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2010 has seen the term "tropical" tossed around more than ever, but Banana Clipz producers Oro11 and Chief Boima are anything but newcomers to the movement. Their self-titled debut EP is the culmination of several years of work, and effectively melds modern, bass-heavy club sounds with the rhythms of Africa, Jamaica, and Latin America.

Oro11 is the co-founder of the Bersa Discos, the West Coast cumbia imprint whose low-end-heavy brand of cumbia and other Latin sounds helped bring an entire new sound palette to first-world dancefloors. Currently residing in Los Angeles, the California native previously spent several years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he first began fusing cumbia with hip-hop, dancehall, and electronic music.

Chief Boima is a New York-based DJ, producer, writer, blogger, and academic. Basically, if you've spent any time investigating so-called "tropical" music in recent years, it would be impossible not to stumble across his name, his writing, or his productions. Well-versed in a variety of African, Latin, and Caribbean sounds, he frequently writes for our own acclaimed Ghetto Bassquake blog right here. He's also been adopted by New York's Dutty Artz collective, a label/crew headed by DJ Rupture and Matt Shadetek that released his Techno Rumba EP earlier this year.

Together, Oro11 and Chief Boima are Banana Clipz, a project that began when both artists were living in Oakland. Forged over the course of three years, their EP distills the pair's shared love of Afro-Latin-Caribbean sounds into a modern club template, one partially inspired by Bersa Discos' monthly Tormenta Tropical party in San Francisco, where Boima was a frequent guest DJ and even more frequent dancefloor participant.

While Oro11 and Chief Boima might be responsible for the beats on the Banana Clipz EP, the seven-track release features a number of guest vocalists, including white-hot Oakland/Panamanian rappers Los Rakas, Bay Area-based Guyanese dancehall MC Tidal, Sierra Leone-born singer Khady Black, and Black Nature of San Francisco's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.

The Banana Clipz EP is released on  29th November 2010.

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Liming Season: Vamanos Top 5 Soca 2014

Crazy excited for Carnival this year. It’s BETTER THAN CHRISTMAS. For me 2012 was an amazing year for soca with so many huge jams like Kerwin’s ‘Bacchanalist’, Swappi ‘s ‘Bubble on ah DJ’ and Lil Rick’s ‘Work’. 2013 wasn’t quite as strong, but this year the sun is out this week and Notting Hill Carnival is a road march away. Get your flags, get your rum and get ready to bruk out to some HUGE songs. These are my tracks of the season.

British producer Interface and Trinidadian percussionist LAZAbeam are Jus Now. Their remix of ‘Leh Go’ featuring vocals from Blaxx is an absolute monster out September 5th on UK label 3beat.

5Star Akil who i’ve never heard of has dropped my favourite soca track of the year with ‘From Meh Heart’, Anthemic and ridiculously infectious. So good.

Bunji’s ‘Truck On Di Road’ is pretty much the biggest soca song this year with an amazing video and a huge drop.

Ever blazing Fay Ann’s ‘Catch Me’ starts off like a slighty dodgy US pop track but then drops into a crazy jump up power track. I predict people will lose their shit over this on the floats.

Finally in the groovy category, a sweet vocaled hammer from the awesome Destra. Wine it.

For all the hits, grab this tight mix from Mighty Dragon.

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Spoek Mathambo – Future sound of Mzansi

This looks great. Spoek Mathambo’s new upcoming film of the hottest talent coming out of SA. He’s been dropping a bunch of excellent mixtapes featuring a heap of amazing music from his own productions to people like DJ Spoko.

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So Shifty – Summer Cyaan Done (Dancehall Afropop Soca Mix)

A behemoth of a party mix by one of our favourites, So Shifty, ready for all your summer BBQs.

