Rhythm and Roots


We are back! Rhythm and Roots Volume 23, another hour long episode of fresh music in new contexts from all over the world hosted by the wonderful Groovalizacion Radio.

There have been some fantastic releases since our last episode, a rich resource to draw on form this mix. In episode 23 we feature the second compilation from the exploding Brazilian based label Frente Bolivarista, aptly titled Frente Bolivarista Volume 2. This 19 track album features rhythms, sounds and inspiration from around the world (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Sweden, USA , South Korea, Peru, Italy and Uruguay!) We also feature some tracks from the latest albums from iZem and Montoya alongside new tracks from Nicola Cruz, Carrot Green, Siete Catorce and UMOJA. A global feast of musical delights!

Download here, read more about Frente Bolivarista’s latest release and check out the mix’s full track list below.

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Welcome all to 2015! Here’s hoping it is going to be another spectacular year for music and wishing you all the best for what is to come.

To celebrate new beginnings, new sounds and global collaborations we have an episode lined up fit for the new year – filled with gems from all corners of the world. This episode see us feature two brilliant compilation albums released on the cusp of 2015: De Gulden Snede Vol. 3 from Amsterdam collective INI Movement and fellow global-digital crate diggers Cassette Blog‘s 4th anniversary album ‘Expedicion de Ritmos‘. You can listen below and find more information on the two albums and a full tracklist after the mix. Enjoy!


Featured Album #1 – De Gulde Snede Vol. 3

INI Movement have done it again. They have gone and blown our minds with another selection of diverse and quality music from producers you quite likely never heard of but now wish you had of. Celebrating the Amsterdam label / promoter and generally lovely collective’s 20th release, De Gulde Snede Vol. 3 features 19 tracks focussing on some the up and coming Dutch electronic sounds represented by the likes of Prace and Umoja alongside a few guest slots from the global family, including names like iZem.

INI Movement are not pinned down by genre (though you might call it ‘electronic explorations’), this is, in their words, “quality and feel über everything” and the album “a mesh of sounds seamlessly woven into a holistic entity by the underlying sense of soul embodied in the individual tracks.”

The album is available now via Bandcamp.

Featured Album #1 – Cassette Blog presents Expedición de Ritmos


Cassette Blog is one of the biggest Spanish language outlets showcasing the new trends, sounds and releases in the global music family, pushing the sounds mixing folk with modern electronica but also focussing on digital trends, art and innovation. Celebrating its 4th year this year the blog released another series of brilliant and very ambitious compilations at the end of 2014 featuring some of their favourite artists whose music has graced their page over the past few years. This mix includes a number of tracks from the latest compilation curated by Alfredo Araujo, Andrés Oddone and Pablo Borchi including tracks by familiar names from the South American scene such as Sidirum, Chancha Via Circuito, DJ Reaganomics, DJ Tide and Sr. Chancho.

The album is (amazingly) available for free download and you can grab it here.


Rhythm and Roots Volume 22




  1. DakhaBrakha – Pani
    2. Nicola Cruz x Donso [Baconhead Remix] x Santaolalla – (SidiRum Mashup)
    3. Feiertag – Family
    4. Ouska – relaxing beat for a tense period
    5. Coconutah – Sabbaye
    6. Amerigo Gazaway – Itsoweezee
    7. Chancha Via Circuito – Lamanai
    8. Maculelê De Marimba – Uaki (DJ Nirso Remix)
    9. Originais Do Samba – Falador Passa Mal (Bosq Rework)
    10. Dj Reaganomics – E boi
    11. Multi Culti – Mayan Voyager
    12. Umoja – Beatucada
    13. Mario Congo – Pasito Tun Tun (Chamigo Hugkleson Afro Bomba Rmx)
    14. Pavane – La danse de Daphnis
    15. Indian Wells – Alcantara
    16. Siete Catorce – Syncopate
    17. Multi Culti – Mushrooms on the Hill
    18. Doña Maria – Plantita (Lulacruza Remix)
    19. Praah – Ayahuasca (Rafaele Castiglione Remix)
    20. Aero Manyelo – Kharele
    21. DJ iZem – Water Ft. Segun Akano
    22. Grupo Raizes – Desentoado (Psilosamples remix)
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The leaves are turning orange and the cold is setting in in Amsterdam so time for our first autumnal episode of Rhythm and Roots. There is so much great music coming out at the moment that this was a tough one to pull together. A refined selection of music old and new (or sometimes new meets old) from Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Portugal, Ecuador and beyond!

