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I’m currently feelin a strong itch to get away. Actually more like full blown poison ivy attack mixed with hives. That’s the kind of all-over full body itch I’m talking about. Maybe it’s partly due to the anticipation of travel that is hopefully (fingers crossed) in my near future. I try not to jinx anything until I have my ticket in hand. I’ve been working steadily on a ton of new music which will surely leak its way onto this site over the next several months, and potentially, I’ll be typing about it from someplace as pretty as the underwater world above. For now though, press play on this big selection of outernational sounds that can help you mentally reposition yourself closer to the equator (unless you’re reading this in Ecuador). I’ve got a touch of Jamaica, Colombia, Brazil, Cambodia and West Africa in the mix, plus some other goodies that should get you moving.

Tarrus Riley : Burning Desire
one of the finest reggae roots singers doing it today

El Búho : Pescado Negro
deep and trippy future cumbia vibes from this cat

Castro : Twitch (ft. Branko & Poté)
big collabo zouk bass tune from this UK producer

Joyce Moreno : Aldeia De Ogum (Psychemagik Remix)
the Psyche dudes hit home once again- trippy, breezy, and just enough bounce

Afriquoi : Kudaushe
african future roots outta London

Tony Quattro : Zulu Carnival
heavy big room tune from this NYC dj for Branko’s Enchufada label.

Davido : Skelewu
smash hit from Nigeria’s current mega-dude that I slept on for way too long

2face Idibia : GO ft. Machel Montano
another big name in the Naija scene featuring the undisputed Trini carnival king

Mc Jaja : Eu Quero é Tu
I hear from Chief Boima this one is making major waves throughout Brazil and I can hear why

Staff Benda Bilili : Osali Mabe
feel good modern roots music from the Congo

Vieux Gazeur : Mon Pépé
some drum-heavy zouglou bizniz from Cote D’Ivoire designed specifically to move your rump

Bulimundo : Santo Antoni la Belem (Hide & Smile Edit)
moving onward to the funky side of Cape Verde, comes this excellent edit from the Sofrito crew

Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra : Ghost In The Rain (ft. Clutchy Hopkins & Chhom Nimol)
leaving you with a moody psychedelic slow jam featuring the Cambodian songstress front-woman from Dengue Fever. Would love to collabo with her one day…

  • Dawn

    That Bulimundo is such a brilliant trip of a song. Gonna have that on repeat for a while. Thanks ;-))))

  • Jon

    WONDERFUL selections! Thanks so much for continuing to educate and share.

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New Dorp. New York Bootleg

New Dorp

Just wanted to share this quick edit I made of a tune from the latest SBTRK album featuring vocals by Ezra Koenig. I know this guy’s voice verges on being annoying, but something about this song always gets me and I wanted to have a version I could drop for the dancefloor. Just gave it a touch of extra sauce, hope you dig. FREE DOWNLOAD get it while the gettin’ is good.


Back at Acabar


Attention all my Angelenos! Got a whole lot cooking this week for Grammy festivities, starting tonight. I’m doing a not-so-open event earlier in the night with Questlove & Charli XCX which I’m pretty stoked about, but then the real party will be at Acabar afterwards with my BKLA partner DJ Cato and this month’s guests Aaron DRM & Erik The Red (who collectively run Bastard Jazz Records). We also have some special guests who will be dropping in to add some extra flavor to the mix (I see you Plann B!). If you’ve never been to Acabar, you are sleeping! This spot is seriously gorgeous and the sound system is proper. I had time to put together a quick playlist with a few new joints that will probably get played tonight. Hope to see you there…

Anderson Paak : Miss Right

ODESZA : All We Need ft. Shy Girls

Love Taps : Back For More ft. Maya Killtron

AlunaGeorge : Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)

