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WAYAHUDI FAMILY [TANZANIA]

while there’s been a considerable amount of heat about diplo‘s recent launch of the ‘heaps decent’ project, morganics‘ work with tanzania’s wayahudi family is a timely reminder that this sydney mc has been blending indigenous artists and hip hop long before wes made it to the outback. way back when, morgan was a founding member of aus hip hop team metabass’n’breath and, over the intervening years, he’s made it his mission to travel the ...

VILLA DIAMANTE [ARGENTINA]

a return visit from argentinean producer and dj, villa diamante. back in april we featured one of his many blends and mashes that spliced a white label dubstep track with a beautiful, ethereal vocal from mariana baraj. you can find that track and sixteen more on his new free-to-download album, ‘bailando se entiende la gente’. the formula is simple – the sources are part-american, part-argentinean, so whilst some of them appear familiar to a broader global audience, many ...

STADE [SWITZERLAND]

mp3: STADE reverse charge blues (feat. infinite livez) here’s a little cut of screwed hiphop blues courtesy of stade, aka improv-headz pierre aud√©tat and christophe calpini. ripped from their new long player, ‘tactile sessions’, ‘reverse charge blues’ features a suitably off-kilter blues vocal refrain from big dada’s infinite livez, the bethnal green mc behind 2004’s ‘bush meat’. elsewhere on the album, wayne paul (lotek hi-fi) ...

SOKO [FRANCE]

mp3: SOKO my enemy (p3 radio session) once upon a time there was a little soko girl and a little soko boy and together they were the sokos. the story goes that the little soko boy left the little soko girl, and the sokos became just soko. if he was indeed the one that broke her heart, then he’d better be watching his new girl’s back, as sokogirl is lurking with a sharpened dagger. young parisian singer soko has been making a cold-hearted name for herself with the release of her ...

GHISLAIN POIRIER [CANADA]

mp3: GHISLAIN POIRIER la ronde da ghis returns with a new ep, the first release on parisian label musique large. long before ghislain was making a name for himself with dancehall, grime and crunk remixes in the ‘bounce le remix’ series, he released a series of albums that plundered a path through abstract beats and experimental electronica. ‘la ronde’ is the marriage of these two personalities – less dancefloor than most of his output over the last 18 months, ...

HEAPS DECENT [AUSTRALIA]

if i remember correctly, the story goes something like this – last year, fbi presenter levins shoots chris lemon red and diplo an mp3 from 2002, wilcannia mob‘s ‘downriver’. the track was unique back in the day as being the first example of indigenous, aboriginal hip hop crossing over into the mainstream australian music industry. sadly, it still stands as one of the only examples. the mob themselves were all in their early teens, and when you mix their unpretentious ...

FRIKSTAILERS [ARGENTINA]

mp3: FRIKSTAILERS looperamida mp3: FRIKSTAILERS foonkie boogie i realise this is becoming borderline obsessive, but i couldn’t leave argentina alone without a mention of frikstailers. if you’ve been lapping up the fidget groove of italy’s crookers or the sample hatchets of pittsburgh’s girl talk, you’ll find something to love in corboda’s duo of ralf and sandro lee. the power of inter-cultural translation shores up some interesting conjunctions on their ...

ORO11 [ARGENTINA]

mp3: MARCELO FABIAN & RAYVON no gun en la villa (oro11 remix) mp3: CRIME MOB stilletos (pumps) (oro11 remix) more argentinean flavours from buenos aries resident, oro11 – aka gavin burnett (above right, with compadre yao!, left). formerly from san fracisco, oro11 apparently filled most of his pre-argentinean sets with hip hop, reggae and dancehall, but after this move to the country in 2004 and a crash course in cumbia, that sound began to dominate. areas such as san telmo and ...

M.I.A. (Sri Lanka) – ‘Boyz’

the countdown to ‘kala’ has begun. this week sees the new m.i.a. web site at miauk.com featuring maya’s blog, the tracklisting and clip for new single ‘boyz’ (dropping today in the u.k.), plus the final list for the album ‘kala’ due august 20th. duppa bounce!

DALEDURO [ARGENTINA]

mp3: DALEDURO la manga coming on the heels of recent argentinean posts, i’ve lined up another couple this week, kicking off with buenos aires resident milo schnitman, aka daleduro. proving that the tentacles of london grime and dubstep are spreading every further, daleduro has been a prolific producer of work in those genres, as well as dancehall, drum’n’bass and breakbeat. formerly one half of breakdbeat duo, grooverdealers, milo emailed us recently with an exclusive new ...

