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



tUnE-yArDs & ?uestlove cover Fela Kuti’s “Lady”

Well, summer is officially here, and the warm weather jams are rolling in right on schedule. This rendition of  Fela Kuti‘s “Lady, performed by tUnE-yArDs,  Angelique Kidjo, Akua Naru and Roots‘  drummer ?uestlove, is straight fire. It’s the first single from  (RED) Hot + FELA, the sequel to 2002’s tribute to the Afrobeat don Red Hot + Riot. Here’s hoping for further collabs from these two, or better yet a summer tour!

You can grab it now on iTunes.

tUnE-yArDs – ‘My Country’ video

tUnE-yArDs new video for ‘My Country’ was done with help from a group of aspiring young musicians from the San Francisco Rock Project, a nonprofit music school. The video is part of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a “lending library” of musical instruments so they can reach more kids with their unique form of musical education. Find more information on this project by following the above two links.

tUnE-yArDs-“My Country”

and an extra little gem that may have slipped under the radar

Thao & Mirah- “Eleven (ft. tUnE-yArDs)”

tUnE-yArDs – New Album “WHOKILL”

tUnE-yArDs is the solo project of Merrill Garbus, A Connecticut  native currently based in Oakland. She plays music that at times floats in and between Experimental Folk, Afro/Pop, lo/fi blues and at others simply shatters all attempts to genre define. Her sharp, jagged pronunciation blends with explosive instrumentation giving way to a sound that grabs hold and forces a reaction. It’s music that truly feels alive, music that demands attention. Her first effort BiRd-BrAiNs was completely self recorded and produced using a hand held voice recorder, loop pedals, a ukulele, and shareware mixing software. Listen to the standout track Lions (right click to download).

The sophmore release WHOKILL which dropped April 19th on 4ADRecords finds Merrill stepping away from that intimate process and into a full studio where luckily she doesn’t lose the earthen organic feel and only augments her unique sound by inviting a horn section, bassist Nate Brenner, and microphones to further animate her incredibly dynamic vocal range bringing us closer to her as an artist fully realized.

Fluent in Swahili, a former puppeteer, both parents hippie musicians, OK it’s starting to make sense…kinda. Her playful, confident approach to her musical exploration may be best represented in the video for the single Bizness.

Here’s a couple Mp3’s click to listen, right click to download.

tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”

tUnE-yArDs – “Gangsta”