You know I’m a huge fan of Bladerunner, the visuals of the movie at the time it came out and even more now completely blew me away and then there was the soundtrack, perhaps one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time by the one and only Vangelis.
Over the years there’s many, many attempts to replicate the sound and vision of Bladerunner but in terms of sound my favourite so far has been Professor Genius who imbued it with ambient arabic sensibilities and which I borrowed a lot from for my DesertWave Bladerunner Edition.
This new homage by Irish AudioVisual production duo CLU also comes in pretty close. This is Bladerunner in all its glory and the video is pretty awesome too.
Balkan Beat Box, my favourite Israeli band has a new video! It`s a first single from their forthcoming album (expect it in autumn this year). Check it out:
In unlikely case that you don`t know who are Balkan Beat Box, here are the words about them taken from their website:
If you ask the members of Balkan Beat Box to describe their sound you’ll get a different answer from each individual; you’ll also likely get a different answer from the individuals if you ask them the same question multiple times. This is partially because BBB’s contemporary cross-cultural musical polyglotism cavorts with many styles, but this is also because the band doesn’t want to be tied to any one answer. They revel in the fact that their influences are worldwide and given equal value, but this is no mere mash-up, this is music made by citizens of a world culture.
Hailing from New York and Tel Aviv, Balkan Beat Box (aka BBB) blend Balkan brass, earth shattering bass, hip-hop and dub electronics to exhilarating effect. Their live shows are explosive affairs, with singer Tomer Yosef delivering his sometimes politicised lyrics with passionate performances always sending audiences into a frenzy. The result is an intoxicating and intense sonic assault which takes no prisoners and makes no apologies for its outspokenness.
Ori Kaplan, Tamir Muskat, and Tomer Yosef burst out of New York City’s underground in the mid-2000s introducing the world to their distinctive brand of music and setting BBB’s reputation as a formidable live act. They became a favorite of audiences and critics alike the world over.
Over four albums the band have constantly explored new musical territory. They’ve visited the Balkan and Mediterranean diaspora of their namesake in 2005’s Balkan Beat Box, 2007’s Nu Med, the Far East with Blue Eyed Black Boy 2010, and produced an exhilarating hybrid of electronic raga on Give 2012. The Independent has called them “deftly programmed global fusion” adding “a band I can’t wait to see live.” Give was widely celebrated in the press, with Songlines saying: ‘BBB are as outspoken and uncompromising as ever. It’s hard to resist the album’s intensity’.
Recently, the band had an intense period of collaborating with other artists such as the Yemenite dance music group A-Wa who are currently hitting the festival circuit, the turnt up rock group Loco Hot, and writing with producers and songwriters around the world. And their horns have been making marks in samples in the pop music world. Balkan Beat Box has much new music in the works, 2016 promises to be their best year yet!
“If BBB is world music, it’s in the most literal sense – because it can move anyone in the world.” – Time Out
So yeah, go check out their SoundCloud, they got some freebies in there:
Munchi has been away for some time but he’s decided to make a comeback in 2016 with promises of some forthcoming back catalogue releases and this new release on his Selegna imprint by Godwonder.
You might remember Godwonder with his Skullbass release on our very own little label Generation Bass about a year ago with “Black bat – Looking Scary” and now he’s even better company with Mr Big hair himself, the saviour of the Global Bass scene and one of our fave ever underground producers, Monsieur Munchi!
This is a most timely return as there’s a bunch of new kids like Kamixlo, Happy Colors and many others who have drew inspiration from the Munchi sound and are taking it to different dimensions. It’s only right that the King returns to reclaim his crown!
Munchi uploaded a preview mix on his label’s soundcloud a few days ago to rapturous applause. He has the kind of fan base that is authentic, passionate and willing to go to any extreme to grab his unreleased material. When you hear Munchi fans, you know you’re listening to real fans of the kind that superstars like Elvis The Beatles, Prince, MJ and Kanye West attract. He is that kind of artist in this small underground scene.
Godwonder is from the same place as Munchi, Netherlands and also has the same origins too, Dominican MF Republic! On the preview mix uploaded there’s signs of that ‘Munchi” sound Dembow Bombastics, Moombahton Madness and Skankin’ SkullBass Bastardery!
Munchi told me “After having a long hiatus of my own work as Munchi and the Selegna Records label, we are releasing this EP to start of the year properly. Introducing Godwonder with his first EP that will be focusing on Moombahton and Dominican Dembow.”
There will be more info to come soon on the tracks on the EP which also include a Munchi edit of ‘La Campana”!
For now, they have dropped a video for one of the lead tracks “La Baina Ta Bien” which embodies the heart of a Missy Elliot sample. Munchi says “This was made at last years ADE where we were crashing the parties and trolling the lyfe over there with a bunch of Dominicans for no reason at all lol. It was made with a fucked up camera too but who cares – it was fun!”
And may I add to that, in true Munchi style, it’s real too and that’s pretty rare in this industry.
If Munchi is coming back, it might just inspire all of us to make a comeback too. Best news of the year thus far!
