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Carnival Time Again

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Time to dust off your vuvuzela, the sequined bikini, and the feather headdress. All around the world, where Catholics and Christians spread the gospel, people will be getting loose in the streets this week. I don’t fully understand where this tradition comes from, but judging it purely on the visual and musical stimulus it has provided me over the years, I can’t be mad at it. I didn’t actually compile a playlist of authentic global carnival related songs (which is a good idea for some future date), but this week I’m sharing a collection of dance music that could potentially get you and your friends parading through the streets. There’s some Trinidad, some Brazil, some West Africa- plenty of beats and bass to go around. Special shout out this week to my man in Singapore DJ Bhayology for providing a healthy portion of this playlist. Photo above comes from the highly inspiring work of Phyllis Galembo.

Buju Banton : Champion (Maga Bo Remix)

Pearls Negras : Pensando em Você

Deela : Okka Rina

Olatunji : Ola

Yemi Alade : Johnny

Afriquoi : Ningde Jubeh, Pt. 2

Madera Limpia : Loco (Daniel Haaksman Remix)

Ephniko, Deuce Eclipse & Sonido Baylando : Oye Morena

Snappy Jit : Bumpa (SpydaT.E.K Remix)

Radioclit : Secousse (Round Table Knights Remix)

Petrona Martínez : La Encuera 2.0 ft. Uproot Andy

R. City : Like This

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Dreamin Again

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Had a couple great parties this week in beautiful San Francisco and I was happy to bring out some future funk and nouveau disco that had been sitting in my crates dormant for too long. Shout outs to Will Magid, Zebuel and the Smoked Out Soul crew for throwing down on Wednesday, and big up to DJ Matt Haze for inviting me to rock the Academy of Sciences beer festival (on a stage situated between a man made rainforest and an underwater aquarium)! Now I’m finally going to get my ass back down to LA to my home sweet home and my long lost studio. Truth is, I’m fiending to get back to work. Enjoy this week’s playlist- may it kick off a dance party someplace near you. Pic above comes from one of the many mind-bending architectural achievements that are almost commonplace in Singapore.

Little Dragon : Pretty Girls (Tall Black Guy Disco Love Remix)
yet another heater from Detroit beat maestro TBG

LUXXURY : Take It Slow
listen to these guys and do what the song says

Electric Wire Hustle : Brother Sun ft. Kimbra (Rodi Kirk & Aron Ottignon Version)
one of my absolute favorite releases to come out on Bastard Jazz last year

La Fine Equipe : Make U Greedy
new discovery- heavy duty take on an oft-sampled classic by these funky frenchmen

Dr Packer : Sunshine
there’s a wealth of edits and re-works from this Aussie

Escort : Barbarians (Rance Muhammitz Dub)
keeping the spirit of Studio 54 alive and well in Brooklyn

Tom Of Finland : Dreamin Again

Space Coast : Get Away (JKriv Remix)
truly irresistible bass line drops at the 1 minute mark

Joey Negro : Free Bass (Funk Equation Mix)

The Sunburst Band : Taste The Groove (Hot Toddy Mix)
this one for me starts around the 2 minute mark- then get ready for the drop

Nina Simone : Come Ye (Harry Vanvagen Remix)
new alt-ego from my global bass homie Thornato, really really diggin it

Bibio : Feeling
OOF! Sly Stone gets channeled on this one from an eclectic UK producer

Breakbot : 2Good4Me
perhaps my favorite discovery in the past couple of weeks, do yourself a favor and check the video too

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Culture Shock

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After three and a half months traveling in Asia, I’ve returned to California, and I must say, it feels really nice to be eating cheese and drinking wine. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to travel, for the countless eye opening experiences and new friends made, for the raucous parties and the jaw-dropping sights. Somehow it all makes me feel more grateful to come home to a place as special as California, and even appreciative of being from the U.S. (which is not something I’m always proud of). I’m taking it slow right now, getting over jet lag and a nasty eye infection I got on the flight, so rather than hit you with a bunch of high energy dance music, allow me to take you on a little mellow journey around the soundsphere- adding some new stamps to your passport along the way. Today’s playlist has retro sounds from West Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe– a true mix of gumbo funk reminiscent of the old Captain’s Crate days.

