Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lamin Fofana – What Elijah Said EP/#Calypso Mix

Google “Lamin Fofana” and you may discover that I’ve been a Fofana proponent for the last year, giving his “Fatmata Was Here” mixtape the shine back in August of ’09. Lamin’s mixes have always ranked in my most-played; their disregard for seamlessness and love of space tug at the strings that stretch from head to heart. Mix structures and sonic intersection aside, Lamin’s mixes often showcase what an eager and omnivorous music listener he his. From Rap nerdery to ambient aesthetics, to his musical affection for his Sierra Leonian heritage, it’s no surprise Lamin is now making music that defies categorization.

Out today on Lamin’s homefield, Dutty Artz turf is his first EP What Elijah Said. Featuring 4 of Lamin’s original productions, the depth and range of Lamin’s sound palette is staggering for a first outing. The EP is at times haunting, at times celebratory, experiences that are often the result of Lamin’s use of complex rhythms and punchy percussion. Vocal samples thread through the record as well, stretching each song’s resonance beyond beats and into metaphysical realms worthy of discussion. Asked to describe the EP, Lamin quoted Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam founder who said,

“Yet, he would refer to the Mother Plane, a mysterious space ship with superior beings, giant black gods or something like that, that patrolled the universe, keeping an eye on the devil and ready to rescue Black Muslims from Armageddon.”

A couple weeks back XLR8R magazine debuted Lamin’s “Dance In Yr Blood” for a free, high-quality download and I will re-up it here to pique your interest. I also received a brand new mix from Lamin today entitled #Calypso (yes, hashtag and all), that is in keeping with the impeccable taste of his previous mixes and is sure to further intrigue newcomers into the musical world of Fofana.

What Elijah Said is out now on Dutty Artz and can be found at Boomkat, Juno, and iTunes.

Lamin Fofana – Dance In Yr Blood

Lamin Fofana – #Calypso

#Calypso Track List:
Kuedo – Shutter Light Girl
Lucky Dragons – Realistic Rhythm
The Big Pink – Tonight (oOoOO Remix)
Ikonika – Yoshimitshu
Scissors and Sellotape – Chapter 4
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated
Svpreme Fiend – Heartache VIP
Shed – Ostrich-Mountain-Square
Spoek Mathambo – Control
Oneohtrix Point Never – Preyouandi
Mike Ladd – Planet 10
Mark Pritchard – Heavy As Stone
Digital Mystikz – Unexpected

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 6:41 pm  

Friday, August 6, 2010

Blaque – 808 (Steel & Solo Remix)

Welcome to the end of the week! As a little Twitter-style, Following Friday (#ff) business I thought I’d point people to a blog that I’ve been feeling by re-posting a recent entry of theirs.

Don’t be fooled by the title, I Hate World Music, a blog that may be located in Canada (though my lazy research has yet to confirm that fact) doesn’t hate World Music. The site’s creator reminds their readers that World Music is “a catchall marketing term used for a bin in the record shop signifying stuff that doesn’t belong anywhere else in the store.” This astute observation is complimented by a rich variety of club music that inclines towards the UK-Bass variety (UK Funky, Future Bass, Dubstep, your-meme-here, etc.), but includes a healthy dose of Dancehall, Soca, R&B and Hip-Hop that circles the globe. Despite sporadic posting, this blogger’s curatorial skills are on point and it deserves your RSS subscription.

Today’s “I Hate World Music” post, and the one I’m re-upping, is a track that could make it to your weekend DJ sets or house party i-pod hookup and remove any crowd member’s doubts about your taste in party music. From Steel & Solo, a Baltimore Club (duo?) that has 0 information on their whereabouts or identity comes a knee-dropping B-more re-working of all-girl R&B group Blaque’s 1999 hit “808.” Seeing as how the UK-Bass and U.S. underground House community is hot & bothered for R&B samples, this one fits nicely into a set of diva-vocal inflected tracks, whether they’re old UK Garage or Kingdom’s Nightslugs EP.

