I have been a long time fan of Batida, the creation of Angolan / Portuguese DJ Mpula aka Pedro Coquenão, for their mix of traditional Angolan music with modern electronic styles. This mix, released through Paris DJs, is another fine example of this fusion with old school artists like Elias Dia Kimuezo, Paulo Neto and Matadidi Carlos (any more info anyone?) paired next to Batida and fellow producers making waves in modern, electronic Angolan music such as DJ Znobia and Bruno M. The link that has built up between Angolan and Portuguese producers is also evident on the mix, most notably on the unreleased remixes from Lisbon based Beat Laden (great reworking of Puxa) and Octapush, who takes on my favourite Batida track, Alegria.
The mix ends on the wonderful Angolé by Teta Lando as remixed by Brazilian Maurício Pacheco, taken from the Comfusões 1: From Angola To Brasil album. The mix is one to dance too, led along by that familiar Batida bounce and scratching, up-beat percussion, a fantastic showcase for the diversity of Angolan music, past and present. Batida’s self-titled debut album, is out now on Soundway Records and, if you haven’t already, I would highly recommend it!
It has been a while and in that while lots of new music has been buzzing around my ears. This is the 12th edition of Rhythm & Roots mix series. This mix criss crosses from deep Brazilian Dub from Digitaldubs, South African spiced electronics from LV, swaggering digital cumbia (new El Buho preview), Angolan house, Soulection hip-hop take on baile funk by Sango and everything in between! Stream the whole thing via Mixcloud below. Tracklist after the jump. Continue reading →
Somehow cumbia is one of those genres that just keeps reinventing itself geographically and historically. Though “digital cumbia”, “nu-cumbia” or whatever you want to call it exploded a few years back and was a little swamped with generic cumbia “versions”, fresh sounds keep emerging. Producers mixing their own influences into the rhythm, nodding to folkloric roots or digitalising completely. These three musical gems released over the past week are testament to exactly that:
All the way from Peru, Dengue Dengue Dengue‘s second mixtape is a psychadelic journey through their digitalised cumbia world. It mixes classic cumbieros with original material and hard-hitting 21st century Cumbia/Cumbiahton. Looking forward to their future releases.
Almost like a Best Of ZZK with a few added bonuses thrown in. This album is the perfect introduction to the vibrant scene which revolves around the Buenos Aires based club/label. It is a diverse mix of electronic folklore mutations, cumbia futurism and sounds you just wont hear anywhere else. Fresh as ever. Get it here.
It has been a while since we last heard from Dutch based producer Sonido del Principe but these four heavy Cumbia cuts released this week are well worth the wait. What’s more, you can download them for FREE via Mediafire.
Spring is here and, as ever, the internet is awash with inspiring and foot waggling tunes from each corner of the globe. Our 12th (time flies!) Rhythm & Roots mix is a good ‘un and is chock full of tunes we are really into, all mixed together in different ways, like a big rhythmic trifle(!) In a good way, of course. Full tracklist with links to find all these musical gems follows the break.
At long last Spring is here (for us northern hemispherians at least)! To celebrate, Denmark’s foremost cumbieros, Copia Doble Systema have put together a mixtape filled with fresh, full-of-life cumbias to let the sunshine back into your life. (Lovely psychadelic artwork to boot.)
The mixtape is 100% Copia Doble Systema tunes, collaborations and remixes, taking cumbia rhythms and laying them onto Dancehall riddims, speed-dem-bow, digitalised cumbias and all sorts of globally resonating sounds. Original and quality sounds. If that wasn’t enough, they are offering the opening track Fisketorvet Riddim (Soom T Dub) for FREE download. Spring win.
Punk in Africa is a documentary currently touring cinemas and film festivals which looks at the history of punk rock music in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Kenya from the 1970s to the present. The film examines the fascinating social and political context behind the music’s emergence in the different countries and it subsequent evolution to today’s scene.
To coincide with the film’s promotion, worldy-wise DJ Zhao has put together a really great and rather lengthy (75 minutes) mix journeying across the different interpretations of punk music “demonstrating the connectedness between Rock and Roll and its African roots, between power chords and dance beats, between decades past and today, between defiant youth in London and defiant youth in Zimbabwe.” The mix is nicely put together and features some cheeky edits and mash-ups along the way and even includes a few contemporary global bass sounds for good measure. The film offer a great insight into a previously under exposed piece of African musical history and DJ Zhao’s selection is the perfect accompanying soundtrack.
Getting into the Christmas spirit over here at RnR we have an early present for your ears: Rhythm & Roots Volume XI. The mix is a 36 minute veritable Christmas dinner of music with trifle to boot. Volume XI sits comfortably at 100 BPM, weaving together a multitude of genres, tempos and locations. It is filled with mash-ups, remixes and exclusives (tracklist and links after the jump). I like to think of it as patchwork music or a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (whichever metaphor you prefer…)
There are a couple of tracks in there from the mysterious but captivating Manchester based producer Holy Other. If you haven’t got your hands on his With U EP released via Tri Angle Records, go out and grab it now. In the words of Boomkat: “ five sumptuous jams occupying the spooked space between R&B, techno and dark ambient.” There are also a couple of exclusive El Buho tracks in the mix, watch this space for more on that.
So, without further ado, from RnR to you: Merry Christmas!
A small bit of self-promotion here. The latest Antartek Records podcast has been put together by myself (El Buho) and mixes Latin American folk with electronica from across the spectrum. The mix combines one-off mash-ups, original material and re-edits/tempo alterations. Tracklist follows the music. Enjoy!
This is our 100th post on Rhythm ‘n’ Roots since the transition to WordPress, so I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who reads and supports the blog. To celebrate I have put together a Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Mix which also happens to be mix number 10: double celebration!
Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Volume X is full of fresh beats from across the world with songs in new contexts, remixes, mashups and new material. No genre or BPM restrictions. Tracklist and links after the break.
Rhythm ‘n’ Roots presents RnR Volume IX, a mix of brilliant music released over the past few months around the world, including remixes, mash-ups, re-edits and original material. It is a celebration of musical diversity in the twenty-first century, highlighting how scenes and styles have come together, exchanging ideas and pushing in new directions. Just one example from the mix: A Tribe Called Red, a Native American DJ crew based in Ottawa, Canada remixing Caetano Veloso, a key figure in the 1960s Brazilian Tropicalista counter-culture, in a style itself invented by mashing up two genres from two sides of the world: Moombahton. Listen to the mix for free via Mixcloud or DL here. Tracklist with links and information after the jump, enjoy!