wildness party. Funky, Kuduro and Deep(?) House tracks. This mix is all instrumental (I think at least upon first listen.) I like the direction it takes me.

Honestly tho, what's got me really geeked is that this is a Promo mix for an EP that they will be releasing this month on the label SHADE BUSINESS. Some of the songs are mixed in, and sounding great!

Nguzunguzu EP Promo Mix (Direct Download)


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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Chief Boima's African Cargo of Bangers

We're hyped that our own Chief Boima is dropping his all new EP over at Dutty Artz. Its a fat package of completely awesome remixes in true Boima style - Afro House party bangers.

The African By The Bay EP blends US Hip Hop jams with his own African influenced riddims of Coupe
Decale, Kuduro, Nigerian club, Kwaito and High life and more. Dicing up rolling African beats, sometimes touching on UK funky (one of Boima's big influences right now), and mashing em up with some great rap vocals from hitters like Young Joc and the Bay's own E-40.

What makes this even more special is that its FREE.

So go grab here

Chief Boima - African By The Bay EP

01 Chief Boima – Shake Them Dreads
02 The Jacka – Glamorous Lifestyle feat. Andre Nickatina (Chief Boima Remix)
03 Sean Garrett – Smooches feat. Young Joc (Chief Boima Remix)
04 Birdman – Money To Blow feat. Drake and Lil Wayne (Chief Boima Remix)
05 Akon – Right Now (Nananana) (Chief Boima Mbalax Decale Remix)
06 YV – Own Step feat. T-Pain & Fabo (Chief Boima Remix)
07 Cold Flamez – Miss Me, Kiss Me (Chief Boima Remix)

Even more massive news is that we are very proud and excited to announce that Chief Boima will dropping his very first debut single on a brand new label called Ghetto Bassquake. This blog is starting it's very own digital label to release some awesome music from our friends and family around the world. Look out for much more news on this to come..

Ali & Toumani

Ever since I heard Toumani Diabate's jaw dropping Kora playing on his Mande Variations album, I was blown away. Like a sweet wind of strings blowing across the plains of Mali (but actaully way better than that appallingly flowery description).

With the awesome Ali Farka Touré, he is soon releasing a collaboration album called Ali & Toumani. I think it will be very very good.

This is a short teaser for the album.

All the info can be found at World Circuit.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Ku Bo

The ever banging Man recordings drop another bomb in the form of Ku Bo's new remix. The last one made its way onto the new Buraka Som Sistema Fabric Live mix and this is an equally big Afro-electro funk slammer. The release includes remixes by DJ Manaia, Batida, Daniel Haaksman, Flore, Robot Koch, Bert On Beats, Lazy Ants and Caski.

Here is the nailgun kuduro jack hammer remix by the Man Recordings boss, Daniel Haaksman.

Ku Bo remix - Sumanita Feat. Daniecell (Daniel Haaksman Remix)

Pick up the full release from today digitally at Beatport, Itunes, Junodownload etc. or on vinyl at Man recordings

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Secousse December

The final Secousse of the year is going to be massive. After an amazing year with parties in New York as well as the monthly residencey London, we wanna say a massive thank you to all of our amazing guests who've blown us away - Marina Gasolina, Electronicat, Ka-Boom!, Maluca, Afrikan Boy, The Very Best, Dotstar, Cibelle, Barbara Panther, Zambezi Experience, Slammer Booster, Bbrave, Bunton, The Worm, Afrik Bawantu, Janka Nabay, Me Tarzan You Jane!, Matt Shadetek, Chief Boima, Galleons Reach, Big Bear, Uproot Andy, Murkules & Sumsim, Joao Brasil, Los Chinches, Vallenato, Zun Zun Egui, Mixed Blood, Abdul Tee-Jay, DJ Dervish and our massive house band, The Hackney Empire.

As we're taking a break in January, this month we have XXtra special line up headlined by the legendary Papa Milo aka Emil Ogoo, "The greatest living Palm Wine guitarist".

