Sound Travels Wednesday: Guest Mix “Funky Isthmus” from DJ’s Gnotes & Canyon

Normally, I put together all the Sound Travels sets, today however, I wanted to share one from a DJ whose mixes I’ve been digging for a while. DJ Canyon Cody has been a favorite of mine for the sensibility and freshness he brings to his mixes. Old-school, new-school converge; his palette is worked with purpose and are some of the freshest mixes out there. So here I decided to feature this excellent mix on the air. There is a lot to like about it and you can find more details on Cody’s blog. You can also download the mix there or HERE.

The mix features original Gnawledge hiphop remezclas of Panamanian calypso, funk and cumbia from the 1960s & 70s, sampled from Soundway Records 12″ vinyl compilations Panama! Vol. 1, Panama! Vol. 2, & Panama! Vol. 3.

Gnotes & DJ Canyon Cody Panama Doaba: Funky Isthmus Mixtape



Sound Travels Sunday to Monday

The Sunday Nomad Sessions are in full effect. If you haven’t made it down to the Nomad on Brady & Warren, then you don’t know what you’re missing. A late Sunday, soaking the last of the day’s rays and enjoying music from hot spots around the world (and even a few that are quite cold). I play a little of everything there but on the air for this passed Sunday, was a Nomadik mix that was quite heady. If you missed it, here it is…

Sound Travels Sunday Nomadik Mix


Nicolas Repac “Revue Noire (Instrumental)” Electro Swing

Tarrus Riley “Talk is Cheap (Bomb Drop Riddim)” Talk is Cheap CDS

Fresh 4 “Wishing On A Star (Twelve Inch Mix)” 12″

Nazare Pereira “Valente Nordeste” Forro!

Coletivo Rádio Cipó “Amor Brejeiro” Formigando na Calçada do Brasil

Os Originais Do Samba “Falador Passa Mal” Tudo Ben: Jorge Ben Covers

The Vivisectors “Pigeons Flying Over Our Jail” Gulag Tunes

Anita Tijoux “1977” 1977

Studio “Origin” West Coast

Pino D’Angio “Ma Quale Idea” Sampled Vol.2

Clorofila “Discoteca Nacional” Corridos Urbanos

Kraftwerk “Home Computer (Todd Terje Tangoterje Edit)” Aquarius

The Bird & The Bee “Private Eyes” A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates

Kuzio “Wer Hat Hier Den” Wonderbar–German Music at SXSW 2010

Bosanova Brasilero “Cachao Noagua” Lo mejor salsa Cumbia Merengue vol. 1

Ojos De Brujo “Sultanas De Merkaíllo (Novalima Remix)” Techari Remixes

Dya Singh “Game Of Love” 300

Hamdi El-Khayyat “Dancer’s Heartbeat” The Doom-Tek Project

Lawrence “Miles” single

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion! “Brenda” Orange

Mefistos “I Am Coming Home Baby” Planetary Pebbles, Vol. 2: Surfbeat Behind the Iron Curtain

Tim Maia “Universo em desencanto (Zegon remix)” Racional Vol.1 Remixado

Nujabes “Horn In The Middle” Metaphorical Music

Sound Travels Monday is a sign for the week to come, and it shows a bevy of cuts from North Africa and the Middle East. Here it is, enjoy.

Sound Travels Monday al’Arbika Mix 1


Pressure Drop “The Calling”

Rachid Taha “Ya Rayah”

Youcef “Salam”

Nickodemus “Free Souls”

Christophe Goze “Ja Vidi”

Natacha Atlas “Batet (Bullitnuts Remix)”

Cheikha Rimitti “Nouar”

dZihan & Kamien “Just You & I”

Unknown Gnawa

Sound Travels Friday

Marcus here with your extra fly Friday mix you were fishin’ for. Lots of up-tempo tunes here for you, mostly on the new(ish) side. Sometimes I od on the old-school so I busted out new material from Nacional Records artist Anita Tijoux, a Chilean rapper who has quickly become an artist I can’t stop listening to. Female emcees a focus, as I also have music from Spanish rapper Silvia Amal. A favorite from just last year, the exuberent vibes of Malawian Esau Mwamwaya and his band The Very Best who owe super-producer Switch some props for getting their sound to match their name.

What starts as a hard, bangin’ set of dance grooves with hip hop flavor quickly finds the funk by the time we get to Afrobeat-smith Chico Mann and continues to the end through the lens of Cuban ex-pat Cassiano. Cassiano’s music is hard funk fashioned in his Brazilian digs. The end is with a favorite, Fred Fisher Atalobhor, here sounding very Toot’s & The Maytals with flourishes that are pure African Juju, and some of the best surviving material from a the Asolo Rock movement out of Nigeria that somehow never really materialized. Sad story, but a funky end to a warm Friday in need of some African chill-out music…

Sound Travels Friday Fly Fishin’ Mix


Brazzaville “The Clouds in Camarillo (with Minerva)”  21st Century Girl

Anita Tijoux ” Crisis de un Mc” 1977

Felipe Gonzales “Mambo One”

Amsterdam Klezmer Band “Sadagora Hot Dub” Beginners Guide To Buddha Lounge

Silvia Amal “Firdaus y La Libertad” Palabras De Libertad

Amsterdam Klezmer Band “Immigrant Song (Remixed By Yuriy Gurshy)” Remixed

The Very Best “Warm Heart of Africa (featuring Ezra Koenig)” Warm Heart of Africa

Chico Mann “Say What”

Cassiano “Cassiano”

Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band “Say The Truth” African Carnival

Sound Travels Sunday to Monday

Just catching you all up on the Sound Travels front here. Got the Nomadik Mix from Sunday as well as the Monday’s session. Sunday’s set was all about Afrobeat and none of the names are Fela, Femi or Sean with nary a Tony Allen to even suggest their presence. Instead I focused on artists also participating in the sound, though in their own inimitably funky ways. Unfortunately, my playlist was deleted…though thankfully, the mix is intact and pretty hot at that.

