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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst? Meet…

Cacique’97

Incredibly groovy and well-crafted Afro-beat tunes from this nine-piece outfit that hails from Lisbon, Portugal. Afro-beat music may come from Nigeria, but its infectious riddims surely have traveled the globe and found a home among this crew from The Gentle Land. Cacique’97 – Cacique’97; Footmovin’ Records, 2009

Inna Ruminations Stylee

Following their release to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Groove Merchant Record Store in San Francisco, Ubiquity has just put out this limited-edition record case along with a set of 10 seven inches. Read about the details here and watch below how The Key Printing and Binding in Oakland made them. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19715317[/vimeo] Adrian Quesada,…

Dance Craze

It was the July 28th, 1979 when The Specials first appeared on the U.K. singles chart. The record was “Gangsters” and it spent 12 weeks on the charts, eventually reaching #6. At the end of August that year, “The Prince” by Madness was released, it spent 11 weeks on the charts and reached #16. The…

Blundetto – Bad Bad Things

Dope debut dish from the French musician known as Blundetto. The set features the likes of Shawn Lee, Tommy Guerrero, the Budos Band’s horn section, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Chico Mann, General Elektriks and Hindi Zahra. Chilled-out Soul, funky Jazz licks, Reggae vibes and simply smokin’ throughout. If you overlooked this one, then you’re in…

Kitchen Dip

Kitchen Dip is an up-and-coming label, run by incise and Omar Radwan, that features dope Jazz-flavored Hip-Hop beats (among other sounds) and choice lyricism from their roster of MCs. Check the sounds via tons of free downloads, support the artists when they’re in your area or by purchasing the records available and keep your ear…

AfroCubism

Finally got my hands on the AfroCubism recordings. Been on the hunt for this platter for months now. Hella difficult to track down! Got it though and can’t wait to digest it with listen upon listen. For those unfamiliar, this record represents what was supposed to take place during six days of recording, back in…

The Pi-Hi Scrapbook

Diggin’ through a box of some stuff from back in my high school days and thought I’d share this for a select few, namely Los, the coolest Latino punk rocker I’ve ever met, back home in the ATL. Included in this mix are newsletters, etc. from The Riverdales, The Queers and Jawbreaker, fanzine featuring Ben…

Secondhand Sureshots

Secondhand Sureshots is a filmed experiment in creative sound recycling. Dublab directors Bryan “Morpho” Younce & Mark “Frosty” McNeill sent beatmakers Daedelus, Nobody, J Rocc and Ras G on a safari into L.A. thrift stores with orders to make new music out of five finds while the cameras filmed the whole process. The result is…

For Display Only

A case of confusion at Kor Tor Mor, Phuket Town When you enter this nightclub called Kor Tor Mor, there is a glass case on the left-hand side. In it, is a collection of fake passports, fake IDs, and all the brews pictured below. One would think that they’d be available for purchase at the…

Nickodemus and Goodtimes Present The Earthchild Project

After launching the NextAid project in South Africa, to raise money for the loveLife’s Go-Getters program in South Africa, Nickodemus and Goodtimes recorded the children from Sakumlandela Primary School’s Earthchild Project along with Zolani and Kyla from the band, Freshlyground. These recordings were then remixed by the likes of Nickodemus himself, Circuswing, Zeb, The Pimps…