Roots Manuva - 4everevolution (2011)


Nearing his 40th birthday, Rodney Smith a.k.a Roots Manuva has delivered a contemplative and insightful album. Skid Valley, a sketch of life outside the bubble in 2011, ends with the couplet: "Low pay packets and high inflation/ And now they want to blame us for the end of the nation." Wha' Mek domesticises this insecurity: "What makes you sigh ... When I'm trying my hardest, it's the best that I can be." Even club banger Get the Get ends with an exasperated: "I am somebody." There's an impressive range of styles here – an overdose of maudlin strings, perhaps, but there would at least appear to be a reason for that.

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Veence Hanao presents...Les Voix du 8: The Border E​.​P

"Les Voix Du 8" is a side project initiated by Veence Hanao accompanied by special guests Citizen Ledge from Brussels and Subtitle (Los Angeles/Berlin). The Border E.P. is only available digitally, on

Veence Hanao is a belgian artist known for crafting his own kind of lyrical french music rooted in hip hop. With "Les Voix Du 8", he had a desire to explore his beatmaking skills with different textures, particularly 8 bit. The result is The Border E.P. on which he has produced all tracks. As for vocal duties Veence Hanao has called in fellow mc's Citizen Ledge and Subtitle to the microphone.

Chinese Man - Racing with the Sun (2011)

After two volumes of compilations "Groove Sessions", it was time for the three warriors of the Zen Spirit to engage their race with the sun and create a real-sounding first Hip Hop album. Chinese Man's tasty samples, scratches and funky influences such as Dub, Electronic or world music will please your hear through the whole journey. Chinese Man's "Racing with the Sun" was conceived as the soundtrack to an imaginary film, full of mysterious characters.

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Rotfront - Emigrantski Raggamuffin

Rotfront : A Ukrainian, two Hungarians, an American, an Australian and five Germans mix Ska, Reggae, Dancehall and Cumbia sounds with Klezmer, Berlin’s own in-your-face brand of Hiphop, Eastern European Turbopolka, Mediterranean melodies and rock riffs. Russian, Hungarian, German and English lyrics tell of life in Berlin and the adventures of immigrants in the city. 

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Laidback Online Radio - Compilation

Laid Back is a Brussels based internet medium mixing radio and magazine that focus on everything urban related, be it music, art, lifestyle or whatever. Music wise, they play everything from Soul, Funk, Jazz, Psych Rock, Disco and Latin music to Hip Hop and much more. 
This 15 tracks compilation gather some 20 artists who collaborated with LDBK since 2002.

Reggae Roast - Roots Uprising (Various Artist Compilation)

Reggae Roast is one of the most vibrant, new reggae collectives in the UK and since 2007 they have been spreading their sound of the conscious roots music across the globe.
The label was founded in 2009, and has developed a formidable sound with global recognition. The roster includes artists such as Earl 16, Ghetto Priest & Kenny Knots, as well as remixes from the like of Rob Smith (RSD), RackNRuin, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Richie Phoe and Dark Arx.
They have been nice enough to share this really good compilation for free. Big up Reggae Roast! 

Studio One Selecta - Grooveshark Playlist by Calamarfarci

Studio One is one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as "the Motown of Jamaica."
Studio One was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s, including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. The label was founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd in 1954, and the first recordings were cut in 1957 on Brentford Road in Kingston (wanna know more? wikipedia!).
Here is a roots reggae compilation featuring exclusively Studio One tracks. Nowadays, their stuff is available on Souljazz records.
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OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2011 - Reggae Roast Mix

Here is a brand new studio mix, recorded in preparation for the 2011 Outlook Festival Reggae Roast excursion. The 60 min selection features a handful of our recent releases on Reggae Roast Records, ranging from revival classics to upfront dubstep promos.
Outlook Festival takes place in a croatian beach resort. Considered "Europe’s biggest and baddest Bass Music and Soundsystem Culture festival", it features dub, reggae, electronica, grime, dubstep, hip hop, garage and drum and bass. 
Already sold out.