Born Free Town, Sierra Leone Emil was the guitarist for 2 of Sierra Leone's most renowned bands; The Morningstars (lead by the late great S.E. Rogie) and Super Combo (one of the main band of the 60's / 70's Sierra Leone Afropop explosion). Emil has been living in London since the mid 1970's

During the 1970's, Sierra Leone shared the electric Afropop explosion that was sweeping Africa. Maringa blended with funk, soul, and Congolese dance music leading to lively and popular local music. Bands of that era included Afro-Nationals, Orchestra Muyah, Super Combo, and Sabannoh 75. When the recording industry fell apart, ambitious and talented artists like S.E. Rogie mostly went to England to make their careers.

Papa Milo will be playing an exclusive set backed by The Hackney Empire.

Papa Milo
The Hackney Empire

Secousse soundsystem ft. Radioclit, A.J. Holmes & Vamanos

Notting Hill Arts club
Friday 4th December
8pm- 2am

From this week's Time Out

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Cote D'Ivoire to the Golden Gate

Soum Bill is in San Francisco this Friday!

He is a former member of one of the biggest groups out of Ivory Coast, Les Garagistes. Live Coupe Decale and Zouglou straight from the Ivory Coast to the Golden Gate!

Shut The Windows

When it comes to the pure sound of South London in 2009, it doesn't come closer than this. Relentless police sirens crossed with bashment vocals, mostly played at maximum volume any time of the day or night, blasting from car windows outside my house. ALL.THE.TIME. Fortunately I quite like some of it, which is lucky I guess.

Funky has been a massive sound in London this year and Sirens has been one of the biggest tracks around, a threateningly awesome cacophony of swirling sirens, throbbing bass and clattering drums reminding me how lucky I am to live in this city. I even got to drop this in Stockholm back in the summer and it blew up.

This is an exclusive refix with Sean Paul's vocals from our boys, The Heatwave, who have arguably now become some of the biggest dancehall DJs in the UK right now. So big shout out to them.

Sean Paul & Hard House Banton -Temperature Vs Sirens (The Heatwave Refix)

Kuduro On Demand

Why did no one tell me about Kuduro ?

Basically its a Youtube for kuduro.

This is my favourite jam right now with a suitably awesome video.

Like a Jumbie

Tropical darkcore voodoo from WILDLIFE!. Just like a real Jumbie - Funky and scary at the same time, this is from his new Jumbie EP out on Phree Music. The Swissman has also remixed Radioclit's Secousse and The Do.

Wildlife! - Jumbie (Beware & Motorpitch remix)

Buy the other mixes on Beatport from good people like Edu K, Mixhell & Schlachtofbronx.

Le 'elicopta

You might have spotted the secret link to the video a while back. Destroying the dancefloor of every decent club in France right now its THE HELICOPTA !!!

Edalam feat DJ Lauralee - Helicopta

Originally from Guadeloupe, now based in France, Edalam smashes it with this beyond soca speed, Caribbean demon. It's had a few airings at Secousse already but sad to say no towel whirling yet. Be the first, come down this Friday and hear it LOUD.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Panama Get Me Better

I'm at home recovering from an operation which involves lying around a lot and generally feeling quite rough. I can't think of a better way to get through it than some medicinal Panamanian 90s reggae. I picked this up in Nicaragua last year and its from one of these awesome compilations of Reggae en Español ( the Panamanian roots of reggaeton) that Wayne & Co. covered in their highly recommended book, Reggaeton. This is Nando Boom's version of Gregory Issac's classic Night Nurse.

Nando Boom - Enfermo de Amor

Friday, 27 November 2009

Prince of Zamounda

Coupe Decale classic classic classic! I heard a shout to the Ruler de Zamounda, and got hype dancing in my post eating too much daze. Here's some work off that belle music!

Decale Aladji-Ramatoulaye

And look what I found re: Coupe Decale & Zamounda! FNAC hypeness, Jessy Matador does it again!

Friday, 20 November 2009

El Selecta de Popayán

One of my enduring music memories of my travels in latin America (Alan Whicker voice) is a small unassuming town bar in a backstreet of a quiet city in Southern Colombia called Popayán. That bar is called El Sotareño.

