A last minute FUN SESSION with the dope as fuck NANGDO and ME in the RAVE CAVE dropping the ILL DRUM SCIENCE!!! Tonight!
So that’s the first meme i’ve ever made, hope it goes “viral” :) What do you think? GF thinks it’s too “polarizing”, but i think it’s kind of a necessary illustration of the false dichotomy.
Also, for the entirety of the month of October I will be touring in East Africa: mostly Kampala and Nairobi, playing at festivals and clubs, and working with local musicians. Super excited!!!
Expanding the boundaries of club music, CLUBLAB explores borderless poly-rhythms and infinite bass, and investigates the fragmented soul of the polymorphous planetary underground.
in the Function-One equipped cave of our favorite Kreuz-Koln dive we swim in the most crucial vibes of today and tomorrow: Chicago, London, Joburg, Jersey, Luanda, Berlin.
Bass, Juke, Club, Jungle, Acid, House, Kuduro, Dub.
Words (Futurisms, Berlin)
dj zhao (NgomaSound, BeiJing)
Special Guests (Surprise)
Friday // July 24 // 11:00pm
Normal Bar // Forsterstrasse 46, 10999 Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
FREE before midnight
Big thanks to all who have generously donated toward getting the Soundcloud back up, but i will need a bit more time… Soon hopefully! In the mean time, I’ve updated all the posts with working Mixcloud streaming and download links. Let me know if i missed any!
This Friday is the AFRO HOUSE XPERIENCE! we will bring the freshest, funkiest electronic music from the Motherland! (I don’t even like calling it “house” because in terms of form most of it doesn’t actually have much to do with Chicago at all — much more polyrhythmic and groovetastische)
I’ve always loved Acid. Not only due to the squelchy palette of the misused TB303 being, for reasons i can not articulate (related to liking the smell of petroleum??), so endlessly delicious, sexy, and addictive, but also because Acid House and Acid Techno, ever since the beginning, have always been more overtly and unabashedly polyrhythmic than their bigger stylistic cousins.
The 303 lines often hit the spot in the 4/4 rhythmic pattern left missing in most other House and Techno, but which is a focus point in African House: the 3.5 or thereabouts. Add to that the basslines often emphatically replicating the Clave pattern (signature of Afro-Cuban music) and hyperkinetic snares flying everywhere, we have probably the most percussively rich genre of “Western” contemporary electronic music.
African music lovers, if you doubt what i am saying, just jump to minute 22:00 mark, and if in the next 15 minutes you are not convinced, all money back guaranteed.
Techno heads, let this mix remind you that techno and house are indirect but unquestionably descendants of ancient rhythmic traditions, drawing from the bottomless well of African sciences of the drums.
01 Etcher – Pelican Nebula (Afro Augmentation)
02 Kenneth Kirschner – 070798
03 Nax Acid – Flying Higher
04 Underground Resistance – Electronic Warfare (Oz Speaks)
05 Luigi Acid Machine – Improbable Concept
06 Versatile – Before The Interrogation
07 Photodementia – Synovium
08 Emmanuel Top – Foreigner
09 Redshape – Goom (Bonus Beats)
10 Emmanuel Top – The End
11 Innume – Right Down
12 Snuff Crew – Joy of Jealousy
13 Basic Soul Unit – Rhythm No.1 (Justin Longs Acid Peel Version)
14 Jack Murphy – 4MT
15 Willis Anne – The C Track
16 Matrixxman – Stop It
17 Levon Vincent – Love Technique
18 Sendex – Just Dance
19 Mantra – What Do You Call It
20 Hieroglyphic Being – Inconsistent Measure
21 Jared Wilson – Detroit Tracks 7.5 (Polykicks Edit)
22 Close – Beam Me Up (feat. Charlene Soraia) (Scuba Hercules and Love Affair Remix)
23 Syntheme – XWC
24 Snuff Crew – Control
25 Jerome Hill – Dustbin Acid
26 Swere – Swere
27 Cassegrain – Task (TM404 Remix)
28 Alien Rain – Alienated
29 Function – Psychic Warfare
30 Donato Dozzy & Say Dj – Titto Positivo
31 Function – Variance (Ch-Signal Laboratories Edit)
32 Eomac – Yóu Hún Ye Gui
Sorry about late notice but this is very important solidarity event for refugee rights in the very cool concert/club venue Zukunft am Ostkreuz. Bands start at 6pm, dinner for all (Ramadan fast break) at 9pm, And i play from 2am!
Laskerstr. 5, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
In Gaziantep, an old Turkish city on the Eastern and Southern Most part of the country, bordering Syria, i had the fortune of meeting 2 Syrian young men who were involved in the initial student and popular uprising, part of the so-called “Arab Spring”. They were among the most charming, intelligent, funny and friendly guys i’ve ever met, and had become wanted men and refugees, one of them with a price on his head, hiding out in Turkey. They told inspiring and harrowing stories of the spontaneous peaceful demonstrations against the oppressive Assad regime, how it kept going in the face of brutal repression by police and military. And of how the government, in 2011, released thousands of jihadists from prison, while the revolutionary political prisoners stayed in captivity and continued to be tortured, in order to dilute the rebellion, to brand the opposition as extremists, and create a false choice for the population, of either government or fundamentalism. Shortly after that, the US backed jihadist group known as ISIS or ISIL infiltrated, and the country has been steadily torn apart by violence, its infrastructure crippled, its glorious ancient cities destroyed, creating multiple and massive humanitarian nightmares.
In addition to first hand accounts of these events, one of these guys also gave me a collection of amazing contemporary Syrian Debkah, a modern dance music with ancient roots, very popular in many parts of the Middle East.
In these extremely trying times, and when news media coverage of the country is filled with nothing but tragedy, let us never forget the incredible cultural wealth of Syria, and the powerful, beautiful majesty of Syrian music.
The only exposure to Dabkah in the West in recent years has been Omar Suleyman, whose popularity might be due to the rough and simplistic aspects of his music being appealing to “alternative” music fans, or maybe it’s just luck. In Syria he is considered an unimportant and low level musician, something like an ignorant redneck. But he not only makes sub-standard Dabke (I’ve realized after listening to the music on this mix), but has also dedicated one of his songs to the Assad regime, and never once spoke or sang about the struggles of the Syrian people, living a wealthy life in Turkey. Even though one of his tunes appeared in NGOMA 04, I will likely not be playing much of his music in the future.
Friday, June 12at 11:00pm – 6:00am
Le Malibv — 44 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France
June 14 – June 15 Jun 14 at 12:00pm to Jun 15 at 12:00am
Jardin Monplaisir 1 Bd Monplaisir, 31400 Toulouse, France
☀ Dimanche 14 juin – Midi-Minuit – Jardin Monplaisir (centre ville) ☀
ZHAO – [ALL / Berlin] – (Ngoma Sound)
RAFAEL ARAGON – [FRA / Paris] – (Caballito / Latino Resiste)
DJ NO BREAKFAST – [FRA / Tlse] – (Guachafita)
YEAHMAN! – [FRA / Tlse] – (Ghetto Sonido – Muundial Mix)
par le Collectif Volubile ( Ambre Caziers / Loren Coquillat / Pauline Lavergne / Cassandre
Mashup, an exhibition of artworks by contem- porary artists from Africa generated during the research and exhibition project Mashup the Archive at Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth, Germany.
It’s nice to get booked for the core of what i do. Will be playing alongside many very talented artists such as Miss Eve, Otieno Gomba, Délio Jasse, Raphael Kariuki, Nita., Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Simon Rittmeier, Kevo Stero, Pamela Sunstrum, and Uche Uzorka.
and last weekend Karnival was fun…
As I’m sure many of you have noticed, 99% of my uploads on SoundCloud have been hidden. This is because the price of an “unlimited account” has gone back up to 89 Euros a year, and i just can’t afford it at the moment.
It is bad timing as i have many finished mashups and edits i’ve been wanting to upload for quite some time, and was about to sit down and make time to do it. There are also several big big mixes coming soon, including Syrian Debkah, Classic Colombia, Acid Techno, and a beautiful Fusion 8.
If you would like access to all the older sounds again, and hear the new ones on SoundCloud which makes download possible, feel free to make a donation via the paypal button on the home page (top right), or just click HERE.
As soon as there is enough funds i will renew the subscription. Thanks.
Pre-Hispanic indigenous rhythm roots, influence from African sciences of the drum, Shamanic sounds from atop the Peruvian mountains and deep in the Amazonian jungle… These describe parts of this new electronic music known loosely as Tribal Guarachero. This mix comprises of mostly music from Mexico, where the original sound was born, with some tracks from Central, South, and North America, and Europe.
