Radio Saudade: Episode 7

“So much on my mind I just can’t recline, blasted holes in the night ’til she bled sunshine…” MOS DEF, Respiration. or DOWNLOAD Radio Saudade Episode 7 (mp3) here. MC Winston “The Whip” Williams – Intro: The Sound of Young Jamaica Radio Show – Respect to Studio One, 1994. Quantic Soul Orchestra – Babarabatiri – Stampede, […]

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Radio Saudade: Episode 4

“I’ve been through many times in which I thought I might lose it – the only thing that saved me has always been music…cuz life ain’t nothing but a good groove – a good mixtape to put you in the right mood.” Beastie Boys, Professor Booty. or DOWNLOAD Radio Saudade Episode 4 (mp3) here. Ambient Sounds […]

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Radio Saudade: Episode 3

Radio Saudade: Episode 3. “Devoção e paciência. Mixtape é como uma procissão de um homem só.”  – Rodolfo Viana. (“Devotion and patience. The Mixtape is like a procession of one man.”) Enjoy. or DOWNLOAD Radio Saudade Episode 3 (mp3) here. Ismael Quiñones – Control – Freak Off: Latin Breakbeats, Basslines and Boogaloo, 2001. Electro Côco – Quem […]

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Radio Saudade: Episode 2

Radio Saudade: Episode 2 at your disposal to satisfy your sybaritic head-bobbing needs. or DOWNLOAD Radio Saudade Episode 2 (mp3) here. Eivind Groven – Tveitanvise – Nordisk Sang, 1991. Andrés Landero y Su Conjunto – La Pava Congona – Cumbias y Gaitas de Colombia Vol. 1, 1996. Juana Molina – Un Día – Un Día, 2008. Joe Harriott – Jaipur – […]

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WUGAZI: 13 CHAMBERS

WUGAZI. Fugazi meets the Wu-Tang Clan in a mash up produced by Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy. Skeptical? Me too. Being a hard core fan of both groups, I initially rolled my eyes when I heard of the project: I had an instinctive aversion to the thought of mashing up Fugazi, who based their sober […]

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The Otis Jackson, Jr. Appreciation Society (aka MADLIB Sound System)

Coming straight outta Oxnard, Otis Jackson Jr., a.k.a. Madlib is the youngest member of our illustrious league of Appreciation Societies. Hip hop DJ, producer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, expert musicologist and crate-digger extraordinaire, Madlib (also known as The Beat Konducta in addition to a wide host of aliases and alter-egos) is arguably America’s most creative and certainly […]

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Hip Hop Saved My Life

Recently a youth I hold in high esteem asked me about some hip hop to listen to. Kindly allow this not to be a comprehensive hip hop history, but rather, my hip hop history, from the remote island of Tristan da Cunha to here under the starry skies on the beach in Recife, Brazil. For […]

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瀬場潤 NUJABES: World without Words

The musical lovechild of Astrud Gilberto and Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Tokyo DJ Nujabes’ ethereal jazzed-out soundscapes are equally at home gazing out at a sunset over Ipanema Beach or relaxing at a rooftop barbecue in Brooklyn. Spearheading a beautiful new vein of hip-hop interpretation, Nujabes first began to gain deserved recognition as one of the […]

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