This bar is super friendy and kind of reminded me of a British pub in some ways. What makes it extra awesome is the landlord, Augustin or as he's known Don Gucho.

Apart from landlord duties, Don Gucho is the resident DJ with a massive collection of records that he plays from behind the bar inbetween pouring Aguardiente shots and popping Poker beers for the locals. On the two consecutive nights that I went there, I remember Don Gucho dropping the most awesome cumbias, tangos and colombian folk jams I'm probably ever likely to hear. Behind the bar he DJs from his amazing collection of vinyl, cassettes and cds piled high.

Bar El Sotareño has a Facebook group where I found these photos.

This is one of my favourite ever Vallenato cumbias which is from a great album on Smithsonian Folkways called ¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia’s Música Vallenata (buyable)

Reynaldo "El Papi" Díaz and band - Fidelina

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

El Remolon Winter Heaters

El Remolon's La Bonita was an awesome piece of colourful dubby cumbia that is perfect for chilling time. Not content with firing out more cumbia heat than is possible, ZZK have dropped a free bundle of unreleased El Remolon goodness.

Similar to Villa Diamante's excellent mash ups, these skillfully blend reggaeton dem bow drums and digital cumbia shuffles which makes me want to go to Buenos Aires and eat ice cream in the sunshine right now.


01-El Remolon - Dabrye vs Mc Hammer
02-Cumbia Lescanera (ft Pablo Lescano) vs Zaptap-Citizen 10
03-El Remolon - Veridis Quo (Daft Punk reprise) vs De La Soul
04-El Remolon - Modeselektor vs Calle 13
05-Princesa - I Feel So Good (El Remolon Mix)
06-Animal Collective - My Girls (El Remolon Cumbia Mix)
07-Matias Aguayo - Minimal (El Remolon Remix)
08-El Remolon - Andres Landero vs Madonna
09-El Remolon - Escape a Barcelona (Ft Blitto & Jahcoozi)
10-Mochipet - Rambuktion (El Remolon Zapatillas Galacticas Mix)
11-Alcides - Violeta (El Remolon Remix)

And if you like these go buy his album Pibe Cosmo.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Gil Scott-Heron

Living legend Gil Scott-Heron is giving away one track from his forthcoming album on XL, just go to his website and sign up to his mailing list.

I was lucky enough to actually hear parts of the album in XL's office the other week and i wanna go on record as saying it will probably be 2010's best album. The only other release I'm aware of that could rival it is by Warp's Gonja Sufi.

I am glad some of the profits from bands like Radiohead, The White Stripes and The Prodigy are actually being put to good use and you can read a good overview of why the man's a legend over at the BBC

Check a video of him performing the track below

Monday, 16 November 2009

What Gwan Na Salone

Me and Daniel of Nguzunguzu were jamming to this the other day, and I really dig the sound. Mende-Funana (Bubu-Soca?) in my mind. Hypeness from Sierra Leone.

I hope that Sierra Leonean artists keep trying to push their local unique sound. Word on the web and from my friend Black Nature, who visited this August, is that Nigeria is dominating the sound waves right now. His favorite tune was Bracket's Yori Yori.

Bracket-Yori Yori (Links to download at Get Mziki)

Nature was in Sierra Leone to help run workshops for We Own TV. His partner Banker White posted a trailer on their youtube page of footage and interviews from the sessions. It has some very beautiful shots and deep messages about the power of human expression.

Make sure you watch it in HQ (high quality!)

Ay Ay Ay

Man of the year Matias Aguayo brought a much needed touch of South American fun to Fabric on Saturday night. He performed tracks from his recent album Ay Ay Ay as well as his collaboration with Mexico's Rebolledo Pitaya Frenesi (which came out on his awesome Comeme label). He unfortunately didn't finish his set with his genre baiting Minimal, I guess maybe the humour would have been lost on a venue that was also hosting the launch of Magda's latest mix CD.

Instead we'll have to make do with this video of him performing Minimal in a packed bar in Guadalajara

Pop over to Comeme and Bumbumbox's Myspace and Soundcloud pages where you'll be able to hear and download mixes that take in everything from Cumbia and Coupe Decale to Michael Jackson and 80's House figures like Ron Trent.

