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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Coupe Decale vs. Bounce

I wrote a couple more rambling thought posts over at WFMU. On (va) Coupe Decale

And Bounce

I kind of made the realization that the reason why I like Bounce is the same reason I like Coupe Decale. The tracks highlighted, I think seem to compliment each other, and now I'm working on a Sissy Nobby Coupe Decale remix.

Check all the werds here.

Que Penya, Kenya Banga



Well now, Just A Band don' gone and blown themselves up. Did you catch the Makmende craze comin' out of Nairobi? The fiber optic cable has apparently arrived and Africa is on your digital doorstep poised to take over your mind. Check out this cool interview with the Just A Band on CNN, whose members seem somewhat surprised by their own successes:


(via akwaaba)

And now you can purchase their album 82 through Akwaaba Music, who is offering the song Ha-He for free!

As Sean Jacobs said, don't SLEEP on Kenya! Masala has been paying attention, and Get Mziki is always up on the new out of East Africa. Just A Band who is helping to define a new sound through high quality production in Nairobi are part of a collective of Kenyan artists under the name Penya Records.


Penya is a studio based in Nairobi run by repatriated Kenyan rapper Wawesh, whose Mjanja track is one of my favorite rap tracks.



He is contrasting the styles of Ogopa Records and Calif Records, who are doing more digital and synthesized productions, by promoting artists who play instruments like Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Sauti Sol, and Stan. They are doing some real high quality produced music AND videos.

Check their Youtube channel. Here is a nice one by Dela that should work for fans of South African House or UK Funky:



And the dope Kenya-Naija collabo highlighted by Masala:

Sauti Sol General Pype, Sasha P-Mara Hio Hio (Direct Download via Masala)

In related news, I want to point out that my friends at the Sauti Academy have put together a nice blog page where you can see some nice videos of jam sessions from the school and the work that they are doing with Nairobi youth.

Their goal is to train local musicians with real instruments and give them the resources to take their music careers into their own hands. When I was in Nairobi this past December, I hung out with the crew on Christmas, we had one of the funniest and fun jam sessions I've ever been a part of. I was also able to attend one of their workshops in a community outside of Nairobi which was very inspirational.

Check for my homie Insect who will be appearing on some Banana Clipz in the very near future, and if you're headed to Nairobi, or feel like supporting a great program, contact Natalie at Sauti Academy.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pon The Corner


We're not massive on mash ups but this one's definitely a heater, from London's Al Fingers. A sweet blend of Pass Out and Richie Spice's evergreen anthem, Marijuana. Smoke it Up.

Richie Spice - Marijuana (Al Fingers Pass Out Refix)

And go grab the Capleton edit too on his site.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Secousse Radio Live from Hackney


On Friday night A.J. Holmes and myself played some tunes on London Fields Radio in Hackney.

Download or stream here.



Lucas Seque - unknown
Las Pisikatas - Leyes de Reforma
Dutch Rhythm Combo - Alerta ft ISA GT
DJ Takalani - unknown
JR feat. HHP - Show Dem
Batida - Yumbala
Sleigh Bells - Crown on The Ground (demo)
Problem Child - Party Animal
Xylitol - Alomo (A.J. Holmes Remix)
Radioclit - Tutule Dance
Afrikan Boy - My name is Kunta Kinte (demo)
Erick Rincon - La Bomba Tribal
DJ Juanito - El Punetazo Tribal
DJ Moises - Single Ladies
Duda - Dja Txiga nha bes
Super Combo - Ngombu

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Alerta



Our good friend, Colombian Tropical-electro star Isa GT has been destroying London and now the world with her DJ sets, live shows and bewildering amount of parties. From Champeta to Bass heavy club shit she's know for leaving the heads ringing and dancefloors sweating. In short, we all love her.

Isa has just voiced a great slinky disco number from Dutch Rhythm Combo's debut album, sure to get the dancefloor grinding.


Dutch Rhythm Combo -'Alerta' feat. Isa GT

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Charanjit Singh


Everyone's going crazy for this and rightly so, forget Chicago, Detroit or Miami. In the 80's the real party was in Bombay.


I found out about this a few years back in of all places Pitchfork, but had to be content with a dodgy vinyl rip i found on a blog.


Now however you can get a lovingly restored vinyl reissue thanks to Bombay Connection. This is one of the greatest records i've ever heard.


Buy it at Bleep

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Radio Secousse 24HR


In case you haven't been able to make it down to Secousse yet, you can hear the kind of jams we're playing 24hrs a day on the all new Secousse streaming radio.

Radio Secousse 24HR

Make the Circle BIGGER !!!