DOUR 2011 HIP HOP MIX - Mixed by LeftO

The Belgian LeFtO has, over the years, created an unshakable reputation as a DJ. Resident DJ for the radio station Studio Brussel in his hometown, it is his live technique that has made him so hard to ignore. His style, an eclectic mix of hip-hop, reggae, breaks, dubstep, deep house, drum & bass and broken beats. 
Lefto plays all over - as much in Tokyo as in LA and he will come to Dour this summer, where he has been resident for several years. Once again, he will close on the stage that he is presenting, Club Circuit. 
The mix only features -mostly hip hop- artists of Dourfestival 2011 line up, such as Public Ennemy, Gaslamp Killer, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Cut Chemist or Flying Lotus.

DOUR 2011 MASHUP MIX - Mixed by System D

Discover the highly recommendable Dourfestival 2011 lineup with this exclusive mash up mix from System D,  well known belgian drum and bass dj/producer, who's gonna close up the Balzaal on thursday.


Made up of incontrovertible faces of Liège and Belgian nightlife, the crew of artists/entertainers/DJ’s is setting off on a crusade to the four corners of Europe to spread the good word of their pounding electro and booty bass that makes the girls dance. We have already seen Mon Colonel, The Shore, PapyHarders, RVO, 2-Shy and their friends live on stage alongside Justice, Birdy Nam Nam, Crookers and many others...

Organized Konfusion - The Equinox (1997)

Organized Konfusion was an alternative hip hop duo from Queens, New York. Though not commercially popular, the duo was one of the most respected and acclaimed underground hip hop acts of the 1990s, largely due to the duo's intelligent rhymes, and the groundbreaking lyricism of Pharoahe Monch.
The group's third album, The Equinox, was released in 1997. The album featured an ambitious concept, complete with numerous storytelling skits. The tracks are pure underground hip hop jewels from the golden era. Dope! Get it.

Organized Konfusion - The Equinox Tracklist
1. Interior Assasin's Car 3:35 A.M. (Skit)
2. They Don't Want It!
3. March 21 3:45 A.M. (Skit)
4. 9xs Out of 10
5. Questions
6. Soundman
7. Move
8. Confrontations
9. Life & Malice Exterior Club Nite (Skit)
10. Numbers
11. Shugah Shorty
12. Interior Car Nite (Skit)
13. Invetro
14. Chuck Cheese
15. Interior Marisol's Apartment (Skit)
16. Sin
17. Hate
18. March 21-3:47 A.M. (Skit)
19. Somehow, Someway
20. Epilogue

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Cella Dwellas - Realms and Reality (1996)

The Brooklyn duo Cella Dwellas first appeared on a Masta Ace b-side and released their debut "Realms `N Reality" in 1996. "Realms `N Reality" is a criminally underrated album that slipped under the radar upon release but is in my opinion among the best records of its period. The LP is aptly titled--the 16 tracks are split between mystical, abstract songs and hard-hitting boom bap. The tracklist runs an hour long, during which there is not one weak song and every track seems just as good as the last. 

Cella Dwellas - Realms and Reality (1996) - Tracklist
1. Advance to Boardwalk
2. Mystic Freestyle
3. Perfect Match
4. Medina Style
5. Recognize 'N Ralize
6. Cella Dwellas
7. Wussda Plan
8. Good Dwellas
9. Hold U Down
10. Realm 3
11. Line 4 Line
12. Worries
13. We Got It Hemmed
14. Good Dwellas (Pt. 2)
15. Outro
16. Land of the Lost

Looking Up (1994-2000) - Discography

Looking Up was a belgian 6 piece ska-punk band, famous in the 90s on the underground belgian skate scene, as most of its members were skaters themselves, the famous ones being the Dykmans brothers : Julian, lead singer of the group, and Ian who played the guitar. They gave energic gigs all around Europe and played with bands like Millencolin, Voodoo Glow Skulls, or Hardcore band Wise Up.
Looking Up released only one official album, 'Got Another Answer' on the prestigious punk label Epitaph/I Scream in 1998. Their second album was unofficially released in 2000, after the band split. Some of their songs were featured on Punk compilations like Punk-O-Rama, and skate videos parts such as Geoffrey Van Hove on Cliché Europa.