I've lost a lot of enthusiasm for club music since the scene shifted back to deep house but it's Matias' drive to mix it up with the best Latin and African styles that keeps it sounding relevant and interesting.

Pitchy Control

With my sometimes reservations about what goes on over at the Mad Decent site, every now and then they post something that really blows me away. This mix by Nick the V is Dubstep at 45 RPM mixed with DJ Nate Juke Footwork songs, and in my opinion it really works. It's amazing what a little ajustando of the pitch control can do for the creative process.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Ghana Special

The awesome Soundways imprint continue their reissues with this great compilation of Ghanan Highlife and other Afro sounds, which follows on from their earlier Ghanan and Nigerian releases.

Here's my favourite track which is by

The Cutlass Dance Band - HewHwe Mu Yi Mpena.

There's a great Latin feel to it and it could have easily been on Honest Jons' similarly awesome, Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa.

Soundways have also just released their third installment of their amazing Panama series as well as one on the music of the French Caribbean. Check DJ Beto talk about the comps on Rupture's radio show here then go out and buy them all. Essential.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

FREE Secousse Soundsystem show This Friday

Following the Rachid Taha / Vieux Farka Toure show at The South Bank Centre..

Afrikan Boy
A.J. Holmes

with a special live set by the legendary ethiopiques star Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics.


Head over to The Fader to grab a track off his excellent new compilation record.

Real American Freedom

I'm flying down to LA for a night to play the Wildness party with Nguzunguzu a night they share with DJ Total Freedom. Also playing according to Twitter will be, Animal Charm and Sid Brown.

In honor of freedom, I thought I'd share this great Freestyle by my favorite Romantic Style DJ El Roockie. Fue liberado from a great Panamanian playlist.

El Roockie-Freestyle

See you there!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Bashment Funky

Pic: DJ Ripley's Boasy Tuesdays set on Flickr

Following the London/JA Funky Bashment pressure, Exclusive UK funky heat from The Heatwave's awesome MC Rubi Dan on The Bop riddem. Its a heatseaker, mashing up bashment vocals from Rubi and Juxci on a swagger beat. Git it.

Rubi Dan & Juxci - Bashment Funky

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Secousse November

A BIG one tonight. Get ready for special guests KA-BOOM, awesome Ghanaian double act coming to tear it up with their live show. Special guest on the decks will be Akwaaba Music's BBRAVE. In support the house party High-life kings, The Hackney Empire as well as The Secousse Sound system ft Radioclit, A.J. Holmes & Vamanos.

All the info is here

The Hackney Empire

Secousse Soundsystem ft. Radioclit, A.J. Holmes & Vamanos

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Rumble Time

Pleased that Afropop featured us in their list of top New-Whirled blogs. All the other ones are bangers too.

While you're there check their interview with New-Whirled Daddy and all round clever dude Wayne and Wax as well as their Afropop worldwide radio show streamable.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Made In Jamaica

I went to see Made In Jamaica, a new film about reggae and dancehall starring tonnes of artists old and new. Going against the grain of the traditional music documentary narrative, it was pretty cool just rambling along like an Altman film, giving the artists a chance to express themselves. Amazing performances Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Lady Saw, Gregory Issacs and loads more. Londoners catch it now at the ICA. Sorry I dunno where else its on. New York?

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Can You Tchoucou Tchoucou?

Benjamin of Akwaaba Music posted this video of my favorite Coupe Decale artist DJ Kedjevera teaching us how to dance, which reminds me to let you all know that his album is now available to purchase on iTunes. Pick it up so you can practice your dance moves, and after you have them perfected you can enter Mokobe's dance competition. Seriously, I really want to see some of your videos, feel free to post in the comments!

Download the song Mokobe by Boulevard DJ

Let's see you win the contest!

Monday, 26 October 2009

The Very Best live @ Malawi's Lake of Stars festival

The Very Best perform DJ Cleo's Wena as a girl cooks up a snack on some bloke's head.

