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Mariana Deep


For no other reason than because it’s Sunday, I’d like to share with you the first song I made after returning home to my studio from my recent epic 4-month Asia journey. The melody and inspiration for the song came to me in a dream actually- I woke up and had to race off to get in front of my keyboard as quickly as possible so I wouldn’t lose it. It definitely creates a trippy vibe that I haven’t explored very much before, but hopefully that doesn’t throw you off. I also got a little help from a pod of blue whales who provide the vocals that I sampled. I’m not sure if it’s danceable, but I know it manages to take me someplace otherworldly. Shout out to the music blog IndieShuffle for featuring it as song of the day today! Free download, grab it while it’s hot…

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Ya Llego Remix


Today marks a very big step for many of my homies here in the Los Angeles global bass (or whatever you’d prefer to call this sound) music scene. Early in my days here in LA, I found myself quickly gravitating towards Canyon Cody and the Subsuelo party that he helped start. That party became a home for me, and the people I met there became my friends & community. Subsuelo grew and became Calentura– an even bigger party/gathering/crew with new blood, expanded network reach, and finally, corporate sponsorship. Go ahead and scoff, but the truth is, even for those of us who live and breathe independent music, having a record label and/or liquor brand willing to fund what you do (without making too many concessions) is immensely helpful. It has allowed this vision to grow exponentially, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. So now Canyon has become the head of A&R at Fania records, essentially the Motown of Latin music. His first big project was to continue building the Calentura party by hiring bigger guest DJ’s, making more extravagant decorations, and incorporating this badass monthly fiesta into the record label. The second task was to begin commissioning remixes of the classic material from the Fania catalogue by today’s brightest producers who are continuing the spirit of this global party music that was once called “Salsa”. I feel honored to have been among the first people he asked to get involved. Today, the first compilation of this new generation of Fania music has launched. I have 2 songs on here, one of them brand new. And I’m also happy to say, I have an entire EP’s worth of material dropping shortly on Fania. For that you will have to stay tuned…

Here’s my remix of Willie Colon & Mon Rivera’s “Ya Llego”. Do yourself a favor and check out the entire release which premiered on SPIN today

  • Senor Griff

    Love your Mon Rivera remix on this collection. Looking forward to it becoming available. I’m not a huge fan of the ‘global bass’ sound. Sounds to me like ‘Human League does world music on a Casio VL tone’. Too many other remixes on this collection collapse into meaningless bleeping. It kind of takes the soul out of it. I love the fact that you keep the feel of the originals whilst making them totally nuts for the 21st century dancefloor. Love those trombones. Keep on doing what your doing.

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Live At The Globe


I don’t normally share live mixes, partly because I like to keep you curious enough that you actually have to put in the effort to come out in person, but also in part because the mix is usually a little sloppy in places and levels aren’t always as even as I’d like, but here I go making a special exception. This is a solid 60min section from my DJ set last Saturday night at the beautifully renovated Globe Theater in downtown LA opening up for one of my all-time favorite drummer/producer/DJ/music-master-minds Questlove, and the mad scientist of bass The Gaslamp Killer. It was an awesome night, and I felt warmly welcomed back in my home city by a big crowd who seemed to open up to my global Gumbo Funk sound. I took a real trip around the world, mixing some long-time Captain Planet staples with some new discoveries and a healthy amount of my own original productions as well. Press play and get ready to move…

