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When conceiving my latest mix all I could think about was the works of master Impressionist painters. Where other painters try to highlight the contours and contrasts shapes, objects, and environments have between each other, these Impressionists tried to understand connections found among still and moving life. It’s an understanding of the beauty of gradients […]

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/ July 11, 2017 / Comments Off on African Head Charge: Songs of Praise (1990)

African Head Charge: Songs of Praise (1990)

We might not all be able to know the way to get on that righteous path but there are signals that could help us get there. These are ones found merely by observing that walk to it, in others. Adrian Sherwood’s experimental reggae and dub label On-U Sound wouldn’t have been what it came to […]

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What’s this? Just some sweet, sweet Lusophonic magic, from the great African island nation of Cabo Verde. Music fitting that jaw-dropping album cover. The self-titled debut from brothers Gérard Mendés (also known as Boy Gé Mendes) and Jean-Claude Mendés displays the intriguing combination of Creole Portuguese-African polyrhythms, American boogie, and Brazilian samba the duo became huge stars among the Cabo Verde diaspora […]

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/ November 23, 2016 / Comments Off on Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo: Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo / From The Heart Of The Congo (1979)

Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo: Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo / From The Heart Of The Congo (1979)

I was hoping to start out by saying how its ok to feel thankful and be thankful. I feel very thankful that I’m I am to share this music with you…but damn! If someone should feel thankful it should be Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo. Not only did they release an unbelievable hybrid of Congolese Soukous and cavernous dub […]

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/ September 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Ali Hassan Kuban: Sukkar Sukkar Sukkar (1989)

Ali Hassan Kuban: Sukkar Sukkar Sukkar (1989)

Ali Hassan Kuban droppin’ rhymes. Yesterday’s Thai Mor Lam groove was gotten through guitar trance induction, today’s trance groove is drum induced. Can you tell I’m diggin’ the crates for some new kind of groove? If, you’ve never heard the insanely funky African music of Egypt’s Godfather of Nubian music Ali Hassan Kuban, consider yourself […]

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/ May 13, 2014 / Comments Off on Track of the Day: May 13, 2014

Track of the Day: May 13, 2014

Coastal music just fascinates me. Depending on location, the feel of the music can be so varied. I mean, rock music (just to use as a counterexample) to be honest at times can be so two noted: either American or British in feel. Once you travel outside of that type of music there’s way more, […]

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/ May 6, 2014 / Comments Off on Cheb Khaled: Hada Raykoum (1985)

Cheb Khaled: Hada Raykoum (1985)

Its days like this that Spotify fails me. I was going to link to Cheb Khaled’s “Hada Raykoum” from the album of the same name. Now that album cover is swaggerific. The King of Rai just straight up gangsta leanin’ hell, the whole album is just all up nasty. Over some of the Casioest beats […]

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/ April 24, 2014 / Comments Off on Docteur Nico: Tu M’as Decu Chouchou (1966)

Docteur Nico: Tu M’as Decu Chouchou (1966)

This is more an ode to the slide guitar than anything. You hear it sighing in George Harrison’s music, grooving in King Sunny Ade’s, and kickin’ in Little Feat’s. “Tu m’As Déçu Chouchou” is a track from one of African soukous great’s Docteur Nico (hailing from Congo, where Franco another guitar great comes from) and […]

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