Fat Planet – Jimi Tenor (Finland)

DOWNLOAD: jimi tenor & rhythm taxi – moon goddess (live)

many moons ago i was introduced to the music of jimi tenor, the lounge lethario of finland. the album, seemingly presented on a gold lame platter, was ‘sahkomies’ and featured tracks that once heard, could never be forgotten. ‘travellin dem spaceways’ was one such song – a future jazz excursion into hidden galaxies that fired hitherto unknown triggers lurking withing the depths of the imagination. the other was the bright lounge techno of ‘take me baby’ – a track that wore a hard, poker face, complimented with a pair of bright orange knickers in the downstairs department.

tenor was making tech-lounge and space jazz at a time shortly prior to an explosion of clubs playing ‘ironic lounge music’. my problem with the latter wasn’t that i failed to see the inherent humour, it was simply that most of the music being made or being played was shockingly bad. tenor was therefore something of a breath of clean, scandanavian air – whilst adorning himself with the usual trappings of lounge iconography, he still made exceptionally good music and forged most of his albums in a cauldron of dark humour.

given his gift for steering his sofa on the right side of the credibility, it was somewhat unsurprising that warp records signed him for three albums in the mid-late 90s. since then, tenor has been weaving between electro jazz and funk and projects such as the impostor orchestra – an orchestral album that married an imaginary soundtrack with a collection of jingles for an interplanetary space station.

this year, tenor has dropped two albums with an african theme: ‘joystone’, a collaboration with west african trio kabu kabu, and ‘live in berlin’, a live, afrobeat rendering of his back catalogue, accompanied by rhythm taxi – former members of fela kuti’s band, ripped from the diaspora. recorded during the 2004 ‘beyond the stars’ tour, the results of this second release are typically tenor – a playful fusion of unlikely genres, guaranteed to induce involuntary movement in all the right places.

‘live in berlin’ is released today as a digital download from germany’s kitty-yo – also home to tenor’s previous releases ‘beyond the stars’ and ‘higher planes’. ‘joystone’ is released next week by sahko, licenced outside mainland europe to ubiquity. view the wonderfully odd ‘tenor in the jungle’ video clip below:

NUURO [VENEZUELA]

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mp3: NUURO waiting (from ‘all clear’)

mp3: NUURO alone but¨Ü

mp3: NUURO edison melodies (from ‘in transit’)

when his debut album ‘all clear’ dropped late last year, names such as khonnor, the postal service and ben gibbard (death cab for cutie) were thrown in young alex ghersi’s direction. how do you deal with comparisons such as that when you’re a mighty sixteen years old? and if ghersi is indeed making music worthy of such bedfellows, then the question remains – where to from here?

after spending his teens working primarily in the field of graphic art, nuuro released ‘all clear’ via two eclectic labels: soundsister – home to other international electronica such as russia’s roman revitsky and mexico’s seeker who are lovers – and poni republic, a “free-music” netlabel who also play perfect host to the fluro-electro trio todosantos, also from caracas.

you can download nuuro’s 2005 ‘in transit’ ep here (sample the track ‘edison melodies’ above, featuring a sample from jose gonzales’ ‘remain’) and buy ‘all clear’ at darla and soundsister.

the track ‘alone but’ comes from onhait.us and is featured as part of an interview nuuro, which you can read here.

M.I.A. [SRI LANKA]

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mp3: M.I.A. chicken noodle flu (mad decent remix)

mad decent drops some m.i.a. remix heat, mixing portuguese kuduro crew, buraka som sistema with diplo & blaqstarr. the m.i.a. album, now titled ‘kala’, is rumoured to drop on june 25th. as for buraka, they’re prepping a reissue of an e.p. titled ‘wanabe’, featuring a remixed version of ‘wawaba’ (the original can be found on their ‘from buraka to the world’ release) and the new track ‘d-d-d-d-jay!’. check the stream of the new mix of ‘wawaba’ on their murdochspace.

