Friday, January 27, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Konono N°1 by Crammed Discs

Konono N°1 by Crammed Discs
Amazing cutting edge, DIY, improvisational modern African music.  There are great youtube videos of them live as well. oh and there stuff sounds so much better analog so grab a record for YOself.

The Eyo Beats Compilation from Domino Sound

If I could only have one album on a desert island, it would be this one. I'm sure what is being said in the songs but I can assure you it is good, very good. It is a really nice compilation to chill out to and feel fine to.  I love the greatness of the tracks vs recording quality and lack there of juxtaposition (antique sound) which is present throughout the entire album. You can't really duplicate this sound. Some recordings are crackly. That is time itself recorded right there son.

The upload work/rip, download and the following info courtesy of a great man over at Ghostcapital Blog:

Another finely compiled cassette of crackly African gold brought to you by the good folks at Domino Sound.

Mediafire Download Link: V/A- The Eyo Beats: 60 Africa 70 (Domino Sound 31 *Cassette)


Wanajiita Sisi Wahuni- Jim Lasco (Nairobi)
Janja Yako- NUTA Jazz Band (Tanzania)
Bqna Conga Baleli Liwa ya Sinatra- Jean Bokelo (Zaire)
Eyo Beats- Tunde Nightingale (Nigeria)
Kosowa Loda- Victor Oleiya (Nigeria)
Ikoro Special- Dan Satch- (Nigeria)
Seeri Koko- Orchestra Baobab (Senegal)
Pakora Ibo- Andre Pierre & L’Ivoiro Star (Ivory Coast)
Jolly Papa- Cardinal Rex Lawson (Nigeria)
Hamadi- Eli Wamala (Uganda)
Batumanbe- Orchestra Regional de Segou (Mali)


???????- Steven Amechi- (Nigeria)
Ewa- Dr. Victor Olaiya (Nigeria)
Western Shilo- David Kabaka & George Agade (Nairobi)
Adelina- Mamadou (Congo)
Fiuga Mama Muni- Mujos w/ Orch. OK Jazz (Zaire)
Ladji- Kante Manfila & Sorry Bamba (Ivory Coast)
Oyo Mobali Tape- Orchestre OK Jazz (Zaire)
Namuliranga- Charles & Frida Sonko (Uganda)
Osalobua Rekpama- Sir Victor Uwaifo (Nigeria)
Igede- Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National (Nigeria)
My Lovely Elizabeth- S.E. Rogie (Sierra Leone)
Na Ye Na Lisano- RIKKY (Congo)
Nora- National Jazz band (Tanzania)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gergaz Netlabel - Beat Garden Compilation

This whole compilation is quite Dilla and future beats inspired. Loving that it inspires mellow neck nod leading to the point your neck cries for more and to stop cuz it hurts at the same time. Like good, longtime sex.

Coldcut - Man in a garage (King Jammy Dub)

Some nice melodica electronic dub from Ninja Tune's Coldcut. King Jammy on the Remix.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2Pac - Do For Love

So this is one of those serendipitous situations where I was recently checking out the Reggae artist Otis Gayle's track "I'll Be Around" and saw he also did a track called "What You Won't Do For Love"(which is a cover of Bobby Cadwell's original 1978 What You Won't Do For Love). Pac had serious knowledge (of music) and continues to prove it to me even 15 years after he has been gone. I first heard his version in the mid 90s, went on to research and listen to a ton of Hip Hop and Reggae and it still took me 15 years to find Otis Gayle and then figure out this track was essentially a cover of Bobby Caldwell. Respect the roots.

Shigeto - "Huron River Drive"

Shigeto - "Huron River Drive" from Ghostly International on Vimeo.
Some Downtempo Jazz Futuristic Love for you.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Coasters - Down in Mexico

Jaw dropper of a song that was relatively unknown to most until the movie Death Proof came out. This one will get under into your soul and stay there. And that breakdown, good god! Possibly the greatest breakdown of 60s American music if you ask me. Everything about this song is perfection.

Lianne La Havas ft. Willy Mason - No Room For Doubt (Official Video)

I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from Lianne La Havas in the future. What a songwriter, what a beautiful talent.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ben Caplan - Stranger

BEN CAPLAN - Stranger from Mitch Fillion ( on Vimeo.
This type of music isn't what you probably expect from this blog but I do throw you some curveballs every once in a while to keep your ears on their toes. Ears on toes. This guy has a Tom Waitsish sounding voice and intensity. It is a rare sound in this age of poor songwriting and electronic everything. #proudtosoundoldindefenseofgoodmusic

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NOMO & Shawn Lee - "Upside Down"

Nice unique electric kalimba and steel drum beat produced by the great Shawn Lee. Is it just me or does NOMO seem greatly influenced by Sun Ra (this track is kind of an exception to their usual sound tho)? This collaboration came about almost by accident. NOMO's Elliot Bergman had spent the better part of the summer building and recording electric kalimbas in Brooklyn, when label-mate Shawn Lee asked him to send over a kalimba track for his new album. Lee, based in London, added some funky drums, bass and a smattering of steel drums, and sent it back to Bergman. When Bergman's sister, Natalie, heard the instrumental track destined for Shawn's album, she decided that she had to add some vocals.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


 Damn good mix from my fellow Austinite ARTISTICNINJA. He is obviously a top notch selector and eclectic enough to keep you wondering what it is you're hearing. All vinyl, mostly chill and funky the way we like it.

Mos Def ft Lenny Kravits and Gulf Aid Allstars - Ain't My Fault

"Ain't My Fault" Gulf Aid Allstars (Nickodemus & PJT's REMIX) by NickodemusNYC
 This shit is SLAMMIN. I love the original and I love what they have done with the remix here. ps I still hate BP