Next up in the Dutty Artz Podcast series, La Nueva Guaracha,  a great new mix from Geko Jones. If you stay up on this blog you know he and Dutty Artz amigo Uproot Andy have a party we call Que Bajo?! where they but a latin spin on the New York Tropical sound.

This is a snippet of the uptempo stuff Gex is playing around 2am at these parties. There’s also a quite a bit of glitched out and remixed cumbia, latin mashups, reggaeton and other sounds involved at the shows but we only have so much bandwidth. If you want to hear more be sure to pick up a copy the brand new Dutty Artz mixtape New York Tropical Vol 1 – Rupture vs Geko Jones available at the Glasslands party Friday March 27th.

Starting Thursday April 9th Que Bajo?! will be weekly at APT (409 W 13th St btw 9th ave/Washington in Madhattan)
stay chooned.


Olha o Beijo – Joao Linho
La Vida Vale La Pena- Petrona Martinez
Canto de Tucanes- Pedro Tapias (El Kuduro Sabroson remix by Reaganomics)
Kuduro Esaboka- DJ Prako
Juana La Caribe- Petrona Martinez
Ay Paloma (Geko Jones mashup)- La Reverenda
Los Olivos- Los Palos de DR
El Botellon (Uproot Andy remix)- Grupo Naidy

Tune in Mudd Up! with DJ Rupture tonight 7-8PM EST, WFMU.org or 91.1 FM if you’re in NYC to catch Dutty Artz ambassador and crate digger extraordinaire Geko Jones live on Rupture’s radio.  Listen, dance, drop some comments. WFMU cut and paste below –

Latin/Caribbean music expert & DJ Geko Jones will be joining Rupture. The Colombian-Puerto Rican digger will share with us some of his latest finds from the cutting edge of tropical soundsystem and street music culture, from Mexican tribal guarachero to freshly made ragga-bass mutations and Afro-Colombian soul gems. A deep live mix from Geko Jones — ¡¡No te lo pierdas!!

Petrona Martinez, controlling.

Uproot Andy in deep concentration.

Andy has some ill new tracks on the new Bersas Discos 12″ (buyable here)

One of the tracks La Vida Vale La Pena, sampling a classic from Petrona Martinez, is available for download via DiscoBelle. I LOVE this tune and pretty much everything Andy has been coming with lately. He’s one of my favorite producers in NYC right now. When I say “New York Tropical” and you wonder what that is, listen to this dude:

Download La Vida Vale La Pena mp3.

Also, Andy’s mixtape Guacharaca Migrations I know we’ve been plugging it again and again but it’s just that good (especially cuz it’s got two of my tunes on it).

Catch Andy at Geko’s and his party Tuesdays in NYC, Que Bajo @ Rose Live, Williamsburg.

Domingo Garcia Henriquez


Despues que Dios hizo el mundo noto’ que se le olvidaba algo, entoces hizo las manos de Tatico


After God made the world, he noticed he forgot something- then he made Tatico’s hands

I’ve been out hunting in Washington Heights a couple times this year searching for tunes and source material in what’s left of the mixtape shops up there – damned internet.

On my first trip, I trekked uptown with Rupture on a Perico Ripiao re-con mission. The dealers will usually let you decide whether you want the original or the cd-r so you can really rack up at some of these spots. That trip was my first time hearing el fuego improvisado that is Tatico Henriquez.

I feel totally robbed that I didn’t hear this guy growing up on the island next door. At first listen, he is an artist that draws from the listener a sense of appreciation for his contribution not only to music but to his culture. I’ll see your cotton candy pop star and raise you one jibaro de campo and a bag of plantain chips.

Here’s the story of the chunky hick that comes down from the back woods with his accordion, lucky to get paid free food and rum, who completely changed the music game in DR and raised the stakes for merengue players from making 100 dollars to play a bar to making 3-5 thousand dollars a night. He also accredited as one of the earliest latin musicians to have crossed over and played in America.

After years of tagging along behind the best accordion players on the island, guys like Matoncito and Nicolora who’s names are only carried on the lips of camperos. He learned their old songs and in later years there was some controversy over the authorship credits of some of his interpretations. Copyright issues aside, should we not merit him for capturing and rescuing this music before it was lost? What he eventually developed was a sound of his own adding the first electric bass and congas to the genre. He would play shows from seven to eight hours long shredding on his two-row diatonic accordion tuned to the key of A instead of C like all other accordions. He did this to match the key he sang in making the interplay of his voice and his instrument sync.

Then there’s the fact he’s often just improvising the lyrics. How many people do you know that can freestyle and play instrument and sound ill at both? To me that’s genius level shit on par with folks like D’Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello. Add to that a sweet voice, the g-suave charisma plus success element and what you get is jokes from his widow about women leaving their husbands on the dancefloor and go home with this guy.

The sound he unleashed via shows and his two hour weekly show on Radio Naguas spread all over the Dominican Republic. 30 years past his death he remains to this day one of the most requested artists on merengue tipico stations out there. He died in a car crash in 1976 and what they showed of the wreckage was a gnarled Caddy that resembled a plane crash. Tatico was Buddy Holly. Tatico was Kurt Cobain. Another one gone way too soon. He should be celebrated like Tito or Celia as one of the great contributors to latin music.

Large up to the folks over at the Merenyola website for Merengue Tipico events in NYC and for putting up this one hour documentary on youtube.


…now is probably as good a time as any to mention that my remix of Fósforo’s Musquito (taken from my album ‘Special Gunpowder’) is included in a new 2 CD compilation alongside Orchestra Baobab, Manu Chao, Toumani Diabaté, Youssou N’Dour, Lucky Dube, and more!!

Beyond the Horizon, as compiled by BBC radio’s Charlie Gillett. Out now in the U.K. on Warner.


(Fósforo gave the world Cumbia de Obama as well)