I’ve been keeping this under my hat for a while so it’s a great pleasure to finally announce the first single for my new album: La Vida Loca feat. Troy Ave. It’s quite a departure from stuff of the last stuff you may have heard me do, I’ve been returning to my hiphop roots and incorporating some of the crazy southern rap sounds that are in the air. I linked up with Troy Ave to do this after hearing him on Mr. Motherfuckin Exquire’s mixtape and being impressed by his flow and panache. I’m really happy with how the song came out and hope you will enjoy it too.
It has been a long, dark winter. From Warsan Shire’s “warsan versus melancholy (the seven stages of being lonely).” Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who is based in London and was born the same year as I was. Video from the incredible Brianna Olson h/t to the legend Dream Hampton
Sat, February 11th @ The Glasslands Gallery
$7 ADV, $7 DOS
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21+, Doors at 11:30pm
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This Wednesday, Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw stopped by my WFMU show to drop a deep hourlong DJ set. Brian does electronics in GGD and is deadly on the decks, too. Open ears will be rewarded. Now only that, but during the interview we learn that lately Brian has been feeling the tribal guarachero from Mexico! The radio show is now streaming:
Be sure to check out Brian’s visual art as well; he thinks across stylistic & formal boundaries, with consistently fresh results.
Peace good peoples. I’m new around here, so thanks firstly to Jace for having me. This here is a mix from my group Old Money for the good folks at VANE. Less a compilation of “the new hot shit” and more so genuine touchstones of influence for us. A cpl unreleased jawns on there from us, as well as one from Boima’s forthcoming African In New York. I’m really and truly still amazed that Boima managed to make me like that Usher song.
Vanity Jukebox Vol. 13 Pretty Danger Mixed by Old Money by sotrvanenyc
1. Mad One – House Girls 7 – No War Inside
2. Old Money – [untitled]
3. DJ Mujava – Mugwanti / Sgwejegweje
4. DJ Tira – I Wont Let You Go
5. Old Money – Mothership [unreleased]
6. Nina Simone – See-Line Woman
7. Rebirth Brass Band – Feel Like Funkin’ It Up
8. Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Nacey Remix)
9. Isa GT – Funketa
10. Kes The Band – Wotless
11. Crystal Waters – What I Need (Club Mix)
12. Maluca + The Party Squad – Lola (Ging Danga)
13. Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (Chief Boima Remix)
14. Lil Silva feat. Sampha – On Your Own
15. Gelú-Six – In The Building
16. Baobinga & I.D. – Man Down
17. Jhene Aiko – Club Stranger (Nguzunguzu Remix)
Also – our most recent video – “Dolla Van (Acuras, Maximas, Cressidas& Celicas)”
Also – one of the primary of the say 8 or 9 elements that influenced it – Lost Boyz – “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz”
S/o the OG “urban” brands in the vid. Mecca USA, Walker Wear and the like. And RIP Freaky Tah. If you’ve been living this long w/o Legal Drug Money you’ve been living foul!
STRAIGHT UP FUCK THE 2012 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. This is the sort of shit that matters deeply even if you don’t read Prison Planet or listen to Coast 2 Coast. This is the shit that should unite tea partiers, I live in a silo with ten years of water people, the dude that serves you zips AND YOU. The bill passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a ”battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.
If you were surprised by how militarized our police were during the last few months of #OWS don’t worry. If this bill goes into law we will just have the military straight up dealing with protests and other “terrorist” acts. Lets hope Obama vetoes this shit.
Matt Shadetek returns to “minimalist grime principles” this week with the killer Dutty House EP! Check out the addictive “Wonton Garden” riddim (which refused to die and here in its official/proper release) + the recent refix of Blak Ryno’s “Nuh Tek Talk” on Eddie Stats’ essential weekly roundup of heaters Ghetto Palms.
Greetings from the darkside, Londoner Toby Ridler’s Becoming Real project recently unleashed a vicious EP entitled Spectre, outright insane beats with vocals from one vocals/raps from one of grime’s most amazing/underrated MCs Trim. There is also a wicked juke refix of the lead track by DJ Rashad.
Also, don’t sleep on his FACT mix.
CIAfrica is a heavy crew. They have their own thing going on in Babi, Cote d’ivoire and run the sort of international basss weight productions that we live for- along with spitfire lyrics that jump between local concerns and international awareness. Basically they are dope as fuck. It is a huge honor and pleasure to finally see their DA debut up at all the usual spots and getting love from some serious heavyweight DJs, producers and friends.
Various tracks are being loaded to blogs of varying readership- but if you want a little somethin’ somethin’ straight from the elephants mouth….