TGIF, and please download the original of Blaque’s “808″ for context and historical purposes.

Blaque – 808 (Steel & Solo Remix)

Blaque – 808

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 3:20 pm  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Taken on a Cross-Cultural Vaudevillian Visionquest with Tremor’s Caracol EP

Tremor Caracol EP

Hello TM readers. Pardon my train of thought but I thought I’d post a tune that is the EXACT reflection of my state of mind right now. Imagine working countless hours on something that involves executing a surrealist creative direction (sorry can’t go into detail since I signed a NDA), daydreaming about taking a holiday around the world and then allowing your delirium to twist the two into a hypnotic whirlwind of sound, harmony and rhythm. That is basically what happened as I gave El Remolon remix of Tremor‘s Viajante a listen.

It started with a South American feel, using “SAYA”, a rhythm from the high mountains of the Andes as the backbone of the song. Then Balkan, South American and pan-European instrumentals laid their way in. My personal favorite happened 2/3 of the way through when I began to hear tango accordion in combination with some Ray Parker Jr. style Ghostbustin keyboard synths!

After that, I continued the journey with the remaining tracks on Tremor’s Caracol remix EP. released by ZZK Records. Feel free to buy it on Itunes, Amazon, TTL, Boomkat, Juno, Zero-Inch or Phono Monkey

And check out the track here:

Viajante – Tremor (El Remolon remix)

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posted by Waxyjax at 12:39 am  

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Hello new friends, Max Pearl (aka, DJ Kat Fyte) here checking in as the newest contributor to Trash Menagerie.  For my first post, I’d like to take all of my new readers on a guided journey of those winding corridors and dark hiding-places that I like to troll as I make my way through the blogosphere.  That means recommendations, people!

I’d like to keep it multi-media, as much as possible, so here are a few treasures that deserve some exposure, from audio-visual art music to critical commentary on the state of the contemporary moment.

First up, here’s an astoundingly well-edited promo video for the current reigning champion of the drum machine, AraabMUZIK.  I’m pretty sure that everything you’re hearing in this masterpiece is generated by this dude triggering samples off of the MPC console he’s working with, even the gnarly chug-a-chugs!

In this day and age where DJs are exchanging their turntables for laptops and MIDI controllers, yet trying to find ways to keep digital DJing as impressive for the eyes as it is for the ears, an MPC prodigy is pretty much exactly what we’ve been looking for to satiate our tiny attention spans.  SOMEBODY BOOK THIS DUDE AND I WILL GLADLY ATTEND YOUR PARTY AND BUY EVERYONE BEER.  By the way, ‘dude does much of the production for the one-and-only Cam’ron and the Dipset crew. Makes sense.

araabMUZIK Live MPC set Part 2 from Death by Electric Shock on Vimeo.
[This is part 2 of 3 parts, by the way. I encourage you to troll Google until you find the other two. But this is by far the most technically awesome.]

But seriously, if you like bass music, you like critical rants and conspiracy theories about technologies of control, and you’re as floored as I am by the Afrofuturist philosophies espoused by everyone from Lee Scratch Perry to Sun-Ra to British theorist Kodwo Eshun, I would highly recommend you pick up a copy of Kode9′s new book, Sonic Warfare.

In the simplest terms, he addresses the use of sound as a structuring technology- a sonic architecture, if you will- from night-time sound bombs used to create an environment of paranoia and fear among the colonized, to high-pitched frequencies used in malls to prevent teens from gathering, all the way through to the careful crafting of good or bad vibes by soundsystems operators in the context of the global dancehall session.  Kode9, by the way, is the curator behind the virtually infallible Hyperdub record label, a leftfield electronica institution that’s centered around wonky hip-hop and dubstep, with releases from acts like Ikonika, Burial, Zomby, and Joker.  Act like you know.

