The Spy From Cairo aka Zeb, has long been one of our favortie producers and oud players around. Since his days with Organic Grooves up to his recent remixes of Natacha Atlas, Zeb’s productions have always been top notch and mix a perfect blend of organic and electronic elements. On his latest album, “Arabadub” our May 29th on Wonderwheel Records, The Spy once again melds sounds from thee Middle East with Dub Reggae and mid-tempo electronic grooves. The seductive sounds are perfect for drinking, smoking, eating, dancing and philosophizing.
Niyaz, which means ‘yearning’ in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by vocalist Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo. Since their last release, Nine Heavens made waves in the global music community, the band have toured worldwide, had their music placed in numerous films & television shows and each released stunning solo albums that continue to push them into the international spotlight. Nine Heavens was heavily featured on world-wide radio (including NPR and PRI in the States), topped the charts of iTunes World Music and CMJ World Music, and continues to be discovered by new fans worldwide.
Now the band returns with their third album, Sumud. The album’s title is Arabic for “steadfastness” and the record’s musical themes center around the plight of ethnic and religious minorities around the world. Azam Ali chose this philosophical term as a symbolic reminder that, as she explains, ‘every human being should inherit the right to live with dignity and freedom upon the land on which they are born.’
With a heavier emphasis on the electronic side of their sound and a special guest vocal appearance from Oscar-winning Indian composer, musician and singer AR Rahman, Sumud is the most powerful release yet from one of global fusion’s most popular bands.
Free Download – All Good Funk Alliance – “I Don’t Care If It’s Your Birthday”
Check out the great interview with All Good Funk Alliance in On Tap Magazine.
They’re latest release ‘Jack of All Trades’ drops today on Fort Knox Recordings and it’s full of the funky breaks you’d expect from these pros. You can buy the album on iTunes or Beatport and also stream the full record on AOL Music.
Power Salad is the debut album from Melbourne based duo Sunmonx out now on Interchill
Records. Combining Opiuo’s renowned production style with Austero’s tasty guitar grooves, this refreshing sonic fusion weaves together threads from the worlds of blues, dub, funk and beyond. Lovers of bass music, glitch and all things electronica will find plenty to satisfy their cravings within the solid basslines, crisp production and the precision attention to the finest micro-details.
Sunmonx have kept themselves busy in the acoustic kitchen over the last 3 years, carefully combining their nutritious homegrown musical ingredients and perfecting their gourmet dub-infused recipes. Power Salad contains nothing but the freshest fruits of this labour, cultivated as the pair step beyond their self-released Rigiti EP, a 4-track teaser that caught the attention of Interchill Records and many other downbeat lovers around the world. Picking up where they left off, Sunmonx hit the studio with innovation in mind and set out to explore new dimensions of the electronica spectrum. They came up with an energizing album where progressive beats mingle with a prevailing thread of guitar, uniting this diverse palette of sounds and styles into a cohesive and delectable whole. Power Salad hits right on target and stays true to its title, serving up an organic blend of revitalizing tracks to set you on your way. Who’s hungry?
The man behind Bondi Blaster is DJ Juan Data, who besides being a great producer is also a provocative writer/blogger who helms the Hard Data blog. Now add video director to his resume, is there anything he can’t do well? I’m a believer, the tracks on his debut Bondi Blaster record, ‘LO’ JUIMO!’ on Stronghold Sound range from Nu-Cumbia, Latin Bass, Hip-Hop all offering unique takes on the genres and all ready for club or home play! Plus the video is crazy!
Our friends at Fort Knox Records have just released the new All Good Funk Alliance EP ‘Rhythm & FX’ and it’s a scorcher! Enjoy the free download and look for the full length to drop in May, in the meantime check their site for March tour dates and more goodies.
We’ve been big fans of Novalima since their first album dropped on Mr. Bongo over six years ago. Their music always has the right balance of modern production and club beats mixed with traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythm and instrumentation. On their newest release, ‘Karimba’ out now on ESL Music, Novalima continue to perfect this hybrid. Looking forward to hearing upcoming remixes and catching them live, they tour with a full 9 piece band bringing the full sound of their production to the stage. Enjoy the free download and check their site for more info.