Amara Toure : N’nijo & Salamouti
Guinea Conakry – thanks to Analog Africa

Los Zafiros : Bossa Cubana & La Luna en Tu Mirada
Cuba

Charlie & The Boys : Dance With Soul
Singapore

Angkanang Kunchai : Lam Plearn Mee Mia Laew Pai
Thailand – thanks to Soundway Records

Thepporn Petchubon : Fang Jai Viangjan
Thailand

Unknown Artist : Cambodian Mystery Song
Cambodia – from one of many burned CD’s I bought in a market in Siem Reap

Mbongwana Star : Malukayi & 1 million c’est quoi?
Democratic Republic of the Congo – one of my favorite records of 2015

Los Corraleros De Majagual : Sueltala Pa’ Que Se Defiendo
Colombia

Samir Hanna : Lbesna Sharawil Jdoudna
Lebanon

Ozdemir Erdogan : Gurbet
Turkey

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba : Borongoli Ma Kununban & Fama Magni
Mali – another great one from last year

Salvatore Adamo : En Blue Jeans Et Blouson
Belgium – strangely enough, I discovered this one listening to radio in a taxi in Seoul, Korea

  • Wonderful G

    Thank you so much for your blog! You have opened my ears to so much great music! Many more happy travels….

  • Koenski

    just heard ”taske it easy”- LUXURY, wow, dat bassline !. Me,myself and I play bass and appreciate thsi a lot.
    Voices reminded me a bit of just anillusion -Imagination.
    Always great to know there is likeminded peeps across da pond, keepthangs funky friend !
    greetings from that littrle other ”land of the free” Holland aka the Netherlands. koensk

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Bollywood New Year

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Happy 2016 everybody! I hope you all rang it in loud and proud. Apologies for my absence, I’ve been on a serious tour de force for the past month, traveling to South Korea, China, and all throughout India. Mainly INDIA. The wi-fi has been scant, and even when I apparently had full bars of signal, the kilobytes per second of transmission were slim to none, so blogging was basically an impossibility. India blew my mind about 100 times daily. It was overwhelming and discomforting from day one, but thankfully I’m someone who appreciates being out of my comfort zone. From the delicious dosas of Chennai, to the hazy filthy holy madness of Varanasi, to the crowded bustling streets of Bombay, through the maze-like bazaar of Delhi, to the glory of the Taj in Agra, and finally finishing with a bit of relaxation surrounded by picturesque beaches and endless sunsets in Goa– India was very real. I also had the insane opportunity of DJ-ing for the actual Maharaja of Jodhpur in the medieval Mehrangarh Fort (see pic above), while spending several nights at the Umaid Bhawan Palace!!! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve gained about 5 pounds in pure curry, and made many new friends, and I’ve also acquired a hearty stash of Bollywood music which I will begin to share with you today. I’ve had a fair share of old school 70’s Bollywood funk for years, but the newer music on the radio is what I was focussed on this trip. You have to have a bit of a taste for cheese here, and an appreciation for the accompanying videos and movies is helpful too. But if you’re like me, then these songs will find their way into a playlist of yours and provide for an epic dance party (with the Maharaja or not), plus there’s a few mellow come down tunes at the end. Suggestions for more Bollywood bangers in the comments is highly appreciated!

Soumya Rao : Dreamum Wakeupum

Navjeet Singh : Ik Wari Nach Le

Arjun Kanungo : Baaki Baatein Peene Baad

Harpreet Happy : Neher Wale Pull

Guru Randhawa : Outfit

Pritam, Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda & Antara Mitra : Manma Emotion Jaage

D. Imman : Dandanakka

Dhanush Anirudh : Maari Thara Local

Deepa Zaildar : Faridkot

Diljit Dosanjh : Gapuchi Gapuchi Gum Gum

Ravinder Grewal : Gal Tan Bandi & Latt Wargi

Uthara : Azhagu

Bhupinder Singh & Asha Bhosle : Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar Aaj Bhi Hai

Ghulam Ali : Chamakte Chand Ko

 