Villa Diamante (Argentina)

DOWNLOAD: VILLA DIAMANTE & MARIANA BARAJ unknown

more argentian excellence, this time from the blackside inc label, home to “strictly black music” and artists such as daleduro, loder, lucas luisao and arkd. villa diamante, the alias for producer diego balacio, has been dj-ing for the last three years and has already firmly established himself for this blend of hip hop, techno and his own mashups. his web site features a sweet range of blends that pair many of his fellow countrymen with international faces – for example, el remolon (see yesterday’s post) gets mashed with beyonce and jay z, gustavo cerati meets de la soul, ratatat vs alfonso el pintor and so forth.

the real revelation however is diamante’s track from the label compilation ‘blackside allstars vol.1’ – six tracks that mix drum’n’bass, dubstep, screwed ragga (courtesy of an oro11 remix) and diamante’s piece, simply titled ‘unknown’. this beautiful track (also a mash as far as i can tell) takes its cue direct from a dubstep / ragga tangent and then drops a vocal that sounds as is if it’s been ripped from the middle of the kalahari desert. the singer is mariana baraj, an argentinian vocalist and percussionist who works in an area she deems as ‘folklorica’ – variations on traditional, regional folk songs; which once again comes to the fore in this track.

you can also find the track and sixteen more on villa diamante’s 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 will be falling on fresh ears. this combination works like a charm, especially on a track such as this one, blending producer daleduro (who also provides additional production across the release) with fellow argentinean mc, princesa; adding a healthy dash of missy’s ‘work it’ for extra spice:

DOWNLOAD: VILLA DIAMANTE daleduro vs pincesa vs missy elliott

take the plunge, and download the whole album for free here:

DOWNLOAD: VILLA DIAMANTE bailando se entiende la gente

tracklisting:

01. Villa Diamante – Mariana Baraj vs Unknown whitelabel track
02.Villa Diamante – Daleduro vs Princesa vs Missy Elliott
03.Daleduro vs Villa Diamante – Lil Mama vs Beastie Boys
04.Villa Diamante – Gustavo Cerati vs De La Soul
05. La Mala Rodriguez feat Arianna Puello & Princesa (Diamante edit)
06.Villa Diamante – El Remol??n vs Beyonce & Jay Z
07.Villa Diamante – Fauna vs Black Eyed Peas
08.Piedras – Quiero Pare (diamante edit)
09.Sonido Martines vs Villa Diamante – Destellos vs Skee Lo
10.Daleduro vs Villa Diamante – Shaggy vs Rizmo
11.Villa Diamante vs Gaby Bex (Coolie Dance riddim)
12.Villa Diamante – Fergie vs Fauna
13.Villa Diamante – Alfonso el Pintor vs Ratatat
14.Villa Diamante – Tremor vs Bus
15.Villa Diamante – Mariana Baraj vs Q tip
16.Villa Diamante – Cerati/Melero vs Fabolous
17. Aldo Benitez – Giro de Volante (demo) (Diamante edit)

myspace.com/villadiamante

El Remolon (Argentina)

Originally posted on Fat Planet.

mp3: EL REMOLON cumbia bichera

mp3: EL REMOLON cumbia bichera (tremor mix)

originally from colombia, cumbia has spread far and wide over the centuries, permeating deeply throughout central and south america. contemporary strains can be heard throughout pop, hip hop and reggaeton, but it’s also now infiltrating into more experimental waters as artists weave the sound into electronica, techno and other club genres. not to be confused with the more pop-orientated ‘tecnocumbia’, this new strain of electronic cumbia is represented by a wide field of seemingly mostly argentinian artists such as axel krygier, daleduro, oro11 and el remolon.

el remolon, aka andres schteingart (also known as drole) cites his reference point as argentinian ‘shantytown cumbia’ or ‘cumbia villera’, a subgenre born in buenos aries and popularised throughout the 90s. in el remolon’s hands, it’s mutated into a new hybrid that balances traditional rhythms with electro, dub, reggaeton and minimal tech. the cumbia bichera e.p. (available to download at the peublo nuevo netlabel) features four original tracks in this vein alongside five remixes – four of the title track alone. in his work as drole, schteingart plays more heavily on a clean minimal tip – you can download his latest ep at germany’s tropic netlabel.

ENDUSER [U.S.]

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mp3: ENDUSER switch

mp3: ENDUSER genesis (feat. kazumi)

back in 2005, i posted a track from lynn standafer, aka ohio’s enduser. taken from his ‘bollywood breaks’ release, ‘not so distant drums’ represented – to my mind – the first genre-meld between bollywood and breakcore. such a fusion is a visceral, almost cathartic pleasure – it casts aside any nagging doubts that music has lost it’s ability to amaze and enthrall.

in october last year, enduser dropped the long player ‘pushing back’ – and whilst it still retains the key drill’n’bass elements that have come to define standafer’s output, it also plays with our preconceptions of the breakcore artist as agitated noise-nik, by weaving moments of downtempo calm and vocal melody (see ‘genesis’ above). amongst contributions from nongenetic of shadow huntaz, bong-ra, dj hidden and jared luche from chemlab, there’s also another outstanding example of his love of bollywood, with ‘switch’.

the adnoiseam site is home to much of the enduser catalouge, featuring both excerpts and full length mp3s. standafer also now resides on murdochspace, where you’ll find upcoming club nights and tour dates and info on his next album, ‘left’, released through ohm resistance.

DEIZE TIGRONA [BRAZIL]

my eyes popped last week when deize tigrona, one of the finest female funk carioca mcs, shimmied into view on the uk travel show ‘lonely planet six degrees’. the presenter travels to the city of god to meet dieze at her new home, accompanies her on a casting call for back-up dancers and then finally to a funk ball for a live performance of ‘injeceo’, complete with english subtitles. it’s a damn fine curio, if only for the 100% british commentary on the baile funk scene.

SANY PITBULL [BRAZIL]

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mp3: SANY PITBULL funk alemao

for the second outing in their ‘baile funk masters series’, man recordings deliver five cuts from rio dj, sany pitbull. true to their word, this on-going collection of vinyl twelves is sending the hipsters back to school and paying respect to the godfathers of the scene, the true masters of the funk ball.

like sandrinho (the first ‘master’ in the series), sany pitbull has logged many years behind the decks at bailes all over rio and beyond. in a detailed interview over at dj rideon’s excellent ‘rio baile funk’ blog, sany dates his first baile experience as far back as 1983, when the sound we know as ‘carioca funk’ had yet to drop, and parties – smaller, more community based events – were dominated by miami bass. the marriage between this american import and local brasilian sounds began in 1989 with the introduction of portugeuese vocals into the mix, and during the 90s it grew into the caricoa funk sound that now dominates the scene. sany cites ‘tamborzao’ as the dominant sound today – “baile funk with heavy, syncopated brazilian percussion” – so much so, that dropping an old miami bass bomb won’t wash with the new generation of funk lovers.

for ‘baile funk masters #2’, man recordings cite sany’s tracks as “the next level” of caricoa funk – “post baile funk”. across five instrumentals, sany proves that pushing faders is simply one of his true skills – as an accomplished percussionist, he brings an extra edge to the release; mixing up chinese drums and japanese gongs on ‘tribos’; berimbau and samba on ‘beatch from brasil’ and on ‘funk alemao’ – a tribute to the sights and sounds of his first trip to germany last year – he develops what he describes as “the most experimental, musique-concrete meets baile funk effort ever”. it’s a claim that’s right on the money, and does point the way to the inevtiable development of the original carioca sound – wherein the template is studied, learned, and then ripped up and thrown away. it’s available to download above for the next seven days – don’t sleep.

‘baile funk masters #2’ is released on april 6th – more info at manrecordings.com. stream more sany tracks over at his murdochspace.

MAZY [SWEDEN]

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mp3: MAZY u gat me

swedish female hip hop mcs are a rare breed, and it looks like mazy is one of the only ones carrying the torch thus far. as far back as ten years ago, mazy put together an event under the banner ‘the swedish hip hop frontline’ with the sole intention of proving to the locals that hip hop was alive and well in scandanavia. a year later, she appeared on a comp titled ‘alla talar svenska’ (‘everyone speaking swedish’), and in doing so became the first swedish female mc to have any recorded product in the stores.

in the six years following her debut ep ‘beats and therapy’ on the czech label bbarak, she has appeared on various compilations and soundtracks, had lyrics published and has also been lecturing on the art of rhymes around stockholm. last year she dropped her third original collection, ‘fire’ on NBS (Nothing But Skills) records. as if her resume wasn’t already rammed to the hilt, mazy – now based in london – has gone back to school to study animation.

in her own words: “my brain gets really bored n hungry for more knowledge now n then and i need challanges so i thought… what would be a great challange and what have i never even thought about doing before? … I can hardly draw, i’s very impatient and don’t know shit about computers and softwares and don’t even wanna know cos it takes time gettin to know and i think all animators are computer geeks who cant communicate with anything else but softwares and their computers- yeah! Lets become one!!”

pick up the fire e.p. in reckless in london, or via knaster (sweden). you can find some other mazy downloads at stockholm beat connection, including her version of jay z’s ’99 problems’. highly recommended!

official mazy site
mazy murdochspace
mazy @ nbs records

BARBARA MORGENSTERN & AVRIL : LIVE

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Tonight in Sydney – Tuesday 20 March – ‘Berlin Meets Paris’ as Germany’s Barbara Morgenstern goes head-to-head and cheek-to-cheek with Frenchman Fred Avril. DJ supports from Deepchild, Paris & Georgie, Non Ferrous and my good self (warming the room from 8pm). Melt: 12 Kellett St, Kings Cross. Tix $10 on the door.

mp3: BARBARA MORGENSTERN the operator

mp3: ROBERT LIPPOCK & BARBARA MORGENSTERN wake me for meals

Mico (Japan)

Originally posted on Fat Planet.

DOWNLOAD: MICO phenomena of the mind

DOWNLOAD: MICO black words

‘four women no cry vol.2’ is the sequel to 2005’s original compilation of new female electronic artists, brought to us by the ever-excellent german label, monika. at the heart of this series is the search for a broader definition of ‘women in electronica’ – a search that not only seeks to expand on demographic perceptions, but simultaneously also strives to transcend geographical borders. in this selection, we travel to barcelona (for iris), berlin (monotekktoni), the u.s. via austria (dorit chrysler) and, finally, to japan for mico.

meiko shizumu was born in the shadow of mount fuji and, since relocating to london, has soundtracked manga movies and built-up an impressive back catalogue of projects – as well as collabs with coldcut, to rococo rot‘s robert lippock and monika stablemate, barbara morgenstern. her solo debut ‘phenomena of the mind’ is due to drop shortly, and you can download a near-album’s worth of pre-emptive material at miCo.uk.com. boomkat recently described mico as sitting “somewhere between tujiko noriko and m.i.a.” and whilst it’s certainly more of the former and less of the latter, it’s hopefully enough to lull you into mico’s grasp.

more info on the monika comp and it’s predecesor at monika-enterprise.de. you can also avoid the shipping wait by grabbing the comp as a hi-bitrate mp3 download from the aforementioned boomkat.

African Underground: Depths Of Dakar (Senegal)

Originally posted on Fat Planet.

DOWNLOAD: SEN KUMPA niawal

some time ago, the u.s.-based label nomadic wax dropped ‘african underground vol.1 – hip hop senegal’ – the first, and to my mind still the only compilation of senegalese hip hop to hit international soil.

in order to capture the raw essence of local african hip hop, nomadic wax founder ben herson took to the road with a mobile studio and set up shop in towns and villages around the country. the result was a record that was rarely off the fat planet stereo. herson captured something that was unequivocally unique about african MCs – a dark, deep and overtly political strand of hip hop that once again proved the point that the genre remains the voice of musical protest around the world.

fast forward two years – ben and the nomads hit senegal once again for the follow up, ‘african underground: depths of dakar’, currently available to download from calabashmusic.com (although a retail release is also due may 15). thanks to nomadic wax, we have a special fat planet preview – the track ‘niawal’ by sen kumpa can be downloaded above. you can also check the video for this clip at brightcove.com.

