Jordan here!

Today I was pleased to check into one of my favorite music sites on the web… RCRDLBL.COM and I discovered that two of my personal favorite artists were available for download…TOGETHER!

Chali 2na has been in heavy rotation for me since 1998.  I discovered J-5 and Ozomatli in my senior year, and I never stopped being a fan!

About 2 years ago, I began to pick up on the Dub Step scene.  My good buddy Kruser gets a of of the credit, but Marcus and Kid Cut Up get a lot of props too.  This new style “flipped my wig”.  It was the perfect marriage of Hip Hop, Brum and Bass and Electronic styles I loved.  My favorite sound designer in the Dub Step, the funky Mr. RUSKO.

Today I discovered this track, and I had to share with all of you!!!!

CHALI 2NA – “Gadget Go Go” ( produced by Rusko )

Download from RCRDLBL here….


Bass(ic) Needs: Taliesin Beats and a Bersa Disco, Dutty Artz Herald the Tropical Bass


I was thinking I would pass along something that my guy Taliesin passed along to me the other day, a mix that I want to share with you all today; a little something for your basic need for new, fresh music that happens to have a lot of low end in its theory. This one is good, so don’t hesitate to grab it or anything from the company that Taliesin keeps. The crew that he is a party to is the NYC crew Dutty Artz, which includes Matt Shadetek, a crucial emcee Jahdan,  and the always worldly dj/Rupture to name a few; a crew that has been a driving force behind a movement that is known as Tropical Bass. What is Tropcal Bass you might ask… it is what it sounds like, all things tropical with a bit more bass figured into the configuration. It could sound like a lot and generally does with dancehall, cumbia, reggaeton and pretty much anything else that owes its origins to the tropics with heavy bass, dubstep and other electronics in a grimey-good mix that can bend in so many directions that it makes me want to dance just describing the sound.

Dutty Artz has the goods, they describe themselves as “… actually a person. She is more than a label, she is a music, television, multimedia web 2.0 copacetic media mafia. DJ /Rupture and Matt Shadetek are the good and bad cop. Geko Jones is the flyspace ambassador.” Here are some of their TV episodes…

I needed to give you the details on the crew, but the point of this blogpeace is to hook you up with something and introduce you to the hombre that did it done; Taliesin. He’s been touring Europe lately and found the time to drop a line from Hungary to let me know all is fine and in his words…

I’ve got a new mix done- been recording sets with more of the music ive been listening to recently, cumbia, ny hiphop, and  as always bass heavy bangers with that nice metalic sheen.

Taliesin : Samizdat Mix


“Samizdat” Tracklist:
So So Gutter – Hatescrwen
De Tropix – TapTap
Busy Signal -Murderer (w/ Alborosie)
Lorn – Requiem Ft. Mobb Deep)
Verbal – (Prefuse 73 Dipped in Chrome Cadillac Remix)
Red Cafe- Hottest in the Hood
Viento Calido – Cumbia Titanic
I Get It in (Inst)
Serani – No Games
DJ Miguelon -Cada Vez RMIX Cumbia The Version
Leif- Timbs (Neon Coyote Slow Jam)
Jet Black – Hood Nigga (Lazer Swords Remix)
Sonido Changa- Cumbia De Los Amigos
Earth- Teeth of Lions Rule the Devine
L-Vis 1990 – Flux
I love NY – (Baobinga’s Fuck U Mix)
Jahdan – Go Round Payolla (Bye HAters Shadetek Remix)
G-Sidez – Hit Da Block ( Feat Shyft)
Taliesin – Damn


May UK Tour (with a quick trip to Austria)
02. Sibin Festival DUBLIN
09  The Old Bell DERBY
13  Hardknock at The Social LDN
15  Absolutely Free Festival Graz, Austria
16- Nuke Them All LDN
23- Cosies Bristol

Bass(ic) Needs: Ngoma 3

ngoma3_front_myspaceAs many of you already know, one of my loves is music from around the world. Not simply “world music,” a term I am not all that fond of, but the vibrant sound of NOW. I love to be on the frontier, on styles and sounds that spring up in places that are hard to pronounce and even harder to get to. I love to experience music that I have never heard before, and of course I love to share it. If only to give someone an experience that they can’t preconceive– to test if the mind is open.

My favorite Dj at the moment articulates these tastes nicely, and has with his latest release eclipsed past favorite dj/Rupture, for the moment. I’m not talking about a big name here, but I am talking about DJ Zhao from Ngoma Soundsystem whose latest mix Ngoma 3 is crucial.

DJ Zhao : Ngoma 3


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Bass(ic) Needs: DJ Zhao and Ngoma Soundsystem

Every now and then someone will ask me who my favorite DJ is and though it does often change as I use that “favorite” title to describe the DJ that is currently my favorite. An honor, if you will, that I have bestowed to many who carried my moment with them from track to track, cut to cut– mixologists. I mean, there is a world of heads living from loving the music that they hear.

One of my biggest loves is music with serious bass; whether it be Dub, Bassline, Jungle, Dubstep, hip hop or even Jazz– let it be thumpy. Make you wanna’ shake something. Last week I shared some music from the Canadian reggae producer Dubmatix. But this week my focus is on DJ Zhao, one half of Ngoma Soundsystem that features the Chinese-born Zhao teaming up with DJ Lateef of Mozambique. His myspace page reports that he makes residence in Berlin, but one listen to the mixes that he makes and it’s apparent that his love of diverse, world music, when combined with bass or dubstep, is powerful and potent, some fusion_1_front1heady one-drum-hit-and-you-know-its-good type material.

His latest mix is called Fusion, on it, you’ll find yourself in another world, made from this one but with cresting  waves of bass, wobbling and shaking the melody beyond the confinement of whatever culture it happened to originally come from. His mixes are smart and smooth and when I listen to them I always feel like I’m hearing the future of world music, where the rules of culture and the border between modes of music blur and blend, in the same mix. To listen to Fusion is to nod one’s head and wonder aloud about where the music came from, and if music evokes where it was made, then these mixes are akin to travelling through time and space.

Speaking of space, DJ Zhao also writes up a good blog, one of my favorites; heady, wordy and worldly. I find a tremendous amount of information and leads on more world music– it’s one of my secret resources as I research my own Sound Travels. It’s called Different Waters, and as he is an excellent blogger it serves as a direct introduction to the dude and his daily thoughts on the world and its music.

Take a tour…take a listen…download.

DJ Zhao: Fusion