Maga Bo & Xuman (Senegal) – ‘Fire’

Maga Bo‘s exploration of underground global sounds continues with the forthcoming release ‘Archipelagoes’ on dj/Rupture’s Soot Records. As a taster, Bo presented this clip on his Kolleidosonic blog – ‘Fire’ featuring Senegalese MC Xuman. Originally tucked in at the end of the 2007 mixtape ‘Confusion Of Tongues’ (one of Fat Planet’s Albums of 2007), ‘Fire’ is the first track to receive the video treatment with two more promised soon: ‘Saye Mbott’ featuring Alif, filmed in Dakar, and ‘Nqayi’ feat. Teba which was shot in Cape Town.

‘Shook’ magazine recently published an article from Maga Bo detailing his experiences of the Ethiopian music industry – you can read a short extract, titled ‘Electronics Merkato’ at their blog. Catch Maga Bo on a selection of dates throughout U.S. and Canada in April.

Birk Storm (Denmark) – ‘I Don’t Care’

Birk Storm is by his own admission both “new name” and “new music”, but his clarion call is one that we can all relate to: “electro/funk as it allways was ment to be” (sic). While not curating funk for the masses in his Copenhagen studio, ‘The Birk’ (as he likes to be known) acts as drummer-gun for hire for a clutch of Danish bands such as Band Ane and Outlandish – and beyond that, there’s little to be told and much to discover.

Signing with Danish label VUF (whose label compilations come highly recommended), 24-year old Birk launches himself into the ether with two singles: ‘I Dont Care’ and ‘Side By Side’ and a somewhat abstract video clip that allegedly documents the moment when Birk signed on the dotted label line. The debut full length drops on VUF in August.

More @ thebirk.dk.

Ghislain Poirier (Canada) – ‘Bounce Le Remix Vol.3’

Mr Poirier returns, fresh from the release of the excellent ‘No Ground Under’ album (Ninja Tune) with the third in his series of self-released remixes, blends, mash-ups and re-rubs. There’s no doubting the fact that Ghis is one of the most prolific remixers around, but even with such a rapidly expanding discography, he manages to keep the quality of mixes consistently high. More often than not he trumps the original in terms of both leftfield originality and ability to move inert rumps around the globe.

In his new collection, ‘Bounce Le Remix 3’, his love of dancehall and soca comes directly to the centre of play – forgoing some of the more obvious hipster subjects of the first two volumes for a celebration of hard Caribbean party jams.

mp3: LIL MAMA Lip Gloss (Ghislain Poirer Bounce Le Remix)

Get Bounce Le Gros Vol.3 direct from ghislainpoirier.com for a mere ten bucks.

More new material from Ghislain surfaces mid-April with the 2nd single release from ‘No Ground Under’ titled ‘No More Blood’ with mixes from the always on-point Deadbeat and Hudson Mohawke – and a further Sixtoo connection, providing the artwork.