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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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Electro Chaabi Vs Rinse FM

As reported on The Quietus, there was recently a cool musical exchange project between some UK Rinse FM DJs and the point men on Cairo’s Electro chaabi scene: Knaka, Sadat, Diesel and Figo. Boiler Room hosted a Cairo show (which might be archived soon?) taking over Kode9, Faze Miyake & Artwork from the UK. Following this, the Egyptian MCs & DJs came to London and unleashed their sound on a guest slot on Rinse. Download it here in all it’s glory.

Faze Miyaki feat.Cairo Project (Sadat, Figo, Diesel & Knaka) Live on Rinse FM -Starts 01:24

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Peru Maravilloso

Longtime readers here know that I’m a big fan of Peruvian music, especially the tropical psyche of Amazonian chicha. Excellent UK label Tiger’s Milk records who I mentioned a while back specialising in Peruvian sounds have recently released a great compilation of rare 60/70s tropical cumbia surf called ‘Peru Maravilloso’. A sure fire heater for the winter months.

Buy it here and check out the trailer..

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Ajukaja – ‘Benga Benga’

Estonia’s Ajukaja remixes this great track by Pepe Kalle and D.O. Misiani. So so good.

Out on vinyl only on Porridge Bullet.

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Burna Boy ‘Yawa Dey’

Heavy dancehall leanings on this great new one from Nigeria’s Burna Boy.

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Stylo G & Sister Nancy ‘Badd’

Can’t fault this new anthem from the untouchable Stylo G and the legendary Sister Nancy. Video shot at this year’s Carnival where the sun bizarrely came out.

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