new bass & old drums … global dance music from Gnawledge selector DJ Canyon
Wild Jack Salt is an international mishmash of electronic bass music: cumbia, hip-hop, dubstep, funk caroica, salsa, drum & bass, kuduro and glitch.
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35 songs // 60 minutes // 112 MBs // NSFW
Gnotated track listing after the jump.
I made this mix for my friend Jack Salt. He doesn’t waste a lot of time trolling the internet for music, so I wanted to share with him the new music I’ve been playing.
In order to avoid an abomination of hyphens (e.g. pangea-diasporic-hiptronica), I’m not going to talk about the music itself. More useful might be a transparent story of how these mp3s got to me.
1. Novalima “Mayoral” (DJ Canyon Refix)
I first read about Novalima while researching the cajón for my Fulbright project Granada Doaba. “Mayoral” is from Novalima’s sophomore album Afro, released by Mr. Bongo before they moved to Cumbancha for their newest Coba Coba.
Even tho I was a half-mile away, my favorite concert of 2009 was Novalima’s performance at a free outdoor summer show in downtown Los Angeles. Novalima was originally started by four Peruvian musicians based in different cities around the world (Lima, Barcelona, London, Hong Kong), but they’ve since grown into a big old band, the way it used to be when my grandfather was dancing.
My refix of “Mayoral” starts off with a ratchety loop of Jay-Z’s muttering acapella intro to “Can I Get A …” which kinda sounds like a güiro (the Caribbean percussive instrument typical in cumbia). Layered, looped and glitched over the original are vocals from Missy Elliot and UGK, alongside Samim’s remix of Busta Rhymes “Arab Money” [originally downloaded from CrashRoots].
2. Madera Limpia “La Lenta” (Schlachthofbronx Remix)
I first heard about German producers Schlachthofbronx from MashIt, a blog/crew from Boston that represents Chicago nowadays. I was originally going to play MashIt’s DJ C remix of “Hold the Line” as the 2nd song in the mix, but then I overdosed on Major Lazer. So instead we get Madera Limpia, a Cuban rap duo affiliated with OutHere Records (who also represents Bassekou Kouyate, recently licensed to Seattle indie rock label Sub Pop’s new global music off-shoot Next Ambiance, run by KEXP radio host Jon Kertzer).
I downloaded this remix from Schlachthofbronx at SoundCould, which is (for the moment) the best place to get fresh underground music and connect directly with other musicians. btw RIP imeem. But good riddance to myspace.
3. Toy Selectah “Lamento en la Jungla”
Even though cumbia is (mostly) native to Colombia, most popular new cumbia remixes are coming out on Zizek Records in Argentina and Bersa Discos in San Francisco. “Lamento en la Jungla” is from Bersa Discos EP #5, which I first discovered thru Club Fonograma. Known for their Tormental Tropical parties, Bersa Discos is run by Disco Shaun and Oro11, who I recently heard spin at the 3 of Clubs in Hollywood with Douster and Diplo.
Remezcla has a great article/interview with Toy Selectah by Juan Data. I’ve been a fan of Toy ever since Control Machete, I was excited to hear him spin at Wildness with Nguzunguzu in LA a few months ago, but I’ll get back to that story below.
4. Marco Hinojosa “Son de Cumbia” (Picarona Extended Mix)
I can’t remember where I found this song — my mp3 isn’t even ID3 tagged with Marco Hinojosa’s name.
5. Frikstailers “Baile Frik”
I got this baile funk caroica track from Wayne & Wax, who was tipped off by DJ Ripley and Stu FatPlanet (now Discontent) about Argentinian producers Frikstailers. Released by Revolt into Style, Frikstailers have been working recently with Mad Decent on remixes for El Guincho and Major Lazer.
9. DJ Master D “Mad Drums” (Nguzunguzu Refix)
I’m a big fan of the “refix” idea, where you add a new layer to an existing track, not necessarily remixing the entire song. I found this track thru Dave Quam, who describes the Nguzunguzu contribution: “Vocals and tons of strange sounds are added here, providing flesh to the skeleton all percussion track.”
10. Spank Rock “Put That Pussy on Me” (Josh Console Adjusters Remix)
First heard this version over at Trash Menagerie. Spank Rock is now signed to one of my favorite major-ish labels Downtown Records, home of Mos Def, Crookers, Justice, Major Lazer, Miike Snow, Santigold and (my fellow Ojai native) Brett Dennon, while its sister label Mercer Street Records got Femi Kuti, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ozomatli on the roster.
