Bo-Peep’s Tropical Bleats, Vol. 5

Published on November 22nd, 2010

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Once again, I have combed my collection and the depths of the internet for the hottest tracks under the equatorial sun — some “new,” some “old” — for your listening pleasure. So pull up a chair, put on some headphones or crank up your computer speakers, and prepare yourself for another round of Tropical Bleats!

Milkshake (Munchi’s ‘Thanks To Subeena’ Bootleg Kuduro Remix) – Kelis <- Primetime “choon” here. Munchi is a jack-of-all-trades producer (seriously the dude seems able to do anything) from the Netherlands, and he’s been on fire this past year. This little ditty is a Kuduro bootleg of Kelis’ iconic (face it people, it is) “Milkshake,” and it will scorch the pants right off you. The vocals are diced to pieces, forming the namesake “My milkshake…” every so often, just to remind you that the rest of the vocal snippets and occasional blips of the original are, indeed, from Kelis’ track. The drums are pounding and relentless, the horns beckoning. Tonight you will have dreams of the most awesome drum circle/parade/tropical celebration ever. You need this track. Now.

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Nocturnal World (French Fries Remix) – WILDLIFE!, Terry Lynn <- As you may notice, that link isn’t a direct download for the track. You may also notice that it connects to Swiss artist WILDLIFE!‘s bandcamp page. This is because you can get this and every other track off of his fantastic BUCKUP – EP for… whatever price you want! That’s right, you can grab it for free, or — if you’re feeling generous, like me — drop a couple of bucks directly to WILDLIFE! and then get it. The choice is yours. Anyway, here, French prodigy French Fries turns in a great UK Funky remix of “Nocturnal World.” The melody squeals softly behind Terry Lynn‘s auto-tuned vocals as the drumline provides a playful two-step. Play/listen when you feel like relaxing or dancin’ slow.

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Holy Mountain (Original Mix) – Talk – Talk <- Yet another UK Funky jam here, this time from Talk… who I honestly know next to nothing about. Can’t find a myspace for him, and his Soundcloud gives his location as “hell [sic].” But German label Nightshifters did decide to release the title track for his new EP for free, which is really freakin’ cool of them. They say that it’s an “ode to 1973 psychedelic film by Alejandro Jodorowsky of the same name,” which I have not seen. And this track is definitely out there: it’s all over the place. In a good way. The first couple minutes it’s dark, almost threatening, with deep upwellings of bass going hand-in-hand with an overall downtempo feeling that could almost be called a dirge. Then, after a brief flute bridge… BAM!, we’re in the middle of an awesome, biting riddim. Good, weird stuff. Grab the whole EP over on Beatport.

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Cannibalistic (Samo Sound Boy Remix) – Expendable Youth <- Here’s an “old” love of mine (and fellow contributor GP/pajamajam). LA DJ/producer Samo Sound Boy is one of those names you should be on the lookout for: once he truly breaks, his rise shall be meteoric. Expendable Youth‘s “Cannibalistic” is a high-pitched Tribal House jam that’s good for two things: moving feet and splitting ear-drums. Samo Sound Boy took said Tribal House jam, tempered the almost-obnoxious, squeaking synths with rumbling lows, and then heaped sizable helpings of chanting and hand-clapping on top of it. My opinion? Even better than the original.

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Daniel Haaksman – FUNK LEGAL 2006 by Daniel Haaksman / Man Rec <- And because I know that I haven’t posted much in the way of Baile Funk — it’s really hard for me to find good examples that I can post — I’ll leave you with a link to this iPod must-have: a classic Baile Funk mixtape brought to you by Daniel Haaksman, main man of Man Recordings.

Catch y’all next week — hopefully with a new mix in tow!

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