For folks confused by all the bubble talk, Bubbling is a dutch hybrid of sped up dancehall reggae(ton) breaks and hyper euro house, infused with Suriname and Turkish, and whatever homeland kids in the Lowlands rep traditional styles. Some Dutch people wince when you mention Bubbling. I can’t get enough of it!
Germany’s kings of mind bending dutty tropical funk, schlachthofbronx have been in the lab concocting a long awaited album. I’ve heard it and it bangs. A stew of bass heavy krunked dancehallrave up mayhem with some blinding guests on vocals. But first up is an EP Belly full of Pills out in August featuring collaborations with South Africa’s firecest party starters Slush Puppy Kids – Spoek Mathambo and bigspace.
A carnival siren melting taster:
I’ve been keeping track of all things Salone for awhile, and am real excited about the new mixtape by Bajah & The Dry Yai Crew. I played one of their tunes when Vamanos and I did the Diesel U radio show (download soon come), but thought about just playing the whole thing start to finish. They integrate many styles and have obviously been influenced by their time in NY, even using a Ricky Blaze instrumental. They are truly repping Salone for the East Coast, where the majority of Sierra Leoneans in the US are living, and I heard are really running it at the diaspora events out there.
Keeping it on the East Coast, D.C. hero Wale, who is also of West African (Nigerian) heritage jumps on a track by Sierra Leonean Bunny Mack, and talks about growing up going to African parties in the DC area. I was at those!
Bajah is also on the new K’naan mixtape, I’m really excited for the increased exposure and potential success. If you’d like to hear some of the Dri Yai crew’s music from a few years ago, from while they were still in Sierra Leone, check out my mixtape Diamonds from Sierra Leone.
And We Own TV has begun. Last night Lamin and I were talking about representation and voice in the arts and entertainment industry, and I think this is a great example of an even balanced exchange between the US and Africa. Check out their website to see all the updates.
Chicago’s DJ Gant-Man gives a sweet lesson in that hard ass juke music that everyone can learn from. Chopping up his own slamming remixes from Maluca to Young Money & L’il Wayne the only way Gant-Man do. Nothing less than a freakin’ juke Legend dammit.
DJ Gant-Man – Juke Mix (Direct download)
(via Bang Tha Box Recordings)
I’m damn excited to be playing this year at Holland’s lowlands festival on Friday along with a tonne of other amazing artists.
Sondio del Principe from the excellent Generation Bass blog is hosting a BIIIG cumbia session in the Lima tent.
FRIDAY AUGUST 21 – GENERATION BASS @ LOWLANDS:
23.00 CUMBIA COSMONAUTS (AUS)
00.00 THE PERONISTS (ARG)
01.00 SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE (NL)
02.00 DJ VAMANOS (UK)
During my trip to New York the other week, tipped off by local resident /Rupture, I headed down to an area in Brooklyn close to Sunset Park in search of KKKumbia. On the outside, It seemed to be a prominently Mexican/Central american neighbourhood and I gotta say it was visually pretty incredible to me – London’s latino population, although sizable, is virtually invisible. Aside from the usual chain stores there were mostly Spanish named stores and businsses. It also highlighted to me how ethnicities can be alarmingly segragted in the states even in large apparently intergrated cities. I found a few sonidero stores. If you want to buy music in latin american – Banda, Durangese, Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue -its sold in markets or on the street. It was kind of odd seeing tonnes of cumbia cds racked up in proper stores. And original copies rather than bootlegs with photoshop copies sleeves. They were pricey too, some double cds going for $17.
I picked up a few things that I was after. Firstly, a recent cd recording of New York’s arguably biggest sondiero DJ, Sonido Kumbala playing live at a dance in NYC. Love this piano cumbia he’s dropping. Can anyone ID?
Here he is playing in Queens, dropping the standard sondiero combination of cheesey techno and cumbia, a blend that I can’t quite get my head around but still find awesome. It also confirms what Uproot Andy told me about these nights, after he went down to one with his mates; no one dances to the techno bits leaving a few couples do the cumbia when it drops, the crowd being almost exclusively latin american.
I was after Mexican sonidero stuff like Viento Calido and Super Potro and was recommended this amazing compilation called Cumbia Revention Vol.3, contains some bangers like this one from Puebla’s Los Daddys..
The next day, pre-Secousse I headed up to East Harlem’s Little Senegal area with Radioclit’s DJ Tron. Chief Boima told me about some record stores specializing in African music (W 116th st & Frederick Douglass Blvd). One in particular was pretty amazing with a crazy choice of music from what seemed every African country, mostly bootlegs along with DVDs, porn and luggage. I was after some new funana and found a couple of comps for $3 a piece. Sadly they turned out to be a bit old and underwhealming, however Chief Boima brought me some AMAZING funana back from the real Senegal. Literally every track, bar one, a banger- digital drums, accordeons and sweet vocals. Here’s a track off The Best of Funana Rapide. The name could be wrong though (edit – Think it is correct).
Botswana’s Ruff Riddims aren’t messing. After dropping the amazing Kwassa house jam, Dumelang by Skeat, they’re already back with a banger of a new track. This time a new signing called Double Jay. I haven’t posted any Hip Hop for ages but this warrants a post as it rocks effing hard. He’s from the village of Serowe and this was just laid down at The Ruff Riddims recording studio in Palapye, produced by Red Pepper.