Lastly, let me round out yet one more border to which my artistic and cultural interests extend, and make the jump from super METAL gangster beats and Sonic Warfare over to the contemporary state of Latin American and Caribbean party music!  I don’t mean to blow up anybody’s spot if you’ve been hoarding music from this bizarre little outlet in the global digital, but these guys deserve some props!  Check out the wonderful, regularly-updated music blog, Flow Cartagena, “EL BLOG OFICIAL DEL DANCEHALL Y REGGAETON,” for seriously cutting edge reggae/hip-hop everything.  Much of the music available at this site is from amateur producers and remixers, and a lot of it is unreleased, bootlegged, or really poorly mixed and mastered.  Still, you can find some gems if you’re willing to hit up google translator and spend an hour navigating the sketchy mess that is this website’s interface.

One of my favorites is this track here, an upbeat, layed-back hip-hop joint from Jiggy D and Mosta Man.  Just so you trust me that this site is in fact quite bangin’.

Street Music – Jiggy D Ft. Mosta Man

(192kbps but somehow it still sounds good on a big system)

Anyways, till next time ya’ll, glad to be a part of this fabulous publication.


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posted by Max Pearl at 12:38 pm  

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Win Zombie Nation’s MPC and Help Save the Rainforest

Hey TM readers! Just saw this link to Zombie Nation’s eBay auction for his Akai MPC 4000 on Future Music and wanted to spread the word for any of you that are into MPCs or rainforest conservation:

Zombie Nation and his MPC

Now here’s a brilliant idea. Rather than gracefully retiring his trusty Akai MPC4000 to the great loft in the sky, Zombie Nation is auctioning his online for charity! Yes, get a top MPC with celebrity heritage AND do your bit to help the rainforest too.

“This MPC has travelled with me to many countries and seen quite a lot of clubs It’s also the machine I made my last album, Zombielicious on,” he tells us. “It’s modded with an DOM 4GB disc and comes with an additional hard disk, CD ROM and the eight output option. It’s still covered in my gig stickers including one that says “HD up”, which means “Head up, don´t look on the display like a nerd!”

Reason for sale? “I switched to the MPC 1000 recently, simply because it weighs 12 kilos less, which makes my life a lot easier! But this 4000 works great and is the most advanced hardware sampler ever built.”

So why the charity auction? “I wanted it to go to someone who appreciates the story of this machine which gave me a lot of great moments. The final auction price will be donated to WWF for rainforest conservation project in memory of Daniel Hansson – founder of Elektron Music Machines – who was a big supporter of the WWF. Remember: Paper has two sides so print doublesided!”

“The highest bidder will receive a copy of the proof of donation of the full amount as well as a signed photo of me and the MPC plus a list of all the dates and clubs this MPC travelled with me.”

The auction goes live on the 1st of March and you can find the page here. Bid generously and let us know if you win!

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posted by Waxyjax at 12:10 pm  

Friday, January 29, 2010

Discotexas releases Forbidden Cuts!

Here’s a release that I’ve been waiting for (or rather: longing for) for quite some time: Lisbon-based collective and label Discotexas are releasing their “Forbidden Cuts” today. The EP features three tracks by Moullinex, Xinobi and Rockets. You should recall the latter from a post on these pages.

I can only speculate about the origins of the title but this is dangerously addictive stuff from a wonderful crew that is now making their way from the blogs to some of the coolest labels in dance music: While Moullinex is getting his full-length ready for Gomma, Xinobi’s “Day Off” is finally seeing a proper release on Work It Baby soon and Rockets debut 12″ is going to be released by Alavi’s RoXour!

Moullinex – Lover In Me

Xinobi – Valsa in NJ

Rockets – Running To You

It’s their love for details, the warmth in their tracks, awesome production, and – of course – their ability to make people dance that makes me want to proclaim a new genre right now. No more French touch, this is Portuguese house!

Go to Discotexas’ website to purchase “Forbidden Cuts” and give these guys some love on their myspace sites!

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