Head over to RCRDLBL to get the awesome new remixes of 'Julia' by Kano and Jayou.

And if you haven't picked up the album yet, go buy it at Rough Trade (and get the mixtape FREE), Amazon and everywhere else.

Uproot Andy live at ZZK

An hour of Dutty Artz's Uproot Andy smashing it at Zizek's 3rd Anniversary party in BA.

Sunday, 25 October 2009


Following his Tecno Brega mixtape that we posted, Rio based Sound Goods dables into the slightly elusive world of Mexican Tribal Guarachero and comes out with a hammer. Grab his mix of jackin 4/4 cumbia sourced from cd sellers in D.F/Mexico. Download Tribalismo Tropicalismo
01. Danza Azteca 02. La Culebrita 03. DJ Retro – Babaninko 04. Chango 05. El Ballo 06. DJ Retro – Guarachosa 07. El Ritmo De La Petaka Tribal 08. DJ Gato – Topota Madre 09. Danza 10. Damas Gratis – Se Te Ve La Tanga 11. A Ritmo De Los Manos 12. Cumbia Tribal 13. Vamos A Bailar 14. Vive La Fiesta 15. Prehispanik 16. DJ Sobrino – Automation 17. Oaxaqueño

And if your feeling that check Paul Devro's Invasion of the Loop Zombies from Mexico

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Cumbia para mi gente

We all know Rupture's Soot records have been hard on their cumbia game. Earlier this year they released El Hijo de la cumbia's record which was absolutly great was but sadly kind of slept on. Its my favourite cumbia album. Buy here.

Their resident cumbia expert Sonido Martines (above) of the infatigable La Congona fame follows it up with a weighty compilation of latin American heat. His cumbia driven travels led him from Lima to Buenos Aries to Bogota have enabled him to connect with some of the hottest artists to create this album. From Cumbia Villera to New school digital stuff, it's faultless 13 deep tracklist boasts of some of the biggest artists in Argentine cumbia from Damas Gratis to Chancha via Circuito.

Here is a a track from the record. Out to buy now.

Los Destellos - Elsa (Sondio Martines Remix ft Fefe)

New Yorkers catch Sonido Martines' US debut at the Natural History museum on November 13th. Then he'll be joining Rupture on tour in Europe this winter.

The Best Live set you will Ever Download

Pic: Joel Veitch Flickr

Just before Wiley dropped his eskibeats and Pulse X changed UK Bass music forever, garage was fast and punishing. Sidewinder were the original garage/grime raves in the UK, one of the first parties to take grime DJs and MCs out of London to the rest of the UK.

Sidewider raves were so classic you can now buy flyers on ebay. The awesome thing was that they recorded loads of the live sets and sold them as tape packs.

I dug this one out of the grime cave, think its from around 2002.

Roll Deep's Maxwell D, Flowdan & DJ Principal take it into the dark hour. They hardly take a breath.

Roll Deep live @ Sidewinder

In more recent BIG Grime news

Is anything better than P- Money right now? Produced by Sukh knight taken from his mixtape Money Over Everyone (Buyable).

Freestyle on Logan Sama's show is big too..

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Mariachi El Bronx

Aside from being one of the best live bands I've ever seen The Bronx have a sweet new line in canciones románticas de Mexico. Their new album Mariachi el Bronx is tearfully good. Catch them on tour in November.

Douster's Dino Attack

Our boy Douster, the french bloke from Lyon signed to ZZK has been slaying dragons with his massive tribal electro-house remixes this year. We posted his ZZK mix a while back and since then I've enjoyed having my brain melted by loads of his tracks, especially his Busy Signal Remix and his own King of Africa out soon on Radioclit's Saga Africa EP. His beats walk a giddy line of UK funky, Latin American percussion and some freakish psycho bass assault.

Douster's new Triassic EP has four bangers keeping up the quality of all ZZK's releases.

Triassic from natilu on Vimeo.

Here is a taster of the EP. And it is tasty. Available everywhere digitally October 20th.

Douster - Triassic EP Taster


Pic from ffffound

The always amazing South Rakkas Crew inject their deadly electro Bashment poison into that song from that odd chocolate ad by Ghana's Tinny = Instant Success.