Get this heater Now!
Ghetto bassquake loves kuduro in case you haven’t noticed. A good day! Earlier this year Akwaaba Records flew from their base in the US to Angola with a mission to compile a kuduro record. Not an easy feat. The result is out now to buy at itunes with revenue going direct to the artists. As they say.. “The sound is grimy and raw, just as you’d hear it in Luanda. Akwaaba Sem Transporte, Akwaaba without transportation”.
Download the whole album @320 on itunes by entering Akwaaba sem Transporte.
Here is a banger off the album
Killamu – Tiramakossa (remix) (mediafire)
Check out the facebook page .
They shot this cool video of kids dancing kuduro style in the streets of Sambizanga. The guy in the pink and blue T-shirt is Na Grelha from the fierce Os Lambas
In the early 2000′s I lived in Madrid, and during that time I made many trips to the local giant music chain, becoming very familiar with the Ibiza style club compilations that remix every popular song of the year in strange uniform sounding euro club tunes. This month, I’ve gotten a taste for what tunes will be featured on many of those giant mix compilations at the end of the summer.
This weekend I attended the RAW rhythm festival in Amsterdam and was introduced to DJ Chuckie who was explained to me as one of the main Bubbling dudes. I was excited to see a proper Bubbling set by a local hero, and was even more excited when I saw the billing as Chuckie vs. Lil’ Jon. Not quite believing that Lil’ Jon from the U.S. would be hopping on a bubbling set, all the way in Amsterdam, I kind of expected Lil Jon from Buraka Som Sistema and Chuckie doing a Bubbling vs. Kuduro set. My anticipation increased for a tropical themed set when a 12 piece band from Suriname surrounded the turntables in the center of the stage, and started doing Caribbean style Carnaval tunes. Alas, my tropical dreams were somewhat dashed when it was revelead that they were just the warm up group. Chuckie came on playing some of those mainstream style club tunes and to my surprise, Lil Jon’, the dreadlocked American hip hop superstar lept out on stage with a reverberating YEAH! Lil’ Jon always surprises with his music awareness. The set ended up being barely Bubbling, although he did through a few breaks that made me twist my head, and the Lil’ Jon super crunk definitely carried the room. My homie Fred (the Burgermeister of Amsterdam) complained that Chuckie used to be more Bubbling, but now has gone commercial, and that’s where thoughts of the Club Anthem came back to me. After experiencing a European electronic music festival, I really understand the need for such large production for these mainstream club tunes. One DJ in front of 2000 to 40,000 people means that you must have songs that could carry that crowd. Sorry but I don’t think Mr. Hit Dat Hoe is going to do that.
Many of the biggest tunes in the clubs in Europe this year will be by artists, who like Chuckie (half Surinamese), have roots in places far from Europe. Last year being surprised by tunes making it on the mix comps like Day N’ Nite by Crookers and Kid Cudi, and Tell Me by DJ Naughty, I again find myself intrigued by the source material from this years big euro club hits. Below I’m going to compare some original styles with their “mainstream” counterparts. There’s something interesting to be said for the level of fusion going on in the mainstream in Europe, where perhaps in the States the fusion is happening more in the underground. This has been evident for me since I first heard Bob Sinclair infused Magic System tracks, and Dancehall Hybrids, but it’s really interesting for me to see the level of integration across the Global Ghettotech diaspora.
First this is a DJ Chuckie remix track with my favorite mainstream Global Fusionist Akon. It’s a Dave Guetta original and it features Lil’ Jon. They played this on Saturday, and it is a good indication of the mainstream sound that I’m talking about:
Here is a DJ Chuckie “old school” track, that show more his Bubbling Roots.
Here is a massive Buraka Som Sistema track that really reminds me of the fusion of sounds going for that big stadium bomb type feeling.
Here is a more old school Buraka track that is more in the style of original Kuduro:
This one is apparently number 1 in France right now:
Here is some original Magic System:
Song I’ve most heard in Europe, with weird happy violence juxtaposition.
Get a feel for the original:
And finally a genre that I spotted over via DJ Rizzla at The Wasted Youth Sound System blog, Ragga House mashup collaboration between an Italian Soundsystem, Bob Sinclair, Shabba Ranx, and Mavado. If I didn’t hear it, I never woulda believe you.
I’ve been keeping kind of a tour log over at chiefboima.com, so soon I’ll do a full round up of my Europe experience. Tune into Diesel U Radio on Friday, from 3pm to 5pm London time, for more sound selections from my trip!
Next weekend is going to be BIG. Just before Chief Boima heads back to the states we’re both playing some very special Ghetto Bassquake Soundsystem shows so you should come down and party with us even if you don’t live in the UK. Harsh, yes, but fair i feel. Ba.com. Get on it.
SATURDAY 8th August – Ghetto Bassquake Special @ Musicalia, Vogue Fabrics 66 Stoke Newington Road with the awesome Isa GT.
As Isa says:
“BE PREPARED FOR DANCE YOUR ASS OFF!”
And if you have swine flu or two broken legs and ABSOLUTLEY HAVE to stay at home you can check us gettin rowdy on the radio for a couple of hours.
FRIDAY 7th August – Diesel U Music Radio 3pm-5pm