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As the sounds filter in on opener “Salta Corazon” (Jumping Hearts Mix), it becomes readily apparent that Los Chicos Altos are not simply expanding on the enjoyable “well-layered funky Afro-Latin dance-party” of their Se Va Mamba EP [reviewed April 2012] - their beats are more widely influenced than ever, yet blissfully playful. Featuring Palo Q’Sea, El Diablo Alegre - really a four-track remix EP - may be steeped in funk, but it is the mixture of Latin grooves and modern bass that creates such a rich sound. The Novalima remix of the title track is funky house gone tropical and polyrhythmic; “Chande“‘s chants are instantly captivating - which is fortunate given the four versions: K. Sabroso & Axel Cloud chop and mutate the vocals; the Club and Radio Edits stay funky and dancefloor-friendly; the album-closing Superpendejos Remix feat. Julio Carbonell “Mandinga Sax” brings in some classic synths and 80s vocoder vibes before the expected saxophone takes control at the break. Horns are also brought to the forefront on “La Conoa,” which summons the spirit of Miami Sound Machine while not getting unnecessarily nostalgic. However, “Chande” is definitely the single here, with a video properly introducing Los Chicos Altos and Palo Q’Sea’s blend of Afro/Latin beats, goofy humor, and acceptable styles of dance:
 
 

 
As the sounds filter in on opener “Salta Corazon” (Jumping Hearts Mix), it becomes readily apparent that Los Chicos Altos are not simply expanding on the enjoyable “well-layered funky Afro-Latin dance-party” of their Se Va Mamba EP [reviewed April 2012] - their beats are more widely influenced than ever, yet blissfully playful. Featuring Palo Q’Sea, El Diablo Alegre - really a four-track remix EP - may be steeped in funk, but it is the mixture of Latin grooves and modern bass that creates such a rich sound. The Novalima remix of the title track is funky house gone tropical and polyrhythmic; “Chande“‘s chants are instantly captivating - which is fortunate given the four versions: K. Sabroso & Axel Cloud chop and mutate the vocals; the Club and Radio Edits stay funky and dancefloor-friendly; the album-closing Superpendejos Remix feat. Julio Carbonell “Mandinga Sax” brings in some classic synths and 80s vocoder vibes before the expected saxophone takes control at the break. Horns are also brought to the forefront on “La Conoa,” which summons the spirit of Miami Sound Machine while not getting unnecessarily nostalgic. However, “Chande” is definitely the single here, with a video properly introducing Los Chicos Altos and Palo Q’Sea’s blend of Afro/Latin beats, goofy humor, and acceptable styles of dance:

 

 

 

Eclectically-sampled beats comprise GHprodu’s freshman beat tape, Beats Overdue,  alternates between lush orchestration, digital rhythms, and various interpolations of funkiness. Some elements are hyper-futuristic, while others have been well dug for. This concoction of influences means each beat is hard to pin down… opener “Clad Myriad” crashes such genres together, while “Time To Go” is much more chilled out; standout “Take Two” features a piano alongside gritty Eastern string-work, before a flute shows up almost late for the jam; “Do It” is bombastic, perhaps awaiting a proper outro; finale “Back” is the strongest in the latter half, an alien disco of of sorts. This is an interesting collection of beats, well-worth a listen if you know no beat is too underground:
<a href=”http://ghprodu.bandcamp.com/album/beats-overdue” data-mce-href=”http://ghprodu.bandcamp.com/album/beats-overdue”>Beats Overdue by GHprodu</a>

Eclectically-sampled beats comprise GHprodu’s freshman beat tape, Beats Overdue,  alternates between lush orchestration, digital rhythms, and various interpolations of funkiness. Some elements are hyper-futuristic, while others have been well dug for. This concoction of influences means each beat is hard to pin down… opener “Clad Myriad” crashes such genres together, while “Time To Go” is much more chilled out; standout “Take Two” features a piano alongside gritty Eastern string-work, before a flute shows up almost late for the jam; “Do It” is bombastic, perhaps awaiting a proper outro; finale “Back” is the strongest in the latter half, an alien disco of of sorts. This is an interesting collection of beats, well-worth a listen if you know no beat is too underground:

With tracks spanning decades and continents, my latest DJ mix Welcome To My Funky Digital Dancehall features a diverse mix of tunes designed to rock any dancehall.  With vocals and production work coming from England, Germany, Jamaica, South Africa, France, Portugal, Italy, India, and the United States, the multinational modern face of reggae is emphasized throughout this mix, which was made in Hong Kong.  Much respect to all of the artists, particularly Krak In Dub for the *EXCLUSIVE* track, 7FT Soundsystem, MC Zulu and Cast-A-Blast for the ongoing support, and of course to the mighty Tenor Saw, may he rest in peace - a true legend gone before his time.
Crafted, assembled, and edited using Ableton Live on a MacBook Pro.
DIRECT DOWNLOAD
Tracklisting:
1. Mr. Williamz - Herbzman Town
2. El Fata - London Town
3. Yami Bolo - Babylon System
4. 7FT Soundsystem - Come Fe Warn Dem Refix (The Groove Thief Re-Edit)
5. Krak In Dub - Marimbaa *EXCLUSIVE* - Fogata Sounds
6. Jammys Jam2 James - Peenie Peenie
7. Dedy Dread & DJ Rebel feat. Delhi Sultanate - Criss & Shine - Cast-A-Blast
8. Mochipet & MC Zulu - To The East
9. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam (DJ Fashen Remix)
10. Tenor Saw - Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise

Available on either Soundcloud or Mixcloud:



Welcome To My Funky Digital Dancehall by The Groove Thief on  Mixcloud

With tracks spanning decades and continents, my latest DJ mix Welcome To My Funky Digital Dancehall features a diverse mix of tunes designed to rock any dancehall.  With vocals and production work coming from England, Germany, Jamaica, South Africa, France, Portugal, Italy, India, and the United States, the multinational modern face of reggae is emphasized throughout this mix, which was made in Hong Kong.  Much respect to all of the artists, particularly Krak In Dub for the *EXCLUSIVE* track, 7FT Soundsystem, MC Zulu and Cast-A-Blast for the ongoing support, and of course to the mighty Tenor Saw, may he rest in peace - a true legend gone before his time.

Crafted, assembled, and edited using Ableton Live on a MacBook Pro.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

1. Mr. Williamz - Herbzman Town

2. El Fata - London Town

3. Yami Bolo - Babylon System

4. 7FT Soundsystem - Come Fe Warn Dem Refix (The Groove Thief Re-Edit)

5. Krak In Dub - Marimbaa *EXCLUSIVE* - Fogata Sounds

6. Jammys Jam2 James - Peenie Peenie

7. Dedy Dread & DJ Rebel feat. Delhi Sultanate - Criss & Shine - Cast-A-Blast

8. Mochipet & MC Zulu - To The East

9. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam (DJ Fashen Remix)

10. Tenor Saw - Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise

Available on either Soundcloud or Mixcloud: