Jul 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Bay Area

Brown is Beautiful: Los Rakas Large Up Las Morenas On “Africana”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Los Rakas-Africana

“Si las mujeres mas buenas son las morena,” Los Rakas’ Raka Rich suggests on “Africana,” the latest single from the Panamanian duo from out of California’s Bay Area. Non-Spanish speakers might miss some things in translation, but Rich and rhyme partner Raka Dun’s message on “Africana” is loud and clear: brown skinned women are the best women. No matter how you slice it, the poppy, reggae-tinged tune, produced by frequent Rakas collaborator Yeti Beats, sends a positive message to gals of darker complexion and African heritage. And if you can’t follow the lyrics, the alluring cover art goes a long way to getting the point across.

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Mixtape Mondays: Hootie Who, Sabo, Jimmy Love

Words by DJ Theory—

Halfway through the scorching month of July, we’re simultaneously heating up and cooling off here at Mixtape Mondays. Trotting some relatively new ground this week, we have three unique and different tapes covering ground from London, Africa, South America, and even South Asia. Take a sip below.

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Audio: Kush Arora x Mega Banton “Shake Sitten” (China White Remix)

Words by DJ Theory —

San Francisco-based producer Kush Arora has been at the forefront of the electro-bashment (or, as he likes to call it, “dread bass”) movement in the States for a minute now. With some heavyweight originals, remixes and combinations with artists from JA, the UK and beyond, Kush is definitely doing his part to marry the sounds and feeling of the Caribbean — be it dancehall, bashment, soca, chutney, digital dub — with global electronic music. Let’s not forget the ridiculous tropical/baile funk mixtape Carioca Bass we premiered a couple months back with lovely accomplice Zuzuka Poderosa.

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Mixtape Mondays: Walshy Fire, Mashup Intl, Style & Swagger, Green B

Words by DJ Theory

Welcome back to reality! Hopefully you had a warm and blessed holiday with your family or loved ones. As 2011 comes to a close, Mixtape Mondays is bubbling into the New Year with some quality dancehall roundups and more tropical heat from Miami, Sweden, London and The Bay. For those who have the day off, feel free to whine up to these mixes in your house robe and slippers—and if you gotta work today well, hopefully, these will help your day suck much less. Hit those play and download buttons after the jump and leggo.

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Mixtape Mondays: Poirier, Favi x DJ Santero, Claire Darrow Mosier

Words by DJ Theory

Big league business meets up-and-coming talent, East meets West, worlds and genres collide—it must be Mixtape Mondays. This week, Canada, NYC, the Bay and beyond find their way into the mix, each providing different flavors to peppa your week. Leggo.

Poirier, Jet Lag (via Aritzia): Montreal’s Ghislain Poirier, or simply Poirier, is known the world over for shaking bassbins and borders via his original tunes, remixes, DJ sets and mixes like this tropical bad boy right here. This new Jet Lag mix was cooked up for Aritzia, a womens clothing boutique that’s also had a hand in bringing you some top notch DJ mixes on the side. Poirier, who’s signed to Ninja Tune Records and clearly has a wide appreciation for music, approached this mix with signature style, connecting the dots between a mixed bag of genres from collaborators and artists around the world. Dancehall, UK funky, soca, grime and huge sleepers like this work their way into this bubbling uptempo mix. Download, stream and more info here.

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Mixtape Mondays: Chinese Assassin, Konshens, Kalibandulu

Words by DJ Theory

MIXTAPE MONDAYS 2

Is it Spring yet??? After a few false starts, it seems like the weather is finally starting to come around here in the Northeast. Here’s hoping these mixes can help tun up the heat wherever you may be.

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