Tinny - Zingolo (South Rakkas Crew Remix)

Via The Culture Of Me

Monday, 19 October 2009

The Very Best in San Francisco

I finally get to link up with The Very Best on the gig tip. When they were touring this summer in the US, I was playing their party in London, so it will be nice to be able to warm up the room for them this Friday at 103 Harriett in San Francisco.

Update: Tonight's show is Canceled, it will be rescheduled at a later date.

I did a re-interpretation of their song Julia, which when I heard Esau's vocals I couldn't get over how it might sound in a Congolese style rhythm track, and I've also noticed that Gospel Rumba is a very nice genre from Malawi. Here it is to get you hype for the show:

The Very Best-Julia (Chief Boima Remix)

Friday, 16 October 2009

Ensalada Tropical

New mix from DJ Rajah of Soul Cocina. Some Reggae, Cumbia, Merengue, Soukous vibes, and then into the computer section, which includes some Ghetto Bassquake family and my remix of Ze Bula! He says there's a part 2 coming next week with more Champeta and Punta, which I can't wait for!

Roger has been holding it down with cooking classes for the youth I work with twice a week. Hopefully between his and my efforts, soon we'll have a multitude of chef musicos!

DJ Rajah-Ensalada Tropical (Direct Link)

Barbwire - Nora Dean
La Perra - Alejo Duran
Madame Calalu - Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
El Costo E'La Vida - Kimia Eve
El Costo De La Vida - Juan Luis Guerra
La Vida Vale La Pena - Petrona Martinez
La Vida Vale La Pena - Uproot Andy mix
Cuka Isso - Batida f. Ikonoklasta
Etnico Style (Original bimix) - Dj Koos y Makency DJ
Manuelita [Uproot Andy & Geko Jones Remix} - Etelvina Maldonado
Cuando Hay Guerrapella - Los Rakas & Stereotyp
Pon Lo Patra - El Chireno
Ze Bula {Chief Boima Remix} - Figura
Kuff Kumbia - Shelly Thunder {Sabo Cumbia Mix}
Can't Stop Now feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell - Major Lazer

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Logobi, Is This What They Mean By Afro Futurism?!?

Recently, my friend Be Brown sent me a video on facebook with a group of youth in a dance circle taking turns dancing in the middle, chanting Bobaraba on top of a beautiful synthed-out fast tempo Coupe Decale instrumental. Friends asked what the instrumental track was and I didn't know, but then Birdseed drops the Logobi bomb on me, and I discover the Zaza Twins:

People have been trying to tell me Coupe Decale is dead, or at least losing popularity, but Coupe Decale is just the continuing story in a long line of tradition in African Popular music. I have another post soon that will get deeper into that, but basically to me Logobi is the obvious next step in the evolution on the Coupe Decale sound. It's the child of the marriage between Kuduro attitude adapted in France and Coupe Decale's Soukous snare pattern.

It's a constant conversation between diaspora and homeland, sped up by new media and rising immigration. And, once again, I'm not surprised to see this movement led by youth (and these kids look young!) trying to make their own voice in this international conversation, not far removed from the kids I hang out with on a daily basis trying to mix Mobbin' with Jerkin'.

How kids in Paris Jerk:

And by the way, for Mr. Birdseed, if you are wondering about influences, just check out the Twins' Skyrock Blog that has links to African Tonic, DJ Spheedy, Olivia of G Unit featuring Congolese Ndombolo Star Fally Ipupa, and Dave Guetta featuring Akon, in other words, and not to get all Rainbow coalition on ya'll, but all these connections make me happy to see we all might be on a similar page.

Zaza Twins-Couper Decaler Instru 2009

Play it Loud and Play it Proud!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Coupe Decale with Ghetto Palms

This Saturday Eddie Stats will be making his way across the US to visit the Bay Area and will be DJing with myself and all the Baobab DJ's for Coupe Decale at Baobab Village. Also Friday night check for him in the East Bay with DJ Mathew Africa. This weekend we're all going to get Ghetto Palmsed.