Rhythm and Roots

Record Store Day

Saturday the 16th of April is  Record Store Day, a great opportunity to go to your local record store and show some support. There are a number of events in record stores all around the world to celebrate and support the local independent record store. In Glasgow, Rub a Dub records on Jamaica Street have got a handful of DJs including Koreless, Lucky Me’s The Blessings and Instra:Mental to spin some tunes throughout the afternoon inspiring while you browse.There are also a number of special releases which will only be available in record stores including exclusives from Akron/Family, Biblio/Clark, Floating Points, Franz Ferdinand, New Order, The Flaming Lips and a whole lot more. Check them all as well as the events at the Record Store day website.

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Modeselektor Ft. Nazizi & Abbas – Monkey Flip

Modeselektor release their massive new single Monkey Flip today through Monkeytown Records. Featuring Kenyan Hip-Hop/Reggae stars Nazizi and Abbas, the track was recorded in a hotel room in Nairobi during the BLNRB project, a Goethe Institute organised project which introduced Berlin based musicians to their Kenyan counterparts. Check it out on soundcloud:

Monkey Flip is available from the Modeselektor shop here.

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Toy Selectah – The Mex Machine EP

Co-founder of one of Mexico’s most important Hip-Hop groups, Control MacheteToy Selectah has been one of the driving forces in the modern Latin American music scene for over ten years promoting new sounds and artists (Cumbia, Reggaeton, 3Ball) into the global limelight through his work as an A & R man, a well travelled DJ or as a producer and remixer (MexMore EP released through Mad Decent a few years back or his tracks for Bersa Discos #5).

Mex Machine EP Minimix

Toy Selectah today releases his much awaited six track The Mex Machine E.P. through Mad Decent. The tracks range from dirty cumbia to Toy Selectah’s own “raverton” style and it featurest features remixes/contributions from the likes of reggaeton don DJ Blass, UK based DJ/Producer Mumdance, Colombian girl of the moment Isa GT and Mexican 3Ball star Sheeqo Beat.

El Rey – Toy Selectah
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The Colombia NYC Project

The Colombia NYC Project is a group of New York DJs and producers who left behind the big apple in November to spend three months travelling through Colombia with the aim of creating a documentary and a compilation based around collaborations between themselves and local Colombian musicians and producers.

There is an update from one of the members (Atropolis) on the Dutty Artz blog. Atropolis uploaded this great little refix of Dos de Febrero a while back:

Dos de Febrero (Atropolis Lite Edit)

Really look forward to hearing the results and it is refreshing to see producers and DJs revisiting the musics roots. Watch this space.

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Saicomania – Peruvian Garage

Peruvian garage band Los Saicos have gone down in musical history for being one of the most legendary, yet short lasting, Latin American rock bands. Critics far and wide now label them Latin America’s first punk band or even go so far as to suggest they were one of the world’s first punk bands. It seems to be true however, that the band evolved their own unique brand of garage rock, unaware of similar movements in the US by bands like MC5. To add to the air of mystery, the band released only six singles between 1965 and 1966, the most well know being “Demolición”:

In 1966, despite their huge success in Peru, the group disbanded and the members each went their seperate ways, carrying on with their lives. The band have since attained legendary status, especially in Latin America and are now due something of a comeback. A reunion concert was held- in 2006 in Lima and all of their recordings were rereleased in the same year. The really interesting looking Saicomania, a documentary charting the rise and fall of the band, is due to be released later this year. Check out the trailer below.

For more information on garage rock in Latin America check out Garage Latino.

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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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Chop Chop! – Akwaaba Music

Akwaaba Music, the label founded by French DJ/crate digger Benjamin Lebrave celebrates its two year anniversary this week. Over the past two years Lebrave has put together over two dozen releases presenting a wide spectrum of contemporary, old and traditional music from across Africa.

To celebrate two years since the first release Akwaaba is offering a “Super Release” of 50 tracks which encapsulate what the label is all about featuring some Kenyan hip-hop, instrumental Kuduro, Cameroonian reggae, classic Angolan semba and a whole lot more. You can download the whole release for the bargain minimum price of $10 from Akwaaba Music’s bandcamp site and if you like what your hear then definitely go and check out all the other releases on their site, an insight into contemporary music from across the African continent.

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Boogat – Perfection

Boogat, the Spanish spitting Montreal based MC returns with another sure-fire tune. After working with some great producers in the global bass/digital cumbia ilk (El Remolón, Douster, Poirier) he has teamed up this time with Geko Jones (Dutty Artz/Que Bajo?) to produce “Perfection” which is available for free download from Remezcla. The tune is cumbia/salsa/latin dancefloor goodness with some playful lyrics about hablantes de español…

If you want to hear more then check out Boogat’s  latest mixtape Que Pegue Duro Y Violento mixed by Poirier and watch out for the MC’s forthcoming solo album in 2011.

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Sak Tzevul – Tzotzil Rock

Thanks to Botella al Mar blog for this. This has to be the only group I know that sing in Tzotzil, a Mayan language spoken in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Sak Tzevul, which translates as lightning, are from the town of Zincantán in southern Chiapas. Their sound is, at its simplest, a fusion of rock and marimba with traditional Mayan music. The band however represents a wider project to protect and promote the regional traditions, exposing a younger generation to their own heritage through music and giving a voice to a culture marginalised within Mexico. Here is the video for their song Batz i Son. There is a great biography of the band here (in Spanish). Really interesting stuff.

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A bit of Label Love

For anyone who likes to get something for free the internet is the place to be and after all, tis the season! Label Love is a compilation of songs chosen by the heads of a group of great record labels. Vol. 2 features some quality tracks from labels Ninja Tune, One Handed, Plug Research, Tru Thoughts and Ubiquity. A real mix of stuff from Full Crate’s “Never Never”, a J Dilla mould swayer to Madlinksy‘s (otherwise known as Zed Bias) garage roller “Ruled by Your Motions”.

It is available for download from Bandcamp where you can also pick up the equally excellent Vol. 1.

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