Rhythm and Roots Radio – Volume 20

Rhythm and Roots has just turned 20! Don’t worry if you forgot to send a card or write on our Facebook wall, there is always next time¬†ūüėČ So, we are not actually 20 years old but 20 shows old! To celebrate we have a smorgasbord of great new music for you to share this special moment with us. This one is like a musical cake made of different slices of tasty melodic sponge and harmonic jam, the perfect soundtrack to a game of pass the parcel or a big bag of birthday surprises from all over the world!

On behalf of Rhythm and Roots – thanks for listening and raise a glass with us for good health and another 20 Rhythm and Roots!

Creamsicle BD

You can find the full tracklist after the break and download here. If you really want to send us a birthday message we wouldn’t mind or even ideas for your next present (Ok, this metaphor is getting a bit long…) We’d love to hear from you so, email us your favourite tracks, Tweet us your ideas, get in touch if you’d love to collaborate and keep on listening!

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A Guide to the Birdsong of South America


It has been a long time coming but I am really excited to announce the launch of a new project from Rhythm and Roots. A Guide to the Birdsong of South America, to be launched in September, is a compilation highlighting brilliant new music from across South America with a twist: each track is inspired by the song of an endangered bird.

Music meets Birdsong

As a producer, lover of South American music and environmentalist, I have been toying with this idea for a long time, in fact, ever since the release of my first EP as El B√ļho two years ago. I have also been¬†watching with great interest the ever-growing scene of new South American artists creating new sounds inspired by the traditions of their continent and putting them in an international, 21st century context. My dream was to unite the birdsong idea with the opportunity to highlight this movement of artists for a very unique project.

Activism meets art

With this album we want to not only highlight talented musicians from across the continent but also to raise awareness about the plight of endangered birds through music. Many of these species are living on the edge, their numbers decimated by the impact of mining, deforestation, habitat destruction or even capture for the caged bird market. The album will feature the songs of 12 endangered bird species from across South America.

All of the money we eventually make from the release of this album will got to support Aves y Conservación, an organisation working to protect birds in Ecuador.

Your help…

I already have 11 stellar, and for now secret, artists working on their tracks, some amazing artwork for each bird but now I just need a bit of help to produce the album and the posters or post-cards. The album will be launched in September digitally and on vinyl. Today I launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the costs of  making and distributing the album (around 2,500 Euros to cover vinyl pressing, post-cards, posters, distribution etc.)

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You can find all the details on the project here.

A Guide to the Birds of South America gives these musicians a chance to explore new ways of creative expression, blurring the boundaries between nature and man, between technology and the organic. It also allows people to hear the songs of these birds Р a reminder that we need to do our utmost to protect them for the generations to come.

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Its is my hope this album will not just be a memory by which we can preserve the songs of these birds but a call to help us increase their protection.

I will be announcing more details on the birds and the artists featured as the project continues so watch this space!

Thanks for your support!


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Rhythm and Roots Radio – Volume 18

Things are hotting up here in sunshine filled Amsterdam and Rhythm and Roots is back with a Brazil fever tinted episode featuring new music from Chancha Via Circuito, World’s End Girlfriend, Cashmere Cat and Logos. This month’s episode brings together cumbia, old school hip-hop, new school digital tropical sounds and some great tracks that just defy genres. Replacing the featured producer this month we showcase the brilliant new 43 track¬†Mais Um Discos¬†compilation,¬†Rol√™.

You can find the full tracklist after the break. We would also love to here from you! So,¬†send us your tips and suggestions either by email, Twitter or send us your tracks / demos via Soundcloud’s messaging here.

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Rhythm and Roots Radio ‚Äď Volume 17

As Spring creeps around the corner in the Northern hemisphere we are back with a sunshine filled April episode of Rhythm and Roots, hosted by the lovely people at Groovalizacion Radio¬†and presented by myself,¬†El B√ļho. For this month’s episode we trot all over the world with tunes from the likes of Romare, Matas, Omulu and some classic tunes from Rui Mingas, Los Hermanos Tuiran and Franco.

For Episode 17 our artist focus is Italian producer Clap! Clap! who has been making waves for his super unique productions, blurring lines between breakbeat, electronica, techno, african tribal, cumbia and whatever else in between! Listen on Mixcloud, download on Soundcloud and check out the full tracklist after the break.

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Rhythm and Roots Radio – Volume 16

We are very excited to share with you the very first ever Rhythm and Roots Radio show coming to you from the newly launched¬†Groovalizacion Radio¬†with you host El B√ļho. The new monthly radio show will bring you the freshest mix of classic roots music alongside new, future tropical rhythms from across the world (with a little leaning towards Latin American music ūüėČ ).

This first episode features the talented Ecuadorian producer Nicola Cruz and new tracks from Dengue Dengue Dengue, Alsarah and the Nubatones, Castro and more. You can check out the full tracklist after the break.

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Lucas Santtana Remix Nostalgia

Lucas Santtana’s¬†Sem Nostalgia,¬†released last year via the great Mais Um Discos imprint, received widespread acclaim for it’s dissection of¬†Brazilian singer/songwriters’ reliance on the¬†bossa nova lineage. Santtana took the lilting¬†melodious¬†guitar/singer combo, now synonymous with Brazilian music, and twisted into something fresh and electric, verging on the experimental. Electronica mixed with acoustic guitars, sweet vocals and found sounds.

Now a host of worldly remixes, including the likes of Deerhoof, AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire¬†and Glasgow legend JD Twitch (Optimo) have taken¬†Sem Nostaglia’s¬†excursions and splintered them even further. The 13 track album (tracklist after the break) is free to download and sits as a fitting response to Santanna’s musical questions, raised on¬†Sem Nostalgia. Don’t look back!


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Rhythm & Roots Volume XIII

Rhythm & Roots Voume XIII 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