Branko : Eventually ft. Alex Rita & Bison

Full Crate : Hurt Your Back & Really Love

Sleey Tom & Gladiator : Cruise Control

Dengue Dengue Dengue! : R2

Hiatus Kaiyote : By Fire

iZem : Sadeo ft. Feather

Buyepongo : Mulatu Para Ti

  • Ro Data

    Wow, that Anderson Paak – Miss Right is FIRE. Been listening for a good second, keep on keepin’ on

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Out On A Limb

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Still on the run (thus the lack of posting), but I have too much new music not to share! Enjoy these goodies and check out more eye candy from this badass Russian surrealist Elena Vizerskaya. Also, for any of you in the LA area, I’ve got another edition of my highly excellent BKLA party next Thursday night at one of the most beautiful places to get down in all of Hollyweird. Until the next moment when I can come up for air… peace

Willis Earl Beal : Too Dry To Cry

Kali Uchis : Know What I Want (esta Remix)

Kauf : Relocate (Psychemagik Remix)

Redinho : Get You Off My Mind

Phantogram : Fall In Love (Neus Remix)

The Acid : Basic Instinct

RÜFÜS : Modest Life

Shamir : If It Wasn’t True & On The Regular

Herve : Pressure

Kacy Hill : Experience

Made In Heights : Skylark Interbang?!


Maestros Remix

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Very happy to share this latest remix with you all (and make it available for FREE). This is a collaboration I did with my homie and DJ partner Canyon Cody (Subsuelo mastermind) for local LA cumbia superheroes Buyepongo. These guys have been keeping the heavy roots alive and well around Southern California for a minute, and I’m hoping this is the first of more collaborations to come. We took their classic cumbia tribute to the masters and brought it to the club. Fans of 808’s and moombahton should find plenty to like about this one.

Alternate download link (since soundcloud seems to be trippin): RIGHT HERE

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See Straight

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I hope you’re all stepping into the new year on the good foot! I personally am suffering from a serious fever/head cold partly due to a bit more partying than my aging body is capable of. But I always persevere! With music as my medicine I’ll be back at it tomorrow night with my homie DJ Cato, bringing our eclectic dance party BKLA back to the left coast. We will be digging deep for some seriously soulful dancefloor flavors at one of my favorite spots in West Hollywood- Acabar. This place is truly an oasis, big open dancefloor, top tier soundsystem, and beautiful vintage Persian design. Anyone in the LA area should swing through and help us rock the casbah! More info here. Got a bunch of new goodies to share with you- some more mellow moody stuff, and a couple dancefloor fillers as well. Artwork today comes courtesy of Aerosyn Lex.

Little Dragon : Cat Rider (Poolside Remix)

Blood Orange : Is It All Over My Face & Tower of Meaning
nice Arthur Russell medley from this recent benefit compilation

Mary J. Blige : Right Now
produced by Disclosure, need I say more?

KAYTRANADA : Leave Me Alone ft. Shay Lia

Bonobo : Cirrus

Dorsia : Ghana (HNNY Remix)

Miguel Migs : We Can Make It ft. Omar

Werkha : Cube & Puzzle

Sampology : Shine A Light ft. Daniel Merriweather
this tune is getting me UP right now, uplifting soulful house meets afro global bass vibe.

Paul White : Where You Gonna Go?

Moses Sumney : Plastic
deeper. Probably the best live show I saw in 2014 was Moses Sumney.

  • Dangerscouse

    Lovin all of them. Got a few already, and some others to keep an eye on.

    BTW, please please check out Romare. I’m struggling to think of someone so suited to your style. His EPs have blown me away. ‘Roots’ is pure tribal techy house heaven ‘Taste of Honey’ is so old school you can smell it, ‘Hey Now’ sampling a Nina Simone refrain and a stripped back piano and ‘Your Love’ with a cracking sample of ‘Fever’ is something you will want everyone to hear as it ticks all of the boxes with it’s sweaty and slow R&B vibe. Three EPs, the latest on Ninja Tune, and all of them are worth selling the house for. It’s been a while since a single artist has excited me so much. Fun for all the family!!


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