our LDN bredren Gabriel Heatwave brings it with a deep post on Jamaican Bashment & UK Funky.
Now it seems that rather than just absorbing and adapting Caribbean influences, the sound of UK funky is crossing the Atlantic and starting to cause waves in Jamaica.
Almost every time I’ve tuned into to London bashment station Mystic FM recently, I hear funky house played by Jamaican radio hosts who are clearly loving it, sometimes rhyming in patois over instrumentals.
nuff mp3s + youtubery fleshes it out, including Aidonia (autotuned) flowing over Crazy Cousinz. EXCITING DEVELOPMENTZ.
Just got this from Spoek. The last one was so baddd I haven’t even heard this but I figure I better fling it up here quick so you all can listen and enjoy simultaneously. Mr. Mathambo was on a deep-south-african funky township haunted house vibe last time. OK I listened.Â This one sounds like your mama getting daggered by a skeleton in a fly outfit, underÂ Â veryÂ Â slowÂ Â strobeÂ Â lights.Â Ugh, it’s disgusting.Â I think I’m sick.
“ON THIS EXTRA SPECIAL MIX DEDICATED TO MY FRIEND, I HAVE PUT IN A LOT OF THE SUPER CRUCIAL SUPER IMPORTANT NEW MUSIC I HAVE BEEN MAKING AS MOLEKE MBEMBE AND SLUSH PUPPY KIDS. I WANT YOU TO ENJOY YOURSELF.
SLUSH PUPPY KIDS – WE THE BEST
DJ MUJAVA – PHELINDABA
BANANA CLIPZ – PUSH AM (LEFT, RIGHT)
BAKSTINA – DASHBOARD LOVE
EASTWEST – PSCHADELIC DISCO
THE EXTRA T’S – FLASH BOOGIE
**MURKZ – PLEASE DON’T STOP THE MUSIC
T2 – HEARTBROKEN (NASTIBOI RMX)
ACSLATER – HELLO (MOLEKE MBEMBE REMIX)
DJ SPYRO – SPYRO SPESH
DJ MURKZ – WWOW DUTTY
MOLEKE MBEMBE – HESLOSTCONTROL
BUJO MUJO – ??
DJ MUJAVA – DIPALA TSATWANE
SPIKIRI THE KING DON FATHER- UNIQUE
CHIEF BOIMA – COUPE LIKE ME BABY
SHAKKA ROXX – SHATEH
SLUSH PUPPY KIDS – TOO HIGH
DJ MUJAVA – TSWARA TSWARA
DJ TAKALANI’S HOUSE MAGIC – DONOSA
SIBOT – CHISA
YUKSEK – EXTRABALL (MOLEKE MBEMBE REMIX)”
Que Bajo?! party at APT in Manhattan tonight and every Thursday!
419 West 13th Street / A,C,E to 14th St.
New York Tropical 5 tomorrow, Friday April 24th @ Glasslands in Brooklyn
289 Kent Avenue / L to Bedford Ave and J,M,Z to Marcy Ave
Brand new Kingdom mix for Lower End Spasm.Â It’s crazy, including his new track “Mindreader” feat. Shyvonne which is some deep new york tropical trance bassline house new jack swing ish.Â Get familiar before New Tropical 3 where if we’re lucky Kingdom will be dropping a lot of these joints.
Head to Lower End Spasm to grab the mix.
01 – TIM DOLLA – Number Advisory
02 – KINGDOM – Mindreader ft. Shyvonne
03 – FR3E – Tribal Skank
04 – ROSKA – Elevated Level (Kingdom Edit ft. Brandy)
05 – VJUAN ALLURE – I Said Come On Elements
06 – KINGDOM – YOU
07 – SHAUN-D – Pullup
08 – SHAUN-D – Boeke
09 – SHAUN-D – Full Up Class
10 – MISTER RIES – Sugar (Kill Frenzy Remix)
11 – KILL FRENZY – Uuuh!
12 – BLACKBOX – I Don’t Know (Kingdom Remix)
13 – DEXPLICIT – Judas
14 – JAZMINE SULLIVAN – Need U Bad (Scottie B Remix)
16 – KINGDOM – That Mystic VIP
This tune is ill, sort of African funky grime. The video is a class of kids learning the steps to the dance that goes with it, and then making up their own. Thanks to Kingdom for putting me onto this one via his mix for Lower End Spasm, which will be out soon. Apparently the sample is Nigerian. Anyone know what they’re saying? Never heard of the guys who made it, called Fr3e, but it’s wicked.
