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



William Onyeabor – “Who Is William Onyeabor?”

William Onyeabor

Luakabop is one of my new favorite labels for a few reasons: The label is owned and kind of run by David Byrne (of Talking Heads), they house Javelin as well as a few other amazing bands, they have tons of amazing albums in the catalog that are all worth checking out, and lastly and most importantly they find and revive old recordings from obscure classic artists like William Onyeabor.

This album is the fifth installment of the World Psychedelic Classics series which has rounded up and reissued some amazing compilations from the likes of Os Mutantes, Tim Maia, and others.  Like many of these reissues and most Luakabop releases, this album takes the once forgotten or overlooked international music from the past and exposes it to today’s world music hungry fans.  But William Onyeabor‘s music differs in one very significant way, he uses synthesizers and drum machines to create a strange disco, electronic sound that takes the typical African music and rhythms to a futuristic place.  There are many origin stories of who this man really was and many other stories of what has happened to him since these records came out in the late 70’s but what matters is that his music transcends boundaries of time and space.  This album could have started a dance party in the 70’s and 80’s all the way up to yesterday, anywhere in the world (trust me I played it at a house party and people got down).

The album came out a few months ago and Onyeabor’s music has been around for decades but since buying this LP I have not been able to put it down, so much so that it made our Favorite Sounds of the year list.  Go over to Luakabop and order the album on vinyl here and check out a track and a remix below and watch the video too.


William Onyeabor – Heaven and Hell