Bosq’s Fruko Remix!

Just got a heads-up on this little freebie from my old Jelly Jazz partner Pete Isaac. Bosq is churning out some great remixes at the moment. This is set to become a new regular on any dance-floors that I’ll be spinning for. (By the way do feel free to comment on any of the stuff I post. I welcome discussion and opinion as long as it’s constructive and respectful.)

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I just rediscovered a series of films I posted on Youtube whilst travelling across South America. Exhibit one. Vallenato from the streets of Tolu in Colombia. On the promenade facing the caribbean these guys were playing for aguardiente and the sheer fun of it. Happy days.

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Afro perfection!

In a rare fragment of time snatched to browse some music I just discovered this gem of an LP that I had missed from 2013. Check out the remixes on tracks 10, 12, and 13. Afrobeat heaven.

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EBS recordings. The modern sound of Brazil.

I love it when a bout of opening doors in Soundcloud turns up a whole rich new roomful of music. I stumbled on some remixes by Tahira that I loved. As it turns out, he has a label and specialises in music with one foot in classic Brazilian sound of artists like Gil Gilberto or Marcus Valle, and the other foot in the contemporary dance music. Here’s one of many Brazuca EPs available on Bandcamp. Enjoy. Perfect for taking the edge off the increasing northern hemisphere chill of approaching winter.

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Wonderwheel recordings go Andean with Huella by Tremor.

This is a project close to my own heart. Since being in Bolivia and Peru for about 6 months a while back I’ve been curating the Soundcloud group Nueva Andina. It’s a platform for experimentation with Andean forms of music. I’d like to open people up to the wide and beautiful diversity within Andean music…it’s not just about new age pan pipe CDs.

This group Tremor contributed a track to the group called Caracol a while back. Nicodemus, founder of Brooklyn based Wonderwheel records, (aside from being one of the nicest most positive and encouraging people I’ve ever had the good fortune to spend time with), has an astute ear for marketable music from all over the world. I’m delighted he has picked up on this. The track Huella is in a vocal style particularly heard up in the north of Argentina in the region of Salta and the stunningly beautiful Quebrada de Humuaca. The other track Tarkas is played on something like a recorder and is a much more traditional western altiplano sound conjuring up the wild freezing landscapes of volcanos and saltpans. Hopefully it will add to the growing interest in Andean music.

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New release from Umoja

Just got wind of this new release from the Netherlands yesterday. Umoja’s first outstanding release Je-Ka-Lo has been a firm favourite in Rambunctious Social Club and Jelly Jazz sets since its release. It was a modern Afrofunk classic. Somewhat surprisingly I was expecting more afrofunk but this time Umoja have headed off in the cumbia and afrolatin direction. I just like the fact that these producers don’t sound particularly like they are trying to sound like anything else.  They seem to start with a theme but then they head -off-road and explore freely within that framework and always seem to come up with something fresh.

 

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Ovni Guarajé: Digital afrocolombian from Madrid.

I almost feel negligently slow on this one. This is Ovni Guarajé. As far as I can determine from my limited Spanish they are the brainchild of DJ Caution and are based in Madrid on the label Tierra Candela. The style though is firmly in the modern digital colombian arena currently occupied by Systema Solar, Bomba Estero and Monareta. I absolutely love it. Here’s a link to their Bandcamp site.

 

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Voodoocuts comes up trumps again. Chicha descarga for the 21st century dancefloor. Un, dos, tres, QUE RICO!

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Brand new Eastern European mayhem from Dunkelbunt!

Was delighted to receive a full promo of the new Dunkelbunt EP this morning.  Hailing from the musical hotbed of Vienna which was pretty much the birthplace of Electroswing, Dunkelbunt has always crafted his own sound blending dubbed out balkan sounds, arabic and electroswing, with absolutely banging dancefloor friendly bass.

His first LP Morgenlandfahrt contained several anthems such as La Revedere, The Chocolate Butterfly, and The Stojka Empire. This is a great return to form. The first track is pure menacing middle-eastern breakbeat.  The legendary gypsy brass orchestra of Boban and Marko Markovic are remixed with heavy bass.  The Savages y Suefo remix adds an electroswing feel. Plenty here to please the discerning dance-floor.

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