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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 by Julija

samba pop // equatorial funk

Mesmerizing the listeners with her vocal qualities and unique style of singing, Nina Miranda has collaborated with a variety of artists and was previously mentioned on Aurgasm for her project Shrift. Being partners in life, as well as music, inspired by the folksy, sexy and funky attitude of the 70’s, Nina and Chris Franck of Smoke City form Zeep. Borrowing some of the breezy Brazilian rhythms, mixing samba percussions and romantic bossa vibes with the gentle folk melodies, the couple records a genuinely diverse and fresh album.

Sublime with the tropical and eclectically swinging sounds.
Zeep – Sem Parar
Zeep – Keep An Eye On Love
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Mayra Andrade

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 by Paul Irish

cape verdean // worldbeat

She was born in Cuba, grew up between Senegal, Angola, Germany and finally settled down in Cape Verde. You can feel the influence of all these locations her music; a soft and friendly accessibility met by a very developed melodic intellect. In much of her music, she sings in Cape Verdean Creole, which is a derivative of Portuguese. She’s not surprisingly up for Best Newcomer in the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. Her song “Lua” is a warm tropical treat; while “Regasu” is a somber ballad in the style of Cuban son Cape Verdean Morna. (Thx, Andre!)

Sweet music from the African Cape’s barefoot diva.
Mayra Andrade – Lua
Mayra Andrade – Regasu
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The Apples

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 by Julija

funk // turntablism

Armed with two saxophones, trumpet, trombone, drums, bass and turntables, nine Israeli funksters leave unforgettable impression. Keeping the crowd dripping with sweat from non-stop ecstatic dancing and jumping, The Apples mix everything from adrenalized funk to exciting elements of jungle and drum’n’bass, and certain touches of traditional Jewish Klezmer. Packed with funky energy from beginning to end, the instrumental blend of soul-jazz and excellent scratch routines of their album Attention!, sounds spontaneous, adventurous and dangerously addictive.

“Consumption may cause uncontrollable body movements.”
The Apples – Attention!
The Apples – Natri Ba Makom
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Lefties Soul Connection

Sunday, January 27th, 2008 by Andrew Ladd

raw funk // soul

I’ll admit to having a certain weakness for Hammond organs “” and if you don’t share that with me you may not think much of Lefties Soul Connection, an Amsterdam based funk/soul outfit with a gravelly, retro sensibility and, yes, a mean Hammond player. Their drums bang loud and crisp, their guitars rock and wobble, and your speakers, if you’re doing it right, will buzz something fierce. (They also have an pretty fantastic music video for their song “Fais Do Do”; check it out!)

Sunny, carefree fun.
Lefties Soul Connection – Paul Newman
Lefties Soul Connection – Sling Shot Pt. 2
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Samsara Sound System

Saturday, January 19th, 2008 by Kyle

illbient // worldbeat

The Daf, Santur, and Bazantar are Middle East instruments you’ll hear alongside turntables and synthesizers in this Brooklyn-grown melange by a man called Professor Shehab. Having performed with Qaballah Steppers, Scarab, and The Baraka Orchestra, he’s no stranger to entrancing soundscapes. Alan Kushan, Bill Laswell, DXT, Mark Deutsch, and Mark Pistel of Meat Beat Manifesto lend their talents; cultivating elements of Turkish, Arabic, and Persian resonance into a unique illbient mood.

Tantalizing synapses.
Samsara Sound System – Shiraz
Samsara Sound System – Cycle In Progress
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Balkan Beats

Sunday, January 13th, 2008 by Paul Irish

balkan brass remixed // gypsy dance

Balkan dance music has been picking up speed in Europe, in part thanks to the Bucovina Club parties, and in New York at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar. It’s caught my ears lately as well, with blaring horns and Balkan beats discofied to crazy hype levels. Here are two floor mashers I’ve been working into my sets lately. The first comes from Mahala Rai Banda. You may recognize this tune from the Borat soundtrack, but this Felix B dub adds some crushing backbone. It’s on Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers out on Atlantic Jaxx. The second is a DJ Zoki blend of Serbian Trubaci and Reggaeton, a great digital dig via, featuring a slew of Euro DJ’s dabbling in Balkan sounds.

From the Balkans to the bumpin’ basements.
Mahala Rai Banda – Mahalageasca (Felix B Jazzhouse Dub)
DJ Zoki – Trubaci Cik Cik (Reggaeton Remix)

Music and words contributed by DJ Ghostdad who spins in Boston, hosts Mofo Radio on WZBC, and blogs.
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Hey DJ Friday: DJ Rekha

Friday, November 30th, 2007 by Paul Irish

bhangra // indian dance

It’s always fun to check out my stats and see what I’ve aural addictions I’ve formed recently. The latest is DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra mix featured on Fader. Bhangra is one of those genre’s that I want to love more, but haven’t considerably found the sounds I want. Talvin Singh‘s old work qualifies, but this new release from Bhangra’s dirty princess delivers the ass-movers I’ve been seeking. The beat from “Teri Sadi” gets me riled, but peep the mix (or full CD) for the complete experience.

From Bombay to basement.
Amar Arshi & Taz Dhillon – Teri Sadi
DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra micromix on Fader
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Ana Martins

Saturday, November 17th, 2007 by Kyle

bossa nova

Sometimes, we need to slow down. When my days get too busy and nights are too short, a little bossa nova can work wonders. Ana Martins, daughter of Brazilian composers Nelson Ângelo and Joyce, provides exactly that with her debut album Futuros Amantes. Her voice lightly wisps together a delicate blend of soft trumpets and violins, subtle drums, playful xylophones and pianos, all accompanied by acoustic guitar.

Warm up and relax with ritmos do Brazil.
Ana Martins – Brigas Nunca Mais
Ana Martins – Nada Parecido Com Você
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Monday, August 27th, 2007 by Paul Irish

video mashup // world remix

Luigi&Luigi is actually a post-production design shop in Paris, that makes some seriously cool motion graphics. More recently they developed a music video for Air’s track “Mer Du Japon”. But today, I beseech you to enjoy this excerpt from a project of theirs called Mondovision.

Planet pieces recontextualized into video wonder.

Federico Aubele

Friday, August 10th, 2007 by Julija

argentinian singer-songwriter // latin guitar // downtempo

The energy of Up, Bustle and Out, the passion of Gotan Project and the chill-out feeling of Thievery Corporation combine to form Federico Aubele’s rich sound collage. His hypnotic guitar lines and mellow rhythms cross and layer with jazz and Latin music, for a thrilling, yet soothing sound. Federico is releasing his long-awaited album Panamericana in September, a follow up to his seminal 2004 album Gran Hotel Buenos Aires. “En el desierto” perfectly captures the feeling of this passionate new album.

Distinctly Latin and sensual.
Federico Aubele – En El Desierto
Federico Aubele – Ante Tus Ojos
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