11. Xploding Plastix “Treat Me Mean, I Need The Reputation”
I made this mix for my friend Jack Salt (pictured above). Jack lived with me and Gnotes while we recorded Granada Doaba, but before all that, when I first got to Spain, Jack and I would go drinking & dancing til dawn 3 or 4 times a week.
Jack’s favorite song was “Treat Me Mean, I Need the Reputation,” or to be more precise, he thought this song was perfect. One night I dropped this track while DJing at BoogaClub and Jack Salt went WILD!
But then the DJ got over-excited and tried to get fancy, blending the bassline from Dr. Dre “Nuttin But A G-Thang” over the quiet percussive bridges in the Xploding Plastix song. From the DJ booth, I could see Jack Salt shoot me an angry look thru the darkness, livid that I was disturbing the flawlessness of his song. It was a great DJ lesson: don’t interrupt other people’s fun. If a groove is working with the crowd, let it ride. [Ironically, I make the same mistake on this mix, over-layering sounds and changing tracks every 100 seconds].
If I may be allowed to talk about the song itself for a moment: it’s paradoxically brash and subtle, grimy and clean. But is it fast or slow? If classified as a drum&bass tune, this song would be 180 bpms. Even though (mathematically) it would be a less drastic change to trasition up to 180 from the last song (which is 138 bpms), I decided to instead go down to half-speed (90 bpms). This gave me the wormhole I needed to access the next batch of mid-tempo bangers, which highlights a pattern in my dancing preferences: all the songs in this mix are between 125 and 140 bpms, except for this 6-song detour, which stays between 90-95 bpms. I attribute this anomoly to an adolescence spent dancing to g-funk.
12. Petrona Martinez “Un Nino que Llora en los Montes” (El Hueso King Coya Remix)
This song never appears in the mix by itself, but only as intermittent concurrent layer to the previous track. King Coya (the imaginary digital persona of musician Gaby Kerpel) remixed this song for ZZK Sound, Vol 2., a neo-cumbia compilation distributed by my North Hollywood neighbors Nacional Records, who also released King Coya’s new album Cumbias de Villa Donde (discovered thru Afro Beat Blog).
13. Nickodemus – “The Global Village” (Instrumental)
I previously used this beat in my little brother’s skate video (below), which we filmed in Spain when he came to visit. If I’m DJing, you’re probably going to hear something from Nickodemus’ Endangered Species, so I was excited to hear about his new album Sun People from Derek Beres’ column Global Beat Fusion at Huffington Post. As one half of Earthrise Soundsystem (along with Duke Mushroom), Derek Beres also produced one of my favorite songs from last year, “Se Me Van” from Novalima‘s Coba Coba Remixed.
I saw Nickodemus perform last year with Jeremy Sole at Afro Funké in Santa Monica. Now that I’m back in LA, Jeremey Sole has become my favorite non-Internet source for new funky global music. His weekly radio program on KCRW 88.9 is not to be missed, his Thusday night residency at Zanzibar got some of the sexiest dancing in town, and his 10-person live band Musaics gave an ambitious, impressive show at The Mint when I saw them perform in February. Plus he was the first American DJ to play our album Granada Doaba on the radio.
15. Santigold “Shove It” (Toy Selectah Remix)
This remix is from Toy Selectah’s free Mex More LP, released by Mad Decent.
16. Edison Victrola “Clap”
Don’t know too much more about this track other than the blurb offered @ Sneakmove, but I’m a sucker for palmas. Everybody clap your hands and have a good time.
17. Robin Jones -”Royal Marcha (Salsa)” [Raj Gupta Vocal Mix]
Largely used a bridge in the mix, we only hear the drum-solo outro from UK conguero Robin Jones, from his Afro-Cuban Rhythms compilation.
18. Sonido del Principe “Cumbia De La Barranquilla”
Como ya ves, el Internet has no shortage of sources for new global bass mp3s, but one of genre’s hubs nowadays is Generation Bass, a blog run by Dutch producer Sonido del Principe (aka Vince the Prince) and British DJ UMB. It’s really quite impressive how regularly these guys post new music. Todavia más impresionante es su “Cumbia de la Barranquilla,” from the Bersa Discos Ep #4 (which I just bought on 12″ vinyl @ UGHH.com for $4.50), which also features Uproot Andy on the flip-side.