  • juleslefrog

    Seeing Asha Bhosle in there reminds me of one of my favorite curve balls: “Ae Tum Bahar Kahan”. I think you’ll like it

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Heaping Handful of Favorites from 2015

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Mixtape Riot Radio is baaaack! It’s been a full year since my last episode, which was also an annual “Best Of”, but I do plan on getting back into a more regular habit of recording these in 2016. Certainly not definitive, and there’s plenty of songs/artists I loved in 2015 that are not on here, but these 20 tunes represent a lot of what I’ve had in repeat rotation at different points over the year. This is also more of my chill listening playlist, rather than my club-filler make-the-dancefloor-break mix that you hear if you come see me DJ. I tried to focus on songs that may have fallen under the radar of most other end-of-year lists as well. Any way you squeeze it, I think they all fit together pretty well and leave me optimistic about the current state of musical affairs. Includes songs from Thundercat, Bomba Estereo, Misun, Equal, Love Taps, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Branko and more. Hope you dig it!

full tracklist and download are available here. Also, catch up on past episodes here.

Mixtape Riot #13 by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

  • JP

    As I’m fixing to hit the road to the hot lands of Corrientes, Argentina, Episode 13 synthesizes most of the tunes collected in my cell from this corner of the blogosphere. So as ABBA once put it, “thank you for the music”, Chuck and, Feliz Navidad! Jumping Calypso

  • Johnny

    Great mix, boom!

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Bring The World To You

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My travels here in Asia continue to be highly rewarding and mind expanding in the following departments: delicious spicy food, salty tropical breezes, picturesque hypercolor views, thrilling scooter rides, sweaty jungle explorations, wild animal encounters, and (perhaps most importantly) time away from my normal routine. I am finding a minuscule amount of time to work on new music in my little makeshift hotel room studio, and of course I’m dedicated to sharing music as regularly as possible with you here, but everything else about our daily schedule requires problem solving skills and creativity. In the past month and a half we’ve explored Cambodia, Malaysian Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand (earlier this week where the pic above was taken), and next week we’re heading to scuba dive in Sulawesi Indonesia. I’m back every weekend to DJ at my residency here at Hotel Vagabond in Singapore (a job offer that could not have come at a better time). I’m insanely thankful for all of this opportunity, and it’s definitely encouraging me to keep sharing music (which is how I ended up here to begin with). So here’s another playlist of slappers- some beavy bass and global sounds to keep inspiring travel, around the world, across the dancefloor, and within our selves.

Will Magid : Irfan (ft. Paul Bertin)
my brass homie from the bay comes correct with a balkan krunk banger

Jus Now : Cyah Help It (ft. Ms. Dynamite & Bunji Garlin)
the electro soca madman returns with a massive collabo

Midival Punditz : Baanwarey (Atropolis Remix)
vibey and deep Indian bass from my NYC beatsmith homie

Burcu Gunes : Yakisir
a Greek party starter secret weapon I robbed from DJ Cato

Ralfi Pagan : Pelao (Cocotaxi Remix)
one of the new breed of Fania remixes, taken from Geko Jones’ compilation, mucho mas Fania on the way…

Tamikrest : Aratan N Tinariwen (MTMBT Re-Edit)
desert rock burner

Quitapenas : Guayabo (Yukicito Remix)
my LA hermano Yuki came correct on this one

Odiggity : Black Hole
heavy afro-electro from this Swedish producer

Edem : Koene (ft. Ice Queen)
recent Ghanian club tune from this man

Justin Bieber : Sorry (Deejay Theory Reggae Refix)
very necessary retro roots mix of a song I can’t stop myself from loving, biggup mi bredren TEERY

Lagartijeando : Cardo Rodando & Amazonas a Los Andes
very nice new release of pan-South-American sounds from the Frente Bolivarista camp

  • Nathanael Holt

    As ever, thanks for these. Weekend uplift achievement unlocked.

  • DiJiT

    Thanks again, from a volunteer at a tiny town community radio station in the middle of nowhere. You help spice up our airwaves. Loving the “Through the Wire” LP as well. I can’t thank you enough, but figured it was time I at least leave a comment.

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