Not really, but he has a good mix up. If you liked Bok Bok’s mix from a while back you’ll dig this mix from fellow Night Slug L-Vis 1990. Sort of a swampy take on UK Funky house, with lots of dubplates. I like it.
Friend of Dutty Artz Kiva has a release party coming up for his record Degrees of Freedom. He produced the record with a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments but has now transcribed it for the nine piece band he’s gathered for this event. On top of that a lot of the music is written in 3/4 (waltz) time something you almost never hear in future-funk-jazz-brokenbeat whatever kind of music Kiva makes, should be a crazy show.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzvabAFEEJw[/youtube]Hard House Banton – Sirens vs. Busy Signal – Step Out
Because it’s got Busy Signal mashed up on it. I think this is a blend by DJ Spliffman, the riddim is BAD on it’s own too. Check out Spliffman’s YouTube page, a bunch of wicked Funky on there.
Riddim: Hard House Banton – Sirens
This shit reminds me of old grime, in the best possible way and has the added bonus that normal people actually could probably dance to this. I am excited about slowing down.
Alex BokBok has a new short mix up to promote his Night Slugs night coming up Friday in LDN. The first tune is just listed as ‘intro’ which makes me think it’s by him. It’s sick. He mixes into Donaeo’s ‘Party Hard’ which I’m feeling, especially his little “eh!”s in the beginning. Someone has been listening to The Dream. Me too Donaeo, me too. This is a cool little quick intro into the UK Funky House sound since Alex isn’t playing a lot of the really horribly cheesy stuff that gets played in this genre too. I really like the vibe of a lot of Funky but sometimes it just swerves off into horrible cocktail house and it’s suddenly just all too much and I have to stop.
“This Friday, 30 January, Night Slugs returns for a one-off at Egg in Kingâ€™s Cross where they will be playing host to DJsets from Kode9, Mak 10, Dubplate Malice and Dress 2 Sweatâ€™s Jackmaster. “
Download: Bok Bok mini mix
2. L-VIS 1990 – United Groove
3. DONAEO – Party Hard
4. AFEFE IKU – Mirror Dance (YORUBA SOUL mix)
5. KODE9 vs LD – 2 Bad
6. FOOTLOOSE – Just Leave (FINGAPRINT remix)
7. GHOSTMAN – 25th Hour
8. FANTASY U.F.O. – Fantasy (BOK BOK edit)
9. CURSES! – Moss Man
10. DEXPLICIT – Judas
11. ROD LEE – Let Me See What U Workin With (RUSTIE remix)
12. THE BODY SNATCHERS ft. GOLDMOUF – I Like What I See (JOKER remix)
13. BOK BOK – No Need To Front 2009
is what I typed into YouTube and found these. Spoek Mathambo’s mix a while ago inspired me to go and look for some of this weird slow house that they make in South Africa. Some of it is really cool, and the videos are great. Like this one:
And you can’t go wrong sampling Yo Yo Ma:
In my mind I think of this as snaredrum house, because of the snare patterns, which people often say ‘soca’ to talk about it. This really doesn’t sound like soca at all but it DOES sound a lot like what they’re calling Funky in London, especially the beats. Anyway I like it. I feel like the recent changes in house have made it a lot more interesting and fun and I might now go and try to make some, we’ll see. I almost never work at 120bpm which is kinda what makes it appealing to me.
And WTF is this?:
In case u missed it everywhere else in the world- here’s the latest mix effort from BK’sÂ Uproot Andy. I saw him steal the show at S.O.B’s earlier in the summer- but this on a whole ‘nother tip. Obviously packed with technical skill Â and a keen understanding of mixology- Andy isn’t afraid to just let a beautiful track fade into another or to drop his ownÂ stellarÂ reworks. Check him with Geko at 205 (where i once tried to go see Shadetek and couldn’t get past the door man) Â on Friday Sep 26th. Â Go toÂ RemezclaÂ and click the DJ Wave flyer to register for the party.Â Â
blood unable to be washed out with high-tech detergents
Here’s the latest from “stronghold, tenacity“… Check for her album whenever it drops. It’s titled That Which Death Cannot Destroy. “Shebang,” the last track I posted here by her was just wonderful and this one is no exception. In fact, this track is even more relentless and hard!