1. Thornato – Seu Maya (Thornato Remix)
2. Tropkillaz x Gappy Ranks – Baddest Baby (Deejay Theory Remix)
3. Kranium ft. Ty Dolla Sign – Nobody Has To Know (Major Lazer & KickRaux Remix)
4. Aaliyah – If Your Girl Only Knew (Drunkmaster Flex & Esentrik Remix)
5. Mapei – Don’t Wait (Smalltown DJ’s Edit)
6. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto – Manolo (Uproot Andy Remix)
7. Captain Planet – Aguacero ft. Chico Mann
8. Buyepongo – Maestros (Captain Planet & Canyon Cody Remix)
9. J Boogie – Motto Moombah ft. Los Rakas & E-40
10. R2bees ft. Sakodie & Nana Boroo – Agyeiii (Captain Planet Remix)
11. Seu Jorge – Mania de Peitão (Captain Planet Bootleg)
12. DJ Nu-Mark – Oya Indebure
13. Bomba Estereo – Fiesta
14. DBANJ – Oliver Twist
15. Toddla T vs. The 2 Bears – Big Tune A Drop ft. Mr Lexx
16. Daniel Klauser – Rootz
17. Clap! Clap! – Liberty
18. Thornato ft. Jahdan – Ka Kong (Captain Planet Remix)
19. Wyclef Jean – Jaspora
20. Katy B – Katy On A Mission (Captain Planet Remix)
21. Sam Gellaitry – Long Distance
22. Will Magid – Irfan ft. Paul Bertin
23. Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar
24. Stylo G ft. Sister Nancy – Badd
25. El General – Tu Pun Pun
26. Alsarah & The Nubatones – Wad Alnuba (Captain Planet Remix)
27. Mahendra Kapoor & Suresh Wadekar – Sada Vasda Raje Punjab (Uproot Andy Remix)
28. TRDMRK & Tropkillaz – King (Tropkillaz Remix)
29. Beenie Man – Dude (Ape Drums & Phat Deuce Remix)
30. Alo Wala x Nucleya – Little Lotto ft. MC Zulu
31. Willie Colón & Mon Rivera – Ya Llego (Captain Planet Remix)

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More Slang EP


WOOHOO! “Aguacero” is probably my favorite song I’ve worked on all year. I really hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as I do. Been a while in the works, but after the major success of “Un Poquito Mas”, another collaboration with Chico Mann absolutely had to happen. In fact, there may be more on the way (but don’t hold your breath haha). “Aguacero” is a downpour- water everywhere. I built up a chill, but highly danceable groove, with excellent guitar work from my friend Andy Abad, and then Chico’s vocals just sealed the deal. Get your hands on the entire More Slang EP, with heavy-hitting remixes from some homies you may know (Deejay Theory, Thornato, & London Bridge), available today worldwide on Bastard Jazz records. Big shout out to Vice’s THUMP blog for a great premier earlier this week. Final note, the pic above is one of countless amazingly beautiful things I saw with my wife in the area of Siem Reap, Cambodia earlier this week. If you are ever thinking of going to this region, do yourself a favor and make it up Kulen Mountain!

  • Sam E

    Thank you for your great tunes on Friday @ Hotel Vagabond Such a great selection I hope saturday night went off with Lady Flic in the house too.

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Diamond In The Rough

Brand new tune for you all! I’ve been collaborating with my dear friend Brit Manor (aka Brit Laurén) for many years now- she’s been on several Captain Planet tunes you may remember, and even before that we shared the stage together as youngbloods in NYC. “Diamond In The Rough” is the first single from her upcoming mini-album (produced by yours truly) which will come out on Bastard Jazz Records later this year. The beautiful cosmic video comes courtesy of Araeia Robinson (who did “In The Gray” as well). Reggae vibes meet moody electronic soul in this song about transformation and self-realization. As Brit says, “Young women are more than just pretty things; we are electric, mystical, fallen stars, and buried treasures – we are diamonds in the rough.” If you are feeling it please help spread the word and support. Also, shout out to Afropunk.com for the great premier!

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Springtime Sounds + NYC Bound


Big big weekend coming up! There is little that I love in this world more than NYC in Spring. The communal thawing out of 8 and a half million people, surrounded by cherry blossoms, baby green leaves, and outfits that allow plenty of sun exposure, is really something to cherish. Not only will I get to catch up with a bunch of my old homies, but I’m very excited to be spinning 2 special parties that I invite any and all of you in the NY area to come check out. This Saturday I’ll be headed all the way uptown to join the funky maestro Nickodemus as we kick off another season of his legendary Turntables On The Hudson party! Check out DETAILS HERE. Then Sunday I hit the rooftop of the James Hotel with my brother DJ Cato to kick off our own seasonal residency poolside in Soho! Both are daytime-into-the-night events, and both are absolutely FREE. This week’s playlist is meant to give you a little taste of some sunset soundtrack songs, plus some other things to pluck at your heartstrings.

Clinton Fearon :       Blame Game

Kabaka Pyramid :       The Sound &       Get You

Skarra Mucci & Phantom :       True Gyalist

Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra :       Malunguinho

Souleance :       Segrados Do Samba

Mennska & Mas Tropical :       Won't Come Home

Alex Clare :       Up All Night (Nadastrom 98 Re-Fix)

Misun :       After Me

Malinchak ft. Max :       Dragonfly

Leyya :       Superego

Hundred Waters :       Cavity (Shigeto Remix)

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