New No-English Mix by DJ Sal – Samba, Latin Bass, Kwaito, Cumbia

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New tunes from our good friend DJ Sal aka Skinny Brown, that time-traveling, ethnically ambiguous global mystic who hosts on Shanghai’s English TV channel and DJs from time to time at a party called Popasuda. Well he’s finally put together a mixtape for his night at Dada Bar tonight, and it’s free and a must grab.

There’s a million house music nights in China, but there’s only one Popasuda. This monthly party sounds like a mixtape that never leaves the player at a youth shelter in some post-colonial island in the tropics. His music policy is simple – no English lyrics. Patois doesn’t count as English in Sal’s world. Expect anything from Dancehall to Cumbia to some burgeoning African genre. Far from a culture vulture taking the best bits from distant lands, Sal grew up or lived in Brazil, Toronto, India, Japan, and lots of other places and he’s got a good understanding of this music. This is reflected in his mixing style – FAST mixing, lots of drops, lots of mic control, and a sampler for drumming out country names like “BRAZIL!!” in a Street Fighter II voice.

Sal describes the mix and the night as such:

“I’m dropping strictly tropical-global shit, with nothing in english. The mix starts with Brazilian Samba-type stuff, then moves into kwaito, cumbia-edits, random African stuff, global-trap, latin bass, and a whole world of international sounds”

GO GET IT. And check out the Popasuda party this Friday, November 15th.

 

 

Latin Jams

First off, wanna thank everyone who came to Love Bang #11 on Saturday. Was our biggest party yet; the place was packed by 10:30. Thanks to DJ Cavia for warming up the dance floor, my Super Ayi Cleaning Team fam, and all the old & new friends who came through and danced. We’re doing it again on Dec. 17th.

Also played at Dada on Friday. Strictly Latin jams for three hours…

I guess the last time I listened to Latin music was in 11th grade, in Spanish class with my teacher Mr. Braun. He always seemed a bit off, telling tales of his wild times in Mexico (which i can totally understand now, after living in China for four years).

One Sunday afternoon I saw my Spanish teacher in Barnes and Noble with our class president, a really pretty girl with lots of problems. I thought that was weird. Later, I heard rumors that she came over to his house and his Windows 98 desktop background was an enlarged photo of her eyes. Really weird. I quit Spanish around the same time, but not because of that.

So for three years of DJing I totally ignored Latin music, except Baile Funk. When the homie Sal invited me to play at his Popasuda party last Friday at Dada under the pretense that I could only play Latin jams, I had to do a lot of digging. Glad this happened though cause I found some great reggaeton, cumbia, and more. Big up to Don Vic, the sister Mache, all the cats on a certain web forum I frequent who helped me out, and that lady at the CD market who sold me those dancehall, roots, and booty compilation albums.

latin jams = girls on the dance floor.

Here’s some of the tracks I dropped:

Sabo – Kuff Kumbia

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Big Punisher – You Came Up

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Las Rakas – Borracho (Culea)

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Arcangel – Pa Que Pases Bien

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That “Borracho” track comes from a blog I recently discovered – Mixtape Riot. Great site by a dude who also produces some serious heat under the name Captain Planet.