Amine Edge & DANCE have gone and done it again! The French double-act’s latest masterpiece is a remix of Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx’s Mad Decent underground smash, “Ima Read,” which receives a gritty gangsta house makeover – complete with a guttural bassline, and skippy hi-hats. It’s only a matter of time before this one takes off in clubland, so just remember where you heard it first…
Cheers to Chilean rapper turned alt-pop singer-songwriter Pedro Piedra! He is our Artist of the Week. It was a knock-down drag out fight between the fans of French rapper Deen Burbigo, Korean singer Zion T., and Piedra, but everyone kept it clean and at 11 am today Piedra was clearly in the lead. Congratulations to all those who voted for Pedro! You may now take a victory lap by listening to his groovy track “Occidental.”
Kid Noize is a Belgium-based DJ channeling Caesar, the genetically-enhanced ape baby from the Planet of the Apes franchise. And he’s is out for blood. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of marathoning the original series or its reboot, Caesar is the brilliant anti-hero who eventually leads a simian revolution that ends in the demise of humankind. As an ape-masked DJ, Kid Noize is re-imagining the character less as a revolutionary, but more as a rebellious trucker hat-wearing party primate.
His output is also full of other nostalgia, using vintage beat machine samples and synth loops that sound like they’re straight from the Knight Rider score. In his newest mixtape, “Mixtape Three,” he creates a maudlin and somehow still poppy mood, stitching together hits from Purity Ring, Salem, and Ghostpoet. With lyrics like “Sometimes signs really bring chaos” from his single “Signs” from his KDNZ EP, maybe we should keep an extra eye on this guy.
Cosmopolatinos Americanos, open up your calendars, because DJ Guaguis aka Ali Gua Gua from queercore cumbiero band the Kumbia Queers, is coming for a whirlwind US city tour. New Yorkers will be especially lucky, because they will have four chances to see DJ Guagius en vivo:
May 4: La Superior, Brooklyn, NY
May 5: Don Pedro, New York, NY
May 6 and 7: Bossa Nova Civic Club, Brooklyn, NY
May 10: Tropicalia, Washington, D.C.
May 11: Multikulti/Q4 Gallery, Chicago, IL
To give you a hint of her live set, listen to the mashed-up cumbia house of “La Música del Pasonsito,” which hooks you in with its wild pitch shifts and vocal sample layering.
In 2009′s Ay Ay Ay, Matias Aguayo brought the boombox (bumbumbox) culture of street parties in Buenos Aires to the world’s ears. The Chilean-German (by way of everywhere) first got his start as a part of the minimal techno scene surrounding Cologne’s Kompakt label, but Ay Ay Ay was a breakthrough in solidifying his unique sound: spare techno beats made weird by the addition of dizzying rhythm repetition and irreverent singing that ventures into swagged-out mumbling.
Last time we heard from Aguayo, he was asking Rebolledo for a loosie in 2011′s I Don’t Smoke EP. He’s back with a new release that again toys with repetition (un “ritmo loco”) and playful wordplay en español that ventures into frisky baby-talk. “El Suco Tuco” is a single from his upcoming album The Visitor, which will be released on his label Cómeme on June 24.
She was helped up by Disclosure and Rudimental, but Sinead Harnett is now ready and able to stand on her own two. Out on May 26 via Black Butter Records, “Got Me” has the London-based singer’s melodic embellishments sitting pretty on Eats Everything & Lukas’ bouncy house beat. Listen below.
“Atinga” begins with a waist-agitating beat that is almost immediately punctuated by electrically-charged piano stabs. The London-based Ghanaian rapper DeeVS then jumps on telling us that “something’s gon happen.” The saying “atinga”, short for “atinga beyere atinga,” literally means “something’s about to happen” and it’s no joke, as the track instantaneously causes hip rolling.
DeeVS is no stranger to club bangers that sting like hot fire. His modern Afropop tracks previously shined on his EP, The Journey, on HT Records. “Atinga” is the second song from his upcoming ATBmixtape. In the lyrics, he encourages us to “download [it] for free,” a very generous gesture, but also crafty since our appetites are totally whet for more.
It’s here! Another Artist of the Week poll! Another epic week-long digital battle of the bands! We’re excited for this one. We’ve rounded up the best new bands we featured this week and now you have until next Friday morning at 11 a.m. EST to vote for your favorite artist to be our next featured artist of the week. Ready? Aaaand … GO!!!
A French rap artist hailing from Marseille, Deen Burbigo finds inspiration from fellow countrymen IAM and Fonky Family as well as English-slinging artists Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Jay-Z, Mobb Deep and Boot Camp Clik. We’re digging his Inception EP as we patiently await his debut LP slated for September.
Dapper dandy Zion T is a smooth criminal in the video for “Babay”. Taking neo-soul and disco-funk cues from Jamiroquai and Justin Timberlake, the Korean crooner goes Thomas Crown Affair in the video stealing our hearts along the way.
Getting her start as the vocalist on Gorillaz’ “Dare” and finding support and encouragement in the UK bass scene, it’s Roses Gabor‘s turn front and center. Her celestial swag is apparent in “Stars”, where her sweet vocals float over ethereal beats. The song is her debut single on Toddla T’s record label, Girls Music.
Owiny Sigoma Band
Owiny Sigoma Band is a collaboration between Kenyan and London musicians who produce club-ready afro-psychedelia. “Nyiduonge Drums” manages to be rave-ready and still retain the groove of the sampled hand drumming. Slick editing and Instagram-like filters on the video conveys the band’s essence even further.
Former member of Chilean hip-hop act, Los Hermanos Brothers, Pedro Subercaseaux has reinvented himself as Pedropiedra, a playful singer-songwriter crafting ’60s-inspired indie pop. It’s not surprising that the former rapper can craft lyrical whimsy, but it’s very intriguing that he’s so effortlessly been able to construct such catchy melodies.