Rhythm and Roots

It has been over a month since we released ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America‘ and we have been humbled by the response around the world, from personal messages of support via Bandcamp to interviews from Colombia to Switzerland. From the beginning this project has been all about collaboration with artists, designers, record producers and those that backed the project on Kickstarter coming together on behalf of the cause we are supporting – protecting endangered birds in South America.

Alongside the musicians, one of the key people that helped us to give these rare birds a profile was the American designer Scott Partridge who created the incredible designs for all of the bird species, the cover artwork and much more. This is the first in a series of blog posts revealing the people behind the ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’

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You can help us raise more money to protect these birds by buying a unique print of Scott’s work or a limited edition postcard set detailing all the species in the project here.

Originally from Kentucky in the US but now based in Charlotte, North Carolina Scott Partridge made a name for himself for his unique designs and interpretations mainly of the natural world, using vibrant colours and transforming owls, tigers and birds of paradise into biomorphic shapes and offering a new perspective of how we see nature. Scott’s work is inspired and influenced by classic natural history illustrators like John James Audubon and Charley Harper but he also draws on artists like Miró and the surrealist school of painters.

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You can purchase Scott’s magical work as a print from sites including SocietyCurioosRedbubbleZazzle and Saatchi Online. Thanks Scott!

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João Brasil presents Tropical Britannia

Tropical Britannia is a free to download EP that unites the king of Brazilian mash-up, London based producer João Brasil, with 5 of the capital’s hottest tropically spiced producers (Isa GT, Bumps, Moroka, Murlo and Rob Pollinate) . The EP, part of the Rio Occupation event, is available for free download.

Tropical Britannia is a multi-cultural mash-up of sounds from around the world. Nods to Juke (Dadinho), Electrico-pop/Colombian tinged tecnobrega (Electrico), tropi-pub-house (Elephant and castle), rainforest madness (Kookaburra) and even the unclassifiable (Sea Monkey). Quality productions and some intriguing twists and turns showcasing the burgeoning tropical scene in the UK capital (also comes with some tasty artwork courtesy of Hardcuore).

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Ondatrópica Preview

Here are a few little tasters to wet your appetite for the release of the Ondatrópica album, that we covered a few months back. Led by Quantic’s Will Holland and Frente Cumbiero’s Mario Galeano, over a few months in Bogotá, Ondatrópica brought together some of Colombia’s legendary musicians under one roof and recorded the outcome. This is classic 21st century Colombian music, bringing the musicians that shaped the country’s incredible sonic history back into the limelight.

You can listen to a couple of tracks above, check out the excellent artwork by Lewis Heriz then wait impatiently for the 16st of July when Soundway will release the album before dancing along to the whole thing live in London on the 20th and 21st of July.

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INFOPESA Peruvian Cover Art

This one comes from those excellent folk at Listen Recovery. Infopesa, the Peruvian imprint responsible for launching ‘Chicha’ back in the 1970s has a selection of its cover art from across the last forty years up on their Facebook. I have picked a selection of my personal favourites (click on them for a little audio taster) and you can see the whole collection here.

Los Walkers - Poco a Poquito

Los Pasteles Verdes - Volume II

Juaneco y su Combo - El Pescador

Los Mirlos - Lo Mejor de los Mirlos

Los Invasores de Progreso - Invasión Tropical Vol. 5

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Brazilian Album Covers

A little break from the words and a little hand over to the images. This selection (more after the jump) is inspired by the fantastic Pedro Santos LP cover (the music is equally fantastic). Enjoy!

Pedro Santos - Krishnanda (1968)


Gilberto Gil - Gilberto Gil (1968)

Eumir Deodato - Idéias (1964)

Humberto Teixara - Eu Sou o Baião (1953)

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