For my Brooklyn heads, I’m doing a party tonight, Tuesday 10.21 at my favorite little Bed-Stuy spot, BedVyne Brew. The theme is: a film noir set in 2075 Johannesburg. The homie Teleseen and I are spinning African tunes of the darker variety. So if you want a chance to hear Gqom mixed with Kuduro, and other heavy Afro-House bits stop by.

Over the past few years I’ve been impressed by the cross-pollinations between Footwork and other genres. With it’s growing popularity there have been endless re-appropriations of the sound –from the more subdued tracks by Machinedrum to the sub-bass pressure of Africa-Hitech. The frantic Chicago sound has rekindled global interest in the oft-forgotten 150+ bpm space. The most interesting occurrence is how the sound has caught the ears of OG producers.

On April 7th, stalwarts of the West London Broken Beat scene, IG Culture and Alex Phountzi, released their debut EP as NameBrandSound. The duo’s EP, “Nowaday’s Pressure” fuses Footwork, Jungle, Soul, and Dancehall to create a release that seamlessly bridges generations and geographies. (more…)