the album is a companion to a fascinating online documentary series titled ‘democracy in dakar‘. when former oppostion leader abdoulaye wade came to power in 2000, many believed that the voices in the senegalese hip hop movement assisted greatly in his victory. in the absence of critical media and western blog culture, hip hop filled the vacuum – many groups specifically putting their voices behind wade’s election campaign. seven years later, those same voices come together in this documentary series to question wade’s effectiveness in the run-up to the next round of elections.

filmed over the last month in dakar, with videos posted weekly online at africanunderground.com, the series has a crucial real-time perspective – the latest episode, posted on monday, shows the reaction to the news that wade was returned to power last week with an unexpected, and allegedly dubious, 56% share of the vote. the absence of joy on the streets of dakar is profoundly disturbing and makes for compelling viewing.

view all the clips at africanunderground.com. for more information on nomadic wax projects and artists, head to nomadicwax.com. you can also read the ‘depths of dakar’ sleeve notes at african underground.

SIDE9000 / DJ SIDE [CZECH REPUBLIC]

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mp3: SIDE9000 dhun

mp3: KARAOKE MOUSE shanghai reggae (dj side’s alternative take)

the fat planet global dubstep tour continues, this time we park up in the czech republic. side9000 caught my attention on a dubstepforum post about the use of traditional, indigenous sounds in dubstep. heading over to side’s czech web site (part of an ‘ultimate skateboarding portal’), there’s not a great deal of explicit information available – however, it would seem that side9000 is the dubstep project of hip hop producer, dj side. ‘dhun’ is the main attraction, deep bass hammering underneath a mesmeric, rolling journey through the middle east.

elsewhere in side’s back catalogue (much of which is freely available for download), we find a 2005 album of “abstract hip hop beats” entitled ‘the renaissance’, as well as a collab with czech mc CABA entitled ‘the album’ and a track with european ITF champion, dj trafik aka dirtyking. there’s also a 2004 album ‘sideology’ which can be downloaded seemingly in its entirety via the site.

side has also just delivered a remix of karaoke mouse‘s latest release ‘shanghai reggae’ – a project featuring czech sound artists karaoke tundra and MMtm – a harder beat than the sideology takes, deploying dust and scratching over a midtempo stepper.

related posts: grimelock, alchemyst

BONDE DO ROLE [BRAZIL]

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mp3: BONDE DO ROLE gasolina (lgk remix)

an unreleased remix of the new bonde do role single from fellow brasilians lgk, via pitchfork. the site also notes that the album ‘bonde do role with lasers’ will be released via their new label, domino, on june 5; the excellent ‘solta o frango’ single drops march 12. the “brasil only” mad decent 7″ release which also featured the same track has sadly vanished from turntable lab and other sites – but you can pre-order the new version from boomkat.

DJ SANDRINHO [BRAZIL]

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mp3: DJ SANDRINHO italiano lento

at the ripe old age of 26, dj sandrinho has already spent ten years dj-ing rio funk balls. starting his career as one of dj marlboro‘s collective, sandrinho has developed his ambitions with the aid of his regular partner in crime, mc catra. over the years, sandrinho has laid the foundations for many classic baile funk tracks. and, unlike many producers whose sounds have crossed continents on the back of anonymous mp3s, sandrinho’s name is etching itself into the funk carioca backstory.

outside of brasil, sandrinho is also racking up some points – mixing ‘popozuda rock n roll’ for fellow countryman edu-k, ‘bucky done gun’ for m.i.a. and, at the tail end of last year, dropping a latin-funk remix of ‘mi confession’ for gotan project (if you’re checking that release, make room for edu-k’s popping ‘drop the bass’ remix).

man recordings have been responsible for bringing us edu-k recent singles and all the glorious attendant remixes, as well as marlboro’s arabic electro track, ‘habibi’. they’ve also given us one of the hottest cuts from the tail end of 2006, stereotyp‘s ‘jece valadao / uepa’ 12″, as part of a 5-disc series entitled ‘ funk mundial’ – collabs between brasilian funk producers and like minds from around the world. the next mundial pits fat planet regular, frenchman frederic galliano with brasilian mc xana – with ‘men of the moment’, sinden and herve on the flip.

