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For my first show, I decided to go with a mix of different styles of music. Music that lifts my soul and gives you an idea of what to expect from Based on the Beat. Sounds from Brazil, Bristol, Brooklyn, Ghana, Jamaica, LA, London, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico and South Carolina! Hope you enjoy.
First track is from Amp Live named “Dhea”. From the EP named “Kaleidoscope Theory” definitely worth checking out! Also, make sure you hear the song “Mister Sarode” which is so wicked I’m not sure why I didn’t play it?! Maybe in a future show…
Typesun – The PL / First big release from this Bristol producer. Keep an eye on him!
Bilal – West Side Girl / Prince reincarnate! It took me a while to listen to the whole album (I love this song so much I couldn’t listen to anything else, Ha!) but once I did, I’m glad that I have the whole thing.
Ebo Taylor – Nsu Na Kwan / Ghana ‘Highlife’ guitarist extraordinaire! 77 years-old and still going strong.
Paco Zambrano Y Su Combo – Meshkalina / Wonderful find by Peruvian Londoner Martin Morales and founder of Ceviche restaurant in SOHO. This single is also available on “Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical & Cumbia”
Ray Barretto – El Nuevo Barretto / If you don’t know Ray Barretto or own his seminal album “Acid” then I suggest you RUN not walk to this link and buy the whole thing. Every house must own this.
Lovebirds Feat. Stee Downes – Want You in My Soul (Original Mix) / I was djing a gig where the crowd and I were not on the same vibe; it wasn’t a good fit. I was frustrated and said to myself, “Fuck it, I’m going to play what I want if it means no one else likes it!” So, I played this song and to my surprise… two people stood up and proceeded to danced their asses off to this song! I thank them because it turned the whole evening around, and I learned a valuable lesson: go with your gut… and this is a kick-ass song!
Les Sins – Grind / Toro Y Moi’s alternate moniker… this dude from South Carolina can make some house music!
Milton Nascimento – Cravo e Canela (Clove and Cinnamon) / Classic Brazilian music at it’s best. Can’t go wrong with anything from this period. Another absolutely killer track is “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser” One word amazing.
Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now (feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell) / If you like this song you will probably not like any of their other songs, Ha! Very forward thinking Jamacia music which honestky I’m not sure what I think about, but this song is so good as well as “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser”. Yes! It’s the same name as the Milton Nascimento track I just recommended. Weird?
Fat Freddy’s Drop – The Raft / I would say this is New Zealand version of UB40, but better.
The Gaslamp Killer – Nissim (with Amir Yaghmai) / From his first album, and I find myself keep going back to this song. Very diverse album.
Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut / If you don’t have the album you probably should get it. Everyone will tell you to do so. Actually my favorite song on the album is “Tiny Tortures” and “The Nightcrawler” is pretty good too. If you get a chance to see him live, do it! He was amazing.
Sons Of Kemet – Adonia’s Lullaby / I Love, love love, this band. 2 drummers, saxaphone and a tuba? Are you kidding me? Uber creative. The album is amazing! Just listen to “Going Home”… You will hear me play more of these guys for sure, Buy it.