Chief Boima – Decalator

Chief Boima is deeply interested in African music as enjoyed by the people who created it and the context of its development. He travels to various countries there frequently and has helped artists bring their sound to the rest of the world. But as a producer and DJ himself, he often helps introduce that music to Western audiences by blending such distant styles with those more familiar to crowds in the Bay Area or Brooklyn. Hence “Decalator,” a Coupe Decale version of one of the most remixed tracks of all time, Cajmere‘s “Coffee Pot (It’s Time for the Percolator)“. He takes those bubbling synths and Chi Town sensibilities and draws parallels to the highly syncopated shuffle of the Ivorian beats. Coupe Decale was originally created by Ivorians in Paris, and then spread to Cote D’Ivoire, and subsequently to most of Francophone Africa. Maybe we’ll call this one “African in Chicago” since it comes along the same week Boima dropped his new EP for Brooklyn-based Dutty Artz, African In New York. Show some love and pick that up too.

Chief Boima – “Decalator” [Exclusive!]

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DJ Earl – Troubles Away

DJ Earl can definitely flip a soul sample on a footwork track. His more recent work may be marked by a notable use of synth driven melodies, but he never gave up the dusty crate digs entirely. Here the Chi native chops up some Gil Scott-Heron work over intricate drums with bubbling kicks, shifting roboclaps, and a number of beat switch ups. Balancing that Earthly emotion with otherworldly tek moves. Towards the end you even get a glimpse of star scaling snynth work. He laced us with this unreleased download as an exclusive, but he also recently dropped an EP called the Deejay Earl EP. So cop that. (Artwork by Sofia Ajram.)

DJ Earl – Troubles Away [exclusive!]

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Jack To Juke Documentary

Sonali Aggarwal has made this great hour-long documentary on the different mutations of ghetto house in the past 25 years, from B-More to Detroit Techno. Find out where the word juke came from from the men that coined it…

[via Mad Decent]

Chandeliers on Giant System

Chandeliers is a hardware driven electronic band based out of Chicago. The group’s dark grooves and creeping synth lines have a Gary Numan feel but they come across sounding anything but retro. This session was recorded by Giant System, which is a project that was launched to document groups playing their own tunes in their own spaces. Chandeliers is part of a burgeoning, electronic scene in Chicago, along with LAZERCRYSTAL, Mahjongg, Mr. 666 and Gatekeeper, and part of a bigger trend towards more hardware based electronic music.

Dubbel Dutch in Chicago 12/29

Dubbel Dutch will be up in Chicago this Thursday, December 29th, for a brand new night named Signal. Check out the full details on the Facebook event page here.

Da Traxman and DJ Earl Project

Two of Juke’s biggest names, Traxman and DJ Earl, have teamed up for this 30-minute mix of madness. As usual, it’s a test of your sample knowledge…watch out for the juked out version of MJ’s ‘Earth Song’ around half way through.