DOWNLOAD: Sofrito: International Soundclash preview (mixed by Sofrito)
Sofrito's Hugo Mendez takes you as close as you can get to being at one of his crew's legendary warehouse parties without actually being there in-person. On this preview for Sofrito's new International Soundclash collection, he effortless takes you from Trinidad to the island of Dominica, from Haiti to Colombia and back again. Make sure you have something cold to drink, and dive in. It's going to be a hot one.
Strut link up again with Sofrito, leading lights in the new generation of collectives celebrating heavy Tropical music. Fuelled by the unquenchable thirst of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis to turn up new music and explore sounds from across the ages, Sofrito has built a unique reputation since it began life in the warehouses of East London in the mid 2000s.
Now, following the success and critical acclaim of their debut compilation in association with Strut, Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque, Hugo and Frankie bring the long-awaited follow-up, Sofrito: International Soundclash.
The new selection effortlessly mixes the old with the new, plucking dusty gems from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroun and beyond. Exclusives include the deep Pacifico sound of Grupo Canalon’s “La Zorra y El Perol” - a new project from Nidia Góngora, singer with Quantic's Combo Barbaro - a previously unreleased track by UK/Kenyan sensations Owiny Sigoma Band, and a Tropical Treats edit of Haiti’s dynamite Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville.
Other highlights include an incendiary lesson in Soca groove from Lord Shorty, stunning up-to-the-minute carnival sounds from Guadeloupe's Mas Ka Klé, all backed up by deep bassline Cadence, synthed-out Soukous and other Afro Latin encounters.
Over the last year Sofrito have brought their inimitable vibes to clubs across the world - sharing the stage with Haitian Ra Ra collectives in Paris, running all-night sessions in Bogota alongside Quantic, warehouse parties with the Owiny Sigoma Band in London and sweaty parties in illicit lofts in Brooklyn.
Their "Sofrito Super Singles" vinyl series continues to make waves on the underground, unleashing raw dancefloor edits and attracting the likes of Daphni (aka Dan Snaith), DrumTalk and Sweden's Tropical Treats to contribute guest re-works.
For this release, visual maestro Lewis Heriz interprets Sofrito's fresh perspective on the world with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster to accompany the CD and Double LP.
Building on the success of his animated video 'Get Stronger' featuring Ghetts, ShaoDow teams up with the Haberdasher's Askes' Hatcham College senior orchestra and a mad conductor in order to provide a visual representation of the raw energy that the track creates. The epitome of talent, the HAHC orchestra learned to play the entire songwithin an hour of hearing it.
Barmageddon (Live MC Battles) @ The Quadrant Lounge, Wolverhampton - Saturday 21st July 2012
Barmageddon returns third time around with its biggest lineup to date. Battle Rap is on the rise in the UK thanks to events such as Don't Flop and more, and Barmageddon is here to play its part in pushing the scene to new audiences. No expense has been spared in putting together our latest battles..with it being bang in the middle of summer we thought fuck it..lets do something special. Roping in performers from all corners of the country, and even flying one over from Ireland, this event is not one to be missed. Wanna take time to thank all the new subscribers to our you-tube channel, and all your messages of support and encouragement. Hope to see you July 21st.
Saturday July 21st
Lineup: Eek v Siyo (DFI) Sordid QC v Two-Can Pete Cashmore v Average Keith Sprungy v Seani-Boi Fame V Royal Flyness Tro-Flowz v Seany B Wilson v Light The Boombox Genie Coopz v 2K Josh Wall v Pacman
Music Supplied by Tricksta (UK Runnings, Park Street PR, Rago Magazine) @TrickstaUK
Filmed by T Shaw Media @tshawmedia
Time = 4pm til 9pm Entrance Fee - £3.00 Curry Goat & Rice and all things nice on sale aswell!!!
MP3: The New Royales ft. Talib Kweli prod. by Chin & DJ Khalil
"Walking Around My Dreams" is the second single to be released off the upcoming mixtape by Grammy Award Winning Producer Chin Injeti. The mixtape features David Banner, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica and official release will be Tuesday July 17th through Wandering Worx Music and the release party will be held at Calabash in Vancouver, BC on Thursday July 12th.
Track Credits: "Walking Around My Dreams" The New Royales feat. Talib Kweli produced by Chin Injeti & DJ Khalil
Video: Hastyle feat. Rashan - "Enemies In Disguise"
Hastyle (The Barber-Artist) is back with the third single off his critically acclaimed debut album "Hair Cuts" (out now on Grey Square Records) - "Enemies In Disguise" - this time sharing mic duties with Rashan over a 70's inspired Ownmasta beat.
As crazily conceptual as ever (Has both directed and produced this video with his wife), the background to the video sees the two main characters, Smokey and Kuttie, being framed.
In 1978 they ran numbers down in the basement and spread the wealth to their community, topped off by their yearly Cadillac races in a secret location. However some member of their crew, "the enemy in disguise", snitched and they were caught.
Bad Nuze (feat. Butch Cassidy & Dra$tic Khalifa) - "Fed Up" [Prod. by Dae One]
Fed Up, the first single off of Bad Nuze's second project this year Topik of Diskushun:The Prequel features Butch Cassidy who is better known for his work with Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, and Dra$tic Khalifa, an up and coming west coast artist who has also created a huge buzz throughout the streets of California. This project couldn’t have come at a better time when the rap game is over saturated with much of the same.