Charly Black – All the Trees
Mila J – Smoke, Drink, Break-Up
Aidonia – Meet Again
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Cashflow Neil Feat. Khago – Yuh Wah Love Me
RDX & Road Elf – Head Top
Olatunji – Squat On D Jook
Henry Knight – Olopa
Yemi Alade – Johnny
Stino feat. Vibe Squad – Shake Your Body
Atumpan – Nyash
Kcee feat. Wizkid – Pullover
Busy Signal – Professionally
P-Square feat. Sizwe – Alingo
Timaya feat. Machel Montano – Shake Yuh Bum Bum (Carnival Remix)
DaVido – Skelewu
Olamide – Turn Up
Fuse Odg feat. Wande Coal – Come Closer
Starboy L.a.X feat. Wizkid – Caro
QQ – Raise Your Bumper
Busy Signal – Wining Queen
Konshens – Music & Rum
Lead Pipe – Till Ah Morning(Travis World Edit)
Erphaan Alves & Blaxx – Contagious(Travis World Roadmix Edit)
Lyrikal – Conquer Meh (Road Mix)
Vybz Kartel – Miami Vice Episode
Alkaline – Holiday Again
Kes The Band – Endless Summer
Gyptian – Stunta
Ricky Blaze – All I Need
Zoelah – Sell Off
Omi – Cheerleader (Ricky Blaze Remix)
Shal Marshall feat. Nutron & Reina – Come Over
Arri Peters feat. D’Chancellor – We Drinkin
Olatunji – Wining Good
Fadda Moses – Touch It
Patoranking feat. Tiwa Savage – Girlie ‘O’ (Remix)
Joey B feat. Sarkodie – Tonga
Samini – Bompa
Flavour – Nwa Baby Ashawo Remix (So Shifty Edit)
Eddy Kenzo – Come Over
Radio & Weasel feat. Pallaso & the Mess – Amaaso
Bakri Mat – 18 and over
Burna Boy – #YawaDey
Fuse Odg feat. Konshens – Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad) (Remix)
Tinashe – 2 On (Murlo Refix)
99 Percent – Double Dip
Kranium, Chris Brown & Bankyhype – Nobody Has To Know (The Rah Rah Remix)
Popcaan feat. Mavado – Everything Nice (Remix)
Vybz Kartel & Rvssian – Yellow Yellow
Blak Diamon – Bang Bang
Blak Ryno – Baddest Thing
Equiknoxx Music – Frenz List Riddim Instrumental
Navino – Jenny Jenny
Masicka – Frenz List
Christopher Martin – Kenya
Busy Signal – Tamara
Seanizzle – Bad Wine Riddim Instrumental
Don Diesel – Backshot
RDX – Bad Gal Wine
Demarco – Bad Gyal Anthem
Kalado – Tun It Da Way
Gage – Kitty Cat
Full Chaarge Records – Promiscuous Riddim
Alkaline – Fuck You 2016
Mavado – Friends with Benefits
Vybz Kartel – You Want Me
Konshens – Clean Money
I Octane – Family First
Jah Vinci – Loving
Biggy Music – Caribbean Party Riddim
Charly Black & Firm – Bubbles & Clip
Demarco – Tek Weh Bwoy Gal
Konshens – Caribbean Party
Beenie Man – Push It Back
Sean Paul – Front & Back (So Shifty Edit)
Konshens – Shake (So Shifty Edit)
Vybz Kartel & J Capri – Mamacita (So Shifty Edit)
J Capri – Reverse It
Alkaline – Summa Deh Yah (Joelito Edit)
QQ – Gal Wine
I Octane X Destra – Wine and Jiggle (Remix)
Mavado – Model & Pose
Beenie Man – Feel So Good
Serani – Only Me
Elephant Man – Summer Time (What Would I Do)
Demarco – Dutty Badmind
Assassin – Yuh Body Healthy
Ward 21 – Spot the J (Memory Loss)
Busy Signal – Gyal Yuh Good
Spice – Mi Like It
Spice – Mi Like It (Schlachthofbronx Edit)
Alkaline – Gyal Bruk Out
Swappi – Bed Dreams
Shabba Ranks – Needle Eye Pum
Elephant Man – Pum Pum
Vybz Kartel – Ever Blessed
Vybz Kartel – Happy Pum Pum
Popcaan – Waiting So Long
Macka Diamond – Dye Dye
Alkaline – Things Mi Love
Mavado – Weed & Hennessy
Jahmoun feat. DNyce – Trini Gyal Bubble
Shurwayne Winchester – Saddle Pon It
Willy Chin & David Lyn – Round She Go
Alkaline – 123
Mavado – Tie Yuh
Popcaan – Tie Mi
Ky-Mani Marley – Get High

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Chancha Via Circuito ft. Miriam García – “Coplita”

Amazing new track and video from Argentina’s immensely talented Chancha Via Circuito. Love this.

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AJ Holmes – 20 Years of Kwaito mix

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Having shared the decks with AJ Holmes many times, I can safely say he loves his kwaito. This SA style never gets old and it’s totally infectious. His new killer of a mix is a great reflection of all those old school kwaito jams that destroy the dancefloor. This is what he had to say..Grab it below.

20 years ago – on the 27th April 1994 – ‘Nelson Mandela took office as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. 
The removal of the political and economic sanctions greatly transformed the South African music industry. In the backdrop of a transforming South Africa, Kwaito took shape in the township Soweto’.

For me this mixtape marks a personal 10 year reflection; since I first heard this mid 90′s / early 00′s Kwaito – South African Hip Hop – music. Which became a big part of the 2004 Summer sound track for me and my friends, after my friend João Orecchia returned from South African the previous year with a plastic bag filled with cassettes.

I was recently having a bit of a spring clear out and come across these cassettes. As much as I was really into them at the time; I somehow wasn’t surprised to discover that they sound even better to me now then they did all those years ago!

I think it’s time to ‘re- discover’ – or even ‘discover’ for the first time (you lucky person if that is the case!) – this amazing dance music. 20 years after some of it was made and – to me – this music sounds as relevant as ever.

I would love to go to a club that played this music. So if anyone wanted to invite me to play a set of hissy old Kwaito cassettes from this gold era of South African dance music; I’d be well up for it!

I’ve creamed off some of my favourite tracks to make this mixtape. Most of which can be bought on the great compilation – Kwaito: South African Hip Hop CD

So here’s to a ‘better life for all’!

A.J. Homes – 20 Years of Kwaito mix

Mandoza – 50/50

Jimmy B – Make Em Bounce

TKZee – Magesh

Spokes ‘H’ – Wara Wara

Aba Shante – Come get me

Brenda Fassie – Qula

Arthur – Kaffir

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