PROPER VILLAINS – Rock the Horns / Vaporize feat. Rex Riot

From Mendez:

Greetings FAM!!!! Just when you were thinking “Hrmm I wonder what’s up with El Cuco Recordings?” we come back with a VENGEANCE!! For our ninth release we bring you our good friend PROPER VILLAINS with two smashers. “Rock the Horns” stays true to the original big room Moombahton while the collaboration with Rex Riot “Vaporize” brings it home with the Moombahcore. We can’t thank you all enough for the continual love and support. We have the some of the best fans in the galaxy!

Proper Villains – Rock The Horns
1. Rock the Horns (Original Mix)
2. Vaporize feat. Rex Riot (Original Mix)

Proper Villains :
proper villains
Rex Riot :
Rex Riot

Freebies from the label:

Some freebies from Mendez himself:


My dude Munchi led me onto this! As y’all know I been stalking him the past few days 🙂

I don’t quite know how we missed this and the mix he did for Cat Woman!!!

Defies belief cause this is extra-ordinary stuff!

If anybody has a download link to the mix, I would be eternally grateful!

He is a bit stingy as there are no free downloads!

Nosaj Thing – Sci (Rough)
Nosaj Thing – Eclipse/Blue Feat. Kazu Makino
Nosaj Thing x Architeq – Untitled
D Tiberio – Raver 5
Jacques Green – iwont132
Jamie xx – Touch Me
Lunice – Superman OG
Machinedrum – A New Meaning (Rough)
Jon Wayne – Jackknifee
Nosaj Thing x Teebs – Untitled
Nosaj Thing x Kendrick Lamar – Cloud 10 Rework


Here’s a behind the scenes look at the MTV nominated video, which we released earlier this year in conjunction with Bandish Projekt/Bheja Fry.

Read all about the Nomination here:


Please help him and us to win by voting here:


Mayur thoroughly deserves this, not only because he is mega-talented and unique and a real artist, but also for being at the forefront of the Indian Electronic scene for at least the past 10 years!

ARABIA RISING : The Gaslamp Killer – Nissim (with Amir Yaghmai)

Although this has just been released now in 2012, it is not too different to the kind of stuff I was playing over 6 years ago during my heady days of being one of a very few Western based DJ’s specializing in Arabian music.  Reminds of stuff by a dude called Smadj (Duoud)who was doing the finest cross electronic/Arabian/Turkish fusion a while back and also a lot of output from the Turkish DoubleMoon label!

It is very encouraging to see this kind of stuff finally making it through to a wider audience through Flying lotus’ label!

Thanks to Okulus for putting me onto this.

if you enjoy this, I think you might also like these too:

Sexxy Saturday Cumbia – The Best Genre

After an exhausting week playing my recurring role as contrarian (due to my nature of simply questioning everything and thinking deeply while keeping an open mind for change) in the political community, I honestly must say it’s nice to wind up here composing a post about my favorite modern music. For me it is a perfect way to finish up the week, especially knowing that while maybe being somewhat politically a contrarian here, musically I am among intelligent friends.

Regardless of my contrarian views supporting the belief that free will doesn’t exist, atheism, anarchy, the categorical imperative philosophy and for evolution (yes the belief in evolution is still a minority stance here in the States where around 45% of the people believe the Earth is less than 6000 years old. This is what I’m dealing with folks), here I’m able to share music with little to no opposition to my choices. This to me is a blessing in the highest regard.

Like previous week’s, this one has really been filled with excellent and exciting new uploads from the various cumbieros around our globe.

To start things off with intensity here is Add on de Bass’ new cumbiambass (cumbia-dnb) remix of Mala Copa. Featuring the staple Add on de Bass style.

There has been a recent invasion I must bring awareness too. The feared Reptilians have chosen to manifest their species in the nu cumbia scene. Reptilian Commander has been coming on the scene recently with some really interesting tracks.

Here is the Commander’s invasion of Tu Guaina’s song Cumbia Del Carillo.

