Welcome to the latest edition of the weekly video roundup! Yeehaw, kids —you wanna see some cool videos? Then this might be the right place for you, scroll down and enjoy this weeks best videos right here.
#1 Lee Gamble – Diversions 1994-1996, directed by Dave Gaskarth & Lee Gamble
Lee Gamble’s first of two releases with the ever-unique PAN label, Diversions 1994-1996 brings you rare samples from Lee’s old jungle tapes. Highly recommended.
#2 Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Let Him Go
Great find from South Africa. Wanna go there. Back in time.
#3 Joey Bada$$ (feat. Chuck Strangers) – Fromdatomb$, directed by David M. Helman
Joey Bada$$ has released the final video from his dope 1999 mixtape. This video is for his track “FromdaTomb” featuring Chuck Strangers. Been blasting this tune hard. Loving the modern flip of the old skool by the young Brooklyn rapper a lot.
#4 FIDLAR – Cheap Beer, directed by Ryan Baxley
I’ve been listening to the leak of this album, this is so real. Awesome thing: FIDLAR means ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk.’
#5 Bleeding Rainbow – Drift Away
Kanine Records will be releasing the Philadelphia, PA-based band Bleeding Rainbow’s third full-length album, Yeah Right on January 29th. As a build up to the official release of their album here’s the video for “Drift Away”.
#6 Tensnake featuring Syron – Mainline, directed by PONDR
Check out this new OS vibe video from Tensnake, unleashing this bass driven house anthem, featuring one of the breakout stars of 2012 Syron.
#7 Heart Streets – Collision, directed by Laurence Davidson
Some like it hot. I stumbled upon this video by Heart Streets which I presented some weeks ago here at my videodrome. Goddamn, that shit is hot. The beats are dark and sexy, the melody is slick. And these girls are mighty fine.
#8 Daphni – Ahora, directed by Jane Eastlight
Dan Snaith AKA Daphni AKA Caribou takes “Ahora”, off the recent Jiaolong album, on a psychedelic runway of colours with the help of video director Jane Eastlight.
#9 Empress Of – Champagne, directed by Samuel Morris Hamad
Brooklyn’s Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has unveiled the video for her new song, “Champagne” via No Recordings. Directed and edited by Samuel Morris Hamad.
#10 Kim Ann Foxman – Return It, directed by Jonathan Turner
Kim Ann Foxman. Crazy, crazy song and visuals, she’s rad. Shouts to my homie Walter for putting me on.
When musicologist Brian Shimkovitz traveled to Ghana for the first time to check out the local rap scene, he probably didn’t think he would become the male blogger version of Lara Croft. For almost ten years now, he’s been looking for artifacts in the form of magnetic tapes packed with weird music. Music that has (at least in our region) never been transformed into electrical signals and pumped into our ears before. Luckily for us he turned his passion for great music into his blog Awesome Tapes from Africa and even a music label.
Whether DJing with cassettes would work live was a huge question for me, but Brian proved it possible (and impressive) just two weeks ago, when Wolfram and his partner-in-crime Felix the Houserat invited him to do a set in Vienna. After a lot of excessive dancing, we used the opportunity to ask Brian to do an Africa-themed A – Z for us, and this is what we got.
Axmed Yaasiin (& Sahra Axmed)—Words can’t describe what this song means to me. Some of my favorite Somali music of the moment.
Bola—Bola is the second artist to release a record on my label. His Volume 7 came out in April and it’s completely mad: all rapid-fire kologo rhythms and powerful vocals dropping knowledge.
Charles Ouebraogo—Incredibly unique sounds from a Burkina Faso wizard of making traditional rhythms pop.
Daouda Dembele—West African is full of griots, the traditional storytelling musicians who help keep track of genealogy and oral history. Here is one of many fascinating recordings that help spread/document this stuff.
Electric Africa—Manu Dibango recorded dozens of records, but this one is my favorite. It’s an afro-futurist vibe utopia.
Franco—Whenever I am DJing and I have to pee really badly and there’s going to be a queue for the toilet I put on a 21-minute version of this song by prolific Congolese soukous master.
Getachew Mekurya—Legendary ethiopia sax player… this is the most interesting recording of his I’ve heard.
Hamdawa—Top 5 favorite tape covers on Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Ibro Diabate—This is a great singer from Guinea, whose music ignited extreme joy in a Guinean emigre one night at a party I played at Monarch in Berlin.
Joe Nez—Great soul and R&B singer from Nigeria. I was going to post this tape on Awesome Tapes From Africa but it got eaten by a tape player recently.
KK Fosu—I love this Ghanaian radio and club hit from a few years ago.
Lamin Fofana— Great producer and DJ who lives in Brooklyn and recently did a remix of a Bola track for the Bola Remixes digital EP.
Mudd Up!—Always inspiring, enlightening and fun blog by producer-dj-journalist DJ /Rupture.
Nâ Hawa Doumbia—The first release on Awesome Tapes From Africa is by this famous Malian singer whose early work is just astounding.
Prince Khonjo—This is a very left-field tape from Kenya. Don’t know much about this but the minimal drum machine paired with traditional elements is really fun.
Reggae—When visiting just about anywhere in Africa, you will hear lots of reggae. Which I think is a great thing, it sounds really good in a sunny context. Reggae and dancehall are closely intertwined with many forms of pop music in regions across the continent.
Sourakata Koite—Excellently performed kora music. So gentle, so deep, so simple, so dope.
Twenty Seven Leggies—This blog is a wealth of info on the Shangaan (Tsonga) disco movement and the sounds that led up to the present bombastic profile. Homeboy has been up on this since long before the Honest Jon’s releases.
Voodoo Funk—Super deep website for African music and vinyl diggers in general. Incredible finds from across Africa, available in downloadable DJ mixes, mostly of the funk/disco/soul variety.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka—Supersonic star of 80s South African bubblegum mbaqanga R&B.
Zimbabwe—The music of Zimbabwe is quite diverse and exciting but because of the current cash crisis and endless political impasse we don’t get a chance to hear much of it. I am certain there are tons of great musicians there who don’t have the means to record and distribute their sounds.