I’ve been waiting for this since the teaser tracks appeared on the Wonderwheel website. Just imagine a “Turntables on the Hudson” party hosted by Nickodemus in Barcelona Spain. Funky, housey, dance party remixes of and by mostly Latin artists like Sujinho, Los Chicos, Novalima, Pablo Sanchez, etc. This is the first in a series of global groove remix collections planned by Nickodemus.
Archive for the ‘World/International’ Category
With roots in the nuevo-cumbia scene in Buenos Aires Argentina, Frikstailers (pronounced freak-stylers) is the work of Rafa Caivano and Lisandro Sona, now based in Mexico City. This debut has crazy, wild electric cumbia dance tunes worthy of the ZZK label.
Kaleidoscope Jukeboxreview by jaypaul
The music of Indiana native Clint Carty, a multi-instrumentalist & producer specializing in downtempo global space funk. Consistent style but diverse influences. Many tracks have an Arabic flavor & a few have hints of Indian. Some not ethnic.
ANTH: Arabicreview by jaypaul
Twenty-three tracks of angry sounding Arabic language rap from Palestine, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, & Lebanon. Said to be politically oriented & generally critical of the extant regimes. Metaphoric title means “3rd rail” as in electric train tracks. Added by request.
Kaleidoscope Jukeboxreview by justintime
The latest from Kaleidoscope Jukebox is titled Infinite Reflection. The music has been described as World Downtempo with elements of Funk, Jazz, Swing, Dub and Hip Hop. Take a trip around the world with this groovy, funky album.
Tracks: 1,2,6,8,10,12 FCC: 4
The latest from Australian band Tijuana Cartel is titled M1. The album is a mix of Electronica and Rock with a heavy Latin influence. There are elements of Bass Music and Dubstep on the Electronica side combined with Afro Cuban percussions and flamenco guitar and Dub. Rounding out the sound is a strong Indie Rock vibe threaded through the tracks. The album successfully combines these various cultural sounds into an album that rocks out yet keeps you moving on the dance floor.
RIYD: Mexicans With Guns, Chico Mann
Tracks: 2,3,6,7,9, fcc:11,13
Jerusalem In My Heartreview by justintime
Mo7it Al-Mo7it is an album from Montreal band Jerusalem In My Heart. It’s been described as modern, experimental Arabic music bonded with melismatic singing in classic Arabic styles and electronic compositions with contemporary electronic production. This is not an original concept, many bands have tried to bring these old world sounds into the modern age with electronica but usually that means they add Dubstep to an Arabic track and call it good. Here we have a more subtle blend of these two genres creating a sound that is smooth, seamless and doesn’t feel like it was cut and pasted together. There is also a good deal of emotion on the tracks. 3andalib Al-Furat has birds chirping in the back ground and has a very calm and serene feel to it while Yudaghdegh El-Ra3ey Walal-Ghanam has more of a synthesizer Neo-futuristic feel in the style of Vangelis’ Bladerunner soundtrack. This is a well-crafted album that successfully melds the traditions of Arabic music with modern sounds of electronica.
RIYD: Peter Namlook & Burhan Ocal
Tracks: All Good
Debashish Bhattacharyareview by jaypaul
The latest release from this award-winning Indian Pandit (master) slide-guitarist features epic vocals by his daughter Anandi, a slew of musicians he met on tour like John McLaughlin (guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro), & Jeff Sipe (drums), & several Indian musician friends on bass, tabla, flute. Some call it “Nu-raga.” Perhaps his best release to date.
This fourth album featuring an 8-piece configuration of this Chicago ensemble features highly original Afrobeat arrangements of music by Fugazi, Radiohead, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, & others that showcase the band’s huge talent and their evolution in new musical directions. Nice tracks!
Official website here (click the “Music” link to hear the Marvin Gaye track)
Seven member band from Cape Town South-Africa blends South African musical traditions with contemporary indie rock styles. Pop arrangements and highly polished production give the recording an overall commercial feel, but the Cape Town vibe sets it apart from the mainstream.
At Higher Ground, March 20th, 2013