Despite his limited output, Uproot Andy has made it on to my very exclusive list of reliable producers. Nearly everything (if not everything) the US based producer has released has a real quality about it. His productions have that rare combination of being melodically catchy, well produced, unique and absolutely killer on the dancefloor. This selection, the first release on Que Bajo Records maintains his reputation – 5 sure fire refixes of 5 different musical styles from 5 different countries. And they’re free.
It took a while to get round to it but this is a release that really deserved some space on the blog. On Quilombo do Futuro, Maga Bo takes the rhythms and roots of Afro-Brazilian music and moulds them to his own global electronic sound. You can check out my more in depth review of the original via Sounds & Colours.
The accompanying remix album collects some of my favourite producers of Maga Bo’s ilk from around the world such as Chancha via Circuito, Stereotyp, Frikstailers, Poirier, Batida and a couple of new names like Buginha Adubada. They twist from Uproot Andy’s driving gambeoy take on Xororo to Sabo’s killer dancefloor remix of E da Nossa Cor or Batida’s kuduro refix of Kizomba ft. Sacerdote. Brilliantly eclectic and simply quality, original music:
If you are interested in traditional Brazilian music transported to the 21st century, I would highly recommend both the original and the remix album. Taking local music in new global directions.
New Makina is always welcome and this little collection is no different. Gringas is a mini EP of “Hipster Chicha, Tribal, Cumbia-Step and Beach Cumbia”, tropifiying Lana del Rey, Dillon, Gotye and Jenny Wilson. Four refreshing and really quality cuts of tropitastic pop AND you can download them for free below.
I first came across this project via D/J Rupture’s Mudd Up! blog. Back in November, Nrmal, a Mexican platform for the creative arts/music festival, invited six producers (Algodón Egipcio, Chancha via Circuito, D/J Rupture, Helado Negro, Mumdance & White Rainbow) to Monterrey to indulge in the music of the region. They each worked with Mexican don Toy Selectah and a host of legendary musicians from the area to create one track inspired by northern Mexico’s rich musical heritage; rebajada, cumbia, huapango norteño or polka.
The results are a fantastically diverse bag of productions around the same theme. Take Helado Negro‘s dreamy, reverb filled reflection ‘Dime’ next to Mumdance‘s “UK” (squiggling synths, hip-hop swag, big claps) version of cumbia accordeons or White Rainbow‘s epic ‘Swaggadrozo’ compared to Chancha‘s deep, dubbed out rebajada take on ‘Malandrazo’. You can hear a little bit more on the styles and from the producers on the project over at the Nrmal website, download from the whole thing from Bandcamp (FOR FREE) and if you fancy your hand at remixing them yourself, you can get a hold of the unmixed sound banks by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little look at a handful of exciting music released this week which concentrates on new and forgotten music from the African continent. First up Awesome Tapes from Africa‘s first official release as a label. The blog has been uncovering obscure music from across Africa for over five years now but this week heralds its first ‘official’ release. The cassette chosen for such recognition is Malian singer Nâ Hawa Doumbia’s La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3. This album was originally released in 1982 before the singer became well-known via her collaborations with French musicians and producers such as Frederic Galliano and her appearances outside of Mali. ATFA001 will be available on MP3, CD, Vinyl and will also be re-released in its original format through a limited edition cassette version.
Next up some more music from the ever-reliant Akwaaba Music who have recently re-located to Ghana. This release is put together by Akwaaba and Chief Boima and concentrates on the ‘hipco‘ (Hip-Hop) and ‘gbema’ (indigenous influenced electronica) styles from Liberia. These two styles are at the heart of Liberian popular music and Akwaaba’s Benjamin Lebrave first came across the country’s bustling and youthful music scene while visiting the Buduburam refugee camp:
There is a great little introduction to the styles via the label but for some more in-depth comments read Chief Boima’s various pieces on the musical and political context of the compilation on Cluster Mag and Africa is a Country. Very interesting reading, especially relating to the recent Liberian elections and the awarding of the Nobel peace prize to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. You can download the Liberian summer anthem ‘Damyarea’ (area song) taken from the album via Soundcloud, check out Boima’s celebratory hipco/gbema mix below and purchase the whole compilation from the usual suspects (Itunes, Bandcamp, Amazon).
Last but certainly not least, the Saharan Cellphones project we looked at earlier this month returns this week with a special remix package called Music For Saharan Cellphones. The idea was to get a host of producers to remix the original tracks, these remixes would then be transferred onto tiny SD cards before being released back into Kidal’s cellphone community, where the music was first discovered. Luckily for those who do not live in Kidal, the remixes are also available for a ‘name your price’ download via Sahel Sounds’ Bandcamp.
The next step for the project will see Sahel Sounds and Boomarm Nation release Mdou Moctar’s “Tahoultine” with the Gulls remix via 7″ vinyl in November. This will be followed by a vinyl pressing of the original ‘Music from Saharan Cellphones’ album on vinyl.
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.
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I wasn’t able to get round to uploading a mashup last weekend due to unforseen circumstances. Things are back to normal this week and we present a mashup of Daleduro’s subby version of the classic cumbia argentina, ‘Bombon Asesino’:
..and Roots Manuva’s ‘Thinking’ from his 2005 album Awfully Deep.