DecibelCast Vol.21 – “The Riddum Method”

Sometimes we forget about the rest of the world; we live in our own little universe of crazy American drama that we think is so important when, in reality, it’s mostly just ridiculous.  Then every few years, when huge sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics happen, we realize we must take note of other countries.  In a great way we take in and take on other cultures and remember that we are not the only thing out there.  It’s quite the amazing, humbling and enlightening experience (even if it is for the sake of sports) and it’s a great reminder to keep our eyes open to the rest of the world.

DecibelCast 21 keeps this worldly theme throughout although it is mostly focused on African music. Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent, and African music has influenced about every kind of music we have today, so it’s really deserving of homage. This mix takes a journey through this rich influence by blending traditional songs from artists like Fela Kuti, with popular modern-day mutations of African and world music by the likes of tUnE yArDs and ?uestlove and Major Lazer.  It was originally inspired by thinking of drum- and rhythm-heavy music (the name came before the mix), but then it morphed into this summertime dance party that goes really great with hot weather and, as it turns out, international soccer.

Get the album and tracklist below:

Download: dB-21 “The Riddum Method”

Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 – Let’s Start

Mos Dub – Summertime Running

Tani Diakite & The Afrofunkstars – Nungulunba

Jay-Z feat. Fela Kuti – American Dreamin (Nigerian Gangster Remix)

BK-One – Tema Do Canibal

Hot Chip – Atomic Bomb (William Onyeabor Cover)

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Kwendini

Major Lazer – Sound Bang (feat. Machel Montano)

Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Kazet

The Very Best – Kondaine (feat Seye)

Noumoucounda Cissoko – Noumou Koradioulou

Paul Simon – I Know What I Know

tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo & Akua Naru – Lady

K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Gyae Mensu

Amadou & Mariam – Dougou Badia (feat. Santigold)

Oumou Sangare – Iyo Djeli

Dilon Djindji – Sofala



Decibelcast Vol. 12 – “Playcation”


It’s been a kind of a long winter (well they always seem that way though, right?) and it’s time to move on to the next couple of seasons, like spring and summer.  My way of doing this is to travel to a tropical island so I can burn off my pale white skin in one quick trip.  I know that you’re getting jealous of my amazing vacation, but don’t be so mad!  I’ve made a mix to help you get into the mood of the next season.  So even if you dont get to go to a white sandy beach, hopefully you can close your eyes, put on these relaxing jams, and pretend you’re there.  Don’t take a vacation, just hit play on this mix and take a Playcation. (Not to be confused with Playstation™)

Decibelcast Vol. 12 – “Playcation”

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Javelin – “Excerpt from Andean Ocean Mixtape”

Bongos Ikwe -“Sitting On The Beach”

Taken By Trees – “Pacific Blue”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)”

STRFKR – “Beach Monster”

The Very Best – “I Wanna Go Away”

Tanlines – “Lost Somewhere”

Major Lazer Feat Chronixx – “Where I Come From (Get Free Riddim)

Main Attrakionz – “Perfect Skies”

Wild Nothing – “Paradise”

Allah-Las – “Ela Navega”

Blackbird Blackbird – “Waikiki”

Lord Huron – “Ends Of The Earth”

Shlohmo – “Places”

Devendra Banhart – “Mala”

Ducktails – “International Dateline”

Calvin Love – “Bring Back The Summer”

How To Dress Well – “Ocean Floor For Everything”

Blue Hawaii – “Sierra Lift”

Diamond Messages – “Liquid Summer”

Rhye – “One Of Those Summer Days”

Phosphorescent – “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)”

Hot Chip – “In Our Heads”

Lately this summer it seems to be extra warm, this is in part probably due to global warming, but it may also be from Hot Chip being so fucking hot right now.  I recently witnessed them at the Pitchfork Music Festival, (see video below) and yes there were many good acts at the fest—among my favorites were Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon and Nicolas Jaar—but none stood out to me and made the whole place dance with excitement like these electronic vets did.  It was the only time it felt like other much larger, crazier festivals I’ve been to; festivals where the entire crowd were bouncing up and down, people tribal dancing in mud circles, energy levels soaring to the heavens.

That is kind of what In Our Heads is about I think: creating music that not only makes people get up and dance uncontrollably, but also fills our heads with grander ideas while lifting our spirits to some other world.  It takes the infectious grooves of songs like “Ready for the Floor” and “Shake a Fist”  from 2008’s Made In The Dark, and combines them with the more serious tone and subject matter of love and the meaning of life from the last album, One Life Stand.  But what In Our Heads does best is combine the joy and happiness of dance music with the love and devotion that the ’90s electronic music culture had.

It seemed like at times in the past, the so-called “rave” culture was more of a sanctuary for celebration of life, love and friends, while the new wave of  “dubstep” seems to be more about getting fucked up to distorted bass-heavy sounds.  While this may just be the result of looking back ten years through rose-tinted glasses, it seems pretty clear that there is little dance music today that has any kind of real perspective—probably because this wave is still in it’s infancy.  But Hot Chip have been defining this genre for almost a decade and their age and wisdom have helped them make this amazing album, which at times almost feels religious, not in the sitting in church falling asleep while praying kind of way, but in the way that makes you want to get up and sing and dance and be thankful to be alive.  And really which would you rather be doing to stay happy in the heat?  Me personally, I’ll be over here dancing to this album, looking up at the sky.

Along with this release and all the touring they are doing, they have been exploding all over the place with amazing videos and announcements like possibly making the opening music for Table Tennis in the upcoming Olympics, and headlining the SS Coachella cruise ship.  So check some songs and the incredible videos below and try to see this tour I promise you’ll have a spiritual experience.

Hot Chip – “Flutes”  (My personal favorite from the album)

This is a nice Major Lazer remix of “Look At Where We Are”

 Here you can download the BBC Radio 1 Mix that they did a month ago.

And nothing says summer like skateboarding, surfing, and an epic bagpipe solo.

This ones a bit trippy but well worth a visit.

Also, ere’s the entire 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival roundup video (which I think is probably better than reading my opinions); check for Hot Chip around the 5:55 mark.