Back in my favorite city on the planet, and damn it feels good (despite the 40 degree Fall weather). HUGE appreciation for the lovely crowds that came out and got down at the first two stops on the record release tour! There’s no better feeling than playing a set, digging in deep with music you truly love, and seeing your friends and fam show their full support on the dancefloor. I’ve been going pretty heavy on my own music and Captain Planet related material, so I’m steering away from that today to share some stuff I’m listening to on the subway that you probably won’t hear at any of my gigs in the upcoming week. Mostly new acquisitions, I feel pretty confident you’ll be moving around (or at least squirming in your chair) by the time you get to Sammy Bananas. Then there’s a handful of chilled out tracks to bring you back down again. Don’t forget to check the rest of my tour schedule in my last post and come through if you’re in the vicinity. I always get a big kick from meeting digital acquaintances in the flesh.
The Juan Maclean : Running Back To You
Fool’s Gold : I’m In Love (Poolside Remix)
Tinashe : Vulnerable (Pomo Remix)
Les Sins : Grind
Big Data : Dangerous (Oliver Remix)
Ninetoes : Finder
Sammy Bananas : Pan Seared
Dre Skull : First Time ft. Megan James & Popcaan (Curses Remix)
Astro Zu x Tusks : Sungod
BØRNS : 10,000 Emerald Pools
Pascaal : Drowning In You
Alina Baraz & Galimatias : Make You Feel
That’s right, it’s been far too long since I took my digital crate of sonic global goodness and spread it around a bit. This week I’ll be kicking off my album release tour in an attempt to remedy that situation. I’m starting off here in LA tomorrow night at one of my favorite places in town- East Side Luv. I’ll be DJ-ing and showcasing some new songs with a little help from some vocalists you may recognize from the mp3’s you hear on this site. There will also be a live performance from my favorite local cumbia band- Buyepongo (who I hope to collaborate with before too long). Then I’m heading back to the East Coast on Friday for the very exciting Electrafrique party hosted by the good people at OkayAfrica. Once again I’ll have some help from surprise guest vocalists. Then another jammy for CMJ in NYC before heading to D.C. to tear it up at ESL with Bastard Jazz head honcho DJ DRM. Finally I’ll be heading up to San Francisco for a raucous throwdown at the Elbo Room with my funky friends Izzy Wise & Pleasuremaker. If you find yourself in any of these cities around these dates, come through and say what’s up! For any of you who can’t make it, please accept this new mixtape as an offering- my own personal “Declaration Of Funkiness” for The United States of Africa. 60mins of non-stop African music selected and mixed with care by yours truly for OkayAfrica.com. This one is guaranteed to lift your spirit and shake your rump.
It’s finally here!!! Esperanto Slang represents about 2 years of solid work (with plenty of side projects in between). It was a very collaborative project, and I’m enormously grateful to all the musicians and singers who helped make this record happen. I’ve been talking quite a bit about what inspired this album in some recent interviews, but the basic concept was to pay respect to the emerging global language that I have experienced in pockets around the world. In little clubs, generally off the main strip where you hear more commercial club music, there are funky dancefloors fiending for for alternative beats. Music that sounds both ancient and immediate, foreign and familiar. Music that helps people connect with the wider world and asks them to step outside of what they know. These are the places I’ve always sought out- both as a dancer in the crowd, and as a DJ/performer looking to create and share a meaningful experience. Whenever I find myself in one of those places, I feel like we’re all speaking Esperanto.
Stream the whole record below, share it with friends, spread the word… and please support! It’s now available in beautiful double RED VINYL, CD or MP3 courtesy of Bastard Jazz Records. I promise I will go back to posting other people’s music soon! haha.
Sorry I’ve had so little time to post! Things are really moving along with the new Captain Planet album (drops in less than a week!) and I’ve been bouncing around like crazy- DJing, promoting, plotting… Here’s one more track from the album that we’ve decided to give away for FREE. Yes, we’re generous like that. This one was inspired by summer nights in my childhood, out in the woods, surrounded by the multi-layered chorus of insect communication. I picture a massive and powerful cicada queen belting out her mating cry at every breakdown. I hope you dig. Big shout out to the badass music blog Pigeons & Planes for premiering it on Tuesday. Limited free download, so grab it while it’s hot!
A serious heatwave has hit us in LA this week, so it feels very appropriate to keep the Summer sounds rolling out. While sitting in front of a barely working AC unit in nothing but my drawers, I can think of little else that sounds more appealing than some breezy, feel good, samba funk. With that in mind, I present to you the latest Captain Planet song to premier off my upcoming album. “Tudo de Bom” is a bouncy Brazilian joint featuring vocals by the lovely Samira Winter, with background vocals and additional guitar chops by up-n-coming rocker Nevilton. I loved working with these guys (there’s actually another song with Samira on the album), and I hope you can hear the fun we had in the studio when you press play. If you pre-order the “Esperanto Slang” album, you’ll get an immediate download of this tune, plus the other 2 singles that have dropped so far. Big shout out to Sounds & Colours Magazine for the premier yesterday. Press play and bump loudly!
Whilrwinded right through my 10-day vacation on the East Coast with non-stop good times accompanied by family and friends. Now I’m back in Lala land feeling a little sick and run-down from the travels, but still basking in the afterglow of fresh Summer memories worth saving. Gonna drop this fresh batch of new tunes on you all and dive back into the work that has piled up while I was away. I’ve got some head nodders, some dancefloor funkiness, and a bit of chilled out smoke cloud material for you today. The artwork above comes from the legendary Ralph Steadman, who I was reminded of by watching this great documentary on him while flying back West.
Kindness : World Restart ft. Kelela & Ade
Pompeya : Does & Night
Chris Brown : Fine China (B. Bravo Remix)
Ásgier : King & Cross (Saul Sweet Remix)
Brother In Arms : Jamaican Gyal
Electric Guest : Awake
ODESZA : Say My Name ft. Zyra
Blood Orange : You’re Not Good Enough (Holy Ghost Bootleg)
Titeknots : All Talk
Nico & Vinz : Am I Wrong (Deejay Theory Remix)
Taylor McFerrin : Decisions ft. Emily King & Georgia