Friday, May 29, 2009

Issa Bagaoyogo: video, tour and more!

ISSA BAGAYOGO meets Yves Wernert {english subtitles} .

Issa Bagayogo will be touring the U.S this summer, including a July 21st date at Lincoln Center.
Check full tour dates here. Enjoy the great video, and we will have more details on the brand new Issa Remix album soon!

Sat 6/27/09 Respect Festival Prague, CZ
Wed 7/1/09 Megaphone Festival Dijon, FR
Fri 7/3/09 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, DK
Thu 7/16/09 Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA
Sat 7/18/09 Chico World Music Festival Chico, CA
Sun 7/19/09 Chico World Music Festival Chico, CA
Tue 7/21/09 Lincoln Center New York, NY
Thu 7/23/09 Millenium Stage Chicago, IL
Thu 8/6/09 Pike's Peak Library World Music Series Colorado Springs, CO
Fri 8/7/09 Edmonton Folk Festival Edmonton, AB
Sat 8/8/09 Edmonton Folk Festival Edmonton, AB
Sun 8/9/09 Edmonton Folk Festival Edmonton, AB
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Techno-Tribal Dance/Harmony Festival

Every summer The Harmony Festival and it's night-time counterpart festival Techno-Tribal Dance bring the best in Electronic, Global Dance music from all-over the world to the North-Bay California town of Santa Rosa. This June 12th and 13th Harmony After Dark celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the legendary Techno-Tribal Dance and its bedazzling celebrations of music, underground dance culture, art and performance!
Last year was the first year I attended the event and it was eye and ear opening! The festival is the perfect size, not too-big not too-small, plenty of diverse stages, vendors, and the epic scenery of Northern California make it an unforgettable experience.
This year Six Degrees artists David Starfire and Gaudi will be performing at Techno-Tribal on a bill that includes Balkan Beat Box, K'naan, Matisyahu and many more musical, visual and performance artists.
Check out their web-site for more info, and dig the video below from Stanton Warriors in 2007

Stanton Warriors & Luminesque pt. 3 from Mystic Beat Lounge on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Aes Dana- Adonai

Free Download - Aes Dana - Adonai (Ultimae Records)

Today we have another slice of beautifully pulsing electronica from our friends at the fine Ultimae label who have been nice enough to allow us to share a "sneak peak" track from the upcoming new release from Aes Dana. The brain child of French composer and Ultimae co-manager, Vincent Villuis, Aes Dana has been serving up lush and beautiful sounds over the course of three previous albums and through many tracks on compilations from around the world. The new record Leylines will be released on June 3 and is sure to continue to cement Villius' reputation as one of electronica's most interesting sonic architects.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Remix The Orb - play at Camp Bisco

Six Degrees is pleased to announce a brand new remix contest featuring The Orb.
One grand prize winner will win Sony ACID software and receive 2 passes to the festival with Artist credentials and the chance of a lifetime—a one-hour set in front of thousands of festival goers at Camp Bisco 8! The competition starts May 21st and runs until June 26th. Winners will be announced on June 29th. Stems and all rights to the submissions for the remix contest will be owned by the labels. Click icon above to enter contest. Complete contest rules can be found HERE.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

On the cover of the Rolling Stone

Last week the Midival Punditz & Karsh Kale were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone India and we have finally gotten in the full feature for all of you to check out.
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Monday, May 18, 2009

HeavyWeight Dub Champion

Free Download - HeavyWeight Dub Champion - Dawn (click on arrow below next to wave to download)

Buy - HeavyWeight Dub Champion - Rise of the Champion Nation

Ever long for the analog days of soundsystem culture when people had to carry more than a Macbook to a gig and the sounds weren't so thin? HeavyWeight Dub Champion not only provide deep dub sounds with dope MCs and live musicians but also bring literally tons of gear including analog mixing boards to their performances, utilizing the tools and ideas of dub in the studio but taking it to the stage and making it an integral part of the performance. Members Resurrector, Patch and Totter Todd collaborate with with likes of Dr. Israel, KRS-ONE and Killah Priest on their brand new cd, Rise of the Champion Nation, which is out now. This summer the band hits the road, crossing the States with Sly & Robbie and playing the festival circuit, check their myspace for updates.

Special guest post by Oz
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Alice Russell Remixes: Vote!

Alice Russell is always on the go, currently she is continuing to tour the world in support of her recent Six Degrees album Pot of Gold.
Right now she has an amazing list of top-notch producers, including Mr. Scruff, Mocean Worker, Dusty, and many more who have made remixes of tracks from the album. Now it's up to you, the listener to decide which ones will be on the official remix album; check out the remixes on Alice's web-site, (you'll need to register first), and let Alice know which remix you're feeling. Enjoy!