• Video by D. van Hauten
1. Godwonder ft Dari Caramelo – Capo
2. Godwonder – La Baina Ta Bien
3. Godwonder – Dale Patra
4. Godwonder – Ay Que Rico
5. Godwonder – Aih Aih Eh Eh!
6. Godwonder – Sin Jockey
7. Godwonder – La Campana (Munchi Edit)
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• OUT 21/01/16
It all started at the age of 10 when he met this famous program called “Fruity Loops”. He felt in love with this program so much that he started making music every day! Artists and rappers of the neighbourhood visited him and loved his original style of music. They came to his house every day to watch him making music.
After the years passed by he decided to live in Holland, Amsterdam
Crazy, energetic new track & Apocalyptic video by Gato Preto featuring Edu K, both of whom have appeared on Generation Bass Digital in the recent past.
“The word “Barulho” is translated into “Noise” in english. The songs message is “Make Noise”, Jump around and wild out!!!
Hard african Kuduro rhythms meet Punk Guitars, portugese Raps and Electro Bleeps – Africa meets Europe meets Brazil!! Sounds crazy?!? Yes it is…
Gato Preto, the energetic duo with their roots in Ghana,Portugal and Mozambique team up with a true brazilian music legend Edu K. Hes the lead singer of the famous band Defalla and is known for his Bailefunk hit “Popozuda” released on MAN Recordings.The mixture of these different backgrounds in music show that creativity has no limits once you start to create.
This track will set your ears and feet on fire!”
I made a special request not so long ago for my Purple friend to start embracing more underground sounds into his music and it seems he has started to take on board some of my advice. He teased us with snippets of it on his last release Art Official Age and some of it worked and some of it didn’t. It seems he’s intent on doing more of the same on his forthcoming new record HitNRun. Shades of PrinceStep on this track, perhaps a few years too late but at least he’s now starting to get it a little bit more and it’s possible you’ll hear some Purple Fodencia, Tarraxinha, Tarraxo or even Future Tarraxo in the coming years. Here’s hoping.
I’m feeling this track and would be interested to hear where the full thing goes.
Thanks to our good dude Eddie from Okayplayer for letting me know about this and here’s what his site says:
A 30 second preview of “This Could B Us” has been put online for those abstaining from TIDAL, but don’t expect to see it pop up in your Spotify or SoundCloud feed anytime soon. Prince has gone on record calling much of the conventional record industry “slavery” and praised the high-end streaming service as a platform made by artists, for artists. “Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves,” he said earlier this month.
New M.I.A vid just dropped:
In May, M.I.A. made headlines for claiming that she couldn’t put out a forthcoming video of a dancer in Côte d’Ivoire due to issues with cultural appropriation. “I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa,” the 39-year-old artist, born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, Tweeted at the time. According to M.I.A., the clip was to be a one-take shot of a male dancer who she says she spent two years trying to locate.
After posting a few teasers last week, M.I.A.’s new audiovisual project, released today through Apple Music, may very well feature some of this footage. Titled “Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border,” the project includes two songs (“Swords” from the upcoming LP Matahdatah and “Warriors” from the 2013 LP Matangi) plus an accompanying short film, Scroll 01 “Broader Than A Boarder.” Directed by M.I.A., the clip was shot in West India and what we presume is Côte d’Ivoire (see Les Éléphants jersey at 3:55 for additional evidence of this). It’s still not clear if this is the video M.I.A. was previously referring to her in tweets.
Watch via Apple Music.
Update: M.I.A. has shed some light on the project in a statement, which you can read below.
I directed and edited my first music video for “Warriors” for my last album, MATANGI, and I held it back until now, because it inspired me to make a whole series of songs and videos on the concept of borders. Making songs and videos at the same time out of a suitcase on location is something I did on my album KALA, but it’s video, as well as music, made by me in a very ARULAR way.
My new song “Swords” was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls. There’s ten more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me. “Warriors” was shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a youtube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the “Warriors” track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.
The concept for this LP is ”broader then a border” and MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.
Our favourite dude Hassan Hajjaj, A brilliant photographer and designer from Morocco (whose artwork use to adorn some of my club flyers from 10 years ago) has just released this documentary that he’s been working on for the past 2 years.
It’s a glimpse in the colourful and wonderful life of Marrakech and into the life of Karima, a Henna artist at the mind-blowing Djemaa el-Fna.
It Will be shown at LACMA MUSEUM on 13TH MAY 2015 – FREE ENTRANCE.
Check this out:
Here also is a track from the movie:
Here’s something really interesting from the Congo hailing from the ashes of Staff Benda Bilili who fuse funk, rock, rumba and vintage R&B to create a future African sound.
Made up of street musicians and formed by Coco Ngambali and Theo Nsituvuidi, former members of Staff Benda Bilili, they consist of 8 members, four of whom are paraplegics who were confined to wheelchairs after suffering polio as children.
Mbongwana Star – translates from Lingala as Star of Change are a band who are showcasing a new sound of Congo.
They are about to drop an album on the world-famous World Circuit label and it’s something to keep your eye on.
Check this out which dropped yesterday!!
Only Now is the new alias of San Francisco’s Kush Arora, Dancehall/Ragga Bass/Kuduro bass player in the scene. This new alias draws upon the same sort of Kuduro sound invented by our dude Nazar.
Check it out: