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”

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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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Tracklist:

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)”