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Best Reggae of 2017 | Sound Travels Jan. 14th 2018

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Protoje “Truth and Rights”

Pentateuch Movement

That Pentateuch Movement have built their local and international rep on the strengths of their live sets is admirable. But as a DJ, I am even happier that they’ve started putting out some solid songs for me to get, have and love. Their first release, “Punchinella” is a dubwise throwback to 80’s Black Uhuru, when Sly & Robbie were running their rhythm.

 

Jesse Royal “Always Be Around”

 

Lila Iké

The newest member from Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation Collective, Lila Iké is a young Jamaican singer with a classic and soulful sound. Iké took the decidedly unorthodox path of releasing a tribute to her mother as her debut single, “Biggest Fan,” and her second release, “Gotti Gotti,” is even better…

 

Midnight Riders

This early digital reggae gem from Midnight Riders called “Bobby Was a Gangster” was released on New Zealand’s Red Robin Records. Not many details, just a solid chune…

Randy Valentine “Vigilant”

 

Hempress Sativa

Kerida Johnson, aka Hempress Sativa finally dropped her debut album in early 2017 and Unconquerebel has proved to be worth the wait. Her weighty, witty lyricism is dense with rootsy, Rasta-informed wisdom and the album features a stellar lineup of musicians like Chinna Smith and Flabba Holt. Boom wah da da deng indeed…

 

Kabaka Pyramid “Can’t Breathe”

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Global top 10 for 2017 | Sound Travels Jan. 7th

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IFEIIII+IIII (Mar)

IIII+IIII [Eji-Ogbe] is the product of Otura Mun’s life long journey of self discovery: reinventing himself as a musician, to understanding life and meaning through spirituality, and love through sacrifice. These themes are the backbone of his band ÌFÉ’s debut album, where you can hear one of the most unique fusions between Afro-Caribbean and electronic music; between the percussion of the Yoruba rituals, the Cuban rumba clave, dancehall downbeats and even R&B. For that, Mun (who is an ordained babalawo and student of Yoruban and rumba) electrified the basic rumba set up of congas and cajones, drilled holes in the instruments, added electronic sensors, and connected them to a sampling pad. It’s music that breaks the rules. With its abundance of reverb, its challenging percussion and sweet sonorities, it’s a beautiful expressions of Afro-Caribbean creativity and resilience. The end result is music that lives in its own self-contained world of love and expansion.

 

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Krautrok Mixtape | Sound Travels Dec 17th, 2017

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Chicha Mixtape | Sound Travels Dec. 3rd 2017

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Tracklist:

La Chicharata “Rosa Mosqueta”

Chicha Libre “La Danza de los Simpsons”

La Mecanica Popular “Montame en la Tormenta”

La Peruanita “Recuerda Corazon”

Juaneco y su Combo “La Cumbia del Pacurro”

Los Mirlos “Sonido Amazonico”

Manzanito y su Conjunto “Agua”

El Super Group “Oasis”

Los Compadres del Ande “La Mecedora”

Los Orientales “El Dragon”

Los Pakines “Venus”

Los Walker’s del Huanco “Todos Vuelven”

Los Ecos “sos… Peligro”

El Comienzo “El Arbol”

Pedro Miguel y los Maracaibos “Pirana”

Compay Quinto “La Rumba del Chinito”

Golden Stars “Tema de los Golden Stars”

Agrupacion Iligal Los Imparcial “Chicha y Amanecer”

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Dang this is good! the forlorn electro of Afro-Cuban band Ariwo

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Ariwo are a quartet that charts strange waters “the unexplored intersection between electronic and Afro-Cuban folkloric music” type waters. With members from Cuba and Iran, their heart pumps a propulsive and raw Cuban rumba underneath a melancholic and bass-heavy electro-Iranian beat– and it’s clubby yet folkloric vibe works. 

The word Ariwo means “Noise” in Yoruba. The name was selected to underline the band’s emphasis on sound and its desire to combine traditional rhythms into a live electronic performance that challenges perceptions of ancestral music, and connects diverse cultures from around the world. 

The band is made up of Iranian electronic composer, Pouya Ehsaei [Entr’acte], and three of London’s most influential Cuban musicians: Oreste Noda [Sambroso Sambroso], Yelfris Valdes [Sierra Maestra] and Latin Grammy winner, Hammadi Valdes [Carlos Acosta / Irakere]. Pouya processes their live instruments while creating soundscapes and hypnotic rhythms that draw influence from the folkloric music of Cuba and his home city of Tehran. [Manana Cuba]  

Whatever you make of it, I think it’s pretty fresh…

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New Fall Sounds on Sound Travels | October 1st, 2017

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South African Funk Mixtape | Sound Travels Sept. 24th

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Maloya Mixtape | Sound Travels June 11th, 2017

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Ethio Jazz II Mixtape | Sound Travels June 4th 2017

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Sound Travels Mixtapin’

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