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Fresh Lemonade

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With Summer in full swing, I’m happy to announce the release of this big collabo tune that I worked on with the homies We Chief and Jahdan Blakkamoore. This dancehall / moombahton banger should fit nicely in all your pool party playlists, and like everything We Chief related, it’s a FREE DOWNLOAD, so grab it while it’s hot. It’s been just a year since I first started working with the Chief on our first track together, and I’m proud to see how far he’s come. He’s got a big team of people participating in the project, and I’m glad to be one of them.

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Guest Post: DJ Gozar

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Loooong overdue, but well worth the wait. Finally got my good friend Josh aka DJ Gozar to put together a guest playlist for MTR! When I first moved to LA, Gozar (who I had never met) invited me to play at a warehouse party called Tropicali with another DJ friend Kid Gusto. He had just come back from Colombia and I was drooling over his dusty vinyl digs. A great crowd turned out, and we were recently joking that so many of the heads who showed up that night, have now become core members of our LA global bass community. A founding member of Subsuelo, a guy who can fix any tech concern this side of N.A.S.A., a perpetual good pupusa seeker, and a man I’m glad to call my homie. You can catch Gozar, along with Canyon Cody, Jose Marquez, Sabo, Jeremy Sole and more next weekend at the very dope looking Woogie Weekend festival here in SoCal. On to the tunes…

Adam Port : E Sound Edit
Light, Percussive, Airy and Dubby. House loveliness from this dude. I first heard this track standing in the ocean at the Genius Loci Festival.

Bomba Estereo : Raiz
Captain Planet already posted the bangers off this album. This is my sleeper pick though. So Lovely. Cop the album here

Chancha Via Circuito : Jardines ft Lido Pimienta (Thornato Remix)
Chancha and Thornato on the same track. Live guitars from Ron Bunker of Balkan Beat Box. No more needs to be said.

Cristian Vinci : Tambor y Plena
Percussive Latin house banger with horns to spare from this producer. Cop it here

débruit : Percute & Transverse
As soon as I saw that this dude had a new album, I grabbed it off Bandcamp. Spacey bassy African roots sounds not to be missed.

Mateo Senolia : Baldwin (Yoruba Soul Mix)
Deep Afro-House rhythm under searing 1963 James Baldwin speech, remixed by Yoruba Soul. “The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.”

Nicola Cruz : Colibria
Space roots from this Ecuadorean master on ZZK Records, whose music “is an exploration of folkloric traditions and ancestral mythologies in a modern setting”. Love the vocals from Huiara on this. Support them!

Novalima : Beto Kele (Nosotros Somos) & Madretierra
Two awesome tunes from the super-solid new release from this Peruvian group on Wonderwheel. LA heads, check them out at The Skirball Aug 27th too.

Owiny Sigoma Band : Luo Land
Afro fire. From their soundcloud: “Louis Hackett, the band’s bass player, produced this hypnotic response after a 12 hour changaa fueled session of hard Nyatiti soundclash.” Check it out here

Purple Disco Machine : Magic
Loving this house tune. Samples liberally from a song that a lot of you will recognize.

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics : Reggae Merengue (Cocotaxi Cumbia Edit)
Light edit of this classic tune from the Jamaican Sax master

Weird Together : No Compromise (Daniel Haaksman Remix)
Big Haaksman remix of this song from the British group.

Vivian Garcia & Armando Perez : Locos (Atropolis Remix)
Damn catchy female vocals en español over a  raggamuffin beat from the NYC homie Atropolis

  • Dangerscouse

    Some solid gold tunes here, cheers Gozar, you need to post more often!! Particularly love that Nicola Cruz, so simple yet so addictively listenable and Purple Disco Machine is really floating Dangerspouse’s boat too

  • Soul Cocina

    Super nice vibes. This Nicola tune is so sweet. The Atropolis Locos mix is gold. & from the earlier post, Dia de mi suerte has been my life anthem, Tiklah is the only one who could have done the remake justice, like the way he did si hecho palante. Big Up selectas Gozar y Chuck Dub.

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Where The Wild Things Roam

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I swear, lately it feels like every week there’s 5 new albums coming out that I actually really want to listen to. Is it just me or does this feel like a really great moment in music? Maybe it’s just the sunny Summertime vibes seeping into my brain. Either way, I’ve got a heap of good ones lined up for you- from chilled out bedroom beats to roller rink two-step joints. Press play and enjoy the bounty. Today’s artwork comes courtesy of the highly talented and super surreal Neil Krug. Check out more brain food from him.

Thundercat : Them Changes
top notch soulful funky sounds from the bass maestro over a classic Isley Bro’s break.

The Internet : Girl (ft. Kaytranada)
been waiting on this… peep the album

Ticklah : El Dia De Suerte
not new, but this reggae rework of Willie Colon’s salsa classic is sounding perfect right now.