01 David Amram & Friends – Andes Breeze
02 Malandro – Chmuk Aak’ab
03 Elias Deepman – Vabu the Cat (Alejandro Villanueva Remix)
04 Rafael Aragon – Selvadelica (Bounce)
05 Mexicans With Guns – Cool Arrow
06 Farrapo & Yanez ft. Botecoeletro- Oliveto (Thykier Remix)
07 French Fries – Laquisha Dub
08 Antae – Alma (Freddy Da Stupid Jungle Mix)
09 Mexico Caliente – Bloodshake
10 Systema Solar – Oye
11 Joe Arroyo – La Tortuga (Jose Marquez Edit)
12 Santos – San Cristóbal
13 The Peronists – Nazca Lines (final mix)
14 Stereo Revuelta – Organ of Love (Stereo Revuelta Refix)
15 Dj Javier Estrada – Afrimaye Kuduro
16 Estrellas Del Caribe – El Yoyo X Offshore – Mintla
17 Petrona Martinez – El Critica (Maga Bo Remix)
18 Lechuga Zafiro – Isla de Flores (Rafael Aragon Remix)
19 TrikoO Dj – Danza De Los Aztecas (Prehispanic Drums)
20 Bongo Laser – Ovniton
21 Goia Tterkreis & Steve Kasper – Pull Kali (Rooted Dub)
22 Nguzunguzu – El Bebe Ambiente
23 Dj Rogelio Huerta – Espiritu Mohana (Prehipanic Rescuers)
24 Dj Rogelio Huerta – Moctezuma Xocoyotzin
25 Mixer Javier Bernal – Ezpektro
26 Javier Estrada – Prehispanic Future
27 Javier Estrada -Samba Mi Negra
28 Alan Rosales – Arremangala
29 Sharps – Lagrimas y Historias
30 Dj Javier Estrada – I Want You
31 Dj Rescate – Relax Tranquilidad
All over the Middle East rises new musical movements channelling the future into the roots of Arabic music. New genres emerge as electronic sounds meet distorted Arabic percussion, uplifting bass mix with hypnotic Debka synthesizers, hard hip hop confronts chopped belly dance samples, high pitched Mawal vocals over rough drum loops.
These movements live in the deep dark basements of Beirut and Ramallah, Rabat and Istanbul, and in the Arab diaspora all around Europe, with musicians discovering their homeland culture. A way to (re)discover cultural identity and create new identities, these movements also reflect social change, and the wish of young Arabs to integrate into western traditions and still keep the their unique culture, taking pride in their heritage but also pushing it beyond, into the future.
Arabic music is descent of distinct tribal cultures, from the Dvol drums of Kurdistan to the Berber music of Morocco, these forms travel through time and space, into oscillators and drums machines, creating bold new forms today – MIDEAST FUTURISM.
Presenting Sufi-Bass, Bedouin Noise, Berber-Tech, Electro-Chaabi, and Dabke-Club, MID EAST FUTURISM blurs the lines between East and West, acoustic and digital, tradition and innovation, weaving a hypnotic and hallucinatory tapestry of sound and rhythm.
This edition celebrates the first release of Rocky B’s project “The Tropikal Camel” on Folcore Recordings: “in Die Hafla”.
Friday 06 March 9:00pm – 5:00am
ACUD MACHT NEU — Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Location: Cafete (Reitschule Bern), Neubrückstrasse 8, 3012 Bern
Time: 22.30 Uhr
Afro-Tech, Future-Bass, Juke-Jungle, Tarraxinha, Zouk-Bass
Zum Chinesischen Neujahrsfest des Jahres der Ziege kommt DJ Zhao aus Berlin zu Besuch. Geboren in Beijing, heute zuhause in Berlin spielt er eine eklektrische Mischung aus polyrhythmischen Leckerbissen von jedem Kontinent. Time Tarracho sind die Schweizer Leader im frei interpretierten Zouk-Bass.
NG◎M▲ is a new poly-rhythmic consciousness connecting the underground: Luanda, New Jersey, Jo’burg, London, Nairobi, Chicago, Kinshasa, Paris, and Berlin.
Isigubhu, Jersey Club, Kuduro, Juke, Grime, Hiphop and Techno, NG◎M▲ brings the most innovative sounds and illest vibes: African Roots, Future Sound.
Rushmore [ Trax Couture / London ]
Rushmore has been guarding the frontline of London’s underground club scene with proven success since 2011 through his club nights Rhythm Talk and House Of Trax with co boss Fools, and heading up his label, Trax Couture. He has a strict penchant for no-frills heavy percussive workouts and US ghetto club music, which comes across firmly in his dj sets and own production. His stripped back, effective approach to club music sees him give a different point of view on the dance floor by experimenting with merging styles covering ballroom, grime, footwork, ghetto house and techno.
D.R.E.E.A. [ NYC / Berlin ]
German DJ, artist and writer D.R.E.E.A. established herself as one of the few credible female selectors in Berlin’s night life. Original head who started paying her dues writing for RAP.de – Germany’s online hip hop Source. After making moves in New York’s musical and artistic underground scene, she settled back in Berlin. Her selection of adventurous and rugged styles of music has garnished her a cult following across Europe.
