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.
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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!
I’m very jazzed up about this uber-fresh new music video for my last Captain Planet single “In The Gray” ft. my good friend, the insanely talented chanteuse Brit Laurén. After having a really bad music video experience earlier this Spring, where I spent too much money and time on a video that ended up as a flop, it was extremely reassuring to make this sharp and simple one with a handful of friends on a very limited budget in just a couple days. HUGE shout out to everyone on the team for helping make this happen- Araeia Robinson (director), Adam Tillman-Young (cinematographer), Dominique Dawson (styling), and all my friends for their time and dramatic skills! Also big up to Complex Mag for the awesome feature and write-up.
The single is out and even available on 7″ vinyl, so grab it if you’ve been sleeping…
Perfectly timed for all your Summer BBQ & pool party soundtracks, this second single from my upcoming Captain Planet album has arrived, ready to mash up a dancefloor near you- or at least keep your head nodding while you fan yourself and try to keep cool. I originally made this riddim (featuring horns by The Lions) for a Katy B remix which got a lot of love, but was passed on by the label so I could never officially release it- wack. Because no good riddim should ever go to waste, I enlisted the talents of my good friend and frequent collaborator Brit Laurén. She killed it so thoroughly I’ve already forgotten what Katy sounded like. In The Gray is out now on 7″ (I see you vinyl heads!!!) and digitally courtesy of Bastard Jazz Records, GET IT HERE. Huge shout out to the ever-reliable OkayAfrica blog for premiering the song yesterday and giving it a great review. And stay tuned, the full album Esperanto Slang drops in September…