I got the post Mexico blues but this absolute ANTHEM is making me shake the trees. Straight from South Africa, please make this the World Cup anthem and go buy Show Dem (Make the Circle Bigger) by JR feat. HHP on itunes.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The KrackMaxter



Was chatting with Dave Quam about the utter unsung GENIUS of Portugal's DJ Normal Nada. We both realised that we haven't blogged his stuff as it seemed too special to tell the world but both decided that that kind of attitude is pretty lame and NN deserves mad props for making some of the craziest beautiful music out there.


1. He produced possibly the finest Funana track in the world - Duda's Dja Txiga Nha Bes

2. His tight productions range from the hardest kuduro to the most melodic Kizomba, Kuduro, Funana, Tarraxinha, Gumbé, Coupé-Décale that kicks most other producers out of the water.

3. His website is an incredible treasure trove of free music that should be downloaded and rinsed.

4. He has a crazy screaming name drop on loads of his tracks calling himself The KrackMaxster.

5. No one else can claim to making an incredible 2 minute piece of melodic, breakneck speed, beauty like this song, defying any genre. Easily one of my favourite tracks of the year.

Normal Nada - Kukiza k Kuia

Which is from a massive collection of tracks his free downloadable album.

DJ Normal Nada -Estrago Vol 1 (Megaupload)

6. He is a cartoonist and posts up his illistrations as well as a pretty big selection of videos, music software and porn.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

CDR Mexica



Pleased to say that all three of us from Ghetto Bassquake are in the Americas right now. I´m in Mexico city.
Aside from eating the best tacos I could only have ever dreamed about, I´ve been hunting down some music in the city´s markets. They are huge and kind of swallow you up. The mercardo de Sonora, is the witches market, where I took this photo, was pretty crazy, selling everything from voodoo stuff, (even Afro-Caribbean spirtiual drumming CDRs) to pets - Damn I never knew you could get that many puppies in one cage! So here is some awsome Tribal guarachero that I picked up today directo. More to come soon..

DJ Juanito - El Puñetazo Tribal (Cajete del ojo)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nakupenda Nairobi



I promised awhile back to highlight some favorite tracks from my Nairobi CD-R shopping, but I've been busy in my underground bunker cookin' up nuclear bombs like Iran.

So to catch up a little here's another Hey Baby tune, but this time a smooth pop anthem by my favorite Kenyan producers Ogopa DJs.

Marya feat. Colonel Mustapha-Hey Baby

When I was in Kenya I was digging a track that I mentioned sounded like Kwaito, and was met with confused looks and told that it was actually Kapuka. I don't know if this one is Kapuka or Genge or what they difference between genre names in Nairobi are (ok a little wikipedia-ing says this is Kapuka), but the drums bang, and it's a nice mid tempo tune for when the dance is too hot or nicely warming up.

I do know that "nakupenda" means I love you and that if I get the party right in Austin and San Antonio next week, I'll definitely drop this in a set. If you're in Austin March 17th or 19th, or San Antonio March 20th, come by to one of the parties from the flyers below and say hi:

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Van Dyke Parks


Bit of a curveball here, but i thought i'd throw it in. I have been going through a bit of a Van Dyke Parks phase recently but i never thought it would give me something to blog about here at GBQ.


Anyway, his misleadingly titled Discover America album is full of good time calypso rhythms that shows there was a bit of the Les Baxter about him.


What struck me most though (and made me post it here) is that the album seems like what GBQ's first signing AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire would make if their hearts were in Trinidad not Ghana.


Check my favourite track from the Discover America album below and also check out AJ's Myspace page if you don't know him yet


Van Dyke Parks - Steelband Music

Friday, March 05, 2010

Run It

Globe trotting Canadian beat slayer, Poirier, was in town the other week for RBMA. Inbetween destroying London´s dancefloors, I caught up with him to see whats going on.


Montreal isn't normally a city considered to have a strong association to Carribean bass music- soca, dancehall etc. How did you get into that sound ?

Generally through dub and reggae. Electronic music also, ragga jungle even. Then I went back into the roots of these styles and found a lot originally came from Jamaican music. I kind of dig everything, from straight reggae, roots stuff. I really like digital dancehall from when The Sleng Teng riddim arrived. And the current dancehall I like too because its so beyond dancehall, beyond pop music, but it is actually pop music to Jamaicans. When you hear Busy Signal or Mavado, they're just fearless of the riddim. If you only heard the instrumental of some of their tracks, you wouldn't think its dancehall. The vocal makes it dancehall. When I first discovered soca it was quite random. I bought a compilation and didn't know if I liked it or not. I was really intrigued and wanted to know what the fuck it was. At some point I realised I liked the dancehall vocals on these fast riddims, people like Bunji Garlin. I guess a lot of music is geographical, music spreads around the world..rap rock, whatever. Your taste depends on how open minded you are.

Talking of borders, you've just released a record with ZZK from Argentina. How did that happen. Did you become inspired by Cumbia, reggaeton and current South America styles ?