Qumasiquamé [ Through My Speakers // Berlin ]
Growing up as a big fan of golden-era rap, while at the same time slowly experiencing electronic music mainly from the UK, Qumasiquamé continually discovers his love for several sounds with roots from the motherland. His sets are driven by the ambition to reflect the musical phases and experiences he made in the last two decades and to combine them with the energy of the environment that surrounds him at present.
Dj Zhao [ Ngoma Sound // Berlin ]
With a background in sound art and experimental techno, DJ Zhao brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places, with focus on Africa. Informed of up-to-the-minute global styles, Dj Zhao fuses ancestral rhythms and urban bass pressure, connecting “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and modern. Constructing a sound without borders, Dj Zhao’s sets of innovative club, bass, and electronic music as well as classic grooves are always guided by a polyrhythmic understanding of energy in motion.
MC Zoum [ Springstoff / Ngoma Sound // Berlin ]
A versatile Congolese/French MC flowing in Kikongo, Lingala, French, English, and German, MC Carmel Zoum is a fiery force of nature on the mic, bringing groovey and beautiful Congolese melodies and hardcore Afro-Dancehall vibes to thrill dance floors world wide.
In the ongoing rebirth of explicit poly-rhythms and super syncopated percussive goodness in African-American music, B-more/Philly and Newark/Jersey Club is a particularly sexy and fun permutation, and has been gaining momentum for a number of years, bursting with musical and dance ideas. Vice just made a documentary and in 2015 i think it will finally invade dance floors all over in a big way. (Next month i will be playing the first Vice sponsored Club Jersey party in London – stay tuned)
All about that triplet kick at the end of every 4 bars: the Clave pattern predominant in Afro-Cuban music coming boldly to the fore, rather than subtly hidden or merely suggested, the way it has been in the straight 4/4 of House, Disco, and Funk. Add a bunch of syncopated off-beat snares, cheeky samples, a mad tactile compositional sense of abrupt drastic changes and stop’n’switch dynamics, infectious Hip Hop, R’n’B, and Pop elements, and an extra dose of bass — Jersey Club is a contender with Kuduro as pretty much the most unadulterated fun and energy possible on the dance floor (and sometimes indeed can be similar to the Angolan sound). From twerkalicious party bounce, to hyperactive teenage pop euphoria, to maniacal murderous hood darkness, this mix spans a very broad emotional spectrum.