Another invasion of sorts is the invasion of cumbia into Queen classics. I found this gaita edit of Bohemian Rhapsody recently much to my enjoyment. It is by Richarzord.

But the invasion doesn’t stop there. This one out of pure coincidence is an awesome edit by DJ Neber of Another On Bites The Dust.

I could leave it here with good faith that I fulfilled my dear reader’s satisfaction. But I won’t. Instead I will continue with a lot more brilliance.

Recently Bigote offered up his Mapuche track for anyone to come and remix. The first that I’m aware of to accept this offer is Mr. Jags. Taking it to a deep place Mr. Jags delivers a wonderful remix.

Tu Guaina upon conversation with him reveals that he loves to lose himself into his productions. That explains his bizarre but brilliant work. When he told me he was going to use The Spice Girls in his latest track I did not imagine this would be the result at all.

Not only to show off Tu Guaina’s diversity in productions but also because I love it, this next track is an excellent remix of Oye!Simpson’s Coyote.

Albert DJ Style is someone I can trust to consistently upload excellent tracks that I can use in sets or just to kick back and enjoy listening to.

Colombian Free Mix showcases excellent remixing skills. The accordion is intense in this one.

Balkan dopeness mixed with dubstep, moombah and cumbia comes in the form of Tirana Caravana’s latest.

Recently my good friend Juan Pachanga released his new EP on KONN Recordings. It’s rather roughly titled Dinosaurs Needs Cumbia. It is really excellent featuring crazy remixes. I can’t wait to hear his other soon to be released EP.

Oriihuela brought his personal touch the song we simply can’t seem to grow tired of “Pumped Up Kicks.” Sarcasm aside his edit is really actually very good.

Andrés Digital has been on the scene for quite some time. We are all familiar with his rate of success. This is the latest edition to his excellent portfolio.

Recently I have become acquainted with Yyamil and his work. He has a certain chilled foggy minded feel to his work. That’s the best way at the moment for me to describe using the English language what his tracks sound like. I find I must have them speak for themselves.

I can’t put my finger on why I love this but I just do. This guilty pleasure of mine is from Sonido Bestial.

This is exciting news for the nu cumbia scene. A new album is coming from this sure to be awesome and well received duo. Their name is DJ Mateo and Jazzy Yessand this is their new single Boy Toy from their upcoming release Lamiendo tu Cumbia.

OGT really did it with this incredible edit of Selena making an incredible tribute. I expect a ridiculous amount of downloads for this track in the coming weeks.

Just in time for this post, Soberbio Music finished up their new collection of Dinamita. It’s an incredible tribute to La Sonora Dinamita! Featuring hard hitters like DJ Neber, 420 Music Flavor, Javier Estrada, Enrikisimo DJ, Albert DJ Style, Mezcal Sound System among many more!

It’s too dope!

That last La Sonora Dinamita sends chills down my spine! I’m lucky to be able to do what I do here!

Peace mis cumbieros!

Mixed Bag 001

K, ive never done this, Blogging, i have to admit, i feel cooler already, and a sense that im giving back to a music community that supported me. i didnt really know what to call my post, so im going with something simple and to the point…… Mixed Bag!

Here is a free give away from Local homie’s Expendable Youth, holdin it down for Mad Decent here in Vancouver……look out for some big co-labs and originals from these dudes

This is just a great dubstep tune from Mashur & Kevlar, its got the perfect balance of deep and heavy vibes, gonna be coming out on Play Me.

Posting both these from local homie, Sleepy Tom, seems this dude is crushin it.

good latin jazz vibes from Mackboogaloo, digging, like the the moombah feel with out the standard moombah percussion, great afro-cuban jazz vibes

some deep future bass moombah from Buzz A Buzz, cool sound, good vibes for sure

This dude has a wack load of great jazzy stuff, real interesting page, check him out



Let’s remind ourselves why this young dude with balls of steel and principles, we could only dream we had, is the Original Don!

Luv & Respect to the one and only MUNCHI!