this month, they release another new series of vinyl 12s, entitled ‘ baile funk masters’ – and it’s unsurprising that sandrinho’s name is writ large. described as “raw, uncut baile funk, straight outta the studios of rio”, sandrinho’s entry into the series hits us with seven tracks of 100% quality. kicking off the set is ‘italiano lento’ – a reworking of some familiar funk sounds, that builds from a standing start and winds the tempo into a guaranteed floor-filler. this kicked off my set at the sydney funk ball on sunday – and, as shit luck would have it, the power blew at the same time. that said, a blackout is a great excuse for a rewind, which is exactly what this deserves.

dj sandrinho’s ‘baile funk masters #1’ is released on february 27 via man recordings. sany pitbull and dj edgar follow with volumes 2 and 3 later in the year.

thanks to daniel @ man recordings for permission to post this track – don’t sleep, it’s up for a limited time only.

murdochspace/sandrinhodjrio
manrecordings.com
murdochspace/manrecordings

SYDNEY FUNK BALL – SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY

this sunday, uber lingua presents the inaugural ‘sydney funk ball‘ – bringing a little slice of rio baile funk to the city of sin.

it’s well known that rio de janeiro is home to some of the most dangerous slums in the world. with limited food, crime-ridden streets, guns and severe drug trafficking, children are given little hope for a normal life in the favelas. remarkably, this insane environment has also given rise to the world’s most in-demand musical genre; the sound of funk carioca, or baile funk (portuguese for “funk ball”).

this event, like the recent funk balls in melbourne, will raise money to help the efforts of sister carmelia, a woman who lives in one of the worst slums in the taquara district in rio and dedicates her life to ensuring that local children are fed, cleaned and receive medical attention.

this sunday at the abercrombie hotel (cnr abercrombie & broadway, central sydney) from 6pm, a paltry six bucks will buy you jimmy sing & sleater brockman (ro sham bo / fbi), brasilian djs marcelinho (one night in brazil) and melbourne’s guido melo plus uber residents bp, mashy p, sheerien and myself. there’s also a special capoeira performance by filhos da bahia and a fashion show from totem praia (that abercrombie dancefloor makes for the perfect catwalk…). also the legendary uber lingua barbeque and door prizes.

more info, including pics of sister carmelia’s work, can be found at uberlingua.com. see you there.

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YOKO ONO [JAPAN]

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mp3: YOKO ONO kiss kiss kiss (peaches remix)

back when i was living in london a few years ago, i went to an exhibition of fluxus art at the tate. the exhib itself was somewhat underwhelming, but i was knocked out of my scepticism by the volume of work credited to yoko ono. for someone whose name represents so much to so many people, it was disturbing to consider how much of yoko’s own individuality had been almost completely consumed by the shadow of lennon over the decades. a cursory scroll of her wikipedia entry details a long life of art, music and activism that goes far beyond the realms of beatlemania. one can only hope that history will be honest and kind to yoko – and that she is remembered for being more than just mrs lennon.

‘yes, i’m a witch’, ono’s 23rd album, is released on february 19th and is a collection of remixes and re-recordings from yoko’s back catalogue. apparently, all the musicians involved (including antony, le tigre, cat power, jason pierce, flaming lips, sleepy jackson and more) were asked to choose their own tracks. above, peaches rightly opts for ‘kiss kiss kiss’, originally from lennon & ono’s ‘double fantasty’ album (1980) wherein yoko yelped in the pursuit of an orgasm. here ms. peaches all but ditches every element of the original, with the exception of yoko’s vocals – the results are stark and compelling, and a perfect example of how these revisionist projects can often find themselves unexpectedly hitting the bullseye.

