The past week has been an emotionally taxing stew of anxiety, anger and despair here in the USA. I think most of the people close to me, who also reside primarily in the liberal coastal bubbles, have been smacked in the face by the successful fruition of one of the most despicable presidential campaigns imaginable. I am encouraged to see so many people taking to the streets to speak up. I’m personally using the wild energy in the air to re-focus and re-purpose my own place in this country, fired up to continue the work that I know I need to be doing. With all that said, I have what I often believe is some of the best medicine available: beautiful music.
Today I’m happy to present a 90min guest mix from my homegirl in Manila, Miss Badkiss. It’s a top notch selection of funky, mid-tempo, left-field joints that can keep you dancing or help you relax (even during this hectic moment in history). Impeccably mixed and recorded live at her monthly party “You’re Welcome” in Manila, which she shares with DJ Emel and other local guests, the set is a deep dive into a “rolling balearic vibe”, as she calls it. In her words: “we like keeping a slower than average pace at You’re Welcome. even at peak time around 6am we’d still prefer playing below 120bpm. Keep an ear out for more of her mixes on mixcloud and catch her live, spreading the sonic medicine regularly in Manila. Stream below, or download the full mix here.
Twilight (Maze) – Bing Ji Ling
Serotonin (Umoja Remix) – Oby Nine
In the dark of the night – Michiocan
Familiar Strangers (Night) – Bison
Atlanta – Fabror Resande Mac
Cori – Andi Hanley
Ohana – Studio Paradiso
Herats and Soul – Robert Owens
Ostatni Kurs (Das Komplex Remix) – Ptaki
Underlined – Atjazz
Time – Sam Irl
Ceylons Aland – Acid Hamam
Poem of darkness – la funk mob
Undertow – Pop District
Street Justice – The Rake
Beat Street- Grandmaster Flasj & Melle Mel
Burt – Andi Hanley
Sensaatio – Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Peace Makers – MARR, Markus
la fusion – Cro Magnon
Nairobi Funk – AGRARIO, Frank
People’s Palace (Devotion) – A Band called Flash
Big batch of heaters today from fellow globetrotter, sonic explorer, and perpetual party stimulator: DJ NADI. I first met this man about 4 years back when he invited me to come out to Maui for a couple parties he was putting together. He’s been steady at it ever since. You can catch him these days regularly in Nevada City where he keeps the restless natives bouncing to tropical bass cuts like the ones below. I sprinkled in 2 of my own selections, only because they seemed to fit perfectly. For all my fellow Americans out there, may these songs help you keep the stress levels low and stay focussed on making some meaningful changes on election day in less than a week! Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a friend, votes count…
It’s that awesome time of year again when we get to celebrate ancient pagan rituals under the guise of remembering Christian saints, and for most people this translates as just an excuse to expose their inner freak publicly under the protection of masquerade. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays, partly for the shared creativity of coming up with costumes, and partly because I get to play “Thriller” again. Really excited about going up to Nevada City this Friday for a massive bash with my brother-in-beats DJ Nadi, anyone in Nor-Cal looking to rage should meet us there. Then I’ll be back in LA on Sat for my regular grimey get down at The Virgil. I don’t know if I’ll be looking as badass as the homie pictured above, but I hope someone on the dancefloor is! The pic is taken from this great collection “Wilder Mann” by Charles Freger, check it out.
P.S. – not sure why I lost the playlist function, I’m going to try to get that fixed for the next post.
A.R. Rahman ft. Sid Sriram, Sanahmoidutty, Jonita Gandhi : Mei Nigara
Roosevelt : Moving On
Pomrad : Out Like A Light ft. Billie
B.B. & Q. Band : Dreamer (Kartell Rework)
Jungle : Julia (Soulwax Remix)
Peligrosa : Santa Marta (DJ Shades Remix)
Boiler : Ipanema
Sofi Tukker : Drinkee (Addal Remix)
Africaine 808 : Language Of The Bass
Kllo : Bolide
Jamie Lidell : Building A Beginning
Happy Tuesday everybody! I’ve been wanting a way to mix this song into my sets, so I had to cook up a remix, and since I don’t like being stingy, I figured I’d let it fly out into the world. Grab the download while it lasts (fingers crossed the soundcloud overlords take pity on me and don’t ban my account). Vibey, tropical, chill moombah-house type of thing. I’m hoping you agree it’s danceable.
So many good records coming out right now, yet still I’m digging up more things from the forgotten past that I feel obliged to share as well. The new Solange record has been my number one on repeat lately, if you haven’t given it a proper listen yet, remedy that quick! Maybe it was being so grateful at hearing her keep the funk alive that made me want to return to some old dusty joints today- from here and abroad. So I’m tipping you off to one other new release by Pegasus Warning, but then taking you into some oldies, including joints from Brazil, Turkey and South Korea (that are mostly new to me). Artwork today comes from the very dope Katherine Bernhardt. Hope you dig!
Here’s something a lil different than what you may expect from the typical Captain Planet sound. A few months back I was approached by the good folks at Coterie to remix this epic folky opus, and given a pretty tight deadline, but as someone who always likes a challenge I dove right in. I could tell from their previous compilations that they were looking for a bit more of the contemporary urban electronic vibe, so I tried to steer away from my tropical/Caribbean leanings. I’m happy with how it came out and proud to be a part of this really high quality line-up of talent that they put together. Even though this collection is only officially available to Coterie attendees, I’ve made a download link for all my Mixtape Riot familia. Cheers!