The 20 best Prince songs you've never heard

[Photo Credit: Justine Walpole]

If u know me or if u read this blog regularly, you’ll know that Prince means the world to me, most definitely my favourite musician of all time and of course one of my all time favourite artists.  His music is with me constantly and will be till I drop!

In 2010, he performed at about 3 major festivals in Europe and I was lucky enough to be on a line-up with him at Roskilde 2010, not on the same stage mind you ahahahha.  I watched him from about 50 yards and I have no shame to admit that I cried that night whilst watching him perform.  I have seen him live on numerous times but that night was special for me <3

My good friend Hector Heathcote just inboxed me this and I had to stick it up.

From the GUARDIAN:

From the 50-minute epic guitar workout Billy to the minimalist electro funk of Love, Matt Thorne, author of a new biography of the purple one, chooses 20 little-known Prince gems

When Prince plays a big show, the setlist is familiar. He knows people want Purple Rain, Kiss and Cream and seems happy to keep delivering them. But catch him at a small club and you’ll hear a different mix, songs that mean as much to him and his hardcore fans as the tracks that made him famous. His back catalogue is rich with little-known gems. Hundreds of bootlegged tracks have yet to achieve official release. Here’s a top 20 of the best of Prince’s deep cuts, unreleased songs, and live-only favourites.

20. F.U.N.K. (internet-only, 2007) Prince has alwasy seemed dubious about fan-sites in his honour. In 2007, a group of beleaguered websites banded together and formed “Prince Fans United” to stand up to perceived persecution from the man himself. Prince immediately defused the situation by sending site moderators this hilariously nasty song in which he simultaneously disses everyone who loves his music and reminds them that – deep down – he still loves them.

19. U Will B … With Me (unreleased, 2011) Prince normally produces at least one album a year, but has been unusually quiet recently. Collaborations with Sly and The Family Stone’s Larry Graham and young protege Andy Allo are due out this autumn, but for the moment new songs are confined to live shows and occasionally leaked to radio, such as this vicious putdown of a love-rival’s inability to match Prince’s income.

18. Just as Long As We’re Together (For You, 1978) This track from Prince’s first album, For You, was his most important early song. He demoed it five times on the way to the studio, including test-pressings for CBS and Warner Brothers to prove his ability to play multiple instruments and produce himself. A sweet love song, it showcases Prince’s early Stevie Wonder-esque skills.

17. Can I Play With U? (unreleased, 1985) Prince and jazz superstar Miles Davis quickly became good friends. But they collaborated on only a handful of songs, of which this is the most significant. More pop-Prince than dark magus funk, it feels more like the start of a conversation than a definitive statement, but it’s a fascinating fusion of styles. Unfortunately, Prince wasn’t satisfied and blocked official release of the song.

16. Billy (unreleased, 1984) The kind of song Prince could never officially release, Billy sounds how stoner-doom merchants Sleep or Earth might if they went funk, consisting of more than 50 minutes of guitar riffing accompanied by Prince repeating the gnomic statement: “Hey Billy, where d’you get those sunglasses?”

15. Dance With The Devil (unreleased, 1989) Getting Prince to do the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s Batman represented good creative synergy for Warner Brothers, but the best song Prince recorded for the project was nixed. This warning about the lure of wickedness reveals how Prince’s vision of the battle between good and evil was much darker than Burton’s take.

14 Future Soul Song (20Ten, 2010) The standout track on Prince’s last official album, 20Ten, a record that – as with Planet Earth three years earlier – Prince gave away with a newspaper. Unlike the rest of the record, which felt rushed and throwaway, it was clear Prince had spent real time crafting this laidback velvet-plush love song and no surprise when it emerged that the song dated from earlier sessions.

13 The War (tape-release, 1998) Prince’s weirdest record, a 26-minute apocalyptic rant with Prince intoning Gil Scott Heron-style about the bad things the government wants to do to you and how we’re all going to end up with microchips in our necks. Playing it live, Prince would baffle British audiences by demanding to know how many of them owned guns and being surprised when few answered in the affirmative.