Head over to bandcamp to DL a copy of the perfectly titled “Epikstar Riddim” from Babylon Residence. This is our first shot with bandcamp- and once we have your email address we’ll hit you with more free music and the occasional update.
COP THE ALBUM HERE, physical CDs in stores soon
There was a meta-data error at itunes- but it should be up ASAP
[DJ Rupture presents CIAFRICA cover art, Dutty Artz/Soot 2010]
So the music of Abidjan’s CIAfrica crew does sound a bit like a grimey, glitchy elephant staring you down as angular new-money architecture burns or smolders or looms in the background and the sky’s color stumbles from white to black with a few lasers for good measure, because we’re not living in the future, they are.
Sometime last year the visionary ringleader, Amadou aka Green Dog (RZA to their Wu) gave me access to their deep hard drives — packed with singing, rapping & fwd-thinking beats. Thrilling material. I pulled out my favorite 17 songs for a CD which will be released later this month, DJ Rupture presents CIAFRICA. This coincides with CIAfrica, Nettle, and myself performing at Gotenburg’s Sweden Way Out West festival next Friday, August 13th. I’ll be DJing separately from them, in a party with Sleigh Bells and Fool’s Gold (the band). It’s a 3-day affair, with folks like Wu-Tang, M.I.A., Jay Electronica, The xx, etc performing, so if yr in Scandinavia, might be worth the trip… & I’ve found that drunk Swedes tend to still be really nice, at least in Gotenburg.
It will be the first time the CIAfrica MCs and vocalists perform outside their Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast home base! They have this awesome Pam Grier video for one of their female MCs, Nasty, but it keeps getting censored by YouTube. So here’s a vid from one of the guys coming over, Manusa:
and a placeholder vid for the Nasty tune:
image by jean-fabien
“At The Fire Is NOT a MIX
it is an EMOTION”—or rather a series of emotions
Lucky Dragons – Mirror Friends
Mosholu Park – Interlude (At The Fire)
Matt Shadetek – Shield Dub
Vybz Kartel – Yuh Love
Terror Danjah – Splash
Shlohmo – Hot Boxing The Cockpit
Muhsinah – Lose My Fuse
2/5 BZ – Etnik Market, Etnik Paranoia
CIAfrica/Manusa – Dans Mon Pays
Movado – Gyal Bend Ova
Big Boi – Fo Yo Sorrows
Goro Yamaguchi – The Cranes Crashing In Their Nests
Friend – Doki
Legendary East London grime collective Roll Deep compile some of their best songs from the last seven, or eight, years. The first half of the set is just stunning– amazing, consistent, commercial-free bangers. There is a disconnect somewhere in the middle of the set, the pop tunes (proto-commercial grime?) kick in, and it’s distracting but you’ll forgive them once hear “Terrible”- one of the groups earliest, if not their first track as Roll Deep crew. It’s essential.
Real talk from one of my favorite DJs in the UK Funky scene. In this interview by Blackdown Marcus Nasty speaks out in his traditional opinionated way about why he thinks the grime scene died and the way forward for UK Funky which he has become one of the leading DJs in. I enjoy Marcus sets because as a fellow post-grime person he is playing house but keeping it raw. I love the new UK funky sounds and have been playing a lot of it and find that it is even leading me into some of the smoother stuff but basically I still like raw, percussive, heavy tunes. Getting into a lot of what people think of as ‘normal house’ is just too far for me and a lot of the DJs coming from there into funky play too smooth for me. Marcus has (or has had, he’s sounding a little more mature now) a rep for being a big muscle-y dude who will beat you up and you can tell he’s pretty unconcerned about offending anyone which lends a certain truthiness to this interview.
GETTIN’ BLACK AS I WANT!
“Revelations,” a mellow and extraordinary post-Obama, ridiculously pro-black, one-verse track with shots directed at the CIA, the US Federal Reserve/bankers/money-grubbers, doubters and none-believers, the recession, race, violence, etc. New York has been very hot and sticky lately, and Mos Def‘s latest album The Ecstatic has been in heavy rotation, especially the tracks with themes that are seemingly nonsensical/irrational/unhelpful for the times we are in. Just yesterday, we played two cuts from it on WFMU’s Mudd Up! with DJ Rupture. While we’re talking Mudd Up! radio, here are two more joints Rupture played (on his first and in all likelihood last cumbia-free show) – another Mos track titled “Wahid”, and a song by “the most unusual star on the planet” (at least, that’s what he, himself claims.) Please check out Dan Hancox 10 Essential Wiley tunes on Fact Magazine, timely reminder of why the tireless genius can’t be stopped.