When the wonderful world I love appears to be crumbling around me, and truth itself seems to be suffering from a debilitating case of vertigo, I feel myself in greater need (call it close to desperate) of the solace of a new Koffee single, or the unveiling of a badass sculpture by Kehinde Wiley dropped directly in the middle of Times Square. These relatively small acts, displaying the true power of worthiness amidst an oceanic backdrop of disposable commodities and self-serving trash talkers, keep me afloat as my buoy of inspiration. It’s a storm out here, the waves are wild, my sponge seems to be far too small a vessel, but with these burning songs as my playlist beacon, I shall surf on! Don’t try to make sense of my predilections here, just embrace the chaos- it’s Afrobeat and Disco and House and Drum&Bass and Trap… Happy holidays yall.
I know, I know, far too long, not enough tunes, but I’m dropping a motherload on you today to make up for all that. Do yourself a favor a check out more songs by all these artists & the releases they come from! I post these little nuggets as entryways into tributaries that lead to endless oceanic inspirational bounty. The music is there waiting to be listened to and enjoyed, if only we could make the time to explore it all.
SAULT, wow. Raw post-punk, afro-tinged, indie soul?!? Produced by the elusive Inflo, who gives us more wow. Then a retro gospel funk banger just ’cause we all got soul. Fatnotronic & In Flagranti bring us an updated midtempo Brazilian dancefloor edit of a Trio Ternura classic. Great new single from Portugal’s iZem, and the first release on his new label! Breakdown Brass bring a lil something for the b-boy & b-girls, and wannabes too- count me in. Tiggs & Khruangbin bring weird twists to retro vibes. Still Woozy brews up a funky trippy stew to marinate on. Fanga connect afrobeat & psychedelic tones in a bouncy sweet spot. Apollo Brown comes correct with the head nod downtempo like it’s a rainy day in 1998! Then oh lord, a sweet slice of heaven, and possibly my most played song of the past month- thank you Ralph & Combo Lulo! The Walter Hawkins obscurity comes from a great Psychemagik comp, and then I leave you with the lilting beauty of Abusey Junction. And also be sure and check out more brilliant work by Ariel Davis (art above) who has eye candy for days. Cheers for checking in, and rest assured, there is always more where this batch came from.
Back once again, another heavy load of the funky stuff. Top notch tunes from a broad spectrum of artists and genres, hand picked by yours truly. As all you regulars know, this mix series is pretty representative of all the sounds I post here on the site, and a fair amount of these songs have actually made their way into the playlists. In this particular mix, you’ll find mid-tempo Caribbean and Afrobeat blending into R&B and modern soul, before leading into more club focussed house music and global bass. This 60-minute musical walkabout features songs from PNAU, Koffee, The Goods, Toro y Moi, Burna Boy, The Knocks, Aroop Roy, Branko, Thornato and much more. Buckle up and turn it up. Full tracklist and download of the show available on the BrooklynRadio page.
Meant to share this last week… did a quick flip of this Burna Boy classic with mon frére français Futura. Took the smooth Afrobeat R&B vibe of the original into some Afro-housey club territory. Simple and effective, hope ya dig! Free DL from soundcloud of course. And if somehow you’ve been sleeping on the recent African Giant album, go remedy that quick!
It was a little over 2 years ago that I predicted on this site that Beyoncé would release an Afrobeat joint by the end of the Summer. My guess is, knowing what Disney animation schedules are like, that’s right around the time that they cooked up the idea for Beyonce to produce an Afrobeat soundtrack album to accompany the redux Lion King. I AM NOT MAD AT ALL about this. I have always had love for queen B, but to see her giving shine to Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, & even Oumou Sangaré! These are the projects I can only dream about when I’ve eaten a plate of chocolate for dinner. I haven’t even seen the redux movie, and don’t really plan to, but thank you universe for the music! I took this as a stepping off point, and compiled a bunch of recent Afro heaters for you all. Some with vintage samples in the mix, others more on the poppy tip, and then some that aren’t technically Afrobeat but share the overall vibe. Shout out to my homie Sumohair who provided me with a couple of the uptempo gems. Also, do yourself a favor and follow visual artist / muralist / visionary Ju Mu, in case you’ve been sleeping. I’ve been seeing her work for years on party fliers for the Mash It Up crew in Germany, but these days it’s on another level.
Super happy to finally share this remix with you all! Dave Nada & Jesse Tittsworth are deejays I’ve looked up to since my early days as a scrappy kid starting to play parties in NYC, lurking on the Hollertronix message boards and geeking out about club music and all the new musical fusions and genres that were blending and being birthed in the early 2000’s. It was a mashup moment, and I feel like the latest project these guys have undertaken, starting the HERMANITO record label, is a massive coming to fruition of all those elements that were starting to sprout back then. Kes the Band, who I also have tons of respect and love for, has been one of the big kahunas of Soca music for more than a decade. When the Hermanito boys hit me up about doing a remix for this track, I was honored and felt like I really had to turn up the juice. This club banger was the result and it’s been a secret weapon in most of my DJ sets for the past 9 months or so. I hope it can shake a body or two near you sometime soon… Also, don’t snooze on the other remixes from homies like Deejay Theory & El Dusty!