Looking Up - Got Another Answer - Tracklist
1. Just Wreck My Ankle
2. Going Through My Mind
3. 3 Times 75
4. Rastaman
5. Open Up Your Mind
6. Falling Down
7. Badaboum
8. Ska Battle
9. Energy
10. Why
11. Hypocrisy
12. Minorities
13. The Stranger
14. Friendship
15. As One
16. Sunshiny Day

Looking Up - Got Another Answer? - Amazon MP3 Download

Looking Up (Autoreleased, 2000) - Tracklist
2.Happy Roving Man
4.The Reason Why
5.Just Another Love Song 
7.No Pride to Defend 
8.Brief Soberness 
9.Sex Bomb 
10.9 to 5 
12.Let's Make It All Up

Looking Up also released on I Scream Records a very limited 7 inch Vinyl with demo-ish versions of tracks released later on on Got Another Answer and the autoreleased album.
Side A: 3 times 75 - just another love song
Side B: sex bomb - let's make it all up


Pigeon Hole - LIght Show (feat. D-Sisive)

Pigeon Hole are from the Vancouver BC based Sweatshop Union collective.

Light Show is the first song off of the forthcoming Pigeon Hole album 'Age Like Astronauts.' Album is set for release June 15th on URBNET Records and features D-Sisive, Moka Only, and Mos Eisley of Sweatshop Union.

The video is directed by Stuey Kubrick and was shot in the basement of the Astoria on the downtown east side of Vancouver. There are cameos by Moka Only, Sweatshop Union, Birdapres & more.

Hope you like it. I do :)

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! (2010)

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! mines decades-old venturesome, clamorous Indian psychedelic funk music. Pressed to vinyl between 1970 and 1983, much of this work was utilized for Bollywood soundtracking purposes during those years. Just as local psychedelic acts took cues from the nearby flourishing Hindi film industry, the region’s film composers were drawn to the sound filtering out of clubs stationed in Mumbai and Poona (now Pune). The comp offers a wealth of the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you’d expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.
The album is hard to find as free download, so my suggestion is for you to get Psych-Funk Sa-Re-Ga! CD on Amazon

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! (2010) Grooveshark Stream

Psych Funk 101 (2009)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may be a little misleading since some tracks contain funk and some contain psych with a geniune melding of the two not always apparent, but nonetheless this is chock full of amazing and eye-opening stuff. 

Psych Funk 101 - Tracklist
1. Husnu Ozkartal Orkestrasi - 'Su Derenin Sulari'
2. Kukumbas - 'Respect' (Produced By: Dave Bennet)
3. Mulatu Astatke feat. Belaynesh Wubante And Assegedetch Asfaw - 'Alemiye'
4. Kim Sun - 'The Man Who Must Leave'
5. Petalouda - 'What You Can Do In Your Life'
6. Mehr Pooya - 'Doe Pajereh / Ghabileh-ye Lily'
7. Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona - 'All Men Shall Be Brothers Of Ludwig'
8. The Group - 'The Feed-back'
9. Armando Sciascia - 'Circuito Chiuso'
10. Wadih Essafi - 'Aandak Baharia Ya Rayess'
11. Omar Khorshid - 'Rakset El Fadaa'
12. Metin H. Alatli - 'Mevlana Boyle Dede'
13. George Garanian With The Melodiya Jazz Ensemble - 'The Big Search'
14. Eskaton - 'Dagon'