Boiler Room Presents “Istanbul Psychedelia: BaBa ZuLa”

Boiler Room went on a trip into the world of Istanbul psychedelia with BaBa ZuLa – one of the most prolific bands to come out of Istanbul’s underground scene in recent musical history. In this seven minute long mini-documentary, they chronicle the rich history of BaBa ZuLa and why the …

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Exclusive Premieres

Exclusive Premiere: Mpumi “Isilima” (Kalahari Oyster Cult)

Kalahari Oyster Cult presents the reissue of sought-after Kwaito album “Singapore” by Mpumi. Originally released in 1995 on Kariba Records, this album has been in the crosshairs of collectors for a long time. All tracks from the original LP were restored and pressed over 2LP for your listening pleasure. Kwaito …

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Crucial Material – January 26, 2018

Some big ones coming through the speakers this week, damn! No funny business with the latest yield of releases, and that is a fact. It’s left it hard for us to pick a favourite… so we’ll leave that up to you! Go get ’em. Chris Dave and the Drumhedz “Chris …

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Remembering Hugh Masekala

Not often is a musician the embodiment of an entire musical genre let alone a social movement. In the case of South African Jazz giant Hugh Masekela who sadly left us today, the argument can be made that his powerful horn playing and songwriting accomplished just that. Masekela flourished in …

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Crucial Material – January 19, 2018

This week brought some killer releases and compilations all across the board. From Broken Beat to Ambient, Funk to Experimental, Afro-Latin House to Electro, these are the releases that stood out for us. There’s a little something for everyone, so let’s get into it! XL Middleton “G-Funk Vibes Vol. 2” …

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Tribute Mixes

Tribute to Cal Tjader – Selected & Mixed by DJ ASMA

Cal Tjader was one of the hardest working musicians in Jazz who mastered countless instruments and rose through the ranks working with Verdadero Cuban and Afro-Latin musicians, deviating from the popular Exotica style of the times. When he finally came into his own in the Verve/Fantasy years, his creative talent …

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Guest Mixes

MIMS Guest Mix: YOka (SDB Discos, Sao Paulo)

This is a short mixtape of Brazilian Boogie jams from the 1980s. These are the tracks that inspired the compilation “As 10 Mais Boogie” which was compiled by YOka, who is the head of the SDB Discos label, DJ, and researcher of the Boogie genre in Brazil. Hope you like …

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Forgotten Treasures

Various Artists “As 10 Mais Boogie Vol. 1” (Somatoria do Barulho)

via SdB: A fantastic compilation of 10 Brazilian Boogie hits extracted from very rare 7″ singles only, mostly found on digging missions through old radio station vaults. What exactly is Boogie? Is it a genre, an era, a style? Colours, clothes, textures are all part of its make up. Boogie …

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Forgotten Treasures

Dadawah “Peace & Love: Wadadasow” (1974, Dug Out)

A true Jamaican gem of a record. “Peace and Love” was Dadawah’s debut and remains his only album released under this artist name. It is a dark but deeply spiritual reggae LP (originally released in 1974 on Wild Flower) that shares hymns of Rastafarian love, nationality, and hope. Constructed with …

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Exclusive Premieres

Exclusive Premiere: Kaidi Tatham “I See What You See” (First Word Records)

First Word close out 2017 with the return of Kaidi Tatham, following up his “Changing Times” EP with another killer 4-tracker – this one entitled “Hard Times”. For those who don’t know already, Kaidi is probably best known for his work with Bugz In The Attic. His body of work …

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Forgotten Treasures

George Mukabi “Furaha Wenye Gita” (Olvido / Raw Music / Mississippi Records)

via Olvido: An almost mythical figure of African acoustic guitar, George Mukabi’s reinvention of fingerstyle quickly spread from western Kenya throughout East Africa before his tragic death in 1963. Hailing from the Luhya-speaking Kisa Region, George Mukabi combined local elements of the nyatiti lyre and sukuti drum into the bouncing …

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Future Classics

Equiknoxx “Colon Man” (Demdike Stare Records)

via Forced Exposure: “Colón Man” is the debut album proper by visionary Jamaican dancehall artists Gavin Blair (Gavsborg) and Jordan Chung (Time Cow) plus their extended crew, aka Equiknoxx – once again for Demdike Stare’s label. Where their widely acclaimed “Bird Sound Power” primer compilation, issued on DDS in 2016, …

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