Mutamassik -Â SWAMPUM
I was down in Virginia over the weekend, southwest Virginia, Blacksburg — a seemingly/peculiarly tranquil place, for this weekend at least.Â A friend put me on to the new Ry Cooder album I, Flathead:The Songs of Kash Buk and the Klowns. I had heard the song “Can I Smoke In Here?” on the radio several weeks back, so I was curious and wanted to hear the rest of the record.Â Apparently, this is the final installment in Ry Cooder’s “California trilogy” which began in 2005 with ChÃ¡vez Ravine, an album about a Mexican-American community in Los Angeles that was demolished in the 1950s to build a stadium for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Â The second album, 2007’s My Name Is Buddy is also a “social-political concept album” which explores farm failures, the plight of laborers, strikes, hobos–and for all this, the stories are told from the perspective of a cat!
I, Flathead is about drag-racing in 1960s southern California. The narratives here are told from the perspective of the unfortunate Kash Buk, a former drag racer turn Country music singer. Buk plays beat-up roadhouses with his band the Klowns.
At this moment, I can only listen to the album in segments, certain songs are just too Country.Â I like the bluesy fragments like the one below (and also the chicano and cumbia sounding pieces and some of the easy Western Swing joints)
Ry Cooder – Can I Smoke In Here?
Here’s a track from the excellent album by Mike Ladd, Negrophilia – inspired by a great book with the same title.Â Ladd sez “If you have not read this book yet read it today! After reading it, bizarre phenomena like Elvis, Eminem, Condoleeza Rice and Modernism make sense..”
Mike Ladd – Sleep Patterns Of Black Expatriots Circa 1960
Click here for pictures of Mike Ladd and Ursula Rucker.
Alright, it’s been a good minute, but I’m still digging through, cleaning and learning how to rip these vinyls proper. I switched from Audacity to Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit) and the sound of the rips are notably better–sound quality still needs improvement though. Next step up is ProTools or Ableton Live, I guess.
Here’s a sweet little pleasurable song from a rather obscure American funk/R&B group. Members of this band used to be songwriters and musicians for Motown, as part of the in-house production team in the 1960s. This song appears on the B-side to their most popular hit “I Can Understand It” from 1972. It’s funny, but this tune is strange and familiar at the same time. It reminds me of a Maxi Priest song, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.
The New Birth – Oh, Baby, I Love The Way
We are still in 1972, but let’s get away from Detroit and visit the Makossa Man, Manu Dibango in Yaounde. His album “O Boso” is recommended for warm, beautiful Summer nights, with smoke, steam and sweat –several counties in the tri-state area are under severe thunderstorm watch.Â Anyway, among all my parents 7 and 12″‘s I was able to get my grubby hands on (and actually listened to), this is one of the most surprising, varied, and unique 12 inches.
Manu Dibango – Hibiscus
“…we are playing a music whose unity has it’s roots deep in African earth, but whose harmony and construction reflect the influence of all the branches which have grown in the common three century old tree of music.” – M. Dibango, 1972
Adding a little zest and balance to that sublime track/post over at mudd up! There’s never enough Balla to go round. I’m not sure what this song is really about. It is a praise song for someone named Moussa Konate (who was a driver? an apprentice? I’ll have to consult my aunt or one of my cousins) but this doesn’t sound like a traditional praise song. This music was designed to blaze dance floors. What was Conakry nightlife like in 1968 or ’71? What about Lagos? or Freetown? I have a bunch of 7 and 12 inches serving as windows, looking into the past and discovering a part of your parents that they’ve abandon a long time ago. Maybe abandon is a strong word. Either way, expect more of these in the future.
Balla Et Ses Balladins – Samba
The Chief Commander of Juju Music Ebenezer Obey is also a praise-singer, combining the rich cultural and spiritual musical traditions of Yoruba people from the Ogun State in South-Western Nigeria with the excitement of Lagos highlife and Christian themes to create melodious, dance floor music and praise songs for the wealthy, famous and the powerful. Listen for the talking drums, which you can also hear these days in NYC underground/subway drummers.
Ebenezer Obey – Oro Nipa Lace