Category Archives: hip hop

Chodz na pole – Polish hip hop for beginners

If you have never listened to Polish hip hop, you have a lot to look forward to.

For those who don’t know the language, I am pleased to say that Nokturn has no lyrics, Kaubanga makes no sense anyway, and the rest of the tracks are about normal, everyday things – about Poland, of course, and stuff like concrete and mountain tops and porn and the moomins.

Tracks:

  1. Nokturn – Czarny Hifi
  2. Tabasko – O.S.T.R.
  3. Normalnie o tej porze – Kaliber 44
  4. Kaubanga – Sztigar Bonko
  5. Nowe bloki – Vienio feat. Hades
  6. Na szczycie – Grubson
  7. Banicja – Bisz (B.O.K.) feat. Pawbeats
  8. Rio – Miuosh
  9. Co mam powiedzic – Pezet
  10. Chodz na pole – Krakowskie Rap Kontratakuje (KRK)

Do you know better than this? Recommendations are always welcome!

For the love of Miuosh

Two years in Poland have taught me that there is more to this country than vodka. It is also full of ace hip hop in general and of Miuosh in particular.

Language barrier? Äsch. Isn’t most communication non-verbal anyway? But OK, you may want to check the online Urban Dictionary for meanings of kurwa and ja pierdole.

Tracks:

Wiecej niz mozesz (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
Na zawsze (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Sado feat Textyl (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Matka i krew (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Swiatlo (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Zly (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Kazde (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
Born sinner feat JWP (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Barwy szczescia (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Szczury (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Sam (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Nie zamykaj dzisiaj drzwi (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Fejmhejter (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Roze z betonu (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Chronos (Piata strona swiata, 2011)

Oddities and escapades vol 2

Latest selection of audio slices that are grabbing my goat right now. Some of these tracks have been around for a while (Alexandroid, RA the Rugged Man and Snowboy – actually one of the first albums I owned) mixed up with a bunch of newer numbers.

Given that US Thanksgiving has just passed, I might as well go ahead and say it: I give thanks for all these artists plugging away in their respective genres.

Hope you enjoy.

Tracklisting

Alexandroid – Untitled
Zola Jesus – Vessel
Summer Camp – I Want You
Washed Out – Amor Fati
Ra the Rugged Man – Chains
Shabazz Palaces – Swerve
She Said – Black Leather
Apparat – Ash Black Veil
Snowboy – Mambito
Suckers – A Mind I Knew
Zomby – Natalia’s Song

TF-10

Everyone is giving props to Kanye for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy so I included him here.  Personally, my props go out to the Dougie.

TF-10

  1. Tik Tok – Ke$ha
  2. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  3. Like a G6 (feat The Cataracs & Dev) – Far East Movement
  4. California Gurl – Katy Perry
  5. Fuck You – Ce Lo Green
  6. Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) – Travie McCoy
  7. Just a Dream – Nelly
  8. Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, & Bon Iver) – Kanye West
  9. Raise Your Glass – P!nk
  10. Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

The fantastic Mr Scruff

On 16 October, Mr Scruff played a brilliant 5 hour set in Cambridge. He is not just a fantastic DJ, cartoonist and tea-maker, he is also a very nice man. Everyone who attended this gig was given a ticket with a code that could be used to download the whole show.

As I am quite nice myself, I hereby give you 97 fantastic minutes of Mr Scruff live in Cambridge. Enjoy. Oh and do go and see him if you can, it’s a guaranteed top night.

one of mr scruff's recession busting tips
one of mr scruff’s recession busting tips

endless pregnant pause

and so it begins. a right of passage. join the club. the 9th full moon has passed. in folklore it unleashes the sunshine. sunshine is coming.

starting off with a sprinkling of brazilian angel dust in the shape of murucututu (thanks, louise!) before vitalic’s poisin lips tears in. sorry about that. felt like getting this show on the road.

there’s a minor detour through rusko’s wonky dubstep, randanman’s old school take, and some old-school proper in the shape of lfo. i drift towards the end and can’t help rounding off with the ‘last song of the night’ selection. in some ways it’s a tip of the hat towards doc, abby; 10 10 10. in another way, i’m coming clean about my musical preferences in my formative years.

right, i now have another show to get on the road.

