Matt Shadetek – La Vida Loca ft. Troy Ave

Matt Shadetek has just announced his new album, ‘The Empire Never Ended’, coming to Dutty Artz very soon, and here’s the first cut he’s dropping as a taster with Brooklyn MC Troy Ave, whom he first heard guesting on Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s mixtape. This one is a dark and melancholic track driven by deep synths, dissonant melodies and those rolling 808 snares. Buy the track here.

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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Lamin Fofana – Brokedown City

A series of drum sections on this track leapfrog one another with precision coordination, cascading along with an effortless flow. Built around a Funkyish rhythm, rolling hand drums bring a deep green coolness to the hard grey underpinnings of programmed exactness and pulsating circuitry. But a mood of gravity pervades the track, hinting that its unrelenting pace is born of necessity. Equatorial nature reclaims landscapes altered by advanced societies, while untended facilities threaten to rupture. Lamin dropped this free download earlier in the month to raise awareness for his new single on Sticks N’ Stones Recordings. The vinyl version drops today, so go cop that. (Photo by Steve Bayens.)

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NYC: Dutty Artz Sweat Lodge Party

Dutty Artz Sweat Lodge

Dre Skull is playing Dutty Artz’s Sweat Lodge party in New York this week and he’ll be bringing a bunch of upcoming unreleased Mixpak exclusives. RSVP and details here.

Friday July 8, 2011
Sweat Lodge @ The Cove
108 N. 6th St Brooklyn, NY
w/ Matt Shadetek, Geko Jones, Atropolis

Bullacake (Dubbel Dutch Remix)

Dubbel Dutch celebrates his forthcoming 12″ for NYC imprint Dutty Artz by releasing this cracking remix of Dexplicit’s ‘Bullacake’. The record, out tomorrow on limited white label, not only features 2 original tracks from the Austin producer, but also remixes of Ciara, Deborah Cox and R Kelly. Get it before it sells like a hot bullacake.


Dre Skull on Dutty Artz

Dutty Artz

NYC’s Dutty Artz hooked up with Mixpak boss Dre Skull on his latest trip to Kingston to ask him about what’s coming up for the label this year and his one thousand unreleased tracks.