Sound Travels Sunday Nomadik Mix


Monday’s set is all there…

Sound Travels Monday


The Mars Volta ” Asilos Magdalena”  Amputechture

Teta Lando “Muato Wa N’Gingila” Angola – The greatest songs from the 60’s and the 70’s

Rico Rodriguez “Wareika Vibes” Wareika Vibes

B Real “Fire feat. Damian Marley” Smoke N Mirrors

Clorofila “Nicole Ya No Baila Aqui” Corridos Urbanos

Ekiti Son “April Weather. [Digi Remix]

Nightmares On Wax “Ethnic Majority” Carboot Soul

Gaelic Storm “The Samurai Set” What’s the Rumpus?

Sound Travels Monday Psychedelic Peru: Chichero Caliente Cumbia Mix

If You missed the start to the week’s Sound Travels, then you missed the psychedelic sounds of Peruvian Chicha. Not the corn liquor but the post oil boom vibes rolling down from the Peruvian highlands in the 60’s.

Chicha started out in the late 60’s, in the oil-boom cities of the Peruvian Amazon. Cumbias Amazonicas, as they were first known, were loosely inspired by Colombian cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban guajiras, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, wah-wah pedals, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers.
Chicha, which is named after a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas, quickly spread to Lima. It became the music of choice of the mostly indigenous new migrant population – mixing even further with rock, Andean folklore and Peruvian creole music.
Very much like Jamaican Ska or Congolese Soukous, Chicha is western-influenced indigenous music geared toward the new urban masses who wholly identified with the new hybrid . Chicha is at once raw and sophisticated -–and until now, it had never been released outside of Peru.

Sound Travels Monday Psychedelic Peru: Chichero Caliente Cumbia Mix


Sukay “Nucallajta” Instrumental

Los Diablos Rojos “El Guapo”

Juaneco Y Su Combo “El Brujo”

Los Mirlos “Sonido Amazonico”

Los Destellos “Elsa”

Los Diablos Rojos “Sacalo Sacalo”

Juaneco Y Su Combo “Un Shipibo en España”

Los Mirlos “Muchachita Del Oriente”

Los Mirlos “El Milagro Verde”

Los Hijos Del Sol “Si Me Quieres”

Sound Travels Sunday… Going Live! at the Nomad

Just in case you missed the Sunday set, the primer for the new Sound Travels Nomad Edition is right here… The Show was pretty chill, had a few friends stop in and we got down to a lot of global funk and soul with an extra dose of South Africa and Zimbabwe in the mix (what can I say, there were South Africans in the crowd so…). Anyway, a solid start to what I hope becomes an institution. In my live sets I play music from all over, not just global music, but also plenty of artists who are better known. For example, I had a sequence of Brazilian folk into Bob Dylan into rock steady reggae. If this is the sort of diversity in your music that you like, then come down to the Nomad on Sundays and check it out…just sayin.’

Sound Travels Sunday Nomadic Mix


Open Door “Breathe (Pink Floyd cover)” Rewind! vol.1 by Ubiquity Rec

Caetano Veloso “Tropicália” Tropicália – A Brazilian Revolution In Sound

Guts “Cry & Smile!!” Le Bienheureux

Sods “Copenhagen (Cover/Remix by Rework & Trentemøller)

El Remolon “Cumbia BicheraCumbia Bichera EP

Solo Banton “Talk to Me” Talk To Me 7″

Soom T “Survivor” Dirty Money EP

Gü-Mix “Malandro (ramilson maia remix) ft. Jaqueline Lima” Dub Club …Picked from the Floor

DJ Marky & XRS Feat Jorge Ben & Toquinho “Carolina Carol Bela” Favela Chic – Postonove 2

Eastenders “Misterio Kabuki Remix” Beyond The Path

Kanka “Wise” Don’t Stop Dub

Bid “Terra Vista” Bambas & Biritas vol.1

Midnite “Ankoman” Current

Malkit Singh “Toothan Wale Koo” King Of Bhangra!

Yvi Slan “Boombop 11” Maghreb Sound System

Cheb TarikL’histoire”    Maghreb Sound System

Ziggy Marley “Power To Move Ya (F&f Happy Power Mix)

Average White Band “Stop the Rain”

Jorge Ben “Rio Babilonia”

Dolly Parton “Jolene (Peter Visti Slow Edit)”

Sound Travels Monday: The Future Is Already… Mix

Sound Travels Monday The Future Is Already…Mix


Beto Guedes “Amor De Índio” Amor De Índio

Zo! & Tigallo “Africa” Love The 80’s

Earl Zero “None Shall Escape Dub Mix” Visions Of Love

Djavan “Fato Consumado” A Voz, A Violao, A Musica de Djavan

Zelia Barbosa “Opinião” Sertão Favelas

Grupo Naidy “El Botellon (The Jug)” Ariba Suena Marimba-Currulao Marimba Music From Colombia

João Brasil “Batuque 1901 (Phoenix X Portinho)”

João Brasil “Boom Boom Nana” 365 Mashups

Free Son “Bahobab” Banguele