Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Kush Arora

NEW AUDIO: Download Gyptian’s “Wine Slow” (Kush Arora China White Remix)

Words by Natalie Weiner—

Dutty ConquuerorsIt’s hard to resist a Gyptian track – you know it, we know it, probably even your mom knows it (maybe don’t think about that one too hard). That’s why we’ve linked with Brooklyn label Dutty Artz to give you (yes, for free) a sick “Wine Slow” remix from beatmaker Kush Arora. In these “China White” remixes, Kush takes dancehall tunes like the simmering “Wine Slow” (see also his collaboration with Mega Banton, “Shake Sitten“) and turns them into mellow, heavily electronic nu-disco jams. This one, with its lush synths and fragmented vocals, takes Gyptian from the beach to the rave.

GYPTIAN_CHEVY_MTVIGGY_008 The track is part of a four-track EP called Dutty Conquerors, one of a series of EPs Dutty Artz is releasing to commemorate its six-year anniversary. Each EP has a different geographical theme, since the label has artists and DJs that specialize in music from all over the world (if you live in New York, you’ve probably come across their epic Que Bajo parties at some point).

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Audio: Cutty Ranks “Blood Stain” (Kush Arora remix) LargeUp Exclusive

Words by DJ Theory—

Boom bahng! Big new Cutty Ranks remix from our dude Kush Arora, the man responsible for such LargeUp remix favorites as this gem. The original gunman Cutty took a new approach with his last full length Full Blast, swapping out the slackness and dancehall which he practically helped invent for a bag of mostly one drop and culture. With features from Luciano and Beres Hammond, the record delivered a quality listen for reggae fans and helped keep a 20+ year veteran relevant today. Kush now moved his conscious roots tune “Blood Stain” into tomorrowplacing his signature “dread bass” touch all over it and letting things take a deep breath so Cutty’s lyrics could shine. Stay thru the outro for full effect and tell me you couldn’t hear a dozen deejays who would murder this riddim.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Heatwave x Lady Chann + Vybz Kartel, Randy Valentine x Straight Sound, Deejay Samrai

Words by DJ Theory—

It’s a European invasion this week at Mixtape Mondays: Four big mixes from Euro yard cued up and ready to help you push through another week, with hopefully a little something for everyone. Get your download on 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: Federation Sound, J-Boogie, The Heatwave

Words by DJ Theory—

Big week of Mixtape Mondays here, with a monstrous thank you from one of North America’s baddest soundsystems, dub and tropical heat from the Bay, and a pre-carnival warmup straight from the source in London. Get crackin’ and start your week right.

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Audio Premiere: Zuzuka Poderosa – Carioca Bass [Mixtape]

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, Photo by Sam Dwyer for Cluster Mag
NYC baile funk queen Zuzuka Poderosa performing tracks from her Carioca Bass mixtape

If you a) are a DJ, b) F with Brazilian music c) live in New York or d) just like to be up on the latest global sounds you probably already know who Zuzuka Poderosa is. As “warrior queen of her own brand of baile funk” this one-woman army has carved a Zuzu-shaped niche for herself in the tropical music scene by mixing the bass aesthetics and favela rap of a hardcore Brazilian funkball with sounds from Bollywood, Jamaica, Panama, Africa and more–a fitting soundtrack for a child of Rio who grew up in the West Indies and has lived in Brooklyn as long as Brazil. By the same token she is also sort of a poster-queen for the range of sounds we ride for here in the network of affiliated sites–in this case, Okayplayer, Okayafrica and LargeUp–that we loosely call OkayEmpire.

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