Archive for the 'Releases' Category

Shazalakazoo Release Debut Album

The Belgrade electro-balkan duo Shazalakazoo released their debut album, “Speaking Balkanian”. Shazalakazoo have a unique style of blending the traditional music styles of the Balkan with ultra-modern electro rhythms like house, techno, drum’n’bass and even dubstep. These guys are totally on the bleeding edge of Balkan beats, so I highly recommend you give their music a try. I’ve tested it on countless dancefloors and the tunes always deliver!

You can buy the album over at CDBaby and pre-listen to the whole of it @ soundcloud. Here’s a tase:

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Massive South Rakkas release for free

Check out this power-packed compilation of South Rakkas tracks called “Stimulus” on Pitchfork. Don’t forget to download the epic bonus track!

http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/13716-ithe-stimulus-packagei-bonus-track/

Rotfront releases debut album

Album cover

Album cover

Yes! I have been expecting an album release from Berlin based Rotfront for a very long time, ever since I first encountered the amazing russian-german-ska hit “Brlin style”. So, it’s officialy here, titled “Emigrantski Raggamuffin” available on Amazon, 17 rocking hopping tracks that employ 55:20 minutes.

A bit of background: Rotfront is a ska band that fuses the jamaican rhythm with German and Russian lyrics and a lot of east european influences like klezmer and balalaika. The band’s frontman is Yuriy Gurzhy, half of the Russendisko crew that’s been shaking dance floors at the Kaffee Burger in Berlin, Ukrainian style, for over 6 years.

I’ll play two new songs off the album tonight at the radio show, you can expect more on the next shows since it’s full of gems that got me hooked on first listen.

Nu-Cumbia from here to manana

God damn. Villa Diamante, a big Argentinian nu-cumbia producer, released tons of tracks for free download, many of them mash-ups taken to the cumbia level and a whole album dedicated to hybrid dubstep sound. Oh, it’s all free, of course. Click here for the download page.

Also read an interview with him @ Generation Bass (part 1, part 2)

Major Lazer album released

Source: Mad Decent

Source: Mad Decent

Ok ok, like every second nu-world music blog I’ll note the release of this anticipated hyped up album by Major Lazer “Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do”, the joint venture of two uber-producers Diplo and Switch. I got my hand on the album and it’s a true candy, lazer style. For those of you who haven’t heard about Major Lazer yet, the project is a reggae-dancehall-electronic cocktail that’s meant to explode on the dancefloor. From what I’ve seen in my sets so far, it does.

More info on how to get it (plus free tracks from the album) can be found at the Mad Decent blog.

Here are two videos from youtube, one for the massive single “Hold the Line”, already featured on the radio show and the other for a song that’s not on an album, a comedy track about Jamaican zombies.

Toy Selectah’s Mex-More

source: official release

source: official release

Toy Selectah, a Mexican DJ who worked with aritsts such as Diplo, Thievery Corporation and Manu Chao, released a LP with a collection of his remixes. Among them you can find remixes to songs by Santogold, Justice, David Gueta, Lil’ Wayne, Air, Mexico’s own Cafe Tacuba and the list goes on.

Anyways, grab it straight from the Mad Decent servers: Mex More LP

And here’s Toy Selecath’s Myspace

Bersa Discos

Source: Official Myspace

Source: Official Myspace

Bersa Discos is a label formed by two DJs from the California bay area. The label is set on reinventing the traditional Cumbia sound of South America, and especially giving voice to the Argentinian Cumbia scene which has been flourishing lately with many artists (VJ Pixie, El Guincho) and labels (ZZK, Crammed Disc) releasing Cumbia tracks.

Bersa Discos #4

Bersa Discos #4

The label has been steadily releasing “Bersa Discos” compilations with many different styles and colors of Cumbia and their latest addition is compilation #4 with contributions from Uproot Andy and Sonido del Principe. If until now I wasn’t quite sure about the quality of the releases this one definitely proves that Bersa Discos are on the right track with tracks that manage to hit the current digital 8-bit fashion and keep a Cumbia rythem at the same time. The bass is hitting hard and unlike many other Cumbia tracks it isn’t too slow.

Check out the sample track by Uproot Andy titled “La Vida Vale La Pena” (hosted @ Discobelle).

Bersa Discos – Myspace