1. Quantic - Duvidó feat. Pongo Love


  2. Real Estate - Navigator 


  3. William Onyeabor - Good Name


  4. Top Baker’s Dozen Albums of 2013…


    these are the albums i liked the most in 2013… the year i completed dos mas insane semesters of grad school alongside full time ir work, 5 pointz got tragically erased, i managed to not break anything while still playing soccer in the best ‘amateur’ league in the country at a rather advanced age, lebanon and the wider middle east fell deeper into the abyss, i got published in my first academic and literary journals, sir alex bowed out in glory (glory), and i got engaged to a brilliant/hilarious/beautiful brazilian tropical fruit zealot in colombia. 

    (in no particular order)

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    Bombino - Nomad

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    Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise
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    Cuushie - Butterfly Case
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    Telekinesis - Domarion
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    La Yegros - Viene di Mi
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    Kurt Vile - Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze
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    Mashrou’ Leila - Raasuk
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    Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
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    Dur Dur Band - Volume 5
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    Atoms for Peace - Amok
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    John Wizards - John Wizards
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    Pusha T - My Name is My Name

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    William Tyler - Impossible Truth
    Honourable Mention…
    Party Supplies - Tough Love
    Danny Brown - Old
    Devendra Banhart - Mala
    Marsellus Wallace - 31 Days Mix

  5. John Wizards - Muizenberg


  6. Colombia is seeking UNESCO’s recognition of the folkloric music genre of vallenato as cultural heritage, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.

    The president did so in Valledupar, the capital of the northern Cesar state considered the country’s capital of the music genre.

    “Vallenato recently was included as immaterial cultural heritage by the nation … and we are seeking that UNESCO also recognizes it as cultural heritage of humanity,” Santos said.

    … Vallenato — much like cumbia and porro — is one of a number folkloric music genres originating from the Caribbean coast. The music, characterized by the use of the accordion, is particularly popular along the northern coastline.


  7. Music styles that, like hip-hop, are connected to some kind of grass roots, are fluid, with constant incremental changes building into epochal ones. When they move from their base audience, it’s often because a particular conjuncture of sounds resonates with a new crowd. But here is where a kind of misrecognition occurs: for the neophytes, the style is this one way, frozen in time. The give and take between music makers and their core followings, the push and pull, ebb and flow that built disco, hip-hop, house, reggaeton, and so on, is interrupted by listeners who in their enthusiasm don’t always understand the history or sociology of their genres. They don’t have to: when music becomes a commodity, it can travel worldwide, as all commodities do, severed from any knowledge of the conditions of its production. Genres cease to be grassroots social worlds, and instead become something more like brands: mere sonic surfaces rather than deep historical processes.

    When a genre develops a signature sound, it’s ripe for the plucking by interlopers. Instead of having any real connection to the communities that develop musical styles through the dialectical movement between music makers and their core audiences, an outside producer just has to have a decent set of ears and a computer, and can start cranking out reasonable facsimiles, like factories in China churning out fake Coach purses indistinguishable to everyone but connoisseurs. Even if you can tell the difference, the functional parts are close enough. Today’s Chinese pirate manufacturers pride themselves on their quality goods, just as today’s kings of musical appropriation do.


  8. Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu (Album Trailer)

    Related: Syria, On the Cusp of Hipness, Then Fading


  9. femi kuti - the world is changing 


  10. helado negro - dance ghost


  11. Dur Dur Band - Is Yeelyel

    Dur Dur Band was one of Somalia’s last great party bands… 


  12. Bibio - À tout à l’heure



  14. ghostface killah and adrian younge - the rise of the ghostface killah

    from the upcoming ghostface album that has been described as a mix of “classic 36 chambers-era rza with portishead, and the Italian film music of ennio morricone.”


  15. the pharcyde - bullshit