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Brazil on a Budget

FREE DOWNLOAD = Zuco 103 - Nunca Mais

Summers getting near, sun is out longer, Céu has a new EP out, and in celebration Six Degrees is offering a sale on all their Brazilian titles. If I had $20 to spend in the shop here's what I would get:

Zuco 103 - After the Carnaval
Electronic Bossa soul! The most recent album by Zuco 103 has tight production for the dancefloor but also keeps it soulful and deeply melodic. Great listen for the pool and beach!

Sonantes - Sonantes
Sonantes is a project that features Céu on vocals and sounds like a soundtrack to a Bossa-Nova spy film.

Beto Villares - Beto Villares
Beto was behind the scenes working the production end on many contemporary classics from Brazil, including Céu's debut album. On his self-titled debut he steps up front and center and shows off his range as a vocalist, guitarist and producer!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pitch Black

Free Download - Pitch Black - Transient Transmission (Deep Fried Dub's Battered Mix)

Buy Pitch Black from iTunes

I love Pitch Black's beautiful mix of deep dub, electronics and global textures. It's a formula that so many artists try to mine and so few hit the musical bulls eye quite like these talented Kiwi's. Our buddy, Crazy Baldhead , who runs the band's label Dubmission Records has given us a track to share with you today from the duo's new Rhythm & Sound & Movement release, which features remixed versions of songs from the excellent Rude Mechanicals album. Whether you're a fan of old school dub or new school psy-dub, the entire Pitch Black catalog is well worth digging into for further exploration. -Read the full Post-

Monday, May 11, 2009

PS Mueller

PS Mueller is possibly the funniest guy I know (and that's saying something, as I know some REALLY funny guys). Pete and I met when we were both DJ/Announcers at WIBA FM in Madison Wisconsin. I knew we were going to be life long friends when he came in one night towards the end of my on air shift complaining that I was playing "Baby's on Fire" by Brian Eno because HE was planning on playing it on his shift. For a few years in Madison, Pete and I had a collaborative music project going under the catchy moniker, Pete n' Bob and we even scored a dance performance together. In recent years, Mueller has found a new career voicing the character of Doyle Redland (as well as many others) on the Onion Radio News. The man has many talents but the true, un distilled evidence of his twisted genius can be found in his cartoons- which can be seen in newspapers and magazines around the country, as well as in his many fine book collections.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Funk Aid for Africa

Free Download - Nappy G - Haba Na Haba (excerpt) from the mix cd Funk Aid for Africa

Buy Funk Aid for Africa CD. Buy/listen from iTunes, Buy/lilsten from Dancetracks

Funk Aid for Africa is a brand new mix cd sponsored by Dubspot and NextAid, featuring blazing heat from some of the world's hottest funk, Afro-Beat and dance music producers. Mixed by DJ OBaH, the mix is a perfect party mix, featuring artists from Lagos, London, New York, San Francisco and beyond, all who donated their work to raise money for NextAid to construct "green" AIDS relief centers in Dennilton, South Africa.
Artists on the mix include Ursula Rucker, Chico Mann, Ocote Soul Sounds, J-Boogie and many more.
The West-Coast CD release party for Funk Aid for Africa is this Thursday night in San Francisco, more info on all organizations below.

Funk Aid for Africa info

dubspot info

NextAid info

Oz guest post
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Vieux Farka Touré - Fafa

Free Download - Vieux Farka Touré - Fafa

I can't tell you how gratifying it has been to work on this record with one of West Africa's rising stars. Yes, Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the beloved and legendary, Ali Farka Touré but in his young career, he has already begun to carve out his own place on the global stage. With his Six Degrees debut, Fondo (the Road), I think he steps confidently into the international spotlight fully in his own right, with an album that puts his guitar skills front & center and features everything from gorgeously haunting African blues to scorching rockers and African Reggae.

In order to help bring this project to fruition, we enlisted the production assistance of Ex-Centric Sound System's Yossi Fine the talented Israeli bass player and producer, who we have worked with on records by Jef Stott, Karsh Kale and others. Yossi has played with everyone from David Bowie to Deepak Chopra and I was quite happy when he re-located both his family and his recording studio to Northern California, allowing us to work more closely.

Yossi traveled to Vieux's home town of Bamako in Mali to record the basic tracks for Fondo and then Vieux flew out to the Bay Area to finish the record at Yossi's studio. Along the way, it has been a tremendous pleasure getting to know Vieux and to watch first hand as he develops into a world class artist and a uniquely skilled guitar player with a sound all his own.

You'll get to hear the fruits of all of our labors when Fondo (the Road) is released on Six Degrees Records on May 26th. Until then, check out this free taster track to whet your appetites for what we think is going to be one of the world music releases of the year.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Beto in Songlines

Free Download: Beto Villares - Rio de Bossa Nova
Great review of Beto Villares recent Six Degrees debut below
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Check out Songlines magazine's very cool, interactive sampler
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