Villa Diamante (Argentina) – ‘ZZK Mixtape Vol.1’

Another month, another mixtape from our most posted (and requested) Argentinean producer, Villa Diamante. This is the first mixtape release for ZZK Records (the label cousin of the Zizek club in Buenos Aires) and features some of Villa’s previously posted cumbia blends (such as Calle 13 vs Modeselektor or Dizzee vs Surtek) alongside a wave of new productions, seamlessly melded into an instamatic flash of the neuvo cumbia scene. Villa describes it thus: “destroying the geographic limits and vindicating mashups as a cultural intersection where copyright infringement becomes art. Digital Cumbia, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, don’t think about it, dance it!

ZZK Records continues its release schedule with a physical CD release titled ‘ZZK Sound Vol. 1 – Cumbia Digital’ – seventeen tracks from Zizek artists such as Oro 11, Fauan, El Remelon, Princesa and more. Worldwide shipping available from

mp3: VILLA DIAMANTE – ZZK Mixtape Vol.1

Villa Diamante – Oro11 vs Kelis
Villa Diamante – Marcelo Fabian vs Tego Calder??n
Villa Diamante – El Trip Selector vs Voltio y Tego Calder??n
Princesa – I Feel So Good (El Remolon Mix)
Villa Diamante – Fauna vs M.I.A.
Toy Hernandez – Sones del Mexside / Sonidero Nacional
Villa Diamante – Dizzee Rascal vs Surtek Collective
Luisao – Bountycaderas
Zurita – Pa Pa Pare
Villa Diamante РChancha V??a Circuito vs Lil´ Mama
Los RocBoyz – Jigga vs Sonidero Nacional
Oro11 – Pibes Chorros vs DJ Unh – Que Calor
Princesa – (Frikstailers remix)
Villa Diamante – Frikstailers vs Calle 13
Fauna – El Ventilador (Daleduro Remix)
Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (Loder Booleg)
El Remol??n – Modeselektor vs Calle 13
Sonido Martines – Selva Cari?±o Rmx feat FeFe
Villa Diamante – Marcelo Fabian vs Homebwoi

Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal) – ‘The Sound Of Kuduro’

After an initital burst of excitement, it’s been a quiet year for Kuduro in terms of its exposure outside of Angola (Guillaume at Masala eloquently drew this into context last October). Of course, I’m sure that there remains a ferocious supply and demand culture within Angola, but – sitting so far outside of the source – we’ve been largely starved of new material. Portugal’s Buraka Som Sistema offer a glimmer of hope for a ‘second coming’ with their new track ‘The Sound Of Kuduro’.

I fully acknowledge that this clip has been through the blog rounds on various sites over the last few days, but I feel the need to represent and archive here on Fat Planet – particularly due to the quality of the guest talent involved: Znobia (who received the royal remix treatment from Diplo in July last year), Puto Prata (find a ‘megamix’ of some of his material at Likembe), Miss World Town – M.I.A and Subarosa.

It’s also good to see the Portuguese crew reconnect with the roots of Kuduro – Frederic Galliano was a little dismissive of non-Angolan Kuduro in our 2007 interview: “The kuduro in Portugal … Angolan people say this is ‘kuduro de blanco’, ‘kuduro of the white people’, because it is really cheap”. It feels like this track – particularly the definitive nature of the title – is the start of a mission to put such criticisms to rest. Stereogum notes that the forthcoming album is titled Black Diamond is due mid-year.