Things are hotting up here in sunshine filled Amsterdam and Rhythm and Roots is back with a Brazil fever tinted episode featuring new music from Chancha Via Circuito, World’s End Girlfriend, Cashmere Cat and Logos. This month’s episode brings together cumbia, old school hip-hop, new school digital tropical sounds and some great tracks that just defy genres. Replacing the featured producer this month we showcase the brilliant new 43 track Mais Um Discos compilation, Rolê.
You can find the full tracklist after the break. We would also love to here from you! So, send us your tips and suggestions either by email, Twitter or send us your tracks / demos via Soundcloud’s messaging here.
The story of a song never stops. For years I have been tracing the journey of the Brazilian folk classic Mulher Rendeira across the world – from the Peruvian jungle to the American West. Over 80 years since it was first penned out in the Brazilian sertão (plains), the song continues to evolve. This Brazilian classic’s latest incarnation comes courtesy of DJ Dolores, one of the early contributors to the North East’s manguebeat movement, who has since made a name for his fusion of north eastern traditions and modern electronica.
Soundtracks – Music for Movies released by Assustado Discos (available for download here) is a collection of songs inspired by film and inspired by stories. From Dolores’ original compositions for movie soundtracks to his interpretations of Brazilian big screen music classics like Mulher Rendeira, each song has a story to tell:
“A personal remembrance, a musical finding, the funny lyrics of a tune or even because there is a good story to be told about a song. At last, these songs are untied pieces of my memory related to my work with movies.”
As I discovered, there is a very good story to be told about Mulher Rendeira. Written by the Brazilian bandit Lampião (1922), brought to the international stage by Lima Baretto’s Brazilian cowboy bandit/romance film O Cangaceiro (1951) and then covered by international artists as diverse as Jean Sablon (1954), Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1962), Joan Baez (1964), Juaneco y su Combo (1970) and now, DJ Dolores (2014).
The next chapter of the story has been written but it doesn’t end here.
As Spring creeps around the corner in the Northern hemisphere we are back with a sunshine filled April episode of Rhythm and Roots, hosted by the lovely people at Groovalizacion Radio and presented by myself, El Búho. For this month’s episode we trot all over the world with tunes from the likes of Romare, Matas, Omulu and some classic tunes from Rui Mingas, Los Hermanos Tuiran and Franco.
For Episode 17 our artist focus is Italian producer Clap! Clap! who has been making waves for his super unique productions, blurring lines between breakbeat, electronica, techno, african tribal, cumbia and whatever else in between! Listen on Mixcloud, download on Soundcloud and check out the full tracklist after the break.
Cumbia has something special. It is a genre that sticks, that resonates and one that has endured for hundreds of years and travelled all over the globe. It has mixed with African influences, with electronica, with Balkan, with rock and even with boundary pushing jazz.
In 1977 one of Jazz’s greatest composers Chalres Mingues released an album on Atlantic simply titled ‘Cumbia and Jazz Fusion’. The album had at its heart two tracks of over 20 minutes each exploring the line between Colombian Cumbia and Jazz. Mingus’ Jazz experimentations are fused with Cumbia rhythms, freestyling piano solos descend into 5 minute percussion extravaganzas, twisting the original rhythms to a whole new level before diving into calls of ‘Freedom! Freedom!’ and back out again – a constant crisscrossing between the two genres.
The album is unique. But how did a jazz great like Mingus end up playing Cumbia in the first place?
Chico Dub has been showcasing the wealth of talent from the Brazilian underground electronic music scene for the past few years, curating Rio’s Novas Frequências festival and Sónar in São Paulo, and releasing four brilliantly diverse compilations of the best new electronic and experimental artists from the country. Each Hy Brazil departs from the same formula: 14 unreleased tracks by 14 new producers across the country. Volume 4 serves up another platter of new producers and fresh sounds, a timely reminder that Brazilian electronic music is so much more than just bossa nova meets drum ‘n’ bass or Rio tinged lounge electronica.
The fourteen tracks span the spectrum of electronic music from Manara’s opener, the driving, piano dripping, percussion heavy Many, Mytho to No Step‘s spacey, dusty marimba led hip-hop, from the UK garage meets acid meets post-tropical sound of Rio Shock to Asshake’s dancefloor ripping trap / baile-funk crossover. What stands out from this release is the diversity of sound coming from these producers and the way many of them are ripping up the rulebooks, splicing styles and genres together at light speed. Once again Brazilian music has become a bubbling melting pot of rhythms and styles. As the spotlight turns to the country for the World Cup and the Olympics, this compilation is a glance into what is happening on the country’s thriving underground scene and shows that Brazilian music is, once more, at the forefront of new sounds and directions.
You might know German label Man Recordings for their bass heavy, world club sound, shining a light on the global twists on Kuduro, Baile Funk and Tecno Brega. That’s why last year’s release from German percussion group Banda Westfalica was a bolt out of the blue. ‘Versions’ consists of six acoustic covers of the label’s dancefloor bangers interpreted by a group of German high school students from the small German town of Bünde.
Each Monday afternoon, the Banda – all aged between 14 and 19 – would meet up for music class at Bünde’s school. One day band member Sönke Oberschmidt suggested the band try ‘Carimbo’ by Schlachthofbronx. Soon enough their version was on Youtube, Schlachthofbronx found out about it and so ‘Versions’ was born – tropical bass as you have never seen it before.
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.
British electronic music duo LV are back with another project exploring the cross over between two musical worlds – this time focussing on the mix between Morrocan Gnawa music with jazz, electronica and hip-hop. Following on from their plunge into the world of South African house, this latest project supported by Italian non-profit Original Cultures, began as a one-off live show in Bologna between LV (as Swamillion) and Italian experimental group the Fawda Trio.
Building on this first step the project team now wants to take it further with a crowdfunded project to send the musicians to Essaouira, Morocco (home to the renowned Gnawa festivla) to record an album. LV are amongst the few forward-thinking electronic music producers pushing themselves out from behind their Macbook Pros to explore new musical avenues and directions. A project worthy of some support, at least to find out what the end product will be!
Find out more via Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/629691/wdgi
It has been nearly five years since Rhythm and Roots first started back in Blogspot days with a post tracing the lines between the modern and the traditional Cumbia scene in Buenos Aires. Today marks the third reincarnation of Rhythm and Roots, a blog started to showcase the diverse and exciting music scenes and communities emerging in cities all over the world from Mexico City to Montreal, from Glasgow to Luanda. Giving a home to music that crosses borders, fuses genres and epitomises the global-local times we live in.
So, we are back and have a lot of exciting things up our sleeves – from a monthly radio show to a new platform for to release music (and of course plenty of content along the way!)
To keep you tiding over here is another incredible fresh new mix from one of our favourite producers and a pioneer in this new global music space Uproot Andy (just listen to the first three minutes to find out why!!)