I feel like I owe an explanation to Uproot Andy. There’s a good reason why this mix doesn’t include songs from Cancha Vía Circuito’s Rodante [too mellow dubby] or Orion’s Carajo Colombiano [too new, just recently discovered thru David Dacks' Abstract Index], but any mix of mine that doesn’t feature Uproot Andy is not very representative of my recent DJ habits. Ever since I saw Andy spin at Wildness in LA, I’ve been bumpin his songs at all my gigs, especially when I wanna escape the booth & dance with the crowd. Problem is, all his tracks got this groove that you shouldnt mess around with. So read up at XLR8R or Brandon Harrod, and def go see Andy perform with Dutty Artz bredren Geko Jones at the Que Bajo?! parties in NYC.
*This is where I make the transition from 95 back up to 125 bpms, always a sloppy jump.
19. Ismael Rivera “Para Mi Gente” (Wayne and Wax Remix)
This Puerto Rican classic gets a mishmash from my favorite blogger/DJ/ethnomusicologist Wayne & Wax. Originally appearing in his highly-recommended Another Crunk Genealogy, this remix gets a dynamic dembow beat (so many snares!) and some toast from Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest.
For the last few years, Wayne’s blog has been the single biggest influence on my musical thoughts. Located at the nexus of almost everything that excites me about contemporary music culture, Dr. Wayne is a prolific yet subtle writer who explores “polyrhythmic electronic dance music from around the world” (aka nu-whirled / global-ghettotech / world 2.0).
Outside of the Internet, the other other Wayne Marshall is a professor at M.I.T. and co-hosts Beat Research with DJ Flack (who has a very fun website). Beat Research is a free weekly experiment in party music at the Enormous Room in Cambridge, Mass. and should be considered a must-stop tour date for any globally-minded DJ.
20. Ghislain Poirier – Marathon
From the Montreal producer’s new The Low Ceiling EP, nabbed from RCRD LBL. His upcoming double album Running High will be released by Ninja Tune, the UK record label home to Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Vadim, Fink, Mr. Scruff, Kid Koala and all the other cool kids.
21. Nguzunguzu “Got U”
Back to my friend Jack Salt (pictured above). After a year of dancing in Spain, the US government stopped sending me Fulbright money and revoked my student visa. Like Gnotes raps, “It’s never a good time for a goodbye/ I had to pack my bags and I hope you understood why.” I moved back home to Los Angeles, where I found dancefloors to be much more… boring. Hipster ironic shuffling side-to-side bullshit.
The end of my LA dancing woes came from a last-minute Tuesday evening tweet from @nguzunguzu to @toyselectah inviting the Mexican DJ to come spin later that night at a club in Koreatown. I went over by myself and found a scene! DJs Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom’s weekly Tuesday night party Wildness was the first place in America I’d found free (both in price and liberation) dancing like we had in Spain.
Granada cleans up every morning, but at night it gets grimy. Dance clubs are sweaty and smokey, with cigarillos thrown on the ground, spliffs rolled at the bar and mulletted youth bailefucking in the corner. When I came back to America, the commercial party scene felt so regulated, so sanitized. Especially in Los Angeles, the dancing can be so dispassionate, like everyone is too cool to really enjoy their bodies in motion. But not at Wildness, which was the sort of place you could find your God-self in the beat, surrounded by people who loved to dance.
In the last few months, I saw (for free) Uproot Andy, Toy Selectah and Taliesin spin at Wildness on different occasions, but missed performances by DJ Rupture and Chief Boima. Sadly, Wildness is now on hiatus, but you can still find DJs Total Freedom and Nguzunguzu at Mustache Monday in downtown LA. Their own music is heavy dancefloor fodder: Palms Out got the EP with “Got U” and Discobelle has their new Valentine’s mix Moments in Love.
I’m starting to feel at home (again) in California. Back in Granada, Jack has a new band called Box Tin, which features him on guitar/beatbox and fellow English prof Simon on saxophone. I’m gonna miss their first concert in Granada this Saturday, which is sad, pero aki estamos.
23. Wale – “P-Y-R-A-M-I-D” (Sammy Bananas Remix)
I heard about this from Khal at Rock the Dub. Part of the Scion A/V mixtape series, Washington DC rap wunderkid Wale gets the bouncy remix treatment from Canadian producer 4th Pyramid.
