Posts Tagged ‘rap’
Ramadanman / Pearson Sound has during the last few months been in on some exciting cross-referencing, picking up lines from the Baltimore and Philly club scenes to the always mutating currents of UK garage. It’s as fresh as fresh gets.
Lately there have been several interesting new releases by Finnish producers. Here’s a few that have caught my attention.
Boom Shakalaka – Baltik Bass vol. 1 EP (Free download here!)
Boom Shakalaka dudes have been pushing the sounds of Global Bass and World Music 2.0 here in Helsinki with their club nights, radio shows and their remixes. Now they have come up with a new thing they call “Baltik Bass”: new electronic music based on folk music from our own region, the Baltic sea. On this EP the folk music element is represented by samples from Markku Lepistö’s music.
“When working with these remixes, we didnʼt want to restrict our style according to the borders of some nation-state, instead we want to point to the similarities in the musical folklore from a larger region. We refer to the sea for its historic importance as a logistic centre and as a symbol of openness and multiculturalism”, declares DJ Emil.
Interestingly, around the same time also a Helsinki-based group called Liljan Loisto has started making reggae versions of old songs from Karelia and using inspiration from gypsy music also. Maybe the way these projects relate to “our roots” is something we need these days, against any notion of pure, homogenous and unchanging national identity… especially now with all the xenophobes coming out of their closets after they got some of their MP candidates elected.
Femme En Fourrure – Bronco EP
“Taking influences from the minimalism of Detroit techno and the dancefloor grooves of early house music and disco, Femme En Fourrure make music that is explicitly uncompromising.”
Femme En Fourrure have been around for some years already but only now they really caught my attention. Maybe it’s because they post some cool stuff on the Top Billin blog, maybe because they have strange music videos, or maybe because their new ep includes remixes from Nguzunguzu and Teeth. The music video is about a typical Friday night in our exotic Finland in winter time. Check out the Bronco EP here.
Bright Shades – Sightseeing EP
If you’re looking for some disco vibe for the summer, check out Bright Shades. Their debut EP just came out on Top Billin records. They just played last Saturday at YK along with Tensnake.
Finally, a music video that might be the most exotic of the bunch: rap music in Finnish. It starts with Eräkoira in his lab doing some clandestine chemistry and rapping with no flow at all. Then ice fishing in Merihaka and what not. Lots of winter time landscapes from our beautiful city. These guys really have the best music videos. SMC Hoodrats have their debut album coming up this summer.
There’s much more new music from Finland of course. And I’ve already posted about my favorite release which is “Shawty” by Teeth, now available on vinyl, on 502 Recordings.
Approximately a year ago I wrote a post featuring the deceased Swedish rapper Grioa. Some of the several mp3-links weren’t quite working and we got some e-mail requests to fix them or make a new post. Well, as so often happens it was left undone. Last month the Swedish blog Random Sidewalk compiled all of Grioas work in one post, also including a track written by Grioa and performed to his memory by Aki, Format, Kung Henry, and Mr. Noon.
His comeback album dropped earlier this year, and now Gil Scott-Heron is up for a treat with Jamie Smith from the XX releasing a full length mix on the album February 22. Smith’s take on the track New York is Killing Me is already going around and has been visualized in the video above. No easy to grab freebie seems to be in circulation yet, so anyone keen on hanging on to this rain or shine will have to throw up some cash or settle with a low quality rip.
“We gotta redefine all the language that we’re speaking” – M1 @ Multitunes
Dead Prez keep speaking the language of struggle, and stay on their grind. They just did a guest spot for the new album of the NY-based producer duo Sub Swara. The collabo is titled “Speak My Language”. If I heard it right, M1 and Sticman call their language “swag-hili” – you can’t speak it but they’re willing to teach. Sub Swara guys let you download the track for free accompanied with remixes by Kraddy and Machinedrum. For me, it’s the Machinedrum remix that really stands out with its moody vibe, fingersnaps and the juke thing towards the end. But if you’re in the mood for some bass-heavy glitch hop, try the original or the Kraddy remix.
Sub Swara feat. Dead Prez – Speak My Language (Machinedrum Remix) (direct, 320k mp3)
1 – Intro swaggaeton
2 – Que podria ser
3 – El mejor
4 – Empleado del mes
5 – 3000
6 – La chica mas linda
7 – Dame Yerba (Produced by Matenlo)
8 – Algo pasa en el planeta
9 – 4 Days
10 – El Motin
11 – Fuck Paco
Latin American artists really know the art of cross-border co-operation. A few days ago the electro cumbia boys El Remolón and Villa Diamante at Argentinian Zizek records put out a track with vocals provided by the Mexican rapper Niña Dioz and Colombian Li Saumet from Bomba Estéreo. Since then the song has gained well deserved praise and topped some charts over at Soundcloud. Niña Dioz is a new acquintance for us, and thus of special interest. Anyone interested in more can check out her wide release of singles at Club Fonograma.
So Spragga Benz just released this great album “Shotta Culture” with all these big stars featuring. Among the big names and soft voices was Nas on the track “This is The Way”. Canadian Dj Wood took this track and made it into a real burner for the dancefloor. According to Wood the mp3 will only be released in January but until then I warmly recommend scrolling the freebies on his Soundcloud page.
Sincere – Underdog (320k mp3)
“We da working class… I just wanna be successful together”. It’s Sincere from North London with a brand new music video for the track “Underdog”. The song is on his new mixtape Written In The Stars Vol. 2 which you can download for free, here.