12 Love (3121, 2006) Prince’s 2006 album 3121 was the last time he tried to compete with what was in the charts, producing a rap and R&B-influenced record stuffed with great songs (3121, Fury, Black Sweat) that would revitalise his live performance. Love was the very best of these, not the soft ballad the title might suggest but instead Prince complaining about his partner to a backing of minimalist electro-funk.

11 Moonbeam Levels (unreleased, 1982) Prince once considered writing a novel. This early outtake starts out as a description of this creative process, before turning into a strangely beguiling sci-fi song, suggesting that he chose the right career route.

10 Xenophobia (One Nite Alone…Live!, 2002) Prince’s straight jazz records pleased few, being too smooth and poppy for the jazz cognoscenti and too experimental for the masses. This song, a highlight of Prince’s live boxset One Nite Alone … is the exception, an angry horn-driven jam which Prince would perform to a somewhat prosaic video of passengers being hassled as they came through customs while intoning “You must remove your shoes” in a scary tonebox-altered Darth Vader voice.

9 Space (Universal Love Remix, maxi-single, 1994) In the 90s, Prince often seemed more interested in remixing his songs than recording them. Of the many long EPs of alternative versions he’s put out, this woozy re-do of a song about leaving earth after a doomed relationship is what the Curiosity Rover should really be beaming from Mars.

8 Colonized Mind (Lotusflow3r, 2009) In a hotel suite in New York, I witnessed Prince bring a roomful of celebs to silence with this song, in which he details what’s gone wrong with the world and delivers his best Hendrix-inspired guitar-work to date.

7 Mutiny (The Family, 1985) While Nothing Compares 2 U is the most famous track Prince wrote for proteges The Family, Mutiny is the best. When Paul Peterson left the band, Prince performed the song live for much of the following year, using it to attack him by getting the audience to chant that the poor former frontman was the “punk of the month” as the song grew ever longer, funkier and more aggressive.

6 Empty Room (C-Note, 2003) To date, Prince has yet to write a breakup album like Blood on the Tracks or Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’s The Boatman’s Call. The closest he’s come is a handful of songs he wrote after splitting with Susannah Melvoin, the sister of his collaborator in the Revolution, Wendy Melvoin. This is among the bleakest and most beautiful, regularly the highlight of his run of aftershows at the O2’s Indigo club.

5 Wasted Kisses (New Power Soul, 1998) A hidden track from Prince’s least highly regarded record, New Power Soul. Even the album’s engineer thinks New Power Soul is the worst album Prince ever made, but the promo people were floored by this haunting noir-playlet set in a hospital and couldn’t understand why it wasn’t the lead single.

4 All My Dreams (unreleased,1985) Before getting rid of two of his closest collaborators, Wendy & Lisa (and disbanding the Revolution), Prince recorded several records worth of songs, most of which have never been released. For this song, Prince told Lisa to “sing like you’re Bette Davis” while showing the band 1930s-era movies for inspiration.

3 Others Here With Us (unreleased, 1985) Did Prince invent witch-house? No, of course not, but 24 years before Salem, Balam Acab and the rest of the creaky-coffin brigade, Prince sat down with his new Fairlight synthesizer and utilised all of its spookiest samples for this creepy song about the death of a baby and the suicide of a boy’s uncle.

2 Electric Intercourse (unreleased, 1983) Prince dumped this song from Purple Rain after coming up with The Beautiful Ones. Had he released this electro-rock power ballad, he might still be using it to close shows. Containing some of his most emotionally affecting guitar, it has all the heart of Purple Rain and none of the bombast.

1 Crystal Ball (unreleased, 1998) An edited version of this song appeared in 1998, but the full track remains unreleased. A long mysterious number about making love during the apocalypse, Brent Fischer, who helped arrange the 50-piece orchestra, remembers Prince telling him “it was the most important thing he’d done in his life”.

Prince by Matt Thorne is published by Faber on 4 October.