Friday, May 8, 2009

Diamonds in the rough

As I walked into the second dead townie punk bar of the night (finals week in a college town) I heard a driving rhythm. A rhythm held, by the grace of Lo Fi, from the clutches of Bollywood. The music seemed familiar, I knew I had something like this on my hard drive, maybe even in a play crate. I just couldn't place it. So good, but just too disparate for the scene that is Madison, WI. How did this music make it here?
Buraka Som Sistema has already taken a European MTV music award home (Best Portuguese artist) for their culture crossing Kuduro rhythms. A truly global music, Kururo takes the power of African drum circles, the rhythms of soca and calypso, the simple sequencing of Miami and the tossing of the Caribbean dance halls and turns it into something that sounds like Baltimore at 3:15 in the morning.
The room fell out of focus as I chased a shot with half a beer. This song was too good. Was that Uffie, no.. SOV... I was too drunk... Fuck. I had to check the jukebox.
M.I.A., it was time for water.
Fighting for balance and squinting to see. Finally - 'Sound of Kuduro', I had to remember. Shit, I'd been drinking to forget
As I typed as much as I could into some corner of my phone the booze started talking to some gutter punk about the song. Things like, so good, and, like nothing else, were said. Please dear god remember to check your phone when you get home.
These new sounds are a pan genre world wide phenomenon. The globalization of information combined with the degradation of music quality has lead us to a big bass, sing along vocal world. Love it or hate it as with all art we should respect those that do it well.
I fucking love this music
Enjoy the songs.

Um Milhao - Buraka Som Sistema & Diplo
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Sound of Kuduro (feat M.I.A., Dj Znobia, Saborosa, Puto Prata) - Buraka Som Sistema
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Kalemba (Hot Chip Remix) - Buraka Som Sistema
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