Ace Of Base : All That She Wants (Self Help & Tanner Re-Twerk)
a semi-guilty pleasure that has been working really well on the dancefloor

Mayer Hawthorne x Jake One : Number One
genius reworking of Nate Dogg

Duke Dumont : Need U (110%) (James Laurence Bootleg)
house song gets flipped into an 80’s boogie jam and it’s a perfect fit

Zero 7 : Simple Science

Kyogi : Not Good Enough (Jean Tonique Remix)

Tinashe : All Hands On Deck (Giraffage Remix)

Beat Spacek : Tonight

Flume : Some Minds (ft. Andrew Wyatt)
waaaaaaait for it, the drop is so so worth it. Very much looking forward to more from Flume.

Blundetto : Above The Water (ft. Biga Ranx)
a French whiteboy singing in patois never sounded so good.

  • Dangerscouse

    LOVIN Thundercat the new Flume tune and Blundetto. I didn’t know that Blundetto had a new album out so i’ll be off to buy it now. Really looking forward to more Flume music too. Cheers Chuck

  • Dangerscouse

    I’ve just stumbled across Sly Johnson who is on the same label as Blundetto. Have a listen to ‘EVRBDD’ (Everybody Dancin). It’s funky soul not reggae, but I reckon that you’ll love it if you haven’t heard it already

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Bonanza

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So many great tunes have been coming my way lately, I’m genuinely feeling like I want to do extra busy work or house cleaning just so I can have an excuse to keep listening. Not a ton of time today to break down the ins and outs of why each one of these songs flips my lid, but rest assured this is a top-notch batch of serious melodic mastery. For those of you in LA, catch me at Caña Rum Bar this Thursday night playing a set that leans heavily on the vintage Latin classics, then for all my people in NYC, I’m back there this upcoming Sunday at The Jimmy. Come through and get yourself into the Summer state of mind…

Jamie xx : I Know Theres Gonna Be (Good Times) & Loud Places
Popcaan & Young Thug on a xx beat?!?!? Then Loud Places kills it with the classic Idris Muhammad sample.

Toro y  Moi : Lilly & Buffalo

Romare : Work Song

A-WA : Habib Galbi
producer from Balkan Beat Box teams up with Yemeni singing sister trio

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto : Manolo (Uproot Andy Remix)
Señor Andy is back with a new EP and it’s free

Bomba Estereo : Somos Dos, Fiesta & Soy Yo
this album on repeat, again and again. The whole record is SO GOOD. I’m jealous I didn’t make it.

Zed Bias : Shizam ft. Stylo G & Scrufizzer (My Nu Leng Remix)

Shamir : Hot Mess & Call It Off

Disclosure : Holding On (ft. Gregory Porter) & Bang That

Hanni El Khatib : Two Brothers
I had the opportunity of opening up for Hanni last Friday and wow, dude kilt it like Braveheart.

Misun : Nobody Knows

 

  • sample76

    This place always provides! Thank you!

  • Dangerscouse

    Hey Chuck, you’ve probably got on to it already, but have a listen to Maribou State’s album ‘Portraits’. It really reminds me of the excellent Caribou album ‘Our Love’, and I’m wondering if there’s some connection with the names being so similar. Thanks for the tunes as well, got quite a few of these already and good to see another Hanni fan

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Diamond In The Rough

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Brand new tune for you all! I’ve been collaborating with my dear friend Brit Manor (aka Brit Laurén) for many years now- she’s been on several Captain Planet tunes you may remember, and even before that we shared the stage together as youngbloods in NYC. “Diamond In The Rough” is the first single from her upcoming mini-album (produced by yours truly) which will come out on Bastard Jazz Records later this year. The beautiful cosmic video comes courtesy of Araeia Robinson (who did “In The Gray” as well). Reggae vibes meet moody electronic soul in this song about transformation and self-realization. As Brit says, “Young women are more than just pretty things; we are electric, mystical, fallen stars, and buried treasures – we are diamonds in the rough.” If you are feeling it please help spread the word and support. Also, shout out to Afropunk.com for the great premier!

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Springtime Sounds + NYC Bound

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Big big weekend coming up! There is little that I love in this world more than NYC in Spring. The communal thawing out of 8 and a half million people, surrounded by cherry blossoms, baby green leaves, and outfits that allow plenty of sun exposure, is really something to cherish. Not only will I get to catch up with a bunch of my old homies, but I’m very excited to be spinning 2 special parties that I invite any and all of you in the NY area to come check out. This Saturday I’ll be headed all the way uptown to join the funky maestro Nickodemus as we kick off another season of his legendary Turntables On The Hudson party! Check out DETAILS HERE. Then Sunday I hit the rooftop of the James Hotel with my brother DJ Cato to kick off our own seasonal residency poolside in Soho! Both are daytime-into-the-night events, and both are absolutely FREE. This week’s playlist is meant to give you a little taste of some sunset soundtrack songs, plus some other things to pluck at your heartstrings.

Clinton Fearon : Blame Game

Kabaka Pyramid : The Sound & Get You

Skarra Mucci & Phantom : True Gyalist

Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra : Malunguinho

Souleance : Segrados Do Samba

Mennska & Mas Tropical : Won’t Come Home

Alex Clare : Up All Night (Nadastrom 98 Re-Fix)

Misun : After Me

Malinchak ft. Max : Dragonfly

Leyya : Superego

Hundred Waters : Cavity (Shigeto Remix)

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