April 6 2009
With all of the themed, close-ups of styles and regions that I have been getting into of late, I thought it would be fun to mash it out a bit and make a mix of music... irrespective of genre. Keeps the creating juices flowing and helps me find the sonic connections that exist between disparate styles of music. That said, Soundclash as a title is sorta deceptive, in the sense that though the sounds are different and clash in terms of origination, these songs belong together because of the way they sound together.
Started with Bally Sagoo, a bhangra cut that starts slow and works up a sweat. Sweetly we flow into something from Manu Chao's latest effort, Radio Lima, which features Manu working his trademark happy-goes-Latin vibe to full effect. The album is far less heralded than past releases though I find this and a few other cuts on the album to be super-solid. Chancha Via Circuito, an up-and-coming cumbia nuevo crew out of Argentina lends some cumbia-dancehall vibes to the mix as we segue into a trio of very different cuts from Brazil.
Trio Mocotó hits with some samba-funk from Rio de Janeiro, very rhythmic "De Hoje Não Passa" from their album Beleza! Beleza! Beleza!(2006) which reminds me of the very different modes of harmony employed in Brazilian music-- tasty! And working with Thomas Blondet's "Samba Soul," which really is not Brazilian at all, Thomas, aka Tom B. is a DC native, but I won't fault him or his excellent samba inflected ep. Black Alien & Speed, out of Sao Paolo was a hip hop crew that unfortunately disbaded in '01 after a huge hit in Brazil and after having performed and recorded in Brazil with artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, De La Soul, Beastie Boys, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal, Nação Zumbi, Otto, Marcelo D2 and many others. Fortunately Black Alien is still at it, and here with something from his excellent Babylon By Gus(2004). And I have an oddity in the mix, something from a North African artist known simply as Farid, I know very little about him other than It's odd to find istrumental Rai music, which I guess shouldn't strike me as unusual though maybe a bit ironic given that Farid is Arabic for 'unique,' which this cut is to the tee.
And the set ends on a pair of cuts that function on two levels. Aldubb's "What The Funk Is Dubstep," a song that is as much answer as it is question, and Black Uhuru's "Party." Aldubb provides the bass-heavy backdrop for the Black Uhuru cut to pop, the aptly titled "Party" is the end of today's soundclash and a good way to send you back into your day. If you missed the set, here you go again...
Sound Travels Monday : Global Soundclash
Tracklist & Video Clips:
1. Bally Sagoo : "Pendha Gidda" Star Crazy 2
2. Manu Chao : "La Vida Tómbola" Radio Lima
3. Chancha Via Circuito : "Con La Misma Moneda (Chancha Remix)" Rodante
4. Trio Mocotó : "De Hoje Não Passa" Beleza! Beleza! Beleza!
5. Thomas Blondet : "Samba Soul" Echo Chamber EP
6. Black Alien : "Como Eu Te Quero" Brazilian Beats 6
7. Farid : "Bent Bladi" Rai Instrumental Vol.1
8. Aldubb : "What The Funk Is Dubstep" What The Funk Is Dubstep EP
9. Black Uhuru : "Party" Party Riddim