24. Doop – “Doop” (Ferry & Garnefski Remix)
In 1994, Doop was all the rage. [via Club Bass + Wine].
25. Night Drugs – Boycott (Algeronics Remix)
Props to Kid City Blog for hooking up this banger.
26. Wu-Tang Clan – Gravel Pit (DJ Deekline & Ed Solo Booty Pit Remix)
Mash-Up Posse first on the scene with this track, which should’ve been on last year’s shaolin dubstep remix compilation Wu-Tang meets Indie Culture Vol 2. tho maybe not as good as the new (surprisingly good) mashup Wu-Tang vs The Beatles, which proves that well-composed art is more important than a novel concept.
27. Pete Rodriguez – I Like It Like That (12-inch Extended Aaron Jerome Remix)
Remix of the 1967 hit by Fania All-Stars bugalú singer Pete Rodriguez. A mi me gusta así … [via Mainsteam Isn't So Bad]
28. Pachuco Boogie Band – Tirili (PDPs Ultra Tequila-n-Squirt edit)
Once again, nuff respect to the vigilent diggers @ Generation Bass.
29. Figura – Ze Bula (Sabbo Remix)
The Akwaaba / Mad Decent remix contest for “Ze Bula” had some great offerings from Chief Boima and Chancha Via Circuito, but Sabba’s version takes the cake. Akwaaba is young label founded by DJ Bbrave (aka Benjamin LeBrave) which distributes “African music from the source.” I recently DJ’d an Akwaaba party with Bbrave at an Ethiopian restaurant / jazz club / speakeasy in LA … buena gente
31. The Moon – Blow the speakers (Naffie & Dj Chuckie Remix)
Another track found thru Dave Quam, who describes the song: “Chuckie turns this Belgian single into a staggering Caribbean lazer anthem. He added Soca drums and kind of turned this one into something not unlike Funky House.” I’m patiently waiting for a chopped n’ screwed Granada Doaba remix from Dave Quam.
32. Gucci Mane – “I Be Everywhere” (DZ Remix)
I didn’t really enjoy Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes), but this track is heavy like the truth. And I do see folks on the Internet acting real corny.
33. Penguin Prison – “Animal” (Jakwob Remix)
Next time I’m DJing a festival/rave with a bunch of dilated pupil people, I’ma play this chune and dance gaily with mi gente. MP3 nabbed from Hard Rock Candy.
34. STS9 – “Peaceblaster ’08″ (Captain Crunk Remix)
The dripping st-t-t-tuttering twitchy bass in this remix is courtesy of Atlanta-based Goldsweat affiliates Captain Crunk. [discovered via Lazer Sword]
35. Gang Gang Dance – “Bebey” (DJ Rupture and Matt Shadetek Remix)
I got to see Rupture spin last summer at the Boston ICA, but I missed out on his artist residency at Brandeis University, which featured a live performance by his band Nettle and a pre-concert talk from Dr. Wayne Marshall (“Nettles, Neighbors, and Nu World Music“). A major influence on both my academic and musical development, Nettle wrestles with a lot of the same Iberian issues that inspired Granada Doaba,. Read a great article (PDF) about Nettle by Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic.
In addition to music, Rupture (aka Jace Clayton) is also an astute writer of words, journaling at his blog Mudd Up! and journalizing at Frieze, The National, The Onion and The Village Voice (where he chose this remix of “Bebey” as his second fav track of 2009).
Special thanks to Gnotes for everything, to my lawyer Jodie Shihadeh for proofreading, and to my neighbors for not calling the cops about the noise.
The mix ends with a vocal sample that says, “Gnawledge is a plus-sum gain. If I share [with] you gnawledge and wisdom, I don’t lose any gnawledge or wisdom. We can increase that important capital. So this is a totally different type of strategy and old-fashioned capitalism will be faced to some wall … big wall.”
My value as a DJ is only augmented by openly sharing the music I spin. Over are the days of soaking-off the labels of your prized 12″ records so that other DJs couldn’t steal your exclusive jam. The Internet offers such an (over)abundance of music, the only way for it to be useful is for everyone to sift thru their own niche and then publicly share their selection of the best with everyone else.
please comment below with song recommendations for Wild Jack Salt, Vol. 2
PEACE … canyon cody