this is the sound of africa

Watching a grown man cry is a little awkward, especially if it LANDON DONOVON.

America’s golden boy finally lived up to the hype and as soon as he did, he disappointed us again with his drivel, about “Doing things the right way…and it’s good to be rewarded.” You scored one goal dude. Score a few more and then we can talk, but for now just stop crying.

Nonetheless, in celebration of everything WORLD CUP and TEAM AMERICA, we give you MATHIEU SCHREYER and RESERVE LA’S mix of African beats and music. From the way back sounds of The Kusum Beat to the modern digs of Sofrito and The Souljazz Orchestra this is African music as it’s supposed to be:  rhythmic, driving, sweaty and funky.  So put your VUVUZELA down and turn the music up!

LISTEN!!! – TOWN CRYER #1: SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP Part 1

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first name dante, last name beze

Two good things, together for the first time.  Courtesy MAX TANNONE.

And just in time for the summer.

LISTEN!!! – MOS DUB

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be heard.

A staple of the LA music scene, KUTMAH was arrested last week and is awaiting deportation.  His house was stormed by an ARMED TASKFORCE (wtf, man is a DJ.  is he gonna assault them with his records?) and he was taken downtown and interrogated.  About what, we are not sure.  Again, man is a DJ.  He is currently being held in a New Mexico facility.

While there are many current issues that could use our attention and energy (a certain oil spill, fascism in Arizona and a war that has been ongoing for 10 years come to mind), this injustice against a man’s personal freedom is a sign of the increasingly manipulative police state that is being forced upon us.  Kutmah has been living in the states since his mother moved him here when he was 12.  C’mon now!??!

More info here.

LISTEN!!!:  KUTMAH live at SKETCHBOOK

ps. guy is a bad ass DJ

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bobby!

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funk covers!!! (MPSU #26)

Been a long time since we posted a mix sent in by one of y’all. Which isn’t intentional…for awhile there we weren’t posting mixes of any kind.

But now that we’re back, and in full(ish) effect, we’ve been sifting through all of the mixes you’ve sent us for something that really blew our wigs back.  Enter DAU AL SET of Iceland, who hit us with an ingenious mix of FUNK MUSIC, covered by contemporary artists.

We were skeptical at first.  I mean, funk is one of those things that can’t be improved upon.  It’s like the jelly donut, or the Mona Lisa or Nicholas Cage’s hair…you just cannot improve on perfection.  And although the songs in this mix doesn’t improve on funk, it takes it to a sublime place, where it builds a coccoon and gracefully emerges as something else altogether.  Not bad for a bunch of cover songs.

LISTEN!!! FUNK COVERS by DAU AL SET

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GURU, July 17, 1966 – April 19, 2010

Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, aka Keith Elam, aka 1/2 of GANGSTARR.

Thanks for the music.  Respect.

LISTEN!!! -THE BEST OF GANGSTARR mixed by DJ SUPADAVE

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sweet sweet herbs

Our favorite local music publication, the LA RECORD, put out their 420 mixtape today for obvious reasons.  And if you don’t know what we’re talking about you’re probably stoned.  Wait, huh?

Pretty silly in parts, with some stellar contributions by Kutmah, Ted Lucas and Scott Barber.

LISTEN!!! – LA RECORD’S 420 MIXTAPE

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