Watch DJ Gilles Peterson record the soundtrack to the Rio Olympic Games

Originally recorded in 2014 during the World Cup, DJ Gilles Peterson went down to Rio to make a documentary on Brazilian music and to record an album entitled Sonzeira which paired old and new Brazilian superstars like Elza Soares and Seu Jorge. He also visits the birthplace of samba in the Rio favelas and goes crate-digging … Continue reading Watch DJ Gilles Peterson record the soundtrack to the Rio Olympic Games

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Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den

Yasmine Hamdan is a Parisian-based electronic musician who grew up in war-torn Lebanon. While’s she gained a reputation in the Middle East as an underground artist, her latest solo record Al Jamilat plans to unleash her to a broader audience. The track ‘La Ba’den’ offers dreamy electronic Arab vibes. Compelling stuff. + Listen to her interview on the … Continue reading Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den

Newsletter: Watch it while it lasts

web gems As Oscar Wilde said: “When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” When both artist and capitalist align, it yields the golden ages. For HBO, it was the novelistic storytelling of The Sopranos which boosted its bottom-line and pioneered the popular episodic format for Netflix … Continue reading Newsletter: Watch it while it lasts

Slowthai – Wiseman

Slowthai is a rapper/producer from Northampton, England. His latest solo release slowitdown packs a serious punch of grime beats and lyrical jabs, most notably on the track ‘Wiseman’ which originally premiered on Boiler Room and played more recently on the Gilles Peterson show. Keep an eye on this emerging talent. “no space no caps” CR001 launch running … Continue reading Slowthai – Wiseman

Débruit – Duman with Murat Ertel

Whether it’s Istanbul, LA, Congo, or Kingston, Paris electronic producer Débruit seems to work his diverse production palette to the sounds of the local scene. His latest project débruit & Istanbul highlights the swing and spirit of the Turkish city on the Bosphorus. Below is what Gilles Peterson said about the artist’s collaboration on ‘Duman.’ … Continue reading Débruit – Duman with Murat Ertel

DJ Rum – Induction & Protection

DJ Rum is UK electronic producer Felix Manuel. His latest drop the Forgetting EP blends a melange of vibes including jazz, juke, and breakbeat rhythms. The track ‘Projection’ sounds like a Cinematic Orchestra piece. It’s hard to nail down the best track from the genre-hopping EP; all tracks are tasty in their own right. But … Continue reading DJ Rum – Induction & Protection

Duke Hugh – Butterflies

Duke Hugh is a Dutch electronic producer. South London record label Rhythm Section International just dropped his debut album entitled Canvass. While latin-beat ‘Butterflies‘ is a Gilles Peterson track favorite, the entire album grooves to put you in a dreamy state of mind. From his Bandcamp page: Each song has its own essence, there is absolutely no … Continue reading Duke Hugh – Butterflies

Bandcamp is “one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time”

You can make fun of the name all you want, but Bandcamp has been one of the great success stories for online music. The New York Times calls it “one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time.” Bandcamp feels like one of those specialized record shops, like the ones you find a section just for … Continue reading Bandcamp is “one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time”