What a surprise! Onra, the illustrious beatmaker, dropped the final installment of his fantastic trilogy Chinoiseries. He samples and chops some old asian records he has collected throughout his travels to create some dope hip-hop beats. He hasn’t skipped a beat since the last release, and #3 is looking to be his best yet. Highly recommended!
It has been a long minute since I last posted on the site, but I am back on the musical tip. I was blown away by listening to the two singles from Shibaka and the Ancestors. They are an 8 piece jazz group out of the UK that is melding jazz with the traditional sounds of South Africa. They recorded the album Wisdom Of Elders in Johannesburg incorporating the traditional sounds with classic jazz. The two singles Mzwandile and Joyous blew me away with the richness of sound and rhythms. I don’t think I have been so pumped for an album to drop after just listening to two tracks. Go listen to the two singles and the album will drop September 16th. Highly Recommended!!
Jakarta Records is one of the most innovative record labels out there, they are always pushing the boundaries by digging up some far eastern classics as well as releasing some new talent. It is like Jakarta Records is always one step ahead of the musical trends. Their Habibi Funk series is one of these dug up classics. The latest release, number #6 in the series, gives us a peek into some dope disco cuts from North Africa and the Middle East. Enjoy this summer mix!
Brazilian music is one of my favourites, the groove from the Samba rhythms to the smoothness of Bossa Nova just gets me going. I just discovered this Sao Paulo group Mental Abstrato, and they bring the heat. They remix and flip some classic brazilian sounds and bring it up to date with some hiphop elements. The group consists of the trio OMIG One, Calmão and Guimas Bass. The newest single Mimo, features the dope singer Tássia Reis and her voice is fantastic. Highly Recommended!!!
The first thing you are going to notice when you first hear Kadhja Bonet’s voice is how angelic it is. The LA songstress effortlessly flows over different productions, especially on her new single LateNight Munchies, while still having a smooth and mellow sound. The new single was recorded at the Red Bull Academy in 2014 with RJ and Mark Maxwell on the production, the synthy cosmic sound pairs well with Kadhja’s voice. The only other single I have heard from Kadhja Bonet is Tears for Lamont, while it has more of a traditional worldly sound, her voice and lyrics are on point. Check her out!
The World Cup is just over a month away, the excitement and fervour of the tournament is staring to build. With mass influx of visitors and viewers to Brazil, it is a perfect time to showcase classic Brazilian music.The new Brazilian supergroup Sonzeira founded by the great Gilles Peterson is set to release their new album Brasil Bam Bam Bam on May 19th. Gilles Peterson isn’t your typical dj or record label owner, he brings this scholarly approach to creating all his albums. It is evident with this new album, Gilles Peterson wanted to create the true essence of Brazilian music with a mixture of both old and new artists. The album features Seu Jorge, Marcos Valle, and the renowned Elza Soares. Brasil Bam Bam Bam will get you ready for the World Cup while giving you a lesson in classic Samba and Bossa Nova.