tracklisting

Murucututu – Magda Pucci
Poison Lips – Vitalic
Music Sounds Better With You (My!Gay!Husband! EDIT) – Stardust
I Got One (You’re It) – Homework
Mr. Chips – Rusko
Don’t Change For Me – Ramadanman
The Healer – Lazaro Casanova
Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi
LFO [Leeds Warehouse Mix] – LFO
Sex Sax (Dillon Francis Choose Your Adventure Remix) – Drop The Lime
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Bing Bong Bing – MF Borat
Can I Get A – Jay-Z
Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

dark silky grooves from rich gilfedder

sultry and petulant: the bay area, brian wilson from the giants, fall season, half the candidates in the US gubernatorial contest, and to round it off, this classy slice of house music from bournemouth’s rich gilfedder.

i normally sit on the fence around the whole ‘producer as dj’ argument, but rich’s blending, which maintains cohesion yet a slow, steady sprinkling of drama, argues strongly in favor of letting sonic twiddlers venture behind the decks. a music closely related to the warehouse birth of house music (including classic quotes), but redefined through a twitchy, tribal lens.

tracklisting and more info on rich gilfedder on electronic groove

Have you caught the June bug?

Feeling that the year is disappearing inordinately quickly? Life slipping you by? One minute you were toasting in the new year and next it’s June?

Take a deep breath and if you can’t make it to your local watering hole, slip on a pair of ear buds and take this mix around the block. I’ve thrown together a mix of new and old using the wonderfully, elegantly simple Mixmeister Fusion (thanks Natalie for the suggestion to bin Ableton – way too powerful for my humble needs).

It’s been a tough week, but be-bopping around Lake Merritt in Oakland to this selection helped me usher in the weekend with a fresh glow. Along the way I managed to catch this fabulous mural hanging out in an underpass.

Let me know how this mix works for you…

Tracklisting

Harry Flowers – William Orbit
Molten – Digital Mystikz
The LSD User – Stagga
Warrior (The xx REMIX) – Magic Wands
Anything’s Possible (Xrabit Remix) – Zero dB
Stories – Izit
Rock The Bells – LL Cool J
Makeout Stakeout – David Last
Let’s Start (Messengers Remix) – J.Period & K’NAAN
Rockit – Herbie Hancock
Acperience 1 – Hardfloor
Ondulation – Shonky
Justify (Will Saul And Mike Monday Remix) – Ramadanman And Appleblim
The Magician (Thomas Schumacher Remix) – Johannes Heil
By Your Side – CocoRosie

Jubilee throws down some serious jump-up jive

I’ve been sitting on this mix for a little while now. I just keep getting pulled back into it. I’d go as far as to say it’s redefining the music I follow and play.

Jubilee is a young turk from Brooklyn who is building up a reputation for serving up some of the rawest beats out there. Picking on producers as diverse as Bok Bok, Wiley, Roska, DJ Eastwood and Schlachthofbronx, the mix starts at pace and just keeps on sizzling.

I love the raw clanging of the French Fries’ Predator (Tomb Crew Remix) as it bleeds into the atonal warblings of WILDLIFE!’s Jumbie. I did start investigating French Fries and came across this stunner on Youtube from the Frenchman:

For more on Jubilee and the full tracklisting, check out XLR8R.

J Period Dancehall Soundclash Vol 2 Part 2 boyee

J Period Dancehall Soundclash Well, one day we’ll be back in the sizzling hot sun of summer – stoop parties, hoards at every ice cream parlor, hanging out in parks with boom boxes blaring a boisterous roughneck soundtrack. Well, here in SF we’re still not quite there yet, but let’s start getting in the mood.

I originally posted part 1 of this J Period Dancehall Soundclash mix last year, and due to demand am offering up part 2 here. There’s no let-up in intensity, and we find ourselves once more engulfed in a heady concoction of dancehall, reggaeton, ragga, hip-hop and a spattering of jump-up pop classics.

Here’s the track names:

Lil Jon Interlude
The Workout
Yeah Remix
Elephant Message Remix
Elephant Message
Galang Girl
Get Busy/Egyptian Interlude
Sweet To The Belly
Milkshake Remix
Jook Gal
Move Your Body
Pull Up
Tamale
Killing A Sound Boy
Sound Bwoie Buriell
Look Into My Eyes
Shake That Thing
Enemies Remix
Paid Not Played
Paid Not Played Exclusive
No No No
Oh Yeah
Bad Boys
Wine Up
Champion Lover
69
The Chronic
Like A Rock Remix
Neva Scared Remix
Neva Scared Remix
Outtro

Listen to part one of this mixtape