The Merkolator

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Jack is building a new council estate House in East London.

MUTANT 6 - The Merkolator by Djzhao on Mixcloud

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01 Kowton – Stasis
02 Boddika & Joy Orbison – Tricky’s Team
03 Daphni & Owen Pallett – Julia
04 Fish – Merk U
05 Joonipah – Gut Feeling
06 Boddika – Soul What (Rmx)
07 Artifact – Exist
08 X5 Dubz – Shapes
09 Boodika & Joy Orbison – Swims
10 Indigo – Aradia
11 Nativ – Breathe
12 Wen – Swingin’ (LDN mix)
13 Detboi – Focus
14 Charlux – Unmarked Patrol
15 Volac – My Crew
16 Volac – Hips Don’t Lie (Sammy W & Alex E Rmx)
17 Emeskay – Searchin (Zoltan Kontes Rmx)
18 2ndcity – I’ll Tell You
19 Ko Kane – Rockin’ With The Best
20 Ill Phil & Lorenzo – Jump Around
21 Ill Phil & Lorenzo feat. MC Sim – It’s Getting Hectic
22 Majestic – Lets Go Back (Cause N Affect Mix)
23 Lockhart – Get Down (Busta)
24 Flava D – In The Dance
25 Formula – Hoods & Bass
26 Jook 10 – Strike
27 Icicle – Final Master
28 Dj Deeon – Titties And Ass
29 Sky Cell – Foam Feathers

MUTANT 05 Club Deconstruction

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“Transcendence and beauty is possible during both the renaissance and golden-age of a culture, as it is during the decline of empire.” — Anonymous

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The music here strongly emphasize abrupt cuts, stop-and-switch dynamics, which to me seems to reflect social fragmentation in urban life, and the often talked about compartmentalization of our experience of it into work/leisure boxes.  This is literally represented in the first 5 minutes: cold steely bass and beats adorned by a sample “work. work. work. work.” all of a sudden gives way, for only a few bars, to a relaxed synth and a rapper boasting about his money, and then immediately returns to grinding and oppressive beats/work.  The music here makes intensive use of manic repetition, often in a more radically rigid way than in traditional House or Techno, mirroring the experience of large sections of the working under classes, in whose culture this music is rooted, being locked into monotonous schedules of menial labor. So it is no surprise that *work* becomes a metaphor for the dance in Afro-American music, which is shaped by both the historical legacy (No Drums Allowed) and present day reality of (wage) slavery.  The music here is often tense, undoubtedly related to the pervasive class antagonism on the streets of New Jersey or London, and economic disparity which implements segregation. Violence is a constant theme, gun sounds introduce the mix, and is always present through out: All of these new-ish bass music styles stem from, and comprise the aesthetic of Gangsta Rap as much as Ghetto Tech and Booty Bass: pure sublimated aggression and commodified anger.

Club Deconstruction presents the digital underground of mainly North America, the freshest musical ideas in the “first world”, the former colonial centers, informed by recent internet enabled exposure to far away cultures (surely the only good effect of globalization). *Facta – Tungsten*, for instance, is one track among many which takes unmistakable rhythmic cues from South Africa, and others, such as “Black Vanilla – Throw It Down”, repurpose Angolan beats.  Modern dance music in the West is of course built on a foundation of African rhythms stripped of its drums, but this is somewhat of a new phenomenon in musical history: young producers in N.America DIRECTLY drawing from the rhythms of Africa.

Africa is not only the future, it is the only future, as far as dance music is concerned: because the science of designing sound patterns for the proportions and speeds of the human body has reached heights of sophistication and advancement in the mother continent that electronic dance music is only beginning to realize, and reach for.  Club Deconstruction is evidence of today’s most forward thinking bass music reinventing itself along Afrocentric lines. This is 21st Century expressions of ancient rhythm heritage, heir of colonial history, shaped by hyperspace pollination, and mirroring the everyday realities of life in the context of violent global capitalism.