World wide Club Invasion lets go! #turnup
01 Mr C – Cha Cha Slide (Smoove Rmx)
02 Toy C & Timbah – Mountain Dew (Dj Milktray Rmx)
03 Neana – Agnes (Ni Yna in Ljubijana)
04 Tinashe – Philly Club
05 Tinashe – Philly Club (Dj Tray Remix)
06 Nae Monae – Pretty Girls Smoke Too
07 DJ Diz – Stoner (Nae Nae Anthem)
08 Dougie F & Dj Fire – Back Up On It
09 Dj Kiff – Ca$Hin OuT X Blaqstarr – shake it to the ground
10 Dj Problem – Don Francisco
11 Pol Style, Vin Sol & Matrixxman – MzJackie
12 Animal Youth – Keep Up
13 Connect the Dots – Fuck That Shit (Dj Sliink Rmx)
14 T-Pain – Up Down (Dj Problem Rmx)
15 Dj Problem – C.R.E.A.M.
16 Dj Mike Gip – The Ladies Anthem
17 Toni Romiti DJ Pheonix – Eleciax3 – Bish Whet
18 Blaqstarr – Lemme Hump U
19 Blaqstarr – Feel It In The Air
20 J Forests – Don’t Ask Me
21 ZebraKatz – Ima Read (Dj Sliink Rmx)
22 Dj Diz – Down For My Niggas
23 Dj Morales – Beat That Up (Uniiqu3 ft Dj 93rd Rmx)
24 Brenmar ft. Uniiqu3 – Hey Ladies (Get Up)
25 Rick Ross – Diced Pineapples (Ezrakh’s Jersey Ol’ Head Rmx)
26 Dj Classic – Twerk It
27 L S D X O X O ft. Dj Uniiqu3 – Burn
28 Helix – Bring It Up Down X Blaqstarr – shake it to the ground
29 Dj Tameil – Tek 9 (Uniiqu3 ft Dj Get Em Rmx)
30 Sharaya J – Banji ft. Missy & Jayhood
31 Team Lacey ft. Lexi & Gary Lite – The Real Dj Quan
32 Dj Hoodcore – Phyre
33 Kowton – Dub05
34 Liar – Ha-REM VIP
35 Georgia Girls & Trapdoor – So Seductive
36 Dj Yolo Bear – Bad Bxtches (with Dj Uniiqu3)
37 James Nasty & Dj Lemz – Favorite Bitch (Klan Guru Rmx)
38 Fobator – Cocaine
39 Chris Brown – She Ready (Dj Tim Dolla Rmx)
40 Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (Dj Sliink Rmx)
41 Trapdoor – Other Room (Mike G Rmx)
42 Future – I Wanna Be With You (Trey & Dj Uniiqu3 Rmx)
43 Dj Tray – Why You Think You’re Fierce
44 Dj Jayhood – Freeze
45 Schoolboy Q – Man of the Year (Dj Irresistible Rmx)
46 Dj K Millz & CeCe – Rock Ya Body
47 Dj Irresistable – Work (Rmx)
48 Young Thug – Danny Glover (Teeburr Rmx)
49 Future Brown – Wanna Party
50 Celestial Trax ft. Lil Flip – Hurt Me
51 2 Chainz ft. Drake – No Lie (Cashmere Cat Edit)
Next Sunday, Dec. 28th, I will do a set with the mighty Hoodz Dj Team at Wendel Cafe.
and on New Year’s Eve:
Feierabend Poetic Cumbia (Argentina/Berlin)
Latin Swing, Cumbia Wet Dreams
A wild wild night of fiery and naughty rhythms to boogie, rumba, swing, polka, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, azonto, dagger, bounce, jerk, twerk, and booty clap into 2015!!!
last weekend was fun:
10pm – 6am all night hunt for the purrrrfect beat!
179 killed by institutional racist violence for the crime of trying to live in the drugs and guns infested poverty that white supremacy keeps them in, during the past 15 years, In NYC alone. How many disabled? In comas? How many with missing lungs or bullets in stomachs? How many broken ribs/arms/legs? How many physically assaulted? Abused in custody? How many terrorized? Humiliated? Incarcerated?
‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’
From state murder and brutality to violent crime in communities which have been structurally marginalized, systematically dispossessed, broadly under privileged, and kept in economic bondage by a series of discriminatory policies designed to do just that, such as Black Codes, Redlining, convict leasing, voter suppression, predatory bank loans, and the school-to-prison-pipeline, death toll of African Americans, especially young males, is extremely disproportionate. North American Life expectancy chart:
“For black males, homicide decreased life expectancy by almost a year. Heart disease was the most significant cause of death affecting the disparity in life expectancy, but for black males, homicide was number two — ahead of cancer and stroke.
There are “over 700,000 reported violent acts per year involving U.S. youth” (Dr. Robert Gore). The majority of homicides involve youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24. In fact, it’s the number one cause of death among black males in this age group. And despite making up just 13 percent of the population, the FBI reports that half of the homicide victims in 2011 were black.”
This is the social context which gives rise to most of the music on this mix.
01 Mark Pritchard – Ghosts
02 Vax – Millenial
03 Know V.A. – Flew
04 More – Self Evident
05 Vybz Kartel – Dem Bwoy
06 Arkaik and Coma – Heat Seeker
07 Arkaik – The Hustle
08 Know V.A. – Donkey Kong
09 Fracture Ft. Dawn Day Night – Get Busy (DLX Rmx)
10 Varg – Lossning I Dimma Kallholmen
11 Pawn – Your Words (Moresounds Rmx)
12 Moresounds – Hour of Doom
13 Addison Groove and Sam Binga – Thr3id
14 Deft – Contrincante VIP
15 The East Flatbush Project – Tried by 12
16 Unknown – My Sound
17 Machinedrum – Gunshotta (Fracture’s Astrophonica Rmx)
18 Zero T – Tavistoc Dub
19 Logistics – Murderation
20 Slick Shoota – Keep Bussin’ (Om Unit Rmx)
21 Ta-Ku – Sprung Broke
22 Fuzzy Logic – Don’t Get Mad
23 Dj Nj – Drone – Mary’s Fave
24 Dj Screwtec & SSK – Keep It Juke
25 Ja Ru – Get Up Off Me
26 Jlin – Battle Trak
27 Dice Beats Muzik – Juke It Nasty
28 Juke Ellington – Crossfire Juke 4
29 Moresounds – Turn In Your Gun
30 La Chat – Dramatize
31 Kill Frenzy – Who Run It (Rmx)
32 Dj Funeral – Last Breakfast
33 Dj Slugo – Hey
34 Staceyann Chin & Matana Roberts – Raise The Roof
35 Dj Boogie – Beetle