Posts Tagged ‘Global’

“SEISMOGRAPHIC SOUNDS – VISIONS OF A NEW WORLD” BOOK

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
"SEISMOGRAPHIC SOUNDS - VISIONS OF A NEW WORLD" BOOK

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Norient, the best German speaking blog on global music from Berne in Switzerland recently released a highly recommendable, new book titled “Seismographic Sounds – Visions Of A New World”. From Punk in Bolivia and Indonesia, Electronic Music in Egypt, Underground Pop from South Africa and Nigeria, Rap in Pakistan, Serbia, Chile and Ghana, Noise Music from Israel, Seapunk and Vaporwave from the US, Post Digital Pop from the UK,
“Seismographic Sounds” is full of short essays, statements and reflections on current music making from all over the world. The book offers views on how channels such as Soundcloud, YouTube and Twitter have radically transformed the distribution of music from areas which formerly were considered “The Periphery”. The book highlights contemporary global artistic positions and discusses their potential and limits with journalists, bloggers, artists and scholars from different places and cultures of knowledge.

The book has now morphed also into an exhibition which further introduces people behind the scenes in experimental audio podcasts and videos. The exhibition counters pessimistic views that globalisation and digitalisation has led to cultural uniformity and the destruction of the world’s musical heritage. A view point which we at Man Recordings share and have advocated since 2005.

Flip through the book in the video below, and make sure to check out the Seismographic Sounds exhibition, currently at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany or in Berlin in January 2016.

WILDLIFE! BLENDS MIXPAK W/ MAN RECORDINGS IN HIS EXCLUSIVE MIX

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
WILDLIFE! BLENDS MIXPAK W/ MAN RECORDINGS IN HIS EXCLUSIVE MIX

Our Swiss homie Wildlife! just released an exclusive mix to celebrate our last week´s release of the much acclaimed “Pak Man” EP. Exclusively launched on the US blog “Do Androids Dance”, the mix perfectly illustrates the transcontinental bass relations between New York´s Mixpak Records and us, Man Rec, the Old Europe guys. Wildlife!´s mix provides a fantastic plethora of both organic, inventive and provocative riddims to expand your expectations. From dancehall superstars Beenie Man and Popcaan to Schlachthofbronx, from Dubbel Dutch to Bert On Beats plus a blend of a huge bunch of stateside and Euro tropical bass heads, these are top-tier champion sounds prime for festivals, carnivals and underground dance-floor consumption.

MAN 084 VARIOUS ARTISTS “PAK MAN”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
MAN 084 VARIOUS ARTISTS "PAK MAN"

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Mixpak Records and Man Recordings are two labels with a shared, global perspective. Brooklyn based Mixpak has established itself as a proponent of Caribbean music worldwide, while Berlin label Man Recordings specializes in regional electronic styles from the Southern hemisphere.

With both labels twisting styles & defying genre expectations, their strong natural connection has already led to artistic crossover, both having independently released tracks from Poirier, Douster, Schlachthofbronx, So Shifty & Wildlife. Following an ingenious & humorous idea spawned by Hat N Hoodie boss, Alex Wahl, an official collision of the two labels has resulted in “PAK MAN”, a collaborative compilation EP that brings together like-minded producers from both sides.

To start, Murlo and Wildlife ride a heavy Dembow riddim through contemporary UK clubland on “Control,” quoting Grime and Jacking House along the way. A diva screams, a square wave pulses, and the crowd goes crazy.

Poirier and Douster’s effort explores ragga vibes, melding bits of Dancehall and Soca into one skipping whole, accented by a hyper sharp acid synth that takes the whole piece out of the beach and into outer space.

Mixpak and Man bosses, Dre Skull and Daniel Haaksman, combine for a frantic track called “Split Screen,” a Power Soca track trapped in a Tron-style neon vortex, which barrels along at breakneck speed until the inevitable system crash and reboot disrupts the VR.

Munich and Miami team up for Jubilee and Schlachthofbronx’s driving “Go Deh,” which builds tension before unloading into a dancehall-quoting Miami Bass thunderstorm of alarms and lasers.

Milangeles and So Shifty’s collaborative effort “Dembele” gets its name from the talented musician who lent his balaphone skills to the track. A spirited and melodic effort steeped in the traditions of both African and Caribbean music, “Dembele” has its feet firmly planted in the now.

“PAK MAN” is a smart connection between two labels with similar loves. There is nothing forced about the meta-eclecticism of “PAK MAN,” but there is plenty of new and exciting music that points in many different directions while still staying respectful to its source material. This is global dance music for 2014 — the product of unexpected collaboration and complete freedom.

Some DJ Feedback:

Toddla T: “Fiyah!”
Crookers: “Very good!”
Feadz: “Great association!”
Bert On Beats: “Dope compilation!”
The Flexican: “Great pack!”
J-Star: “Every track a killer!”
Chrissy Murderbot: “Love the concept”
DJ Sabo: “Go Deh is the joint!”
Flore: “Wicked release!”

Buy it from these fine shops:

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Listen to the release here.

PINDUCA – VAMOS FARREAR (DANIEL HAAKSMAN EDIT), FREE DL!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
PINDUCA - VAMOS FARREAR (DANIEL HAAKSMAN EDIT), FREE DL!

The state of Pará (located in North-East of Brazil, in the Amazon area) has long been a hotbed for musical innovations. It´s an area where many musical strings from the whole South American continent are crossing, blending and giving birth to very unique regional music styles. Due to its remote situation, Pará for long did it´s own thing. As Brazilian styles such as samba and forró came in from the south of the giant country, sounds like merengue, calypso and cumbia flowed in from the north in equal measure.

All these influences poured into the region´s first home-grown pop music movement in the 1970s, when artists like Pinduca adapted the rainforest´s traditional Afro-indigenous carimbó rhythm to a dance band format. The super musical hybridity of the carimbó is one reason why the genre had a pan-Latin-American appeal for various decades. The other reason: It´s just great party music. And carimbó´s anthem is undoubtedly Pinduca´s “Vamos Farrear” (Portuguese for “Let´s roam”). Praising the joy that drinking cachaça can bring, “Vamos Farrear” is Brazil´s 1970s pre-cursor to Riva Starr´s “Yesterday, I got drunk”.

Daniel Haaksman has now created the contemporary update of this great Brazilian anthem in a club friendly edit that already smashed dancefloors on his recent tour through New Zealand and Australia. Play it out loud, and make sure those cachaça´s are downed! Grab it for free from below.