COSMIC DISCO

mp3: GLASS CANDY miss broadway mp3: THE CHROMATICS in the city mp3: MIRAGE lake of dreams and electroclash begat cosmic disco. or did beardo disco begat its cosmic cousin? there’s so many obvious reference points in this developing micro-genre of cosmic disco, that you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s not even a genre at all. certainly there is a suspicious electroclash smell in the air, but as someone who actually enjoyed fischerspooner‘s debut album, i’m ...

ALIAS [U.S.]

mp3: LALI PUNA alienation (alias remix) mp3: ONE AM RADIO what you gave away (alias remix) the struggle between author and editor on any remix is what makes the artform such a fascinating exercise. whilst few mixers take a reverential approach, many still find it impossible to negotiate the tipping point – where the work ceases to belong to the original artist and becomes a new work entirely. finding comfort in neither side of the fence, those mixes tend to be forgettable, disposable ...

MAKKENZ [JAPAN]

this sunday at 34b (darlo, sydney), something a little special – japanese mc makkenz drops into town as part of his first australian tour. this is no ordinary hip hop show: thanks to exquisite production from his counterpart kageyamatenki, makkenz is deep inside an alt.hip hop arena more akin to stables such as mush, anticon and lex than anything else. thus far, the word on makkenz has been almost entirely limited to his home country, but we’ll be busting that cherry come sunday ...

KITSUNE [FRANCE]

mp3: KITSUNE kitsune maison vol.4 promo mix a little promo mix for kitsune maison volume four – the french label drops the compilation on june 11th featuring crystal castles, guns n bombs, passions, riot in belgium, hadouken! and plenty more. given the seemingly insatiable desire for kitsune releases, it’s heartening to see them moving towards less obvious choices and representing a raft of bands that have been heating up the blogosphere over the last six months. here’s ...

MAGA BO [U.S. VIA BRAZIL]

mp3: MAGA BO blentwell podcast (via blentwell) i’ve been reading rio-based maga bo‘s adventures in the sonic wilderness for some time, over at the kolleidosonic blog. much like his fellow soot labelmate and sonar calibradio sound system collaborator, filastine, maga bo‘s creative process involves lengthy excursions outside of his homeland, most recently through central and south america, africa and the middle east. local collaborations and artistic explorations throughout ...

STEED LORD [ICELAND]

mp3: STEED LORD dirty mutha (crookers remix) (zshare) mp3: STEED LORD dirty mutha (triple zut remix) (zshare) mp3: STEED LORD you (klever the killer remix) (zshare) mp3: PURPLE CRUSH vacation (steed lord remix) while we’re talking crookers (see yesterday), here’s their remix of iceland’s electro-rave quartet, steed lord – along with some other top shelf remixes from frenchman triple zut and atlanta’s dj klever. rounding off the package, a mix of ...

CROOKERS [ITALY]

mp3: CROOKERS feat MC LEKA para de gra√?inha (euro crunk mix) italian duo crookers, aka bot and phra, may have released scarce few tunes into the ether as yet, but their reputation is certainly building. following a few early remixes (including a mix of stefano fontana that was picked up by pete tong), ‘aguas de parco’ dropped to blogs last year and was finally given a full release by big sur last month. blending the rhythm and intensity of baile funk with a harder ...

BJORK [ICELAND]

did you see that recent south park episode where cartman couldnǃÙt contain his excitement about the imminent release of the nintendo wii, so much so that he tried to deep freeze himself until the launch date? ok, now replace cartman with me and the wii with bjorkǃÙs ǃÚvoltaǃ٠– released into the world on may 7. i reckon i could survive ten days at minus thirty degrees if it means that i won’t chew my fingers off in anticipation. just to remind us that we’re all getting ...

SANY PITBULL [BRAZIL]

mp3: SANY PITBULL future funk express mixtape if you require a weekly dose of new baile funk mixes, you’ll find your needs satiated at ‘carioca funk clube‘, an endless parade of new brazilian jams upped directly by the likes of sany pitbull and sandrinho. this week’s excursion is a new mixtape from sany, featuring many of his own productions and remixes. i’m certainly intrigued by the promise of a ‘be-more shake’ of bambaata. here’s the full ...

DIGITALISM [GERMANY]

mp3: DIGITALISM digitalism promo mix there was a moment back then, back in late 05 / early 06, when it seemed like digitalism were everywhere. it was impossible to turn a corner without bumping into a digitalism remix – munk, tom vek, klaxons, daft punk, tiga, test icicles, presets, cut copy etc. each one came complete with it’s own stamp of quality was partnered with another story of digitalism’s epic dj sets from around the globe. with the benefit of twelve months ...