Son Raw is playing some tunes at Off The Hook Clothing in Montreal right now. Come pay him a visit. Hyperdub’s output has been so unpredictable over the past couple of years that this video from Morgan Zarate feels almost as surprising as a Laurel Halo album. I mean, DUBSTEP? On Hyperdub? You must be […]
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LV feat Okmalumkoolkat: Sebenza (Hyperdub 2012) from Hyperdub on Vimeo. Son Raw slam boom bang like African drums. Fun fact: I’ve interviewed more Hyperdub artists than any other label (Kode9 interview dropping soon). You’d think that would make me unable to critically assess the their output and maybe that’s true: I get unnaturally defensive or […]
This is easily the most joyous adaptation of a war song you will hear today (unless you’re on a Ken Burns kick). Ghanian Highlife legend Ebo Taylor has a new record out on the mighty Strut and the septuagenarian Afro-Soul king has managed to stave off all erosion. The LP has guest spots from the […]
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Son Raw wants more Afrobeat in his bass music And here’s a piece of music that falls squarely within this site’s scope of interest. The fear whenever a band as organic as The Africa 80 enter the electronic realm is that no computer could match the unhinged energy of the original rhythm section but thankfully […]
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From the best album of the year that no one is talking about, even though it’s co-produced by Brian Eno. I caught Seun last Friday and you can have your Animal Collectives and Gang Gangs, but there was nothing at the Pitchfork Festival that was fucking with this man and Egypt ’80. No offense. But […]
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For all us smart dub cats who took Spanish instead of French, Karl Hector stays dificil with his Gallic/German/Ethiopian flair. Thankfully, the title of his Paris DJ’s mix is self-explanatory: modal jazz of the world. What happens next is even more crystalline, the enigmatic Teuton behind 09’s excellent Sahara Swing drops esoteric old Folkways and […]
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Seun Kuti, Rising Son June 1, 2011
Femi Kuti can’t be happy. The moment that Fela finally transcends from pan-African icon to pan-global fixture feted by Will Smith and Beyonce and Clyde, his little brother Seun snakes their father’s Egypt ’80 band and asserts himself as one of the most prominent Afro-Beat musicians to emerge from the last decade. I believe this […]
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So says the Yoruba proverb that inspires “E Ma S’eka” by Bola Johnson & The Easy Life Top Beats. The phrase is a prayer for good luck — a votive aspiring for existence to be bountiful and yamtastic, an ideal that even Kanye couldn’t disapprove of. And indeed, Nigerian music at the dawn of the […]
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Hip-hop hiatus today. It’s all Afro-beat everything right now at Passion of the Weiss headquarters, where I’m celebrating the Ides of March a day early by listening to Pax Nicholas’ 1973 classic, Na Teef’s Know Road of Teef. After all, the themes are vaguely similar. Consider Na Teef, Nicholas’ act of rebellion against the Caesarean […]
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The trio. Folk musicians from Rwanda recorded Kigali in one afternoon. Continuing the tradition of Harry Smith’s local folk music anthologies, this is salvage culture; the instinct to preserve traditional music before it disappeared. Given the circumstances which name, name and name survived, there’s a good chance we would never have been able to hear […]
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