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Rhythm and Roots has just turned 20! Don’t worry if you forgot to send a card or write on our Facebook wall, there is always next time 😉 So, we are not actually 20 years old but 20 shows old! To celebrate we have a smorgasbord of great new music for you to share this special moment with us. This one is like a musical cake made of different slices of tasty melodic sponge and harmonic jam, the perfect soundtrack to a game of pass the parcel or a big bag of birthday surprises from all over the world!

On behalf of Rhythm and Roots – thanks for listening and raise a glass with us for good health and another 20 Rhythm and Roots!

Creamsicle BD

You can find the full tracklist after the break and download here. If you really want to send us a birthday message we wouldn’t mind or even ideas for your next present (Ok, this metaphor is getting a bit long…) We’d love to hear from you so, email us your favourite tracks, Tweet us your ideas, get in touch if you’d love to collaborate and keep on listening!

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We are very excited to share with you the very first ever Rhythm and Roots Radio show coming to you from the newly launched Groovalizacion Radio with you host El Búho. The new monthly radio show will bring you the freshest mix of classic roots music alongside new, future tropical rhythms from across the world (with a little leaning towards Latin American music 😉 ).

This first episode features the talented Ecuadorian producer Nicola Cruz and new tracks from Dengue Dengue Dengue, Alsarah and the Nubatones, Castro and more. You can check out the full tracklist after the break.

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As Autumn dawns in the Northern Hemisphere we return with another selection of global treats for your earbuds. This is global music in its essence, songs that push borders and traverse genres, mixing folk with electronica, modernity with tradition. It is also music that will make your feet shuffle and your head nod. The perfect antidote to a cold, frosty morning or the adequate accompaniment to a warm, sticky Friday evening. Put it on loud and enjoy! Full tracklist after the jump.

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As always, after a few months of musical digging I have been inspired to put together another Rhythm & Roots Mix. This time round it came out as a celebration of the links between Latin American and African music (and pieces that cross the bridge).

One of my biggest discoveries (though originally released in 2010) has been Donso, a collaboration between Parisien producer Krazy Baldhead and Malian singer Gedeon Papa Diarra. There are also a couple of African edits from Amsterdam’s tropical duo UMOJA and a few unreleased El Búho tracks. Lots of little discoveries making it an eclectic celebration of fresh, contemporary “global” music.

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Rhythm & Roots Volume XIII

Rhythm & Roots Voume XIII It has been a while and in that while lots of new music has been buzzing around my ears. This is the 12th edition of Rhythm & Roots mix series. This mix criss crosses from deep Brazilian Dub from Digitaldubs, South African spiced electronics from LV, swaggering digital cumbia (new El Buho preview), Angolan house, Soulection hip-hop take on baile funk by Sango and everything in between! Stream the whole thing via Mixcloud below. Tracklist after the jump. [gigya src=”http://www.mixcloud.com/media/swf/player/mixcloudLoader.swf” flashvars=”feed=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2FEl_Buho%2Frhythm-roots-volume-xiii%2F&embed_uuid=d852db55-720c-4d96-bdc5-3a0e9e0e5ff9&stylecolor=&embed_type=widget_standard” wmode=”opaque” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”480″ height=”480″ ] Read More

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Rhythm & Roots Mix – Volume XII

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Spring is here and, as ever, the internet is awash with inspiring and foot waggling tunes from each corner of the globe. Our 12th (time flies!) Rhythm & Roots mix is a good ‘un and is chock full of tunes we are really into, all mixed together in different ways, like a big rhythmic trifle(!) In a good way, of course. Full tracklist with links to find all these musical gems follows the break.

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Rhythm & Roots Volume XI (El Buho)

Getting into the Christmas spirit over here at RnR we have an early present for your ears: Rhythm & Roots Volume XI. The mix is a 36 minute veritable Christmas dinner of music with trifle to boot. Volume XI sits comfortably at 100 BPM, weaving together a multitude of genres, tempos and locations. It is filled with mash-ups, remixes and exclusives (tracklist and links after the jump). I like to think of it as patchwork music or a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (whichever metaphor you prefer…)

There are a couple of tracks  in there from the mysterious but captivating Manchester based producer Holy Other. If you haven’t got your hands on his With U EP released via Tri Angle Records, go out and grab it now. In the words of Boomkat: ” five sumptuous jams occupying the spooked space between R&B, techno and dark ambient.” There are also a couple of exclusive El Buho tracks in the mix, watch this space for more on that.

So, without further ado, from RnR to you: Merry Christmas!

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