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BONDE JAMES BONDE [BRAZIL]

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mp3: BONDE JAMES BONDE pancadao rocker

mp3: BONDE JAMES BONDE t-rock

dj-ing weekly at uber lingua has re-iterated one significant point to me – baile funk represents some of the most popular party-friendly music of our time. in the main, this is obviously due to the irresistible rhythm and tempo and the infectious demands of the mcs, however the familiarity of many of the sample sources is also a major contributing factor. from the ubiquitous rocky theme, to classic 80s tunes such as ‘sweet dreams’, ‘when doves cry’ and (oddly) front 242’s ‘headhunter’, to more leftfield choices such as bonde do role’s use of alice in chains or, more daringly, ‘summer nights’ from grease.

bonde james bonde wisely stick to this blueprint, using a cheeky selection of source material in their output, from britney’s ‘toxic’, t-rex’s ‘children of the revolution’ (in ‘t-rock’) to the dirty combination of ‘headhunter’ (once again) with alter ego’s ‘rocker’ in the excellent ‘pancadao rocker’.

this particular bonde consists of brazilians alcides barbosa and luciano cordoni, and uk dj, andy cummings – who compiled the exceptional ‘nao wave: brazil post punk‘ compilation for man recordings last year (highly recommended) and is a contributor to both earplug and stylus. the inspiration for all of these tracks is the dancefloor – and one dancefloor in particular, that of the club in campinas, sao paulo that bonde james bonde call home.

for more info, check their murdochspace, along with andy’s blog ‘pra ingles ver‘ (check his great funk party photos here).

SWEAT X [SOUTH AFRICA]

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mp3: SWEAT X glitterati

it’s reassuring to know that africa has truly kicked us in the gut with some incredible music of late. the growing availability of hip hop outside of the continent has provided us with some original takes on the genre that suggests that the u.s. dominance is starting to wilt. then there’s the kuduro explosion that, despite the fact that it’s been in production for the last decade, took everyone outside of angola and portugal by surprise. and now africa is rolling out some sweet electro booty in the guise of sweat x -the self-titled “dynamic raverap voguehouse duo”.

after being alerted to their existence by the excellent blogs gutter broadcast and scattermish, i contacted sweat x and asked if they’d share a track with us – ‘glitterati’ is the result. sweat x are kool disco okapi (aka mc spoek mathambo) and markus wormstrom, the latter featured on fat planet back in february last year on a post re: african dope records. how things change – from wormstorm’s sweet electronica to this new, ravishingly dirty concoction.

on their murdochspace blog, “ndebele elektro folk singer” spoek goes into some detail about his path into the project: “i make a special style of dance-art-rap called ‘black sweat’, which is afrikan elektro speak for “cutting up the disko rug with a panga, blood on the dancefloor, new worlds on the black continent”… black sweat…is a new afrika. it’s sexxx. it’s fun. it is all the things that make living here incredibly dangerous, disjointed and dark and weird and maddd…and funny, and fun, and exciting. and it’s just begun.”

sweat x are currently unsigned and scouting for a suitable roof for their “afrikan bass” bins. you can find plenty of pre-sweat wormstorm material on the excellent african dope site, including his collab with producer sibot, entitled the real estate agents. spoek also appears with sibot on a mix album from two-time south african dj champion, redwood, entitled ‘redrum’.

murdochspace.com/sweatx

STEED LORD [ICELAND]

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mp3: STEED LORD dirty mutha

think iceland and you think – cripsy, crunchy, ethereal. one of those will fit, take your pick. case for the defence: bjork, mum, eberg, guggus, sigur ros, emiliain torrini, benni hemm hemm.

and here’s the case for the prosecution: straight out of new crack city, it’s steed lord – 100% dirty electro crunk, with a track that is the least radio-friendly piece of music i’ve heard since 2 live crew.

spawned back in 2005, crew members wish to be known as kali (vocals), m.e.g.a. (producer), demo (keyboards) and a.c.bananas (mc)… of course. let’s consider the influences: moroder, nwa, miami bass, spank rock, teki latex, grace jones, sheila e (and those sugar walls). and consider their own defintion: “super crunk dance music with that dope gansta twist”.

when did iceland lose itself in such a fucked-up maelstrom of fluro-sex-O.G. madness? forget new rave, it’s new gansta this week. ‘new baggy’ due to drop sometime late february.

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