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01 Teeth – Black Thigh Shakes
02 Millie & Andrea – GIF RIFF
03 Wiz Khalifa – Work (Myth Syzer Remix)
04 Facta feat. Hodge – Tungsten
05 Alex Coulton – Tension
06 Last Japan – Storm Trooper
07 Paleman – Beezeldub
08 Imaabs – Cautiverio
09 Paleman – Newun
10 TRC – Skipping Rope
11 VIsionist – M
12 PE – On Top
13 Missy Elliot – Work It (King Kong Goes Duro Remix)
14 Tessela – Let Up
15 NguzuNguzu – Break In
16 Distal – Green Lantern (Mike Q Remix)
17 SX – Woooo (Instrumental)
18 Mela Dee – CTRL X Goldfinch – Funky Steppa (Trusta Remix)
19 xxx¢ – Wooder
20 Wiley – Wot Do U Call It
21 Wiley – Donuts (Diamond Bass Remix)
22 Akkord – Typeface
23 Rushmore – Low Slung
24 Blame – Fall Down
25 Bleszt – Rock Yo Body 2k14 (Uniqu3 feat. Mike Grip Remix)
26 Nunu ft. City Fitness – Tangerine (Mamboussa Rmx)
27 Fraxinus – All Ends
28 Sylvere – The Swain
29 Fraxinus – Off Ends
30 Sylvere – No Drumstick Please
31 Black Vanilla – Throw It Down (Mike Q X Dj Fade Remix)
32 Samir Debonair – Samir Theme (Uniiqu3 Rmx)
33 Spurz – Horizon Drip
34 Hunt For the Breeze – Tension
35 Somepoe – Woodstate (Tony Goods Rmx)
36 Sylvere – Dutty Birds
37 FOBA – Laga Luvin
38 Sudanim – Pleasure Flood (Drippin Rmx)
39 Rabit – Thug Rotorvator
40 Plastician – The Search (Kahn & Neek Rmx)
41 Fatima Al Qadiri – Knight Fare (Post War Dub)
42 Rabit – Vizier (Vocal Mix)
43 Noms & Strooly – Richie Rich

FUSION 5 – هلاك / Apocalypse

neocolonialism. exploitation. corporate greed. systemic oppression. global warming. over population. rising oceans. resource depletion. military conflict. economic collapse. mass extinction. hurricanes. famine. disease. hunger. war. annihilation.

FUSION 5 - Apocalypse by Djzhao on Mixcloud

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01 Amina Alaoui & Jon Balke – Itimad X L-Wiz – Smogged
02 Ora Sittner & Youval Micenmacher – Dror Iqra X Scuba – Sleepa
03 23 Skidoo – G-2 Contemplation X Marc Ashken – Roots Dyed Dark (Skream Remix)
04 Kambarkan Folk Ensemble – Jygach Ooz Komuz X Dj Distance – Nomad
05 Sarah Webster – A Lesson Twice Learned / Drum Talk X Pinch & Loefah – Broken
06 JilJilala – Unknown X JuJu – Iroko
07 Fawzy Al-Aiedy – Milad X Toasty – Like Sun
08 Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton – Immortal Egypt X dj quest & eskimo – Speakers Corner (Instrumental Death Edit)
09 Unknown – Arab Flute X Zen Militia – Pull of Guilt (Scuba Remix)
10 Unknown – Morocco Belly Dance X Substep Infrabass Monotonium
11 Guem – Royal Dance X Shed – Panamax Remix
12 Unknown – African Tribal Drums X Unkown – UK Grime
13 Reda Darwish – Raqset El Banat X Headhunter – Drop The Waste
14 Remko Scha – Machine Guitars Slam X Skream – Backwards
15 Andy Moor – Uganda Fly X Loefah – Fire Elements
16 Sir Richard Bishop – Blood Stained Sands X Tunnidge – Face Melt
17 Sijano Vodjani – Dedication X King Midas Sound – Earth a kill ya

Feiruz-Grime Mash-Up project by Wadada

Earlier this year, in the true spirit of Ngoma FUSION series, Wadada from Jahtari made this short mix.