Its quite funny as I was aware of it through ZZK and my friend Guillaume (Masalacism) was really into those sounds. I've been playing a little bit. But how the record came together was very random. I knew a rapper from Montreal called Boogat. He used to rap in French but he's also Mexican and Paragyan. I got him in the studio and gave him an old riddim I had, kind of a Hip Hop style beat. It took him 4 or 5 months as it wasn't the kind of style he was used to. I reworked the drum pattern and we got a result. I met Grant from ZZK who was really into it and we made plans on how to realease it. So it was kind of naturally random. It wasn't like I sat down and tried to make reggaeton or cumbia or anything, it just happened to be in Spanish and turned out that way.

Sometimes I have specific ideas about what I want to do and afterward I work out how to release it. Its not like I make music just for particular labels. You know I just want to do the music I feel and sometimes the result is not what i expected from the beginning.

Your next release is the Low Ceiling Ep on Ninja Tune. Tell us about that.

Its the last one in a series of three EPs I've done with them. It all instrumental, kind of electronic/caribbean, no vocals - very danceable. I took one of the tracks, '90's Backyard' and re-recorded with Boogat's vocal on it. Its all flexible. The idea for the EP was dancehall speeds 120 bpm.


You were telling me that you've been working on a documentary. What's it about? and how did you get involved

Its called "Les États-Unis d'Afrique" (United States Of Africa) directed by a friend of mine from montreal called Yanick Létourneau. The film takes a Social political view of Hip Hop in Africa and how generation views that. Its about the music but also what's going around it. I'm doing the soundtrack for the whole film. The aim is not to do just Hip Hop riddims because thats whats in the film. I might do some collaborations,but its all pretty open. I am thinking about a more electronic approach, soundscapes. Its pretty exciting for me as the director approached me as he wanted my sound for the movie. I'm really looking forward to starting work on it as its the first kind of offer I've had on a project like this.

Outside of your own stuff, what kind of music is really inspiring you right now. What artists are you listening to?

I actually like listening to a lot of reggae, old dancehall, some dub stuff as well. Right now I'm really into the Harmonic 313 album. I also really like the El Hijo de la cumbia album. That's stuff I like listening to at home, Burial and more electronic things like that. But I'm not home very much so I don't get much time to listen to much new stuff right now. Sometime I like to go back to classic stuff. I've been listening to the old Plastikman records like Consumed and Sheet One from 94/95, they're really cool. Sometimes its easy to be continually following the new stuff on blogs but then you revisit a record like those and its like, wow, it sounds so fresh. Some of the tracks on Musik sound quite tribal. I should play them in my sets. I just need to find what they would work with.

I guess its the drum rolls..

Yeah drum rolls. It would make sense to mix it with Mujava. I'm really interested when I'm DJing to make relationships between track that people don't normally think about instead of just playing all new stuff like a lot of other DJs. For example, I've been aware of the cumbia stuff for a long time but it took me ages to find the right tracks to fit in with my sets.



You've been recording the Face-T album. How did it come about ?

Face-T is a Jamaican and Québécois artist. On the album I'm making some Hip Hopish riddims, some dubstep riddims and some proper dancehall stuff. Its all dancehall stuff at the end of the day, its all reggae. Face-T is very open minded and has the capacity flow on all these riddims and also the talent to write conscious lyrics, party style, ganja style. He's versatile. That's the idea behind the album - How its all different but the same at the same time. He is also touring with me around the world at the moment as my live MC too.

How is the touring ? You never seem to stop.

Yeah I'm lucky in that I'm not dedicated to one particular style so I'm all over the place at the moment- Europe now, then I'm flying to Mexico, then the USA, then back to Europe. Its a great way to get the music directly to people. But also its great to connect with people around the world. Like in Mexico it was great to hang out with Toy Selectah and in Australia I met The KillaQueenz which was really cool. I'm lucky enough to get to meet some of these artists you read about on the blogs in their counties rather than waiting for them to come to my hometown on tour or whatever. Its really cool.

This track is Poirer's new Running High album out on Ninja April 27th.

Poirier - Marathon




Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Waka Waka Waka Hey


DJ Mai$taH - Waka Waka (Bubbling Remix)

Read a nice story about discovering the origins of this song by heading over to the WFMU Blog. Me and Dave at It's After the End of the World had some fun going back and forth with versions, trying to find the original melody, and what language/meaning the words had.

The post before that was an extended version of my last Janka Nabay post over here. Read that and the entire archive of my WFMU posts by clicking here.

Also shout out to Oakland! I've been having a blast playing here lately. Last week I got a chance to play the amazing People Party, with Eko, Cali, Be Brown, and Cecil. I also joined up for Santero's B-Day at Lukas, and last night the Recess party with DJ Soul Profess. It seems like Oakland is the place to be these days!

People Party
Photo by Bryon Malik @ The People Party