We have all (i know i have) wished for the impossible: that some of the golden music from the past can be re-recorded in a contemporary studio, and perhaps with some of today’s bass music sickness.  Mixes like this are surely the next best thing.

 

Feiruz – Fayek wala nasy / Kromestar – Renegade 2
Feiruz – Ya garatal wadi
Feiruz – Intahena / Rustie – Tempered
Feiruz – Q’atab Tu Ilayki / 16 Bar Rally Instrumental – Bless Beats
Feiruz – Shalhat Al Harir / DOK – KO
Feiruz – Sakana Al Leyl / Joker – Output 1-2
Feiruz – Lubnan El Akhdar / Geeneus – Dark Boy
Feiruz – Alou El Ida / Wiley – 4 shots
Feiruz – Ana Endi Hanin / Rustie – Response
Feiruz – Lachou El Haki / Wiley – Eskimo
Feiruz – Bhebbak Ma Baaref / Two Fingers – What you know
Feiruz – Yammi Ma Ba’arif / Quarta 330 – Sunset Dub

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the FUSION series are mash-up and re-edit albums fusing global traditional music and modern bass/beats. if you’ve ever wondered what Digital Gamelan is like, or what Capetown gospel singers sound like in London Ghettos, or how Robots would play Ethiopian Jazz…

erasing lines, fusing edges, reconnecting all mutations, permutations, lost strains, divided strands, and myriad variations of the deeper-than-we-remember roots from which we all come. limits are arbitrary, borders are lies, separation is illusion.

OR: STREAM: MIXCLOUD // 1 TRACK DL: MEDIAFIRE // SEPARATE TRACKS DL: MEDIAFIRE

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01 Intro
02 Indonesia traditional – Spring Water X Deadbeat – Lost Luggage
03 Indonesia traditional – Morning Sun X itoa – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart’s Dub Band
04 Balwinder Safri – Karve Da Din X 2562 – Basin Dub
05 Iran Traditional – Zeybek X Dj Hatcha – Chillz
06 The Mahotella Queens – Muntu Wesilisa X Wiley – Bang Bang Instrumental
07 Turkia Traditional – Kervan X L-Wiz – Fruit Shop
08 Indonesia Traditional – Sanda Kandung X Grime instrumental
09 Benga – Half Ounce X Burundi Traditional bernadette ii
10 Indonesia Traditional – Ngantosan X Mark One – Slang
11 Huseyin Ali Riza Albayrak – Ey Zahid X Danny Weed – Dirty Den
12 African Headcharge – Belinda X Blir – 19_4_04
13 Akhenation – 361 Degrees X Kode 9 – Magnetic City
14 Toshinori Kondo – Fukotsu X Pinch – Qawwali
15 Indonesia Traditional X L-Wiz – Fruit Shop
16 The Mahotella Queens – Ndodana Yolahleko X Skream – Skunkstep
17 Circle – Memo X Even Order ???
18 Hiripsime – ces femmes qui me ressemblent X Cyrus – Random Trio – Bounty
19 Hijak – Nightmares X ø – Toisaalia
20 Ana Whabibi – Mahmoud Fadi (interlude)
21 The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula X Iron Soul – Slo Moshun
22 African Headcharge – Run Come Saw X DQ1 – Wear The Crown
23 Indonesia Traditional – Padang Magek X Omen – Rebellion
24 Mulatu Astatge – Kulunmanqueleshi X Dj Hatcha – Just a Rift
25 Loka – Fire Shepherds X L-Wiz – Fruit Shop
26 Loka – Fire Shepherds X Kion Zindagi
27 La Chat Playa – Gangsta Forever X DJ Wonder – What
28 Rove X Vex’d – Destruction
29 Armenia Traditional – Boulbouli Hid (Le Chant du Rossignol) X L-Wiz – Sub
30 Turkia Traditional – Cagirayim Seni X Shackleton – Blood On My Hands